The Roxbury Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Catskills, New York, United States

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Pros

  • 15-minute drive to Plattekill ski resort and outdoor activities
  • Funky themed rooms with flat-screen TVs and plush beds
  • Inexpensive spa with relaxing areas and treatments rooms
  • Free continental breakfast; free coffee throughout the day
  • All rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, and wet bars; some suites have full kitchens
  • Fun, well-equipped meeting rooms with catering services
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • "Kitchenette" rooms don’t have stoves, ovens or utensils
  • No restaurant (but one across the street)
  • Front desk closed at night

Bottom Line

The Roxbury is one of the funkiest hotels in the region. All of its 27 rooms have bright, bold decor, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges; Theme Studios have style inspired by movies, cartoons, and TV shows from the 1960s and '70s. The inexpensive spa with relaxation and treatments areas; free Wi-Fi; free continental breakfast; and central location within easy driving distance of skiing, hiking and ziplining, are all highlights. But the hotel lacks an on-site restaurant (there’s one across the street), and most weekends have a minimum two-night stay.

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 Scene

A fun, zany hotel with unique rooms catering to young couples and groups

There is nothing cookie-cutter or conventional about this hotel. Bold colors, themed rooms, and bright decor throughout make this one of the most fun properties in the area. It’s probably not for those who are looking for a quaint B&B or a luxury hotel, but it certainly offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Each room has its own theme (Genie’s Bottle, The Wizard’s Emeralds, The Noir Boudoir, Samantha’s Cloud), and is decorated accordingly, with tons of quirky details -- such as a Star Trek-inspired TV in The Final Frontier Room, a huge mural depicting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s wife in the Amadeus’ Bride Suite, and the silhouette of Farrah Fawcett in Angel Hair Room.

There are two buildings here, located across the street from each other along the road that leads to Main Street in tiny Roxbury. They both have motel-style exterior hallways, but they have been decorated with funky pop art murals and bright green doors. All rooms have garden and creek views.

The hotel is popular with couples and groups -- and it's one of the top picks for bachelor and bachelorette parties. But there are also a few features great for families, including large, multi-room suites, microwaves and mini-fridges.

 Location

Right outside Roxbury, a tiny town in the northern Catskills region

The Roxbury is located one block from State Highway 30 (which turns into Main Street Roxbury) along Co Rd 41. There is a restaurant and bar across the street, and there are a few eateries and pretty, historic homes nearby, but guests will need a car to move around for the most part.

Roxbury is known for its historic buildings and picturesque setting, and while there aren’t many attractions, it's a good base to explore the region. It offers easy access to outdoor activities in Belleayre and Plattekill (as well as Hunter and Windham mountains a little farther east); quaint little towns; and a few attractions.

  • 13-minute drive to Margaretville
  • 16-minute drive to Plattekill Mountain
  • 25-minute drive to Belleayre ski resort
  • 32-minute drive to Windham Mountain
  • 38-minute drive to Hunter and Hunter Mountain ski resort
  • 1-hour-23-minute drive from Albany
  • 2-hour-30-minute drive to New York City

 Rooms

Fun, quirky, unique rooms with upscale amenities

The Roxbury offers six different rooms types: Studios, Kitchenettes, Theme Studios, Big Kings, Suites, and The Digs. All rooms offer microwaves, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and Lather toiletries, but the size and layout varies, and every single one of the 27 rooms has unique themed decor.

The Studios are the smallest units and come with a queen bed. Kitchenette Rooms are a little larger, and have a small area with a wet bar and counter space, but don’t let the name fool you -- these rooms do not offer stovetops, ovens or utensils. Classic movie lovers might want to consider the Theme Studios, which are inspired by movies and TV shows from the '60s and '70s. Big Kings are the way to go for those planning a romantic getaway: They feature a double soaking tub, dual showerheads, and king beds. The multi-room Suites are great for groups, but note that only one of them has a full kitchen.

The Archaeologist’s Digs is one of the most outstanding rooms here, featuring Indiana Jones-inspired decor (remember the huge rolling boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark?) and an aquarium. It offers a full kitchen, several rooms and bathrooms, and a large living space with a fireplace.

  • Mini-fridges
  • Microwaves
  • Coffeemakers
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Flat-screen TVs and DVD players
  • iPod docks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lather toiletries
  • Mood lighting in many rooms
  • Guests can borrow DVDs from a movie library featuring over 400 titles.
  • Big Kings have pull-out couches.
  • Many rooms have interior adjoining doors.

 Spa

Inexpensive spa with relaxation and treatment areas

Guests get access to the spa facilities for an inexpensive one-time fee, paid not per day but per stay, which adds a lot of value. The spa has two areas located in separate buildings: The 600-square-foot Shimmer Spa South and the 1200-square foot Shimmer Spa North. Shimmer Spa is not a full-service spa, but it does offer a few treatment rooms as well as a hot tub, steam room, sauna, and comfy couches by a fireplace.

  • Shimmer Spa South is a small, intimate spa featuring a hot tub, a dry sauna, a fireplace and a treatment room.
  • Shimmer Spa North is double the size of the South section, and offers a large steam room, two treatment rooms (one for couples), and a relaxation room with a selection of coffee table books and magazines.

 Family

While there are no specific kid-friendly amenities, the hotel's rooms are great for families.

There’s no kids’ club, no on-site restaurant, and no features geared towards families -- but the rooms’ fun decor and layouts make it a solid pick for those traveling with kids.

  • Suites and Big King rooms feature pull-out couches.
  • All rooms have microwaves and mini-fridges.
  • Free continental breakfast served daily
  • The outdoor patio features a fire pit great for S’mores.
  • Individually decorated rooms have fun themes, such as the Wizard of Oz and Genie’s Bottle.
  • The Digs is a standalone cottage with three separate rooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen with a bar, tons of space, and an Indiana Jones theme complete with hidden treasures, an aquarium, and hieroglyphics.
  • The Shagadellic Suite offers a full kitchen.

 Food

No restaurant on-site, but all rooms feature microwaves, coffeemakers and mini-fridges

  • The hotel doesn’t offer an on-site restaurant, but there is one directly across the street.
  • Free continental breakfast is served every morning in the main building.
  • All rooms feature microwaves and mini-fridges.
  • Kitchenette Rooms do not feature stovetops, ovens or utensils -- but they do have some counter space in a separate area.
  • The Shagadellic Suite and The Digs have full kitchens.
  • Free coffee available throughout the day

 Services

Free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast -- but the front desk closes after dark

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free continental breakfast served every morning
  • Free coffee available throughout the day
  • Movie library with over 400 titles for guests to borrow
  • Fire pit for S’mores roasting
  • Front desk is not open 24 hours, so guests checking in after dark get instructions over the phone.

 Business and Conventions

Great for unconventional business meetings

This might not be a conventional pick for a business trip or a corporate retreat, but it can accommodate small meetings.

  • Funky conference room for up to 16 guests
  • Catering services upon request
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • The staff can plan excursions or unwinders at the spa.

 Bottom Line

The Roxbury is one of the funkiest hotels in the region. All of its 27 rooms have bright, bold decor, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges; Theme Studios have style inspired by movies, cartoons, and TV shows from the 1960s and '70s. The inexpensive spa with relaxation and treatments areas; free Wi-Fi; free continental breakfast; and central location within easy driving distance of skiing, hiking and ziplining, are all highlights. But the hotel lacks an on-site restaurant (there’s one across the street), and most weekends have a minimum two-night stay.

Things You Should Know About The Roxbury

Address

  • 2258 County Highway 41, Roxbury, NY 12474 United States of America

Room Types

  • Amadeus' Bride
  • Angel Hair
  • Fred's Lair
  • Genie's Bottle
  • George's Spacepad
  • Golightly-a-Go-Go
  • Kitchenette Room
  • Maria's Curtains
  • Maryann's Coconut Cream Pie
  • Miss Kitty's Saloon
  • Samantha's Cloud
  • Studio
  • The Archaeologist Digs
  • The Final Frontier
  • The Mod Pod
  • The Noir Boudoir
  • The Partridge Nest
  • The Shagadellic
  • The Wizard's Emeralds
  • Tony's Dancefloor
  • Upstairs Downstairs

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 28
Pool: No
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Catskills, New York
Address: 2258 County Highway 41, Roxbury, NY 12474 United States of America
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