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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No restaurant on-site, but all rooms feature microwaves, coffeemakers and mini-fridges
Free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast -- but the front desk closes after dark
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.
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.