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Skytop Lodge


    Skytop Lodge
 in Skytop
    Skytop Lodge
 in Skytop

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  • Great vacation

    by rully1958 on 2018-07-15 06:38 am

    Second time staying at this facility
    Stayed at the inn rooms are very big and comfortable with great views
    Staff is amazing and extremely accommodating will always assist you
    Tim the manager is always around to talk and help in-any possible way
    Can't wait to come back!???

  • Incredible!

    by Lauren W on 2018-07-14 07:20 am

    My boyfriend and I went to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. Very scenic and quiet and plenty to do around the lodge such as hiking, canoeing, archery, etc. (the latter 2 have extra fees). Definitely do the treetop adventure course if you're not afraid of heights!

  • Excellent Time at SkyTop!

    by Marcy P on 2018-07-11 03:02 am

    The grounds at this resort are gorgeous! Very well kept! The building itself is picturesque--and they have done a good job at keeping it up to date since it is 90 years old. The staff was extremely friendly and courteous! Also, we celebrated my parents 50th anniversary and the event staff as well as the wait staff in the dining room were fabulous! The food was great in the dining room too! A couple of things that kept it from a 5 star review: there are not rooms with two double or queen beds. Kids need to sleep on a sofa bed and if you have two kids you need a sofa bed and a pull out bed in your room. This makes the room very tight. Also, the pool area could be renovated. It is old and needs a facelift to keep with modern times. The beach area should also be renovated. It is not that great. It should be transformed to really capitalize on the lake there. My kids were bored most of the time and I think there needs to be some excitement for the kids--example, renovate the pool, beach, etc. Plus, the game room needs transformation. Also, bring in some night entertainment--especially on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun. There are many events that can be done in a tasteful manner guests will appreciate. Overall, a great experience!

    Owner Response
    I was thrilled to read your review and happy to read about your experiences celebrating your parent's 50th anniversary. We wished we could have exceeded all of your expectations, but will certainly speak to the Team regarding your suggestions. Again, thank you for coming to Skytop and we look forward to your return!

    -Jeff

    Jeffrey R, General Manager at Skytop Lodge, responded to this review

  • Family Friendly but Not Quite Top Notch

    by Nicole J on 2018-07-10 02:47 pm

    The short version: if you live within a couple hours and can get a good rate, it's worth a one-night stay for the activities and grounds. Otherwise, head for the Catskills/Hudson River Valley.

    Pros:

    Grounds - Skytop's grounds (5,500 acres) are stunning. The main lawn (where games and activities are located) and the golf course are green, expansive, and well-manicured. Flowers are beautifully maintained throughout the property. The buildings are likewise beautiful - grand and nostalgic. Think luxurious 1950s summer camp. Great views from the observation tower.

    Activities - there are tons! My husband and I had a great time playing corn hole, giant Connect Four, badminton, and using the putting green. Other options include archery, non-motorized water sports, a small lake beach with a blow up water park, golfing, tennis, ziplining, and more. In addition to an outdoor and indoor pool (plus two indoor hot tubs), Skytop offers activities throughout the day for both adults and children (ex: children's golf lessons, paint and sip for adults).

    Lodging - we stayed in a King Cottage. The room was very comfortable - clean, large closet, sofa with a pull-out bed (I think), a bathroom that appears to have been recently renovated, small outdoor seating area, and a location set apart from the main lodge (but still very close).

    Cons:

    Restaurant service - my husband and I had dinner at the pub there and the service was, quite frankly, horrendous (possibly the worst we've ever had and we dine out frequently). The restaurant was about one third full while we were there, and there appeared to be ample staff. However, we waited at least 15 minutes before anyone came to our table (we tried to flag down several people and no one seemed to hear us). Even then, it was a manager - we told him we'd been waiting and no one was coming by. We placed our order and it was an additional 20 minutes or so before we even got a drink (draft beer). The table next to us was seated much later than us and started receiving their drinks first (same waitress). When we were finishing up, we asked another waiter for a to-go box. Never came. We asked a third waitress, who brought one out. The food was good (not great). I'm not sure how this place functions when it's full. We observed a similar experience at the poolside grill - there appeared to be several mix-ups with grill orders despite the pool not being crowded and the grill menu being limited.

    Scent in air system - in the main lobby you will notice a pine scent. It's not a bad smell, but clearly artificial. Our room had the same scent, but it was much stronger and gave me a headache. I couldn't be in the room for extended periods of time despite taking Advil. I called the front desk and they didn't have an explanation or viable solution ("we can send someone to open your window"). I mentioned the scent again at check-out and the receptionist likewise didn't seem to know what it was (but admitted they put some sort of scent in the air). Based on other reviews I have read, I'm guessing the scent is used to cover up a musty smell, but for people with sensitive noses like me, the artificial air freshener is much worse.

    Lodging - as I said, our room was quite comfortable. However, the design is a classic case of the Poconos not getting it quite right. It appears the room was redone recently, but orange and brown were the colors of choice. A missed opportunity for a more appealing (and less tired) mountain aesthetic.

    TV - regular television was not available (only Netflix, HBO, Hulu, etc.). We called the front desk and they told us to select "Antenna TV" - still, no channels worked. It wasn't a big deal because we only spent one night at Skytop and were outside most of the time.

    Price - we grabbed a last minute deal (Skytop honored a Booking.com rate) and paid $250 plus $60 in taxes and fees. Be aware that there's a steep nightly resort fee (maybe $40?). Normal rates for a basic king room will likely start in the upper 300s, and wind up in the low 400s with taxes and fees. The rate we got seemed fair, but I'd never pay the normal rate. These are 5-star prices for a less than 5-star resort.

    Owner Response
    Our goal is always to exceed expectations, and it appears that we had success in some areas, but not all....I only hope that you give Skytop another chance...Perhaps in the Fall to enjoy the Fall Foliage.

    -Jeff

    Jeffrey R, General Manager at Skytop Lodge, responded to this review

  • Wonderfully Relaxing

    by Eric W on 2018-07-09 10:59 am

    We had a restorative long weekend at Skytop Lodge and our experience could not have been better. We used the AAA Bed and Breakfast plan and had a junior suite overlooking the south lawn. The setting is stunning and well manicured. Our room was generously sized and very clean. The bed was very comfortable. We took advantage of the spa and relaxed at the pool. We debated whether to eat at the lodge or go out - and we ended up eating in both the Windsor Dining Room and the Taproom- and were glad we did. We had a pork loin and cavatelli pasta in the Windsor and a crab cobb salad and flatbread in the Taproom. The breakfast buffet was outstanding. All our meals exceeded expectation. We played cards on the veranda and had drinks in the Library. We enjoyed walking the grounds and hiked the Stable Trail to the Gazebo returning via the Promised Land Road; and also hiked the Stream Trail to Campbell's View - retuning down the Waterfall Ramble. All staff we encountered were truly helpful and pleasant. The lodge is family oriented and there were many families with children - and yet the facility was generally calm and quiet. Most men wore a jacket for dinner in the main dining room. Our only feedback is we had an extremely anemic shower - and, of course, it is just too easy to charge anything you want to the room! We look forward our return.

    Owner Response
    Wow! Really enjoyed reading your review and happy to see you enjoyed the true essence of Skytop. I will certainly pass along your kind words to the Team and they will be thrilled to hear them. Looking forward to your return and when ready, please reach out.

    All the best!

    -Jeff

    Jeffrey R, General Manager at Skytop Lodge, responded to this review


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