The Roxbury Hotel in the Catskills features over-the-top themed rooms from Jetsons-style suites to a cottage with a pumpkin carriage bathroom in Business Insider
by Allison Tibaldi
As a travel journalist who typically spends 100 nights in hotels annually, COVID-19 has upended my travel plans entirely since March. With the exception of one escape to an Airbnb in Columbia County, New York over the summer, my husband and I have stayed put in our New York apartment.
But as autumn unfolded, I finally felt ready to spend the night at a hotel, based on expert safety recommendations. The Roxbury, with its creative design elements and individually decorated thematic rooms, caught my eye.
And when I say thematic, I also mean dramatic. These are rooms that pack a big wow factor with tons of visual stimulation.
The Roxbury is divided into two properties: The Roxbury Motel, which is the original 28-room property, and the brand-new Roxbury at Stratton Falls, with eight standalone cottages and seven rooms housed in a historic mansion. Registered guests may enjoy the facilities at both.
Both are distinctly whimsical. This isn’t a place where your room will be simply outfitted with two beds and a desk. Instead, options include the likes of Cinderella’s Gown cottage at Stratton Falls, with an enormous pumpkin morphing into a carriage that serves as a bathroom, as well as Dracula’s Fang cottage, which delivers a maverick vampire fantasy complete with a throne chamber.
The over-the-top Cinderella’s Gown cottage is a showstopper. Roxbury Hotel
There was no availability at Stratton Falls when I booked, so I chose George’s Spacepad suite at the Motel for $247 per night, plus tax. This mid-tier offering was inspired by the 1960s television cartoon “The Jetsons” and promised plenty of midcentury modern panache. There are cheaper rooms starting as low as $95, but they lack the eye-catching fantasy seen in the suites. So, if you’re here to immerse yourself in creative design, book accordingly.
I also felt safe staying here since the hotel’s website listed extensive COVID-19 safety guidelines, including keeping guest rooms empty for 24-48 hours before and after each reservation, utilization of a hospital-grade disinfection system, frequent replacement of air filters, and requiring reservations to use amenities like a hot tub for an added $20, which I tried as well.
When I arrived, I was upgraded to a spacious two-bedroom superhero-themed standalone cottage at Stratton Falls at no extra cost. These rooms typically start at $500 per night, but the space and privacy will no doubt appeal to families with kids, especially considering how much little ones will love the look of their room.
Plus, the hotel is nestled amid beautiful hiking, waterfalls, and scenery, offering a much-needed reconnection with nature before the long winter ahead.