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A Night at The Roxbury 

by Gabby

Whether it is art deco, luxury, modern or another style, most hotel rooms are pretty boring style-wise and serve only as a place to shower and rest before heading out for an adventure or business meeting. 

This is not the case with The Roxbury, a lodging experience unlike any other, featuring whimsical rooms that will make your Instagram followers envious. 

Nestled in The Catskills about 150 miles from New York City, the hotel features themed rooms and suites with massive wow factor. The original hotel opened in 2004 and a second location is just a few miles down the road, The Roxbury at Stratton Falls began welcoming guests in early 2020 and offers jaw-dropping themed mansion rooms and tower cottages. Each room offers a different experience and no two areas are alike. 

The Roxbury at Stratton Falls, NY

Owners Gregory Henderson and Joe Massa go by the mantra that “there is no such thing as too over the top.” 

The Roxbury design mainly focuses on concepts from television shows and movies from the 1960s and 1970s. An example is The Partridge Nest, a room inspired by the musical family’s touring bus which was originally created to look like a Mondrian painting. There’s also a suite that would make Austin Powers feel right at home — The Shagadelic, offering bright pops of color with 1960s and 1970s aesthetics. 

The Wizard’s Emeralds room explores a “Wizard of Oz” theme, complete with a yellow brick road, which is sure to bring a smile to fans of the movie and Frank L. Baum book. 

Wizard of Oz Room at Roxbury Motel. Photo Courtesy of theroxburyexperience.com

In a fun wink to “The Sound of Music,” Maria’s Curtains is a room covered in the same fabric pattern used by the movie’s main character to make play clothes for the Von Trapp children. It is sure to be one of your favorite things … about staying there. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live inside a coconut cream pie? You’ll know after staying in Maryann’s Coconut Cream Pie room named in honor of the “Gilligan’s Island” character. A circular king bed adorned with dollops of fluffy white whipped cream pillows sits underneath crown molding made to look like pie crust with a ceiling covered in (fake) filling.    

Terrazza of the Titans Cottage. Photo Courtesy of theroxburyexperience.com

Henderson and Massa were first inspired to open The Roxbury at Stratton Falls by the property’s 50-foot waterfall. It inspired them to create lodgings full of magic and fantasy, offering guests total immersion into a theme. Their tower cottages include at least two levels and bedrooms as well as screened-in back porches and sunny balconies. 

While Superman had his Fortress of Solitude and Batman his Bat Cave, where does Wonder Woman go to rest her head after a battle? Probably to The Superhero Incognito cottage, which features a sleek look while also paying homage to the Paradise Island native. Here you’ll see a golden lasso and artist renderings of the crime fighter. 

The Superhero Incognito Cottage at Roxbury Hotel. Photo Courtesy of theroxburyexperience.com

Cinderella’s Gown cottage whisks guests into the beloved fairytale featuring an 18-foot ball gown that serves as a canopy for the bed and a huge pumpkin turning into a golden carriage is the site’s bathroom. 

While visiting, guests can take advantage of two locations of The Shimmer Spa, which offers the chance to relax in a hot tub, dry sauna or a large steam area. Schedule a couples massage, too.

by Gina Gallucci-White 

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