by Amanda Geronikos
The Thompson House is a good hotel choice for families who plan to ski at Windham Mountain in the Catskills of New York. Many rooms sleep up to four, and most have mini-fridges. Rates include breakfast and dinner for a nearly all-inclusive experience. Other perks include a game room, fitness center and golf course nearby, plus free Wi-Fi.
Our Editor Loves
- Meals included
- Rooms with fridges
- Location by Windham Mountain
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
by Sharon C
Family owned business with the nicest folks ever. Rooms are good size, neat and clean. Service requests are handled in a timely manner. Continental breakfast is substantial. Stayed here as part of a ski group and had service above and beyond.
We're both city kids and my wife wanted one of those retro Catskills vacations from our childhood. We found Thompson House online, saw good reviews and figured "why not?" Given a previous vacation in the general area, I didn't expect much and man, was I wrong.
You'll hear that the place is dated, but that's not the case at all. The entire place is fastidiously clean. Not a leaf out of place, not an errant stain anywhere. Seriously, if it was dated, then the wallpaper in the room would have a stain *somewhere* or furniture wouldn't be in perfect repair. But it's not dated - it's decorated in keeping with the area. It's also as well maintained as anywhere I've ever stayed. Not a chip or scuff to be found anywhere. Even the games they have out for guests are in great shape.
I'm a bit of a snob. I know this. I'm a trained chef, so I'm even more of a food snob and I also didn't expect much in the way of food. Seriously, I thought we'd be getting reheated Budget Gourmets or something. Again, I couldn't have been more wrong. The food was REALLY good, well prepared, varied and plenty. They even do all their own baking on premise, which is really kind of cool. I was shocked at how good it was and how nice the dining room was, too.
The thing that makes all this tick though are the people who work here. They're just amazing. From the housekeeping staff that keeps Thompson House clean and serviceable to the server who knew what all your preferences were by your second seating, they're all invested in making sure your stay is the best it can be.
We go to Disney a lot and I tend to use that as the gold standard to measure other hotels and resorts with. While it's obviously not Disney, I can honestly say that Thompson House as good as any place we've stayed. If there's a drawback, it's that they don't have a liquor license. If you wish to have an adult beverage with dinner, you'll have to bring it with you.