I’m not sure how I originally stumbled across Hotel Dylan. But once I saw a picture of the Woodstock property’s hippie-chic rooms, I was sold, and the wheels of my mind were already turning and plotting a weekend getaway in the Catskills.
You see, I have a serious inner struggle when it comes to decor. On one end, my style is very bohemian: pillows on the floor, prints everywhere and beaded tapestries hanging on the walls. My apartment currently resembles a cross between a Moroccan riad and a Guatemalan basket weaving cooperative. On the other end, I also have a strong affinity for chic, minimalist Scandinavian design. This might make zero sense, but to me, Hotel Dylan capture both ends of the spectrum with its modern interpretation of boho-chic.
Located about a five minute drive from the center of Woodstock, a little town you may have heard of due to its legendary namesake music festival in 1969, Hotel Dylan (nightly rate, $189) provides a relaxing escape from Manhattan in the Catskills.
Opened by a Woodstock native this past June, the property pays homage to the town’s musical heritage and long history as an artists’ colony. All 11 rooms of the two-story, motel-style lodging feature photographs taken by Elliot Landy, the official photographer of the Woodstock Festival (which actually took place in Bethel), and are complete with vintage turntables and vinyl records.
The rooms even nod to the history of the Native Americans who originally occupied the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains with arrow-inspired wallpaper, which was my favorite part of the design.
But it’s not just about looks at Hotel Dylan – the hotel also offers plenty of extras for its $189-a-night price tag. We pulled up after a long, 3 hour drive to a crackling, welcoming fire set up on the hotel’s lawn. Despite the late hour, the manager, Karen, greeted us cheerfully and showed us to our rooms.
We were surprised to find that a hotel with such vintage inspirations had so many modern amenities: a waterfall shower, a TV that hooks up to your Netflix account, and separate heat just for the bathroom. Even the toiletries were a notch above your standard hotel bathroom kit, with shampoos and lotions from C.O. Bigelow and a little box with lifesaving COTTON BALLS, which I always forget when traveling.
Overall Hotel Dylan was my favorite part of our weekend getaway in the Catskills, and the king rooms were beyond comfy and cozy to come back to after a long day spent outside in the cold. Actually, I could have hung out there all day, but luckily the hotel was conveniently located near everything I wanted to do in the area, from amazing restaurants to hiking and shopping. While this is a small town, things are a bit spread out and I didn’t see much in the way of public transit, so I highly recommend driving a car.
I’m a weird traveler in that I either pick a destination and will stay anywhere in order to get there, or I pick a hotel I’ve discovered, usually thanks to Instagram, and book a trip based solely on the accommodation that caught my eye. While this was definitely a case of the latter, I really did enjoy visiting Woodstock and the surrounding area – stay tuned for the next post to find out why!
I’m already planning a return trip in the summer, when I can hang out by Hotel Dylan’s lovely fire when the outdoor temperature isn’t so close to freezing.
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