The Eastwind Hotel in the Catskills recently opened new mini standalone cabins ideal for social distancing — here’s what it’s like to stay in one

Lushna Suites at the Eastwind Hotel


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Eastwind Hotel is a boutique property in the Catskills of New York that sprawls across 17 private acres.
In addition to standard hotel rooms, Eastwind offers standalone A-frame Lushna units and new, bigger Lushna Suite cabins.
I stayed in a Lushna Suite, comped for review purposes, that typically starts at $429 per night. However standard rooms start at $279.
Read more: Is it safe to stay in a hotel right now? An infectious disease doctor, a cleaning expert, and hotel reps all share what you should know before you check-in.

In a time when social distancing, private space, and the great outdoors are all trending in travel due to COVID-19, the new Lushna Suites at Eastwind Hotel & Bar are ideally suited for travelers’ current priorities. Located in Windham, New York, the property is a quick two-hour drive north of New York City.

While some may already be familiar with the hotel’s smaller Lushna units, or have seen them trending on Instagram thanks to their A-framed views,  I tried out the hotel’s brand new offering, the Lushna Suites. These larger, standalone suites are cabin-like duplexes that peek out over the mountains and feel like tiny homes in the country.

Eastwind is one of several boutique properties that dot the area around Windham Mountain ski resort. An old hunting lodge from the 1920s, it sits on a prime 17-acres of private grounds facing the Catskill Mountains, providing the kind of wide-open country views that anyone trapped in their pandemic abode dreams about. Their design-savvy team transformed the once rundown motel into a hip getaway that attracts a younger city crowd for the convivial atmosphere and photo-worthy interiors. 

In the summer and shoulder seasons, the area is known for wonderful hiking trails; the autumn brings leaf peepers chasing dazzling fall foliage; in the winter, Windham is a well-regarded regional ski hub. In the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when I visited, it’s not really any of these things. However, the off-season provided a perfect opportunity to snuggle up and enjoy the cozy ambiance of the Lushna Suites. 

This is glamping done right, with lots of modern elements making the sleek pine units inviting. However, this is not a luxury hotel stay. If you need a lot of personal attention or pre-planned activities, you won’t find them here. And with a pricey three-night minimum and extremely limited dining options during the week, a stay here definitely presents some downsides.  

However, if you’re looking for a socially-distant getaway where you can …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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