Terrible place, should have been torn down in 1980! DO NOT GO HERE! WARNING: UNSAFE, Building was condemned yet they still sell rooms here. Oh and if the cops find out your inside their or staying there they will arrest you!
This is without a doubt, the most rundown, filthiest place I have stayed (and I get around). When the hotel was new many many years ago, I bet it was top notch, but it hasn't been maintained nor cleaned much since then. There was water damage from leaks everywhere, broken windows, broken elevators, trash laying around in the hotel, my bathroom was not cleaned (pubic hair everywhere on the floor), and cobwebs throughout just to name some issues. My associate was not even comfortable enough to take of his shoes in his room. The pond on the property is nice with complementary row boats and fishing. However, it is not nearly enough to overcome the rest of this DUMP! One star is too many!!
This place deserves no star (or a negative star if there was one.) Where to start, how about walking into the lobby you're overwhelmed by a smell of dampness and moldy carpet. This place is dilapidated and falling apart, it's so obvious they can't afford to maintain the building and grounds properly. FOOD - the entire hotel is geared toward Hasidic Jewish families, the dining room is strictly glatt kosher. Presumably the kitchen is carefully cleaned, but the food that comes out is over cooked and tasteless. Apparently they don't know what a salad bar is or fresh fruit or vegetables. Everything looks like it comes from an institutional food service and then straight to you. If there's a professionally trained chef in this kitchen then he deserves to be flayed with his own paring knife. ROOM - clean, but the bed felt like a slab, and there's no wifi and the walls are very thin. FACILITIES - an indoor pool, a few boats on a little lake, a decent auditorium for entertainment. One more warning, this place is ridiculously overpriced, you'll feel ripped-off. You've been warned...
Wow. What a crazy place.
I went to the 2012 Damn Sam Harvest Fest & Freedom Fair here in October--what a perfect setting! Half of the rooms are falling apart and actually have condemned notices on the doors. Those rooms are chock full of mold, ceiling falling down, furniture overturned everywhere--it's a crazy place. The campgrounds were great and it was nice to be able to go inside and camp as well because it was absolutely freezing. Yeah, this place is run down but it is the perfect place for festivals because the place is just full of history and the fact that it is falling apart just makes it that much more interesting. There were so many places to explore, it just really blew my mind. Had a great time here.
I grew up coming here and it makes me so sad to know It's not doing so well. I even went to their sleep away camp, Kutcher's Sports Academy, which I have great memories of and seems to be thriving. My high school actually took us here for our senior trip in the winter of 2005, which was hilarious, though were weren't the only school there.
The rooms were very shabby to say the least. There's a dinky little gift shop with mostly useless items, but it does sell cigarettes. There's also a video game arcade. When I was a kid I played what some people consider one of the worst arcade games ever: Revolution X, that Aerosmith game. But I loved it to bits and was disappointed to see that it wasn't still there. There's an ice skating rink, skiing, indoor pool and I think the teens clubhouse is still standing. Some of my friends got massages.
Really, the most unforgivable thing is the food. It's just atrocious. Whether you're eating at the awesomely retro Starlight Lounge or the coffee shop, expect crap, there's no other way to put it. Their sleep away camp had the same issue. I can put up with a lot (poorly functioning showers, no heat on cold winter nights), but if you take away my food I just lose it. It's Kosher, which I've never enjoyed.
And then there's Crazy Tyrone. Scrabble champion, Simon Says Expert, Guinness Book World Record holder for jump roping. He lives at Kutchers and is paid to amuse the guests with his shtick and hijinks. Everything about this place screams "dying tradition". It's not surprising but it still makes me sad.