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The Roxbury Offers the Grooviest Lodging "Trip" East of...Mars
Ever considered spending the night in the opulent confines of a genie's bottle, or the furry snugness of a caveman's lair? Maybe you'd prefer a glowing ultramodern space pad, adorned with space-age amenities? The Roxbury co-owners Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa have given this considerable thought, and the result is a completely new hotel experience.
ROXBURY, NY, July 17, 2007—Roxbury, NY, July 17, 2007 -- Seen from the distance, The Roxbury looks like a stately country establishment, tucked in one of the most rural corners of New York’s Catskill Mountains. But look closer and you will notice the chartreuse green doors with black trimmings and from there it becomes clear that this is not your typical lodging choice - something very different is going on here. The Roxbury, which has been offering a finely tuned luxury boutique hotel experience for two years, has spent the past year building some stylistically rich rooms and suites unlike any other pads on the planet.
What sets The Roxbury apart is its brand new theatrically designed theme rooms, suites and spa each loosely inspired by an iconic American film, TV show or cartoon from the 60’s and 70’s. The Roxbury offers the relaxation and escape factor you long for in the Catskills, with a luxurious design and visual richness that makes no compromises. Extraordinary is an understatement!
First a Little Bit of History and "The Inspiration"...It all started with "The Shagadelic," an aptly named suite in the original Roxbury. Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa, the hotel’s co-owners and proprietors, went all out with bright orange and yellow accents, a furry zebra couch, and other accoutrements worthy of an Austin Powers sequel.
Guests responded so positively to the "cool factor" that Henderson and Massa decided to undergo a major expansion that takes off in several retro-chic directions and doubles The Roxbury’s size. The result is a series of hotel rooms and suites with unique elements that give each room its own ’wow factor.’ Each of the recently unveiled new rooms and suites, plus the state-of-the-art "Shimmer Spa," not only has oodles of style and comfort that rival many of the world’s boutique hotels, but also a real sense of design adventure and fun.
"It is not just a place to stay while you enjoy the beautiful Catskills, but a full-blown entertainment experience of its own," says Henderson. He and Massa, in fact, come to the hotel business by way of theater, as actors and producers. "We spent years writing, directing, designing, and producing shows together and Joseph always built dramatic and sometimes fantastical stage settings: his knowledge and instincts were critical in bringing the rooms’ décor and original design elements together. He is able to almost read my mind when I explain a new design concept or piece of craftsmanship that I feel a room needs. There’s nothing typical about The Roxbury: each room exudes its own carefully crafted ambience; we strived to make every single suite a groovy place to stay!"
Here’s what they mean.
Genie’s Bottle is a spacious two-bedroom suite constructed with the signature arabesque curves of Persian architecture and art and decorated with custom-made cheetah-print sofas, rich silk damask-patterned settees, and "Victoria’s Ghost" Phillipe Starck chairs. The "crown jewel" of the suite (and the whole expansion) is a perfectly spherical purple and gold luxurious bottle-shaped bathroom with a 70-gallon Japanese soaking tub at its center. The "genie’s bottle" is not simply curved marble walls, but a perfectly engineered sphere, a childhood fantasy now come to life in grownup fashion as a cozy, pillow-strewn djinn’s den.
The adjoining suite, George’s Space Pad, is furnished with bright space-age orange, Lucite, and chrome chairs and a cherry red chromatherapy bathtub and sink that actually illuminate from within. Specially manufactured in Italy, the Space Pad tub and sink illustrate how an entire room can be built around a "riff" on one key design element. Fred’s Lair has an 11’ tall pebblestone shower and bathroom area, bed throws made of seven different kinds of faux fur and mirrors made of driftwood collected from the beach on the Cornish coast of England. Co-owner Joseph Massa painstakingly sculpted the rocky interior of this room for more than two months.
The Mod Pod is the epitome of 1960/70s groove with its artichoke-shaped chandeliers, flower-power artwork, and swirling yellow, green and orange wallpaper reminiscent of Rowan and Martin’s "Laugh-In." Golightly-A-Go-Go, with its black velvet and crunched silver foil wallcoverings, Tiffany-blue accent walls, crystal chandeliers, and rich cherry wood molding, is an elegant tribute to the iconic Truman Capote character and Audrey Hepburn’s classic performance.
The Partridge Nest, with its bright blue, yellow and red 3D wallscape and pop-art glass mosaic tilework, is a reincarnation of the famous Mondrian-inspired bus. Samantha’s Cloud is light and airy, with sparkling silver glitter-glass mosaic tile and a cloud mural that spans the entire ceiling and most of the walls, created by mural artist, Chris Kanienberg
"In designing the rooms, our goal was not only to make the guest’s primary response a smile of delight - or maybe even a jaw drop or two - but also to create an environment of pampering comfort. They are meant to exude what we call "whimsical elegance," Massa emphasizes. "It’s been over a year in the works and it is finally done and ready for guests. Many of these one-of-a-kind elements were created or discovered by our staff. Our manager, Leslie Black, crafted her own custom designed lampshades, drapes and throw pillows and combed the Internet with the tenacity of her Scotties for the perfect accessories. Joseph not only supervised the construction process, he was also a man of all trades. The Mondrian masterpiece in the Partridge Nest took him three months of excruciating patience and a small fortune in masking tape," says Gregory.
Amenities Abound in These Super Cool Rooms...All rooms and suites include wireless Internet, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine, A/C, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, telephones with voicemail, luxury ’Lather’ bathroom amenities, locally hand-made body soaps, state-of-the-art flat screen TVs with DVD players and access to a DVD collection of over 400 DVD’s, mood lighting on dimmers, fresh flowers, Godiva chocolates, double-pillow top mattresses, one-of-a kind chandeliers, and an extensive continental breakfast served every morning along with snacks throughout the day.
Also new at The Roxbury is The Shimmer Spa - a small oasis for guests that is just as imaginative and luxurious as the new rooms. Thousands of sparkling iridescent mosaic tiles surround the professional sports caliber hot tub, a dry sauna, a fireplace, and a shower made of black river rock that massages a person’s feet as he or she takes a shower. The new 900 square foot upper deck at The Roxbury is furnished with comfortable chaise lounges and sectional "conversation area" couches. The custom-built fire pit with flames dancing through chartreuse aquatel glass crystals enables guests to enjoy the spectacular landscape at sunset even on those cool Catskills evenings. There is also an enclosed breezeway to enjoy the view, where continental breakfast is served all year. And for those true design enthusiasts, there is a Chihuly-inspired chandelier commissioned by Henderson and Massa to hang in the exterior stairwell. The 4’ x 6’ creation is comprised of 3,000 12-inch glowing plexiglass "rods" that had to be individually heated to 310 degrees in order to make them pliable enough to tie into knots all over the chandelier’s frame.
For those seeking the comfort of more conventional accommodations, a number of "classic" rooms and suites are available from stylish "comes-with-kitchenette" rooms to cozy studios. The Upstairs Downstairs suite takes up the entire upstairs level of the main house, with two separate bedrooms and a sitting room. Although more traditional, this large space retains The Roxbury flare for contemporary design.
For room rates, log onto www.theroxburymotel.com and click onto the "rates and reservations"
The Roxbury is one of the Catskill and New York State’s top-rated hotels and provides a variety of comprehensive original vacation packages - perfect for a weekend getaway or a mid-week holiday. These include: Rad Romance at The Roxbury (includes fine chilled champagne, fresh exotic flowers, dinner at the renowned Peekamoose restaurant, a gourmet cheese platter, and a couples massage); The Get off Your %&$# and Get Outside! (The staff at The Roxbury will make all the arrangements for an outdoor hike, including charting out your hiking trail, gourmet deli lunch, trail snacks, and a flask of perfect wine for the pack. And to soothe a guest’s tired feet and muscles, a stress-reducing foot reflexology massage or spa treatment is also included.) For movie lovers, The Roxbury has created The Sensational Celluloid Movie Lovers’ Marathon Package. Guests can binge in bed with Bogart and Bacall or get lost in glamour with Garbo and Gable! They receive 20 DVDs from their choice of the hotel’s world-class DVD movie collection (that also includes the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time) an assortment of movie treats, such as popcorn and Milk Duds and extra pillows and tissues.
And did we mention The Roxbury has won one hotel award after another? Winner for the third year in a row (2004, 2005, 2006) of the Catskill Mountain News Best Service Award for #1 Hotel/Motel in the Catskills Region. The Roxbury was also the winner of the 2005 New York Delaware County Tourism Business of the Year.
The villages, hamlets and countryside surrounding Roxbury offer a myriad of recreational and cultural pursuits and events for guests to enjoy year-round including biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, fall foliage tours, fishing, golfing and kayaking. Museums, galleries, antiquing, heritage tourism events and fairs, auctions and numerous historic sites throughout the historical hamlet of Roxbury and the western Catskills region offer something for everyone in your family.
The Roxbury is the ideal destination for that long-awaited vacation, a fun weekend, or mid-week getaway. It is located at 2258 County Highway 41, Roxbury, NY and is less than a three-hour drive from The Big Apple and the New York tri-state area, Albany, and Philadelphia.
For reservations or questions on summer, winter and fall getaway packages, special events and off-site meeting facilities, call 607-326-7200, email email protected from spam bots or go to www.theroxburymotel.com. The Roxbury welcomes families, meeting groups, singles and lovers. Its guest register now includes visitors from more than 27 countries, including South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Romania, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the U.K.
To download high-resolution / magazine/newspaper quality photos of The Roxbury, go to: TheRoxburyMotel.com/photos.
To view visuals of all rooms at The Roxbury, go to TheRoxburyMotel.com, click on Rooms & Spa, then the appropriate room category, and then scroll to the links for "viewing actual photos" of every single room.
B-Roll and an FTP site available. For media interested in an overnight stay or to arrange an interview contact Gregory Henderson @ 607-326-7200.