Lonely Planet Writer

Reconnect with the outdoors at a rustic 1920s bunk house in the Catskills

Two hours from the city by car, nestled on a quaint hillside in Windham, New York and flanked by the rugged Catskill Mountains is Eastwind Hotel & Bar. Once a simple bunk house dating back to the 1920s, today, the unique accommodation has been thoughtfully refurbished in an effort to marry the old with the new, and is due to welcome guests from June 2018 onwards.

A Lushna Cabin at Eastwind Hotel & Bar.
A Lushna Cabin at Eastwind Hotel & Bar. Image by Eastwind Hotel & Bar

Originally known as a retreat for hunters, fly fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts, Eastwind has been designed to welcome a new generation of visitors year-round, while still retaining its distinct rustic charm.

One of the guest rooms at the hotel.
One of the guest rooms at the hotel. Image by Eastwind Hotel & Bar

When planning the hotel, founders Bjorn Boyer, Julija Stoliarova, Daniel Cipriani and John Burnett were inspired by the property’s past, as well as innovative hotels and their own travel experiences. “We are excited to announce the opening of Eastwind and look forward to welcoming guests to our mountain hideaway,” said Bjorn Boyer. “We know spending time in nature is a humbling experience, so we wanted to create an upscale yet accessible way for today’s travelers to unplug, unwind and connect with friends and family.”

There are 19 accommodations with four room types for guests to choose from, including the Bunk House, Hill House, and Lushna Cabins. Image by Eastwind Hotel & Bar

Unfolding across a hillside with sweeping views of Windham Mountain, Eastwind blends natural beauty with communal-minded gathering spaces. Guests can relax in the swimming pool, oversized barrel hot tub or sauna; enjoy a night cap at the Salon’s cocktail bar; or cozy up by the fire pit while admiring the scenery.

The site was formerly used as a bunkhouse for hunters and fishermen. Image by Eastwind Hotel & Bar

There are 19 accommodations with four room types for guests to choose from, including the Bunk House, Hill House, and Lushna Cabins. The guestrooms have a mid-century electric look, while the Lushna Cabins embody the Scandinavian ideals of camping without sacrificing comforts.

Guests can relax in the swimming pool, oversized barrel hot tub or sauna; enjoy a night cap at the Salon’s cocktail bar. Image by Eastwind Hotel & Bar

The Bunk House and Hill House is home to the main lobby check-in area, 11 guest rooms, (including two writer’s studio suites) and the Salon, a gathering space to grab an espresso or a cocktail. Special events and programming at the getaway will evolve with the seasons, with woodland movie screenings in the summer, game nights in the winter, and intimate concerts and art classes indoors and out. Guests will be provided with outdoor necessities in order to explore the area, including rain boots, snowshoes and backpacks.

More information on Eastwind Hotel & Bar is available at the official website.