The "New" Continental Hotel on Greenwood Lake is actually an old time lakeside hotel in the European style. Think of 'Fawlty Towers' with polite staff and ownership and you're getting the idea. We checked in for the weekend after Labor Day and we had the run of the house to ourselves. The hotel was built in the 1920's and had additions put in place over the years. Greenwood Lake had its heyday in the early 20th century (1930's to 1950's) and the Continental was right there putting up the likes of Babe Ruth (Speaking of Yankees - Derek Jeter owns a house right down the street...) Greta Garbo and other celebrities of the time. The same family continues to operate the New Continental since the 1920's. Now for the nitty gritty of staying here:
Do not stay here if you need the entire building air conditioned. Do not stay here if you are expecting a luxury hotel according to modern standards. Do not stay in Greenwood Lake if you needed the two foregoing items - it's not here in Greenwood Lake. Greenwood Lake has no modern motels or hotels. The individual rooms have window air conditioners, but the common areas (hallway, lobby and bar are not air conditioned. The dining room is air conditioned, but only open during meal times.) The New Continental Hotel is the best lodging you will find on Greenwood Lake and it is a fine experience. Just don't look for luxury, look for old fashioned welcoming and care instead.
The restaurant was a bit of a disappointment. The food was fine, but the menu was limited. This is not an impediment to staying at the New Continental as there are any number of satisfactory restaurants in Greenwood Lake that you wouldn't want to limit yourself to just one restaurant during your stay in Greenwood Lake anyway. There is a wonderful terrace that looks out over Greenwood Lake and there are boat slips for boaters to use. Cocktails on the terrace or in one of the gazebos was most enjoyable and relaxing.
The staff of the hotel were very, very warm and really made you feel at home. (Ala a European small hotel..) Although we read other reviews that recommended room #12, we decided to try our luck and we ended up staying in Room 12. It was bright, airy, the air conditioner was a gift from heaven and it was roomy to the point one could call it a suite. We did not explore any other guest rooms. We do recommend Room 12 if you can get it.
Overall it was a pleasant experience and we will definitely return to the New Continental Hotel.