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New Continental Hotel
Reviewed 10 September 2014

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.

Room Tip: Room 12 seems to be a favorite among reviewers including us. We did not see any other rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Perfect little get away from the city! It sits on the best part of the lake which is the middle which means that you can swim right off their docks because it's deep and you do not feel any weeds like in shallower areas of the lake. They have a restaurant on the waters edge that looks smack down onto the lake. Not the greatest food in town but not the worst. Sit back, order, appetizers, food and drinks and watch the boaters, wake boarders, water skiiers and fisherman go by. They have a great little bar inside. Everything is old fashioned and well maintained. The bar also serves light food like sandwiches and fries etc... that are very good and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Good stuff: It's by the water and the renovation work is quite impressive. That's why I gave it the one star

Yuk: The dining experience.

We went because we saw a rather impressive menu online. But when we got there, it was a totally different menu, not offering half of what we saw online.

Wait staff was very inexperienced. Beer for the ladies came in those tin bottles with no glasses. Had to chase her down for them and she brought back a chipped plastic glass. Then had to go get another glass on our own because she was taking so long long to get back. There were four of them hanging out by the building so we couldn't understand why people were not well attended.

Because we weren't that enthused with the menu, we opted for four 'big' salads and three appys.

The food was terrible. Even the salads were terrible. Who messes up a salad?

The 'big' salads were the size of typical side salads and they were just awful. The 'grilled' red peppers that were supposed to come with one of the salads were from a jar....slimy and cold. The two garlic shrimp appetizers were tepid and tasted as if someone had boiled shrimp and dipped them in some godawful garlic 'stuff'. They were served plain on a plate alongside these sliced oranges that tasted like they came out of a can. One of us asked for cocktail sauce to make the shrimp go down a little easier but that didn't help much. The crab cakes were very small and bready, served next to a piece of lettuce No lemon wedge. Didn't even bother to ask for one.

The four of us spent 100.00 on drinks, four bad salads and three bad appy's

We were so hungry when we got home, we dove into leftover food in the fridge and were regretting ever going there in the first place and quite irritated that we 'wasted' 100.00 on bad food and mediocre service.

I doubt this place will be open past the holidays at this rate.

It does look nice so if you just want to go and have some drinks before going somewhere else (cannot suggest anywhere in Greenwood Lake on the Orange County side) then you'll probably do well.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Peyton J
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

This will be our first and last visit here. We came here for dinner with a party of nine. We made a reservation, but were advised that another party of twenty would be seating at the same time. They assured us this would not be a problem. Our group had a nice table outside, and the new dock where we docked the boat was new and stable. Clean, with nice lake views.
The service was incredibly slow, it took nearly twenty minutes for the first drinks to arrive. Our order was taken, but multiple things were not available. This is understandable, but we weren't infomed until the food arrived. A full hour after we arrived, our appetizers were served. Tasteless tuna, mushy meatballs and overly breaded onion rings. Next the salads came out, and two orders were wrong, and one was forgotten. The waitress by this time likely could sense our frustration, but made no apologies. The dinners proved to be of equally poor quality. The tilapia in fact tasted like it had been frozen, and the crab cake sandwich had minimal crab, mostly breading.
When children complain that their fries are too salty, and pasta is overcooked, it's time for a new chef.
We may have been willing to overlook a few wait staff mistakes, but so many without even an apology was reason enough not to come back. We live locally, and have many other restaurants to choose from, with both lake views and good food.
Tip to the waitress (from a former waitress): standing around with a drink never looks good, it shouldn't take thirty minutes to add up a bill, and please don't tell a five year old that she ordered "wrong".

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank AbbieDem
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Well, let's be positive.
• The staff is very nice.
• The view of the lake is nice and they have lakeside dining. If you want to eat vegan, you will be eating salads, though.
• There is a bar downstairs.
• The morning coffee is good.

The New Continental Inn is a historic property right on Greenwood Lake. I was told that the property dates back to the 1920s, and Babe Ruth and some other notables stayed here.

The rooms are a little primitive. My room was small with old carpet, and paper thin walls.

Unfortunately, I didn't get much sleep due to noise from the room next door. I could hear people talking late at night (until 2:30AM actually) and they were not being loud; they were talking in normal conversational tones and watching TV. I turned on the room air conditioner to the fan only setting, and that solved the issue.

The plumbing is loud if someone takes a bath, or flushes a toilet.

I think they have better rooms than the one I stayed in, but this room was a disappointment. However, I didn't pay $500 a night for a lakefront stay in the middle of the summer, either (but only about one fifth of that, in fact).

If you are a perfectionist expecting luxury accommodations, and have the money to stay at a luxury venue, then you will be happier elsewhere.

I believe you can have a nice stay here, if you come with the right attitude and are able to not obsess about imperfections and inconveniences.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about New Continental Hotel

Address: 15 Leo Court, Greenwood Lake, NY 10925
Region: United States > New York > Greenwood Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Greenwood Lake
Number of rooms: 15

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