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Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

How much is the Hudson Valley - approx,?

Mar 10, 2014
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

SPMom Apr 22, 2012 07:07 PM
We went this pesach to the former Granit (now Hudson Valley Resort & Spa) which was run by the Hochdorf family for the 37th year. The food was plentyful (duck, tongue, ribsteaks, primeribs, etc.) and we had many choices with each meal from very heimisch i.e. homemade borscht, schaf, etc. to International foods, i.e. Chinese, French & Italian. Deserts were delicious. We especially enjoyed the sable & pickled lox at every breakfast. Every meal was a sitdown affair -- no running to the buffet tables and having the kids/adults' hands touch the food. There was no buffet other than the richly laden tearoom tables which had everything from delicious cakes, pastries regular & sugarfree, chocolates, brazil/pistachio/walnuts, candy gefillte fish, whole baked salmon, eggsalad, tunasalad, fruit & vegetable platters, eggplant salad, humus, various dips cold drinks, coffee & tea - too much to mention all. My 96 year old mother-in-law said this was the best time she ever had (as the lobby there is large and allows for schmuzzing & meeting people). The guests (800 - 900) were a nice mix from very modern to blackhatters and were very friendly. On Shabbos & Yom Tov there were many minyanim and there was a kiddush (with cholent/fish/fruits/cakes/latkes/salads/wine & liqueur tasting) after every davening. The children seemed to have had a good time. The adult programs were more geared to the younger crowd. But there was something to do for everyone -- from scrabble tournaments/bingo to lectures. Some guest were there with their entire family - 3 generations. Many come back year after year.

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Elliotu Apr 22, 2012
What is the distance from the bedrooms to the dining area and schul? We went to the Heritage Center/Sabra Tours program in Lancaster and the distance was huge and for people with handicaps or arthritis, it was a problem.

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S SPMom Apr 23, 2012 06:34 PM
Partly the reason we chose Hudson Valley was the convenience of
1) Distance from Monsey to Kershonken - 73 miles
2) Short distance from rooms (especially the tower with elevators) to dining room
abt. 75 feet. The rooms for handicapped guests are even closer but they have to be reserved early as they get very quickly sold out.
3)The schul is on the same/main floor as the dining room --very close and there are no stairs to climb.

Mar 02, 2014
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

Moach018 Apr 28, 2009 07:07 AM
I've been to the Granit for Pesach for a number of years and would generally agree with sanekosher's review. While the program is not spectacular, it is reliable, consistent and well run. You may not be blown away, there is little risk of the disasters described here in reviews of other programs. The Hochdorf's and their staff are ever present and will do what they can to accommodate.

The day camp is first class. The same head counselors for over 10 years. The crowd is a nice mix - mostly MO, with a black hat representation. They have both separate and mixed swimming hours. All meals are full waiter service, so no buffet lines to contend with. The core of the wait staff is stable from year to year and they are experienced in dealing with a pesach crowds and the sedarim. I would agree that the food is plentiful and good - not spectacular. There are few activities in the area, but there was hardly a minute on either Yom Tov or Chol Hamoed where there wasn't something going on. This is a Catskill hotel and the rooms reflect that. The hotel was renovated a number of years back, but you won't confuse it for a Hilton. The good news is, aside from sleeping, you should not need to spend much time in your room. The lobby is lovely and huge with a lot of seating. We always enjoy ourselves at the Granit and this year was no different.

Mar 02, 2014
SPMom in Kosher

What happend to the Mauzone Caesar Dressing?

I bought the Mauzon Ceasar Dressing at Arons Kissena Farms in Queens a few months ago. I have also seen it at Rockland Kosher Supermarket in Monsey, NY.

Jan 22, 2013
SPMom in Kosher

Kosher Hotel for Shabbos Chanukah

This week's Jewish Press is advertising 3 different Glatt Kosher Programs as follows:

1) The Berkely Ocean Front Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ sponsored by OHR-NAAVA 718-647-6228
(I do not know this hotel and am concerned due to the recent "Sandy" damage)
2) Stamford Plaza Hotel, Stamford, Con. sponsored by Tomchei Shabbos of Pelham Parkway
Tel. 800-522-1850 (I was there for Shabbos Nachuma and found it to be very luxurious)
3)Radisson Hotel, Piscataway, NJ run by the Meisner Family Tel. 347-554-1558 (decent hotel)

I am also debating whether or not to go. Right now I am checking on pricing. Please let me know if you know of any good deals. Good luck.

Nov 17, 2012
SPMom in Kosher

Hot water urn recommendation

We have been using the Waring Stainless Steel urn for many years and are loving it. http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/...
By getting their credit card we got another $20.00 off.
In order to keep the residue to a minimum we are using filtered water.

Sep 04, 2012
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

Partly the reason we chose Hudson Valley was the convenience of
1) Distance from Monsey to Kershonken - 73 miles
2) Short distance from rooms (especially the tower with elevators) to dining room
abt. 75 feet. The rooms for handicapped guests are even closer but they have to be reserved early as they get very quickly sold out.
3)The schul is on the same/main floor as the dining room --very close and there are no stairs to climb.
2 years ago we were with the JHC in Lancaster and one of the problems was the distance/stairs between the various events (especially for my 90+ year old mother-in-law who needs a walker to get around). The other problem was buffet breakfasts & lunch. Also the Shabbos elevator was an issue meaning it was only operated if someone walked downstairs and told the front desk that it was not running. To get to a shiur we had to climb a very steep/long staircase.

Apr 23, 2012
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

We went this pesach to the former Granit (now Hudson Valley Resort & Spa) which was run by the Hochdorf family for the 37th year. The food was plentyful (duck, tongue, ribsteaks, primeribs, etc.) and we had many choices with each meal from very heimisch i.e. homemade borscht, schaf, etc. to International foods, i.e. Chinese, French & Italian. Deserts were delicious. We especially enjoyed the sable & pickled lox at every breakfast. Every meal was a sitdown affair -- no running to the buffet tables and having the kids/adults' hands touch the food. There was no buffet other than the richly laden tearoom tables which had everything from delicious cakes, pastries regular & sugarfree, chocolates, brazil/pistachio/walnuts, candy gefillte fish, whole baked salmon, eggsalad, tunasalad, fruit & vegetable platters, eggplant salad, humus, various dips cold drinks, coffee & tea - too much to mention all. My 96 year old mother-in-law said this was the best time she ever had (as the lobby there is large and allows for schmuzzing & meeting people). The guests (800 - 900) were a nice mix from very modern to blackhatters and were very friendly. On Shabbos & Yom Tov there were many minyanim and there was a kiddush (with cholent/fish/fruits/cakes/latkes/salads/wine & liqueur tasting) after every davening. The children seemed to have had a good time. The adult programs were more geared to the younger crowd. But there was something to do for everyone -- from scrabble tournaments/bingo to lectures. Some guest were there with their entire family - 3 generations. Many come back year after year.

Apr 22, 2012
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

We have gone away for Pesach for over 15 years and needless to say have seen a variety of programs. The best, least expensive and most memorable one was at the Lake House. But alas it is long gone. We have thereafter been to Florida at the Sans Souci which is also no longer. We then lost our money for a prepaid Pesach stay at the Tamarack Hotel (which closed down 1 day before Pesach). We then went away with Mehl Caterers (excellent food and program) at the Tamiment in Pa. - We have not heard anything further of him. We then went for a few years to Schick & Katz at the Double Tree in New Jersey. His program is a bit expensive but food was delicious and entertainment quite interesting (especially the Doctor's Panel). We then went with the Kreisels to Hauppage Long Island. They were only one year in business. We then went for a number of years to the Friar Tuck with Pruzansky Caterer (decent food). The Friar Tuck is no longer. The Pruzanskys are now with Meisner Caterers in New Jersey. We then tried the Jewish Heritage program at Honor's Haven (former Fallsview). They had fantastic Food (catered by Greenwald Caterers & interesting lectures. They had approx. 4-500 guests and we had a marvelous time. The following year we went with them (JH) to Lancaster, PA. They had over 1200 guests and the food was ok but not as good as the year before (even though Greenwald catered). We are a bit older (60/70s) and it was not easy getting around. All in all it is a good program. The tea room/tent is fantastic. Rooms are spacious and clean. Price is reasonable. If you do not mind travelling 3 - 4 hours its well worth trying it. David Kay of JH is wonderful to deal with.
Last year we went to Pesach for Less and as someone else reported "you get what you pay for". This program (the most reasonable one around) is run by the Tennenbaum family who try very hard to accommodate their guests. The food was basic (by Locker Caterers). The hotel was clean/newly renovated. We never tried the more expensive programs, i.e. Gateway, Ocean Place Resort, etc.

Feb 08, 2012
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

Thanks, you made up my mind.

Feb 05, 2012
SPMom in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

Does anyone have any info on the Hochdorf at the Hudson Valley (formerly Granit) Passover program? Was anyone there in previous years? How was their food?

Feb 04, 2012
SPMom in Kosher