Inside the Famous Historic Hotel Used as the Backdrop for Amazon's New Futuristic Show 'Upload'

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The 151-year-old mountain resort in the Hudson Valley has long been a hotspot for Hollywood.

Last weekend’s episode of Billions wasn’t set on Wall Street or in New York City’s hottest new restaurant—rather, it was set at Mohonk Mountain House. Mohonk is also the backdrop of Amazon’s newest show Upload, serving as the show’s virtual afterlife called “Lakeview.” So, what is it about his mountaintop hotel that’s so special?

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Well, for starters, Mohonk features a stunning Victorian façade surrounded by 40,000 acres of trails and forests overlooking the glacier-formed Lake Mohonk. It’s this unique combo that gives the 151-year-old hotel its magical castle-like aura. And the inside is just as charming. There's rustic wood detailing throughout and a main dining room that boasts sweeping panoramic views. 

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In fact, the main dining room was just one of the many spots on the property the Billions cast and crew filmed over two days in December 2019. Over 100 people were on property for the shoot, and the crew stayed for a week before and after the filming.

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“It has been a privilege to work with the cast and crew of Billions,” said Eric Gullickson, President of Mohonk Mountain House. “Mohonk has been a New York institution since 1869, so it is an exciting honor to be featured on a series known for showcasing the state’s most popular establishments. We are thrilled to see how the struggles between these characters will play out against the beautiful backdrop of our resort.”

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As for Upload, the crew came there back in 2017 for four days in which they shot the exteriors of the hotel and surrounding nature. And the show was just renewed for Season 2, so expect more Mohonk scenery in the future.

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And although the resort seems to have just now captured the attention of Hollywood, it has been a playground for New York’s elite throughout its history. It has hosted five U.S. presidents, tycoons like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, and even the cast of Saturday Night Live for its annual retreats.

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Mohonk is currently closed to guests, but it is slated to reopen this June.