It's grand, it's historical, and it's genuine. You should visit at least one time in your life. Now, to the details.....
Grand - well, that's obvious, isn't it? But, you can find yourself wondering if the size of it all will be a bit much. And, I'm not talking money - it is expensive. You may get your room at a special promo or rate, but the details of your stay can add up. I digress. But, to answer the thought of a bit too big - no, I didn't leave with that feeling. It is all-inclusive, and it's history catered to the socialites and movers and shakers of it's day. It is dated, but has tried to keep up without sacrificing too much of that history and the relationships it had with the heyday of it's time. It tries hard to make this the special place for you and your loved ones, as it did with those before you. Service is excellent, and the people are kind and genuine. For me, it succeeded.
Memorial Weekend, last minute booking the week entering this holiday w/e. Business was good, so specials weren't going to probably happen for me. They didn't. But, I did encounter some very, very helpful hospitality agents who wanted to cater to my every wish on the phone. We stayed in an Intermediate Room - 2 doubles. European rate: 369/night. Rm 2234. 300 sqft. Add resort fees, occupancy taxes, etc., and it's over 400 easily. Nothing I did not anticipate. They are transparent with that in the confirmation. They ask for a cancellation PRIOR to 14 days within your stay date. In my case, one night's deposit prepaid, but I could cancel within 24 hours without penalty.
The room: 2 queen beds, and floral wall print everywhere. Seeing snaps of it will not prepare for the awakening when walking in. I got accustomed to it, kinda. After all, I knew Ms. Draper was the advertised decorator, and the style during that time was what it is. But, my goodness, you just don't know the affect until you see it in person. I wondered if I would sleep okay - or find myself staring at all the fancifulness of the walls. Don't worry, you do, or either grab an evening nightcap which I did, and it will help. No issues with noise for us, and they even place a placard outside all elevator exits at the appropriate evening time - "Quite Please - It's Sleepy Time Down South". Clean rooms, great water pressure, and fast wifi. Closets are spacious, and a safe located in the closet, with umbrella, shoe horns, extra blankets, pillows. You have complimentary eveing turn down, and ice is refreshed, and towels if needed. You pay for any snacks/drinks in the room. They list the prices. Flat screen TV, and CD player.
Dining: For evening, I ate in the Main Dining room, and the Forum Dining room. For day, I ate at the Draper's, and Sam Snead's at the Golf Club.,
Main Dining ($234/couple including wine by glass/gratuity), the Forum ($183 including cocktails/gratuity). Draper's less than $80, and Sam Snead's less than $80. All with great food and service. We chatted with the wait staff, and really made ourselves comfortable with the ambiance and intent of it all. The resort makes a big deal over the evening dress code, but daytime is very casual friendly at every place. They draw your attention to it on the website, and in the email confirmation. Adhere. But, pack those tennis shoes, and comfortable birkenstocks/slippers/sandals for daytime. It's come as you are to all events and activities both dining, and play. At 7pm, the nightlife begins and dressing to the nines for many. Coats, jackets, ties, dresses, evening gowns, and pantsuit. I saw it all. Aside from the Main Dining room, jacket only for men, and business casual for all. You still may see a polo type shirt on a guy without a jacket here and there, and a teenage kid with anything on. I did in the Forum Dining. Surprised me to start, with it being 8pm. But, that was the minority. I heard one dining spot provide a gentleman with one of their own stocked jackets for him during the dining evening.
Activity: The Bunker tour and the Falconry. LOVED them both. $30/individual for Bunker tour - 1 1/2 hours, and $99/individual for Falconry - 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours. Wear comfortable shoes, and clothes for both. The Bunker is inside, and some steps here and there - but minimal exhertion. I'm not in the best shape, and did well. 25 steps in one place and a staircase at close, or elevator option. Handicap friendly with wheelchair person in my tour. The Falconry - outdoors. You meet by the outdoor pool and Greenbrier Outfitters, and tranported by van to the site. There, I met Valerie, who was great and a wealth of information. Actually, both my guides were so friendly and informative with both events. About 25 people for the Bunker, and 9 for my Falconry. Adults, and young people. The kids seemed a little nervous with the birds, but so were the adults when we kept getting glares from the eagle we met. But, we held a falcon, saw one fly, and interacted with the experience. Also, met an eagle (from a small distance, an owl, and hawk. Great fun. The guide takes a picture of you holding the falcon (Ruby) at end, but will also take snaps with your camera as well. Some folks chose to get their entire family in a pic, but still each individually held "Ruby" and had a picture taken. Some guy in our party mentioned he had also been on the Outdoor Driving experience with he and his son, and really, really enjoyed it.
Casino-nice!!! Pay for drinks which are pricey! I played slots. But, because I know little about card games. It's all there, and clean, nicely run and nice crowds. It is for hotel registered guests only, and someone check your room key at the entrance. Jackets in evening after 7pm. for the guys. The minimum at tables all over the place. 50/100....etc.
I chose valet, which was $20/day, but you can self park with a walk to the hotel after unloading your bags. It is a distance, and is dedicated parking across the road from the main entrance to the hotel. Lighted, and secure, with van service to and from. A security office checks a list when entering the hotel property to ensure you are registered, and gives you a pass for your dash after confirmation of your visit approval.
You can walk, and walk, and walk. The rooms are interesting, and places to sit and read, relax, are plentiful. We look forward to visiting again, and I imagine the majority of you all will as well.
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