The Ogle House was quite an interesting experience. We had to be at nearby Hanover College for some family business on a Monday morning. Not able to find suitable accommodations in Madison, we selected the Ogle House, which we understand is an old Indiana hotel that had been purchased by the Belterra Resort and Casino, which is located a few miles east of Vevay. (By the way DO NOT call it Vevay, it is “Vee-Vee”.) The Ogle House was closer than the casino hotel to Hanover, so we opted to stay there. It appeared that we were the only hotel guests. There were virtually no cars in the parking lot, save a couple with Indiana tags, which we surmised were owned by hotel staff. When we made reservations, we could only select the “river view” rooms. There were no “street view” rooms available. That seemed odd, particularly considering that no one else was at the hotel. We began to think of “The Shining” or “Hotel California”! A bit later, we learned that the Ogle Haus serves as housing for the Belterra Casino Hotel employees, which is made up of many international workers. A shuttle bus transports them to and from the casino hotel. They are partitioned from the “river” side. We never saw a worker in the main lobby area or river-side. Too bad. I’d bet they would have some interesting stories to tell about their experiences in America.
The rooms are average, a bit aged but clean and comfortable. The “river” side rooms have patios with a beautiful view of the Ohio River. Skip the breakfast. Possibly the worst we’ve experienced, anywhere. If you are there on a Sunday night, good luck in finding a place for dinner. Vevay closes on Sundays. We tried several places in Madison, but Madison was also closed for Sunday. The casino restaurants are prohibitively expensive and of notoriously poor quality. We finally found a truly unique experience, the Sunset Grill in Warsaw, KY. (You can find our review under that heading.)
We did get to play a round of golf on the resort golf course. It is an outstanding design. The rough was very thick and not cut in a graduated manner. If you are three inches off the fairway, you are in U.S. Open rough. In their defense, there had been quite a bit of rain and probably could not get the mowers in the rough areas for quite a few days. The fairways, traps and greens are beautifully maintained, especially for a resort course, which are famous for having folks “out golfin’” on their holidays, tearing up a course. A special thank you to Steve, the assistant golf professional who was very accommodating to us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss/Bavarian - Ohio River overlooking the River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ogle Haus Hotel Vevay
- Best Western Vevay
- Vevay Best Western