My family and I have stayed at Shakertown a number of times over the past 20 years. We have enjoyed the rural respite from urban care that a visit to the village offers. The past five years, we also have enjoyed an excellent chamber music festival at the village. Our most recent visit has prompted us to question whether to return for any future overnight stays. Several problems now exist. We can only hope that the management will remedy them.
One of the great treats about a visit to Shakertown is the opportunity to stay in a restored Shaker building. The quality of that experience, however, is seriously compromised by the fact that televisions bleat from adjoining rooms into the night and that one cannot open one’s room windows to let in the country air. The windows are sealed shut. This resulted in a miserable night in our rooms when the heat in our building was turned on despite the mild temperature outside. The rooms quickly became stifling hot, and the sealing of the windows made it impossible to vent the heat. Management did not offer even an apology for the night’s sleep we all lost.
In the past, another treat at Shakertown was dining in the Trustees House. This experience no longer is worthwhile. The quality of the food has declined to mediocre at best. A fish dish was flavorless and dry. Fried chicken rested in a puddle of oil. A bountiful relish tray once included with a meal has shrunk to a plate of Wal-Mart pickings that costs extra. The buffet breakfast was simply awful. The service ranges from friendly and inept to diffident and inept. For no discernible reason, the host one night kept my 90 and 89 year old parents waiting 40 minutes past their reservation. Again, not so much as an apology from the management.
Shakertown is worth visiting for its history and beauty, but unless and until the current management decides to operate its lodging and dining in a manner appropriate for a real hotel, one should consider other options, e.g., the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shaker Village has been a warm beacon of hospitality for more than 200 years. Named as a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, The Inn is much more than a traditional hotel. Guest rooms, suites and private cottages-each offering distinct character-are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Rooms are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views. This complete Kentucky destination allows you to be as active or as restful as your heart desires. Dine on seasonal seed-to-table menus at The Trustees' Table and take home treasures from The Shops, then explore Shaker Village's 3,000 acres of discovery. Shaker Village is within short driving distances from Kentucky's legendary bourbon distilleries, horse farms and historic sites. Whether you're planning a family vacation, weekend getaway, business meeting, destination wedding or other special occasion, The Inn provides the perfect stage for your most memorable occasions. ... more less
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- Shaker Village Of Pleasant Hill Hotel Harrodsburg