My girlfriend and I made our way to the great state of Kentucky to stay here. When the castle first comes into view you simply feel exuberant.
We have looked forward to staying here for a long time. I booked us a nice "Majestic" suite. It turned out to be a corner turret suite in the main building. The room had been freshly remodeled and was well appointed.
Privacy is a key word here. You get a lot of it with an overnight stay in the castle. So much so that the place seems like they handed you the keys and said "Here, have fun"!
You hardly ever see staff or employees while there-which suited us just fine. For those that like to have someone around, a concierge, may I help you person, or even a maid to ask a question or two...maybe you should rethink your stay.
I read up on the castle a great deal before our trip and knew that there would be nobody to greet us. Many reviews said that your room card is simply laying on the welcome podium with your name on it as you enter the front door. That is what we encountered. I was on my way in with my third trip of luggage and suit bags when we ran into a nice lady that worked there. None of this was a big deal. We actually enjoyed it.
It boggled me that such a nice place would have so many off the wall reviews, so I emailed to ask a few questions and seek some reassurrance a few weeks before our visit. I received no reply after two attepts.
I called them and explained that I was a travel writer and ended up speaking with the owner on the phone. We had a good candid chat and we decided to meet when we arrived for our stay.
The building and grounds are nice. It IS a castle, so there is a lot of the color gray. Landscaping, fountains, gates, and railings have given somewhat into to time. It gives the place some aged character that makes it feel more real and homey as opposed to a movie set in Kentucky.
Things like the roof, some walls, the elevator, and guest rooms are undergoing renovations. The place is a work in progress. The inside is picturesque. Mr. Post has had items from different places around the world brought in to accent the building. I like worldly touches and international flavor.
Mr. Post ended up canceling on us and instead we met with the events coordinator/manager. She was well informed and had a good grasp of her job especially considering that she had not been there that long.
They had been steered in a direction in years prior that seemed to cause many problems. Things that ranged from local city/county ordinances, being short staffed, and a facility that has been difficult to maintain all seemed to take the place off mission.
They have some people in place that care and are trying their best. This was evident.
They have a ways to go and time will tell how successful they are. We did enjoy our stay.
Dinner...That was the big slam that I kept seeing in reviews. I was very nervous about taking my girlfriend to dinner here after the things that I had read. I had considered taking her somewhere nice in Lexington but in the end decided to take a chance at the castle.
There were about 15 people eating there when we arrived. The dining room is not as well decorated as other rooms. We were seated and began our experience.
The level of ambiance, sophistication, and elitism that the castle's website and brochure seem to portray do not quite show up at the dinner service.
I honestly want to give this place a fair shake but at the same time do not want to be dishonest. For the prices that the restaurant part charge, the food is substandard. It is ok in quality, I suppose, but has vast room for improvement.
I walked into the kitchen earlier in the day to strike up a conversation with the chef/cooks. I walked away disappointed in both what I saw and in our talk.
I would eat in Lexington if we stayed here again.
In the meantime, you are staying in a CASTLE. That definitely has cool points and causes people to question the honesty of your story when you explain what you did over the weekend. My girlfriend and I danced on the roof top to our favorite slow songs under a bright Kentucky moon. She is now my wife. Magical evenings are what you make of them.
Bottom line here...Do your homework, take your girl on a romantic night there, stay in a nice room, and enjoy exploring. It is not the Lourve, the Biltmore, or the White House so do not expect that. It definitely is it's own thing, but that is the definition of unique.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CastlePost is a luxury tourist home located near Keeneland Race Track, the Kentucky Horse Park and the Lexington Airport. CastlePost features 16 stately guest rooms, an elegant ballroom, billiard room, tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool and so much more. CastlePost is more than another Lexington bed & breakfast, the CastlePost includes a grand dining experience nightly from our own executive chef. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castlepost Hotel Versailles