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“Wonderful, but VERY COSTLY”
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Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Lenox
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“Wonderful, but VERY COSTLY”
Reviewed 19 March 2004

This place is perfect in every way, but it cost close to $1000 per night. Definitely a special occasion splurge.

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2004

A superlative Berkshires retreat. Make sure you arrive after sunset, for that amazing first impression of the handsomely lit property after driving along a dark and winding road. The understated service by a young, European staff begins to impress immediately: a warm welcome at the porte cochere, "check in" in the comfort of your room, a welcome drink served almost immediately. The whole estate has been meticulously restored and updated. Gone are the stuffy Victorian furnishings that no doubt once cluttered the place. Instead, soothing colors, whimsical yet comfortable furniture and theatrical lighting throughout. The views of the green Berkshire hills from the back porch sent shivers down my spine. A secluded pool is located a short stroll from the house. Two dining options: the main restaurant and the slightly less formal "library". Both will serve you memorable meals (best cheese cart I have ever sampled!) We visited during a very rainy Memorial Day weekend, and yet we had a wonderful time. Can't wait to come back during different seasons.

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La Jolla, CA
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118 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2004

My uncle owned this fabulous estate back in the 1930s and '40s; he purchased the mansion for a song from descendants of the Countess, Mrs. Carlos de Heredia upon her death. I saw this place as a child and eleven years ago as an adult and hope to go back soon. I am a bit biased, having had this in the family, but it is truly one of America's lovliest and grandest estates. The grounds were designed by the same person who designed New York's famed Central Park, Frederich Law Olmstead. The property is adjacent to the equally venerable Tanglewood concert grounds where the Boston Philharmonic performs during the summer months. The villa is in the Italianate style, replete with fountain in the middle of the circular driveway and an elegant façade that is also reminiscent of the Parthenon in Greece, with its white pristine columns. The place was redecorated about four years ago, 2000 and the new furnishings changed the mood of the interior. I am somewhat dismayed at the new decorations, as I feel that they do not capture the old-world, original Gilded Age opulence of the villa. The old brochure shows the rooms and interior and Great Hall to best advantage. The elegant Chippendale furnishings of ten years ago have been replaced with neo moderne minimalist style settees and chairs which I don't care for. The rooms are still elegant and airy, but again, I wish they had chosen a better interior design firm to re- do the place. The architecture however and the out of this world culinary offerings are still some of the best in North America and are so recognized by many upscale magazines and travel firms. I am proud to have had this in the family at one time and am glad that the new owners have taken such pride of ownership and care in keeping the grounds up and the place restored. The Wheatleigh estate would be the ideal locale for a wedding or that special occasion, and especially on Valentine's Day or Thanksgiving. I hope to one day very soon return to this splendid manor and to relive its elegance and beauty again.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2004

The Wheatleigh is certainly the "Nordstom's" of the Hotel world. We just had a wonderful experience at the Hotel. While the accomodations are very nice, you must go to experience the outstanding cusine and the unbeatable service. The young European staff is as good as it gets. The service was flawless - unobtrusive but a genuine interest in meeting every need. Bravo to them!! The Chef's Tasting menu should not be missed. We will go back.

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New York
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2003

We had a wonderful winter weekend, with fantastic service, excellent food and very nice accomodations. However, at more than $800 a night, the inn is definately overpriced.

In addition, it has a very New York City feel that some may like and others may feel out of place in the country. The colors are beige, brown and taupe. I found them soothing; my wife thought they were dreary.

The rooms were spatious, but not overly so. We booked a junior suite, with a fireplace, but were disappointed to find it only takes Duraflame logs, which just don't quite create a normal fire.

The bathroom was great, however, with a huge soaking tub and a separate shower. So too was the terrace, but since it was winter, it saw little use.

The restaurant was very good but also quite expensive. Dinner for two, without a bottle of wine, was about $350.

The in-room massage and other treatments should be avoided. They were mediocre and also quite expensive, more so than at other pricey hotels.

In sum, we would probably not come here again, and certainly not during the winter. In summer, the inn could have a very different feel, so future summer guests may wish to take this review with a grain of salt.

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Reviewed 9 January 2003

Not even 3 hours from New York.
What a treat !
Expensive but worth it European-style inn and Restaurant in Lenox. the setting, the service, the ambience--it's a once in a life time experience.

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Property: Wheatleigh
Address: Hawthorne Road, Lenox, MA 01240
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Lenox
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Lenox
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wheatleigh is the perfect marriage of the grandeur of a 16th century Florentine palazzo with the elegance and comfort of the 21st century. Set on 22 acres overlooking the Berkshire Mountains and lake, Wheatleigh is two and a half hours by car from New York and Boston, with easy access by private plane. Built in 1893, Wheatleigh has completed a four year multimillion dollar renovation to create the most unique luxurious small hotel in the world. Awarded Forbes 5 Star for hotel and restaurant ... more   less 
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