My husband and I visited the Wheatleigh for a very brief respite from NYC. Overall, the mansion is lovely; classical architecture (grand, oversized mouldings, Tiffany windows, etc) is accented by clean, contemporary furnishings that are warm rather than overly modern/spare. We were very pleased with the service, which is definitely more European/international than traditionally American. We loved the fact that the staff seemed to anticipate every want -- when we arrived, our bags were unloaded and placed in our room while we dined; in the morning, our car was parked in the circular drive and bottles of water were placed in the cupholders for our departure. We appreciated being personally shown to our room after dinner (rather than before as we were starving) even though it was almost 11 pm. Amenities were consistent with hotels/inns of this caliber; Zegna bath accessories, premium linens and bedding, hi tech tv's, etc. We didn't make use of the gym, but it seemed pretty lacking in equipment, etc.
Although the dining room was closed (we didn't arrive until 9 pm), we had two very good meals in the library and portico. Again, service was attentive but not too obtrusive. Dinner was quite good (we had lamb and langoustines) and the butternut squash soup was excellent and quite memorable. The omelete souffle was creative, well executed and simply delicious. The food was generally a bit on the pricey side, but much better than most 5-star hotels, particularly the chains.
All in all, a wonderful, relaxing experience. But definitely not worth $1,000 per nite.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Wheatleigh Hotel Lenox