Like a previous poster, I do not often write reviews and in fact this is my first time taking the time to write a review of a hotel. But after my wonderful stay at the Pavilion Grand it would have been a disservice to not share my experience. I stayed with friends over Memorial Day weekend, and from the time the valet took our bags from the trunk to when we begrudgingly had to leave the room to checkout, our experience was sublime. The facility is brand new and clearly no expense was sparred. The decor, layout and procedures of the lobby and its staff teemed with modernization and refreshingly encompassed what you would expect of an "efficiency" boutique hotel. Within minutes of arriving we were checked in and being shown to our stunning penthouse suite, despite me stopping to ask the valet how they could possibly fit more than a handful of cars on site (he informed me that the parking area was being fitted with lifts similar to those used in parking facilities in NYC). The suite was larger than we could have ever imagined and somehow even nicer then we were described. The living and dining area were centered around a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of space to function in each of the rooms, which we got to put to the test when more friends staying in the area came over to watch the Ranger game. With a room so nice and the wait for seating at a restaurant so long, we were privileged to be able to take out from any of nearby fantastic dining options and eat in the comfort of our room. When we had arrived we thought the kitchen equipment would get little use, but turned out to be invaluable by allowing us to accommodate our takeout meal needs and prepare leftovers and snacks with ease. The dining room table fit everyone comfortably, but if we ever wanted to accompany a meal with a change of scenery the kitchen island or any of the room's FOUR balconies were capable substitutes. Each balcony out did the previous and were furnished comfortably. We lucked out with great weather and were able to take full advantage of the rooms outdoor area. A second floor wet bar allowed us to spend time out on the largest balcony seamlessly, without having to make trips downstairs to the kitchen. The living arrangement were beyond comfortable. I was fortunate enough to share the master bed room with my girlfriend which offered a spacious bathroom, walk-in closet and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. As a bigger person I usually have in issue with being enveloped in hotel beds, which has lead to next day back aches and pains as well as a miserable drive home, but my bed at the Pavilion Grand was pleasantly soft while still being supportively firm. The bed was large enough to sleep myself and my bed-hog girlfriend comfortably through the night without us ever having to fight for space, a feat almost award worthy. Our friends slept in an upstairs bedroom and on the pullout sofa in the living room and none had any complaints. The hotel lobby is shared by All Good Thing, which features a juice bar that offers fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies as well as spa services. We did not have time for a spa service this trip but eagerly await one on our next visit. I did make a few trips to the juice bar, the juices were delicious and helped ease my mind about what I ate and drank the night before.
Overall our stay was heavenly. I will never stay at another Saratoga hotel, and may never be able to look at another hotel the same way again. The Pavilion Grand Hotel makes excellent use of its superb location and was designed with the guest and area in mind, making it the top choice to stay in the Saratoga area. If you do stay at the Pavilion Grand be careful of how many things you plan to do, though Saratoga has a lot to offer I promise you will have a difficult time leaving the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A full-service boutique hotel conveniently located in the heart of Saratoga Springs and one block off Broadway, the Pavilion Grand Hotel pays homage to its vintage Saratoga roots embracing the rich culture, thoroughbred racing and healing Springs, including the Pavilion Spring which once was located within footsteps of the new Pavilion Grand Hotel. Restaurant - Fish at 30 Lake, French Patisserie - TC Paris, and a Boutique Spa - 'all good things...' occupy the main floor of our hotel. ... more less
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