My husband and I stayed at Mirbeau for our anniversary last week and overall I was enchanted with the place. We stayed mid-week (Wed-Fri) in mid-October, which is decidedly off-season, and recieved an excellent rate for that reason. Our room was under $200 a night, after taxes, when it normally would have been closer to $400. So we knew we were getting quite a bargain, and that does adjust your expectations.
Our route to the hotel took us through the Seneca Lake wine trail, so we didn't end up arriving in town until 8. Note: most restaurants close early. We tried Joe's Pasta Gagrage only to find the kitchen had closed at 8pm! Arrived at Mirbeau around 9pm. The front desk is not very obvious- we drove around a bit to find it. Our greeting was rather indifferent as well. And when we arrived at our room, after hunting for the small numbers in the dark, there was a forgotten folded serving table in a nook outside our door. Not the kind of first impression one would expect. But we loved our room, which was an upper-level cottage room. The decor is lovely, the linens divine and the bathroom was perfect. The view was of the interior "courtyard", which was a beautifully landscaped take on Monet's garden, with a large pond and flowering waterlilies. And really, for most people that is what you pay for- the room and the amenities. I read in their in-room book that the beds are made just for them and can be purchased- which made me laugh until I tried one. I may just end up ordering one of those if I can think of a way to work from bed!
The folowing day I had a massage at the spa. Pricier than what I am used to (in a major city) but not nearly as out of line as the ridiculously priced manicure. It was, however, a wonderful massage and worth the price. Overnight guests can visit the spa for the steam room or sauna or the Aqua Terrace's oh-so-wonderful hot tub, which is unlike any hot tub I've ever seen. Do not miss this- my husband and I went out (it's outside) despite a chilly rain. There is also a small but well-equipped cardio room and exercise classes, but I'm guessing that unless you are super-serious about exercising, most people will choose the spa over the cardio. Still, all facilities are in top condition. The spa also has a small shop which sold the same shampoo and body lotion that was stocked in the room. Loved the rosemary mint body lotion. Their lotions use essential oils, and all of them smell and feel wonderful
We did not eat at Mirbeau at all, preferring simple breakfasts on the road while exploring and dining at local eateries. It would have been nice to have coffee in the room. That was a surprising omission. And no free bottled water, although the stuff that comes out of the tap up here tastes better than Evian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a 34-room luxury Spa Resort combining the amenities of a boutique country inn, world-class spa and nationally acclaimed fine dining, all with the elegant comforts and residential feel of a wine country estate.The Inn and Spa consists of six buildings clustered around beautifully landscaped ponds and impressionist gardens. The exterior architecture, interior decor and landscape design are reminiscent of an Old World French Country Estate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mirbeau Inn And Spa
- Mirbeau Spa Skaneateles
- Mirbeau Hotel Skaneateles
- Spa Skaneateles