My review will focus on the overnight accommodations. The downstairs was very nice and the restaurants and food were excellent.
Stayed in the Garden Suite at the end of March with my two sisters as a surprise for one sister’s 50th birthday. “Luxurious overnight accommodations” as touted on Tara’s web site, is not what we received. The room had a beautiful Persian carpet, an ornate chandelier and some attractive statuary. Other than that, dated doesn’t begin to describe its remaining contents. The sleeper sofa was ancient and very uncomfortable with dingy sheets. As was the mattress on the main bed. The bathroom needed to be completely gutted and redone. It had an odor, cracked tiles, comically small shower, tarnished faucets, and it wasn’t very clean. Also, the towels smelled funny and weren’t very nice. This was undoubtedly due to the strange smelling water they must have been washed in.
Peppered throughout the upstairs accommodations are these little wooden carved people holding trays. They place your newspaper, towels, etc. on them. They are painted to portray African Americans and are done in an almost cartoonish style. I found them offensive. I took a picture, but have rethought posting it. We needn't bring back all things about the Old South.
The staff was pleasant and most were helpful. They wear period costume. And when I say “costume” this is exactly what it ends up looking like. Coupling a pretend antebellum dress with modern day hair, tennis shoes, jewelry, nail polish and 21st century people is not a good idea. I felt bad for them. It came off as silly and cheapened the experience. It took me back to an eighth grade field trip not antebellum Georgia.
The food and all of my dining experiences at Tara were very nice. This unfortunately did little to make up for the very disappointing suite. This is not a bargain hotel, nor is it priced as one. For the price paid the room should have been much nicer. Upon check out neither of the two desk personnel asked how our stay was. This has never happened to me before at any hotel….ever.
Really got the feeling that this place used to be “luxurious” and used to be very nice and up to date, but that the owners are now resting on the laurels of its heyday. They need to learn from Scarlett and realize that as time passes Tara just isn’t what it used to be. Next time I will remember, if I want luxury, I should go back to Bedford Springs Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the greatest movie of our time, Gone With the Wind, Tara recreated is in a real sense an embodiment of the Old South. Tara offers you a lasting impression of Southern Hospitality and a chance to enjoy the luxuries of days gone by. Whether a sumptuous gourmet meal, luxurious overnight accommodations or a guided tour, Tara is the ultimate in World Class Country Inns... devoted to guests who expect the exceptional and appreciate the best. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tara - a Country Hotel Clark
- Clark Country Inn
- Country Inn Clark