We arrived at the hotel in a driving snowstorm in mid-June. It was a majestic structure with a beautiful dark stone façade. Carpets led up to the lobby entrance as if every guest were royalty. A bronze statue of a mounted police officer overlooked the river valley. An empty outdoor terrace offered a fine place to have drinks and unwind. Snow obscured the views. Indoors a maze of hallways led though high-end boutiques and galleries, past spas and fitness facilities, and out to a vast lobby whose décor gave it the atmosphere of an exclusive hunting lodge. Signs at bars and restaurants warned they were for hotel guests only. Everywhere we walked we saw fat, furs, and finery. We were very happy that we were staying at a much quieter, smaller, less public, and more remote resort.