I stayed at Belhurst for two nights in June, 2005. My husband and I actually were married on the lawn overlooking the lake and had our reception in the newer ballroom. I am honestly quite surprised by so many of the negative postings as it is truly one of my favorite places to visit. We stayed in the Tower Suite, but rented all of the chambers in the castle for relatives and members of the bridal party so I have been in all of them. The rooms in the older part of the castle do vary quite a bit in terms of size, appointments, and decor but they are well explained on their website. Not to mention that the free wine spigot on the 2nd floor is wonderful. Some people have commented that it was dry and staff was unattentive to keeping the wine flowing, but our experience was just the opposite - and I can attest to the fact that almost all of our guests were helping themselves. I can't comment on the new rooms in Vinifera Inn, but I do agree that it looks more "standard hotel" and has taken away some of the character from the place. Yes, the older part of the castle is, well, older... but that is also part of the charm. If you like spic and span new and modern decor this section is probably not for you. If you like staying somewhere unique that doesn't really look like a hotel, then by all means stay in the castle... the combination of the castle, the location, and atmosphere is unbeatable. We had many comments from our wedding guests that it was one of the prettiest places they've been. Overall, I can't imagine how anyone wouldn't have liked it and my husband and I can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the shores of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Region, Belhurst takes you away to a place filled with history, beauty and breathtaking views. Visit our newest addition ~ Isabella Spa, open to the public and perfect for bridal parties. Belhurst also offers a winery and gift shop, 2 restaurants, 2 large ballrooms accommodating 250 people for weddings and 8 breakout rooms for corporate and business meeting space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belhurst - Chambers In The Castle Hotel Geneva