My husband and I stayed at the Goldener Hirsch Inn this last weekend to celebrate our anniversary. It's a nice place for a couple's getaway, away from kids, etc. We live in Salt Lake, but staying here for the weekend minus the kids felt like we were on vacation much further away than the < 1 hour drive it took to get here. The concierge was very nice and helped us with our bags. The entrance to the hotel was a little odd, because it wasn't a drive up - you have to take steps to get to the front door. There was a parking garage at the back for $12 a night, but we opted to park our car ourselves for free in the shared Silver Lake parking area. The parking area was viewable from our room's balcony anyway, and it seemed secure. We stayed at room 401, one of 3 grand suites in the property, I believe. Breakfast came with our stay, although it was just a continental breakfast. On our checkout, we opted to skip breakfast there and head to Main Street's Java Cow for some wonderful crepes/coffee (only 8 minutes drive away). The decor is hunting lodge inspired, but comes across too flowery for me. They said this inn is a replica of a hotel with the same name in Austria, and all the furnishings came from there. Some niceties included: Aveda toiletries, turn down service, provided robe/slippers, starbucks coffee in the room.
Onto some oddities: The room key, as well as lock, was odd, because it had this old looking lock assembly, but it actually is not what locks the door (there's a modern deadbolt that does that). Also, we were told to leave the key at the front desk because housekeeping didn't have a key otherwise. But, while we were in our room in the middle of an afternoon nap, housekeeping came in to see if our bed needed to be turned down. They had opened the door with their own key. It was an awkward surprise for us, needless to say, as we were both in bed. There was a mirror on ceiling(?) of the poster bed in our bedroom, but it was oddly placed and on the small side, and instead of achieving the desired effect, just felt a little weird having it there. The mattress felt like it had an uneven surface, almost lumpy - my husband would sink on his side of the bed, while my side remained higher (my husband is not fat as he's an active triathlete - he has a 30" waist). The TV in the living area was also oddly placed. It was off to the side of the room, where a pillar or the console area blocked the view to it, depending on where you're sitting on the couch. The most natural spot for the TV would have been on the center where the couch and chair where, but there was a fireplace there. I guess the TV couldn't hang off that wall due to the chimney or something. We did try the indoor hot tub, and it was good, but there weren't a lot of jets-- it was really just a bigger version of our jetted garden tub at home. There's no air conditioning, and while there is a fan in the bedroom - the poster bed blocked any air from the fan anyway. When we opened the windows for some cool breeze, the birds outside were chirping their little hearts away at 3 am until sunrise! I couldn't sleep the rest of the night. For these reasons, I originally was going to rate this 4 out of 5, but docked 1 point off.
The onsite restaurant was good, as far as the entrees itself (my husband had the flank, I had the wagyu). The wait staff were very friendly. The fondue we chose for the appetizer wasn't that great. Maybe the cheese was too rich and salty, but I thought the steamed broccoli for dipping wasn't good. It was over steamed for us, and we think would have been better just fresh. In another time, we probably would pick a soup/salad instead. They had a nice in-between appetizer and entree offering (first course?) of a canape of smoked rainbow trout, which was very good, and after dessert, they provided us with a to go bag of macarons, marshmallow and candied fruit. That was a nice touch. We stayed/ate here courtesy of a travelzoo voucher. We only had to pay taxes extra for the 2 nights stay and 3 course meal. In all (including the voucher and taxes), we spent ~$400. Even though this is considered a luxury inn, my husband and I felt our stays at Trump Vegas (also in a suite) and Mark Hopkins Intercontinental in San Francisco felt more luxurious. Maybe it was more modern decor. Would we come back? I think this is one of those places where we could say, "Ok, been there, done that", but I think we would like to try out other hotels in the same area next time, for a better comparison.