My family visited this property while I attended a conference. I was awestruck by the palpable history of the resort and the calibre of the employees. Built originally in 1766 and rebuilt after a fire in 1901, the rooms at this property are certainly old, but in a truly wonderful and majestic way. The resort is remote, which is a plus for us as we prefer out of the way, secluded destinations. Despite being pretty busy with lots of guests, the property is filled with quiet nooks and secluded vistas allowing you to find quiet time and privacy for intimiate moments or conversations. The front foyer, which they call the Grand Hall, is an amazing bit of architecture. The outside views of the buildings and the surrounding mountains were very impressive. We particularly enjoyed the pool and the late night conversations around the firepit.
While the property is amazing, what most impressed me was the quality and depth of the employees. From the first bellman we encountered to the guy playing piano in the lobby, the staff of this hotel was first class. The only negative thing we encountered was a cleaning lady who barged into our room without knocking while I was changing clothes. She got quite the shock as did I, but quickly apologized and fled.
I highly recommend grabbing a glass of wind or ice cream from the market and sitting out front in a rocking chair. It reminded me of what hotel travel must have been like 150 years ago. Unfortunately, they do allow smoking on the front porch, which was a bit annoying.
We did not purchase any of the excursions because they were just too expensive, but we thoroughly enjoyed the amenities there on the grounds. Despite being remote and a bit pricey, this is a charming place that I would highly recommend to anyone.