My family spent Presidents Day weekend here. Although I was here several times before, this time I was truly impressed. This resort improved dramatically. I used to think of it as I think of nearby Seven Springs Ski Resort: it is doing fine only because there is little competition. Well maybe it used to be the best in the provincial Western Pennsylvania but now it is simply THE BEST.
Upon registration we asked for the roll-up bed to be brought to our room. When we got to our room (3 – 5 minutes later) the bed was already there. We decided that after all we do not want this bed. Since the elevator was across the hall, instead of calling I decided to come down and request the removal of the bed personally. When I got back to our room the bed was already gone. We experienced such fast and attentive service consistently throughout the entire 3-day stay. Their entire personnel from bellhops to cleaning people are cheerful, friendly, do not know the word “no” and are eager to please.
In the past, I was a little troubled with Lautrec Restaurant’s claim of being “one of the best restaurants in the world”. Their attempt at presenting dishes as works of art is a little misguided to my taste. I’d rather a stake looks like a stake and a cheese cake does not look like some white foam with an Oreo cookie stuck in it. Yet, the stake quality and its preparation were superb, their venison was excellent, the broccoli soup delicious and although the cheese cake looked funny, it tasted great (oh maybe it was a bit too sweet for my taste).
The biggest surprise came when I paid the bill. This four course dinner was only $100 per person. Similar dinner at ta ypical Michelin three star restaurants would put you down at least three times as much and at l'Auberge du Pont de Collonges of Paul Bocuse – $500 - $700.
The Sunday branch at Lautrec was also very good. I was particularly impressed with some of their hot dishes. The braised beef melted in my mouth and cheese blintzes with fresh fruit were divine.
On the day of our departure we asked if instead of 11 AM we can check out at 2 PM. It was granted to us without any problems and with gracious smile.
We will definitely come back to Nemacolin Woodlands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on 2,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and just 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is consistently recognized in the travel and hospitality industry for superior service, luxurious accommodations, large selection of amenities and as a first-class meeting destination. Nemacolin is one of only 11 Resorts in the world to feature both Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond lodging and dining. With activities and amenities galore you can expect the unexpected at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nemacolin Woodlands Hotel Farmington
- Nemacolin Resort