I was a Maid of Honor in a July 2009 wedding that was held at this location. First, let me say that the bride, groom, and mother of the bride all LOVED this place and had a fabulous time. They did not have to stress about anything, the staff treated them wonderfully, and they truly enjoyed themselves. This is the most important thing.
As for me, I think there are many positive things to recommend about this place.
-The ceremony site was amazing.
-The staff was helpful and very nice.
-I liked the warm feel with the overstuffed chairs/sofas that filled the many seating areas.
-The bar was clean and had nice ambiance.
-The food, while not fabulous, was more than acceptable. I felt the lamb was way overcooked and the different meats should have been labeled. The pasta dish and potato dish were awful- but the green beans, fruit, and salmon were all delightful. Both mornings the breakfast was good and lunch was fine.
-I liked that they kept cold bottles of water easily available at all times for all the guests, as well as chocolates.
-The game area is great!
-Parking is very easy
-Extra towels are easily accessible
-The inside was kept at a good temperature.
-All the rooms have AC!!
Some things that I didn't like so much...
-I thought the rooms were not worth the money they cost. They were very small, ok furnished, and mine did not have adequate clothes storage. Some of the other rooms I saw were a bit nicer/had interesting architectural details. The TV's didn't work in the rooms. I don't know- maybe you had to ask the desk to connect the cable or something. My mattress was terrible and I know other guests had the same complaint. Also, they need to put screens on the windows.
-I had a jack-and-jill bathroom with a neighboring room. Having the jack-and-jill bathroom is NOT worth the extra money. The shared bathrooms are much nicer and the continental-style rooms are about $20-30 cheaper.
-Also, if you are going as part of a large group, make sure they charge you the correct amount. One couple changed rooms at the last minute, from a jack-and-jill to a continental style room (no fault of the hotel), but they were still charged the higher rate. They didn't realize this until much later, after the event was over.
-For the bar, the bride had set up a limit- it was a hosted bar until a certain amount of money (like $1500) was spent and then it switched to a no-host bar. Non-alcoholic drinks were on the house. This was thought to last most of the night. It lasted about 1/2 hour into the reception. The guests were drinking like fish- which is fine. However, I strongly disagree with what the bartenders were doing because I think it caused the $1500 limit to be reached faster. One of the bartenders was making rounds of shots, on his own and then giving them to folks, with various hard liquors (some of which are expensive) and giving them to folks. At $7-10 per shot and multiple rounds with at least 8-10 per round, it adds up very quickly. I don't think this was a good thing to do.
Overall, this was one of the best wedding I've attended. There were more positive things than negative. And, the bride and groom REALLY enjoyed themselves and their joy was clear for everyone to see.
- Also Known As:
- Forest House Hotel Foresthill
- Forest Hotel Foresthill