I stayed at the Villa at Gervasi Vineyard on a recent business trip. I would really have been happy at one of the chain hotels out on the strip, but my hosts insisted that I stay here. It was not something I would have expected in Canton! Although it is within the city limits proper, it feels like it is outside the city, in countryside. You enter through a grand stone gate and meander along a road, past the vineyard welcome center, then along the edge of the vineyard itself to reach the lodging area. The hotel consists of a series of small buildings - villas - each with several separate guest rooms adjoining a shared living room. This would be great for a group of family members or friends traveling together - but it works pretty well for individuals not traveling with a group, also.
The decor is over-the-top Tuscan. I've vacationed in Tuscany many times over the years - but I've really never seen anything quite like this. Sort of like Tuscan decor on overdrive. It was fine for a night or two, but after several days I think the decor might drive me a little batty. It made me really appreciate the understated, clean design of other winery hotels at which I've stayed - in Napa Valley, in central Virginia, in Willamette Valley, etc.
While the decor was a distraction, the comfortable room and beautiful view more than made up for it. The bed was simply amazing, with a perfect featherbed and perfect pillows. The shared living room includes a well-appointed mini-kitchen with a stocked beverage refrigerator (gratis), ice machine, tea, and bowl of fruit (I think there was a microwave, also - and there was a separate small refrigerator in the closet of my room). When you check in they ask you what time you would like to have breakfast - and they then deliver a breakfast box (literally a wooden box, with your room number carved on the lid) to the living room table at that time. Breakfast consisted of a couple of yummy egg/pastry rolls, a French toast-like brioche with some sort of sweet baked custard inside, some grapes, and some warm granola bars (and coffee, of course).
The bathroom decor was quite overwhelming - but, like the bedroom, it was extremely comfortable and well appointed, with a large walk-in shower, a spacious sink area, towel heater, and separate toilet room.
My room faced onto a little pond, which was quite beautiful.
There is a restaurant on the premises - one of the best in Canton, my hosts told me - and my walk there from my villa was FREEZING (it was a February day, with snow and freezing rain). If I had it to do again in winter, I would probably have requested a villa closer to the restaurant. Not surprisingly, the restaurant features (only) the vineyard's wines - which are delicious. The food was so-so, for which they seem to be trying to compensate by making the servings enormous. One of my hosts ordered a pasta entree - and it was large enough to have fed the entire table. I ordered two appetizers instead of an entree, and each of them would have been enough, alone, for my meal. One of the appetizers was asiago pierogies - sounded yummy on the menu, but the four pierogies arrived, fried and greasy, on a sizzling steak platter that ultimately burned their bottoms. Disappointing. Next time (and there probably will be a next time for me here) I'll order something simpler - or will ask if they can split an entree between two people.
- Also Known As:
- The Villas At Gervasi Vineyard Canton, Ohio