I can't say enough good things about Keswick (and a few quibbles at the end of the review- including a $62 for a small breakfast!) First, the service is incredible. Each staff person we encountered was gracious, friendly and helpful. The small luxurious details are everywhere. Public restrooms have individual cloth hand towels and upscale soaps and lotions. Lovely decor-- just as you would imagine an English country manor. There were fresh flowers in our room, which was furnished with a beautiful 4 poster bed. Our bathroom looked like it came straight from the pages of the Restoration Hardware catalog, complete with a huge bath tub, luxurious toiletries, cozy bathrobes, and a towel warmer. There is a gorgeous workout room, with great equipment and a beautiful view. Grounds of the estate have beautiful landscaping. We enjoyed ourselves playing tennis and walking on the secluded nature trails.
There were numerous complimentary aspects of the stay. We were given a free upgrade to a balcony room with a view. There was a lovely (free) set up with coffee and gourmet teas in the lobby. Bowls of fresh fruit in the gym and the golf club were there for the taking. Several activities, including tennis courts and bicycles, are available at no charge.
Now the quibbles: Given how generous the other aspects of the stay were, we were really surprised at a $62 breakfast that consisted of an egg white omlette, glass of milk, and toast for me; three triangles of french toast, glass of orange juice, and a very small fruit plate for my husband. With tip, it came to $62!!! It was beautifully presented and served in their elegant restaurant, but still... We came on the "Reader's Choice" package so there was a $50 resort credit per day but we didn't realize it could be used to reduce the room rate until we checked out. The impression we got was that we had to purchase something at the resort (hence the breakfast).
Also, we didn't realize that certain activities would not be available until April (such as the indoor pool, which was under renovation, and archery, which we really had our hearts set on doing). Strangely, the sheets on the bed were a little rough, which was odd in such a luxurious setting. Finally, there is a dress code for tennis that “colors are allowed but the clothing must be predominantly white, and no gym shorts.” Fortunately, it wasn’t enforced when we were there since we had no advance warning and wouldn’t have been able to play.
But these were small things-- overall it was great and I would highly recommend the splurge.
- Also Known As:
- Keswick Hall Hotel
- Keswick Hall Hotel Keswick
- Hall At Monticello Charlottesville Keswick
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Keswick Hall, a grand Italianate villa surrounded by a breathtaking 600 acre estate. Nestled in the rolling hills of Virginia's hunt country, bordering Charlottesville and the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains, is a location best described by Mr Thomas Jefferson as "The Eden of the United States." With 48 unique and elegantly appointed guest rooms, relaxing spacious lounging areas with wood burning fireplaces, expansive terraces sharing unparalleled views, an abundance of sporting activities available, award-winning cuisine; makes this luxurious and inviting mansion truly the ultimate home away from home! ... more less
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