genericeric Posted April 2, 2019 Share Posted April 2, 2019 5-star resorts are in a tough spot. A more accurate designation would be 'Anything more than 4 stars' as you're measured against a wide range of competition. There are also so many factors that go into a resort property versus a standard hotel. Room, dining, activities, grounds, etc. The resort largely places itself on the spectrum with its cost - in The Salamander's case, basic rooms start at around $500 per night. This property has beautiful common areas, competent service, and comfortable guest rooms. Does it compete with similarly-priced properties? Eh. I assume many leisure guests go to The Salamander for a getaway. My wife and I went for that reason - a short trip, for the purposes of not leaving the property during our stay. Unfortunately, the property's flagship restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday for dinner. While reviews online suggest we didn't miss much, it was likely still more enjoyable than eating at the bar (its marketed as a wine bar, but that's a stretch). The rooms themselves (the basic king room) are comfortable but nothing to write home about. Small things like being at a resort in wine country, with wine in the mini bar, but no corkscrew or appropriate glasses. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice place to lay your head down at night. But at the price point, small missteps become harder to ignore, as does the lack of the main dining room two nights a week. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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