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A bit apprehensive as the hotel is known for it’s association with riding. My husband and friends are experienced riders, I am not. However my fears were unfounded. The hilly terrain was ideal for the riders in our group and the easy access to shopping areas was great for the rest of us. The hotel itself is exactly my style. Rustic but modern. The rooms are very nice with comfortable beds and large bathrooms. House coats and slippers are available in each room. Guest refreshment areas are located through out the hotel, offering water, sodas, wine, coffee and a healthy fruit & nut mix at no additional cost. My only complaint is that I did not find the coffee machine user friendly and it is rather noisy especially when you want coffee at 5:00am.
The grounds are beautiful and it was nice watching the mist over the hills.
The food in the dining room was great. Not overly large portions but enough to fill you without stuffing you.
I found all the staff absolutely wonderful. Chad, the jack of all trades but bike keeper extraordinaire, was a pleasure to know and work with. Alyssa at front desk, delightful as were all the others at Reception.The riders in our group were just as impressed with Bobby, the bike guide and Maria and others in the dining room were pleasant, accommodating and helpful.
We would definitely return.
We were visiting with family for a wedding. Amazing experience from the cleanliness of the room and grounds to the responsiveness of the staff. Every member of the staff was gracious and accomodated every request. The salt water pool was amazing and enjoyed by all. We also traveled with bikes- great area for road cycling and staff/service to support from the hotel. We would definitely recommend this hotel and return for another visit!
There were some great aspects to Domestique, Chad, the bike concierge was very helpful. The front desk help was very gracious. We had one meal at the restaurant and enjoyed the food.
But the room was not cleaned well each day. The day we checked out we had no hot water. The fireplace is a very nice touch but they need to replace the inserts with better burning inserts. The TV is only Dish Satilite and if you are not familiar with Dish you can spend hours looking for a movie, we ended up watching Netflix on our computer!
Being that it is a destination for bicyclists the need for a hot tub is very high! We were able to drive to a nearby country club and use the hot tub there, but that is not ideal.
It is a lovely boutique hotel but for $450 per night they need to up their game!
We were at the hotel for a Spring biking vacation. We had heard wonderful things about it but it did not live up to its reviews. Apparently there has been a change of managers. The good news first. The hotel is beautiful both the grounds and the rooms are clearly top-notch. Also, the front desk staff and the bicycle mechanics/guides were extremely good. The rooms however we’re not kept clean. Not once during our 6 night stay did the housekeeping staff clean the bathrooms. Moreover, the sheets were not changed at mid week, and the floors were not swept. This is not the kind of service that I would expect from the hotel as expensive as this.
We notified the hotel when we made our reservations that we were vegans and they assured us that they could accommodate us. That was not true. There was no vegan option at breakfast. How hard would it have been to prepare oatmeal? The hotel restaurant also had only one vegetarian entrée. The portion was tiny and ridiculously expensive. Therefore, we ate the rest of our meals outside of the hotel.
One final comment. This is a hotel that specializes in hosting bicyclists. Yet there is no hot tub at the hotel. This is a major omission. The bicycling in this part of the Carolinas is wonderful and challenging. Not to have a hot tub after a ride was a real disappointment. Also, I was told by a friend who stayed there two years ago that the hotel offered the option to wash bicycle clothes so that it wasn’t necessary to pack a lot of them. No one in our group was offered that amenity.
We loved our stay here. The hotel and grounds are beautiful. The staff is excellent and went above and beyond to make our stay stellar. No issue recommending this hotel. The restaurant is great too! We will be back.