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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Torre Antica Atena Lucana
Fabulous food, service and bar
Celebrated my husband's 50th birthday with a group. The service was impeccible, the food was "to die for", presentation was fabulous and drinks were served with elegance. The wine list will keep you coming back for years. Can't wait to visit again.
Over-rated Marinus restaurant, lovely resort
This is truly a lovely boutique resort with great charm. I do want to mention however that I found the restaurants, both the luxury Marinus and the more casual restaurant to be overwhelmingly over-rated with below average service for luxury standards. We spent over $200 for dinner at Marinus, and I was looking forward to an exquisite dinner with unobtrusive service. Instead, the food was good but unimaginative (i.e. escargots with basil pesto instead of parsely and garlic...gee, who would have thought of that...) and service took a bit too much space as each course was preceded by intrusive comments such as "there is a explosion of flavor with this blah, blah, blah". For superb hotel dining, save your money and go to either Diaguilev at the Bel Age hotel in Los Angeles or El Bizchocio at the Rancho Bernardo Inn outsisde San Diego.
Bernardus Lodge & Vineyard. Carmel Valley Road-Carmel, CA
My husband and I spent 4 days at the Bernardus Lodge on our honeymoon and we had a lovely time! I must say from the arrival and being pleasantly greeted by Adam Tacker the Guest Service Manager whom offered us a glass of the Bernardus Chardonnay 2001 and personally escorted us to our room on the property while showing us where the Spa, Fitness Facilities, and ALL the extra perks of the Lodge...we knew this was a THE BEST PART OF OUR HONEYMOON and we have begun to plan another trip in the Fall of 04 to Bernardus! The little extra of Bernardus for example the fresh beautiful flowers, Frette towels, extravagant soaps and lotions (better than the Ritz in San Francisco) and the variety of Wines from the Bernardus Vineyard made it well worth the money. Did I even mention the room? It was devine, very quaint but the view was picturesque! It reminds me of a European room in a villa. In addition, I would encourage a massage at the Spa and relax in the Steam Room (fabulous massage). We enjoyed visiting the Bernardus Wine room which is down the street and we were tasted all the wines from the Vineyard by Priscilla who was hiliarious. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon struck the palette of our mouths ever so pleasantly and the Pinot Noir was light with just a tad of body to it, all the wines are wonderful. We also enjoyed Whickett's for lunch on the property (the french onion soup was beyond good) and Mike the Bartender was entertaining in the evenings. My husband and I find his name in our conversations whenever we reflect on our trip. The quartet that plays Thursday evening thru Saturday evening was delightful. We also enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Marinus which located at the Lodge. This dinner was one of the best I have ever experienced and the Dining Room at the Ritz in San Francisco is not even a fair comparison. My husband whom loves a good breakfast...enjoyed the breakfast but it was a little cold. Mr. Pon the owner of Bernardus Lodge does not miss a beat with pampering his guests. During our visit there was not a time that we had to wait for anything that we requested or ordered. I would encourage everyone to visit Bernardus...you will not be disappointed.
A Wonderful Exprience!
My boyfriend and I came accross Bernardus via search engine.... and I am so glad we found it! We stayed at Bernardus in Oct/Nov 2002 Bernardus was literally everything I had expected and MORE.... from the moment you arrive to the moment you get in your car to head home the service is superb. We were greeting at the car and then again at the concierge with smiles, professionalism and a true welcoming feel. We arrived a bit early and our room was not ready. However, we enjoyed a glass of complimentary wine while we wiaiting and explored the beautiful grounds. Upon arrival to our room (about 25 minutes later) we were pleasantly suprised to find the pictures we saw complimented what our room actually did look like. The beds were the most conforatble beds you could imagine and the tub was made to accomadate two with complimentary bubbles and soaps, etc. The ONLY thing that could use improvement (aside from discount specials during off season) is the deep soak tubs should be changed out to jacauzzi deep soak tubs. We would like to go again before May 2004, but they are already booked for the weekends we have available! It has been a while since we were at Bernardus, well over a year and at that time it was an adult only resport. I would be disappinted if children were allowed, as it would change the dynamic, and lesson the incredibly quiet and peaceful environment. Cheers!
Best in Carmel or Monterey
My wife and I have heard the buzz about this place for some time so we viewed the property a couple of months ago and found the staff very willing to help etc. etc. SO we stayed a couple of nights in October and found the staff eager and willing to please. The feature restuarant was good (equivellent to 1 star mic. quality) and with a little work the staff could be world class as the property is 5 star.
Rooms and common areas were world class but concierge staff was a little inexperienced in handeling persons used to 5 star properties.
Can't wait to return
My wife and I spent 4 days at Bernardus Lodge in August during the big classic car weekend. Despite the crowds assembled for Carmel / Monterey's busiest weekend, life at Bernardus Lodge was peaceful and pleasant. From the warm greeting when we arrived to the last minutes of our stay, the staff was attentive and simply delightful. Our room was wonderful and offered a beautiful view into the hills surrounding this lovely valley. Our meals were excellent and the ambience of this place was difficult to match.
We are eager to return to Bernardus Lodge.
Alas! No longer a comfort.
After having visited Bernardus on two previous occasions, we were looking forward to five days of quiet luxury and outstanding food. The luxury and outstanding food are still there, but the experience is severely marred by the number of young, loud children. Bernardus still promotes itself as an "adult-designed" environment, although it is obvious they do not honor that tradition. It now offers a "Kids Menu" and children's cooking classes. There are too few places that one can get away from the stress and noise of everyday life and it'a a shame that Bernardus is no longer one of those places.
We Adore This Place!
We save one weekend a year for a trip to Bernardus..a weekend getaway within 2 hours of our house. This place is amazing. They greet you in the lobby with wine while you check in, you choose some CD's and/or books to take with you to your room...each room is a suite, almost like a little apartment. Fresh flowers, wine and champagne are waiting for you in your room (its a winery too), huge bathtubs big enough for 2, french doors leading to your tabled balcony perfect for an in-room breakfast, gigantic featherbeds, all the luxurious fixings you would expect at a place like this. Their spa is amazing too, but a little pricey. Drive into Carmel downtown for evening dinners if the onsite award-winning chef's fare does not tempt you (it tempts us..time and time again), and then on your way home, stop in Carmel for some daytime shopping. All-in-all, Bernardus is a place we look forward to each year. We can only afford to go once a year (rooms can be pricey!), but it's an experience much remembered. We have gone three years in a row, this year we are counting down the days!
Loved this place, big feather beds, fireplaces in the room, tubs big enough for two, nightly treats, tea service, loaner books and cds. Unassuming and helpful staff, Logan got us an impossible tee time. The spa and restaurants are very nice. If you like wine, they have tastings and discounts for those who plan to take some home. One of the best most relaxing vacations we have ever had, Thanks to a special staff, we will be back
With great expectations I suggested to my three grown children who all live out of town that breakfast at Bernardus Lodge would be a classy celebration for my wife/their Mother's birthday this morning. All eight of us were shocked and disappointed at what turned out to be the overpriced menu and under supplied, inefficient and amazingly slow service. From beginning to end it was underwhelming. As 2 who live in Carmel Valley, we would have commented, but because we were guests we felt uncomfortable complaining, thus the evaluation to be followd by a conversation with the management. Even though we asked to sit outside, the hostess tried to sit us inside. We were unable to detect Champagne in the mimosas and the bloody mary's were equally short of alchohol. We had to remind the waitress that she had forgotten to take one order. Five of us were almost finished with our very slow to come orders when the other three arrived. We had to remind the waitress that 1 of 2 orders for sausage was forgotten, and the order of bacon was served when the hash orders were half eaten. There was no offer of coffee and we were disgusted at the tacky bill when it arrived with a line for a tip even though the tip was included.
All in all, this was not a morning to be remembered.
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... get in, even looking around the front to the windows to check that no one was climbing out of them! We had to get the lady at the office to let us in to our room with a special device that bends round the door (looks a bit like a spatula combined with a fork?). The fact that this tool even exists and is available for use is a little worrying! Anyway, the latch must have flipped on as we shut the door. Weird. We were knackered, so we showered, watched more TV and went to ...
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... the waves crash in and up underneath. We wandered the waterfront and then down through the cannery row shops, then back up along to the beachfront. Sea lions are plentiful along this strip of coast and their barking could be heard. The water was crystal clear, but floating about 50m or so off shore were massive kelp beds. The local seals love these and their heads could be seen bobbing up and down amongst this large seaweed. North of Monterey, and between ...
... rate for our troubles. Just then, remembering that we were going to travel one of the most beautiful coastal highways on the planet, and pressed by a conversation with our friend Susan Coates, who cajoled me by suggesting this summer that I should, "just splurge, Turner, you cheap *******! You gotta have a convertible Mustang to drive the California Coast!!!" I suggested to Waylon of Enterprise that if he liked, we could stick with the $29.95 fee, ...
... were even lucky enough to see a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins hunting and feeding very close to us. Benjamin managed to throw himself in whilst peering down to try to spot sea hares. After two most enjoyable hours pottering around we headed back into the beach at Monterey.
That night we plumped for room service after another long day. We managed game of Lords of Waterdeep at the boys' insistence before gratefully falling into our beds.