Lovely Rooms & Lodge, Service & Cuisine Need Help A review of Alderbrook Resort & Spa
My husband and I stayed for a weekend getaway to celebrate our anniversary. We loved the room: excellent high quality sheets, beautiful (though small) bath with great amenities, lovely new looking decor, nice robes in great condition. We also loved the lodge: spectacular setting, public rooms, garden. The bonfires lit at night outside around comfy armchairs was a great touch. Very romantic.
The service was extremely hit or miss. Every time we went to the restaurant we were ignored by the hostesses--who couldn't seem to manage even a small greeting. Seems like they were very overtaxed and undertrained. Our waiter was excellent, however--and steered us to the best menu items without hesitation. Other notes re: service--glass desktop had fingerprints from others; bathtub could have been cleaner; hair dryer did not work. Doors slam *loudly* which is too bad given the otherwise extremely quiet setting.
Food and wine really needs someone who knows what they're doing. The white wine list, for example, shows very little knowledge of grapes, regions, etc. They could use some consulting from Seattle. The food was expensive ($150 for dinner for two with 1 appetizer, drinks, a bottle of wine, two entrees, and 1 dessert), and was only so-so. My husband ordered Ahi with a soy glaze: the result was ahi in a (lot of) sauce that tasted like straight soy sauce mixed with sugar. I had salmon with israeli couscous which lacked salt and flavor. The fish itself though was excellent on both counts.
We would definitely go back again for the setting and decor. But hope the service and cuisine/wine list can be improved.