Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Review – A Chateau in the Laurel Highlands

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If you are in the mood for an ultra-luxurious hotel in southwestern Pennsylvania, look no further than Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the Laurel Highlands.

Whether you are looking for relaxation, outdoor activities, high-end cuisine, or more, odds are good this property will have what you seek.

We were guests of Nemacolin Woodlands for a media conference, and share our thoughts from the stay in this review!

All Manner of Luxury at Nemacolin Woodlands

Chateau at Nemacolin Woodlands

To just say the word Nemacolin as a means to describe the entire property would be doing you a disservice. This estate is large, and is so large, in fact, that there are several dedicated wings of the property itself. So when you say Nemacolin, you may want to try being a bit more specific as no matter how hard you try, odds are good you wont see the entire property in a single visit.

The most imposing section of the property is the Chateau LaFayette, a large estate that is inspired by the Ritz in France (or, going further, perhaps even Versailles). This is often the first building on the property guests think of when they hear the word Nemacolin.

Chateau at Nemacolin Woodlands

But going further, the estate is home to several different properties (including many wings connected to Chateau LaFayette) including The Lodge, The Maples Townhomes, Sundial Lodge, and several private homes for rent.

For this review, we're going to focus on the Chateau LaFayette and the main Lodge as they are worth exploring in their own right. The Chateau is home to restaurants Lautrec and Rockwells, a cigar shop and bar, a tea lounge, and an array of meeting rooms to start. Then as you continue down to the Lodge you also have a retro ice cream parlor, a traditional pub, a high-end shopping area, a shell collection, and even a modest aquarium.

And then there are the rooms!

Room at Nemacolin Woodlands

The aura of luxury extends to the chateau rooms at Nemacolin. They're adorned with the minor details in classic French style, complete with chandelier, and also have a jacuzzi spa tub for good measure.

Bathroom at Nemacolin Woodlands

While I had a great night's sleep during my stay at Nemacolin, I did feel like the bed was almost too firm for my liking. But apart from this one minor detail of note, it was a relaxing stay all around.

When you are surrounded by opulence, it is pretty easy to unwind.

A Wide Array of Activities Available

Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Getting beyond the main buildings at the resort, Nemacolin is also a playground full of activities for guests of all ages and budgets.

They have some of the conventional offerings like bars, spas, and world class dining (we will return to eat at Lautrec, I promise). There is the adult pool complex, miniature golf (plus regular golf and Topgolf simulators), and spas for humans and your furry friends. Or if visiting in the winter, snowtubing and skiing are also an option, as is dog sledding and more.

Sporting Clays at Nemacolin Woodlands

Photo Credit: UncoveringPA

The property even has its own wildlife academy (complete with safari tours) and hunting academy for clay pigeon shooting and wild game (not related to the wildlife academy).

Suffice it to say, if there is an activity you want to try that revolves around hotel luxury or indoor/outdoor activities, odds are good Nemacolin has something for you- and that is all before getting out to really enjoy the beauty of the Laurel Highlands and Ohiopyle State Park!

Overall, Nemacolin is an Experience as Much as a Hotel

Artwork at Nemacolin

If you are looking at heading down to Nemacolin to exclusively explore Ohiopyle and the Laurel Highlands, you're doing yourself a disservice by staying here.

The property itself is an experience in its own right and you could spend days (if not weeks) attempting to do all that is offered- and that is before heading out to nearby attractions like Fallingwater, Fort Ligonier, or the park itself. This one is designed to keep guests inside the property, and it does an exceptional job at that.

Artwork at Nemacolin

But with its expansive and luxurious nature, so to comes the price. You'll be hard pressed finding rooms at Nemacolin for under $400 a night, and that is before dining at the world famous Lautrec or any premium activities factored into play- all of which come with fairly high price tags as well.

Is it worth it? Well, that is up to you to decide.

But if you're looking to play and have a deep enough wallet, Nemacolin will have everything you're looking for and then some.

To book a room at Nemacolin Woodlands, click here.

Nemacolin is located at 1001 Farmington Drive in Lafayette, PA- just a few miles south of Ohiopyle State Park. We were guests of Nemacolin for a media conference/trip in 2018. As always, all opinions are our own.

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