Herbert Ypma, Hip Hotels USA, 2003
This could well be the best hotel in the United States. The building is a magnificent Italianate mansion, the location is the picturesque Berkshires, one of the prettiest parts of New England, the town is Lenox – famous for its gentility, its classical music scene and its former resident Edith Wharton. The interiors are the most immaculate example of New York-based design and architecture duo Tsao & McKown’s work, the food is easily the best in Massachusetts, if not New England and the service beats any city hotel I know.
Wheatleigh has cottoned on the the kind of personal attention to detail that made the Aman chain so successful. There’s no ugly front desk, no bureaucracy to greet you when you arrive via the immaculately groomed gravel driveway. Valets whisk away your car, your suitcases are transferred to your room and registration is a mere matter of signing your name. At night, while you are being spoiled by chef J. Bryce Whittlesey, someone sneaks into your room to turn down your bed and lower the lights.