After the last years at the Four Seasons for Thanksgiving dinner we were obliged to cancel because of a family member's disabilities. The Hotel DuPont was our backup choice.
Our previous last visit was to a buffet in the Brandywine Room: it was because of that painful experience we choose to avoid the holiday buffet in favor of the menu choices in the Green Room.
The first shock was the new (relative new) lobby. It was redone in early 1950s retro modern which
looked like something out of a consignment shop. A total non fit for the hotel. Ok I like much modern design but this was a horrific collection of "stuff". One mans opinion take a look for yourself.
The Green room was lovely and the piano added a touch of the casual elegance one might expect from this establishment. We were shocked to find the 1:30 seating close to empty: say 20 some people.
The selections looked interesting add an Amuse and an Intermezzo and with a appetizer choice, entree and a desert you have a five course dinner. The amuse was delicate and interesting, both the standard and the vegetarian version were tasty small bites. The appetizer course is where the trouble began, cold soup sent back twice and served cold the 3rd time. The salad was a few various leaves of assorted greens with a nut or two. The shrimp cocktail looked ample although not ordered at our table. Two turkey dinners and one special order vegetarian were served cold. When returned ,based on the time taken, we were expecting a fresh service of hot food. Actually they had re-plated the same food and microwaved it. The result was a mushy , only warm vegetarian serving and warm turkey dinners with rubber turkey and near boiling cranberry dressing.
The waitress was lovely, the manager understanding, the chef failed to stop by although
he did walk past our table a few times; likely on his way to check on the buffet.
We are hopeful that our stars just were just not aligned; but walking through the lobby to retrieve our car we were reminded that things change and not always to our liking. Happy Thanksgiving!