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“Beautiful Hotel, can't beat the scenery!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows

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Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   111 Hospitality Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630   |  
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Falls Church, VA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hotel, can't beat the scenery!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

We wanted to see the leaves and stay in a nice hotel and the Holiday Inn fit the bill nicely. The hotel is about 10 minutes from Skyline Drive but it sits in the middle of a golf course which is just gorgeous.

The hotel is pretty new so the carpet, wallpaper and the furnishings are all in great shape.

We got our room through Priceline for $80 and when we arrived we asked for an upgrade which we did get. We were upgraded to a suite with two queen beds and a separate sitting room....It was almost like a one bedroom apartment. The room had a half size fridge and a microwave which was really nice. The beds were really comfy and there was a big flat screen tv in the bedroom as well as the sitting room.

The only disappointment for us was the jacuzzi/pool area. The pool was really chilly and the jacuzzi wasn't working properly. When you turned the jets on, they stayed on for about 5 minutes then turned off and they wouldn't turn on again. Also, the jacuzzi was not heated as hot as it should have been. Someone else that was in the jacuzzi when we got there said they had called the front desk and were told someone was on their way to fix it, but an hour later no one had shown up. We went to the jacuzzi the next morning before we left and it still wasn't working.

Towels in the pool area and fitness center were an issue too. We got there Saturday evening and there were no towels in either area. Sunday morning we got up to work out and again, no towels in the fitness room. That was a little gross because we couldn't wipe down the equipment after we used it and obviously no one else could either. When we went to use the hot tub again there still weren't towels in the pool area. I know the hotel is relatively new but it seems like they should have figured something as simple as keeping towels stocked in the pool and gym.

There was coffee in the lobby in the morning but there wasn't breakfast, which was a little bummer. Even some fresh fruit and bagels would have been a nice touch.

One nice touch was that there was a "balcony" area outside next to the pool area. They had lounge chairs outside and you could relax and watch the golfers on the golf course which was fun.

All in all, we did enjoy our stay and would go back.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HolidayInnFrontRoyal, General Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bloomfield, MI
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

We spent one night at this hotel on route to Charleston from Michigan.

It was in a beautiful location right next to a golf course and just off the expressway. The hotel is new and as such, is very clean and well planned out. Although there were a number of events going on the night we were there, it was quiet, clean and staff was very helpful.

The hotel is attached to a restaurant which was tasty, but service mediocre.

I would definitely stay here again on my way down south.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brent C Jackson
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San Diego
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

We got a great rate for this hotel so didn't expect much. I couldn't believe my eyes as we were driving up to the hotel. It's new, and right beside a beautiful golf course. We usually stay at Marriott's. Well, this hotel rates right up there with them and better then some. Nicely decorated lobby, friendly service, clean, comfortable, close to shopping, food, banks, and Shenandoah National Park. Beds are comfortable, frig, microwave in the little store area, nice laundermat, free wifi in the business center, and a nice attached restaurant. Everything we needed.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brent C Jackson
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Washington, DC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

If every new Holiday Inn is going to be built like Front Royal’s Blue Ridge Shadows, there’s going to be a lot of happy guests on the horizon. The hotel was built just a year ago, so everything is fresh and new. You can tell they did their homework with what guests want. The really comfortable beds have two types of pillows marked “Firm” and “Soft”. The spotless bathroom has a large beautiful shower, low step-in tub and tons of plush towels. The room is a perfect size with the bathroom in a separate area away from the bedrooms view. The room also has an empty mini-fridge to keep any food or drinks cold.

The hotel is one exit away from Skyline Caverns with plenty of land surrounding the property. The best rooms have views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and/or the golf course. It’s worth the little extra money to request rooms with these views. The hotel is only 5 stories but there are no high-rises anywhere to block your view. If every floor mimics the top floor plan, then rooms ending in numbers 00 through 04 have a golf course view. Rooms ending in 06, 08, 10, 12 and 14 have mountain views. It appears room 504 is a corner suite with views of both the golf course and the mountains. The location is close to Winchester, near the heart of Front Royal and less than a mile from Bowling Green Country Club which hosts weddings and other special occasions in a beautiful setting.

The staff are incredibly friendly and were especially giddy because the Oak Ridge Boys happened to be staying at the hotel that weekend since they were performing at a nearby Fair. There’s a large outdoor parking lot with ample spaces. The lobby has a stone fireplace and all the furnishings in the common areas as well as the guest rooms were tastefully done.

The hotel’s restaurant is Houlihan's which has over 20 locations nationwide. I’ve been to the one in Chicago and thought the food there was very good. However the one in Front Royal is even better, I’d go so far to say the food is cooked to perfection. One of the best grilled salmon entrees I’ve ever had. If you order the stuffed mushrooms, keep in mind they are the size of baseballs and you get six of them. If there’s less than three in your party, you may want to order something more manageable. The flavored teas including the long island variety are great. There’s plenty of booths to sit at and the bar area is very inviting.

I don’t believe google maps has the street to enter the hotel property yet, perhaps because it’s relatively new, but you can see the hotel from a mile away on Highway 522 during the daytime. At nite it’s dark as the ace of spades, but you do have a traffic light to make the turn.

Expect a very peaceful stay with excellent customer service both at the hotel and restaurant. We’ll return for another relaxing getaway sometime.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Safe Travels,
Brent C Jackson
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Newark, DE
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

One day was not enough. The room was extremely clean and inviting, as was the lobby. We had a wonderful Saturday evening meal at Houlihans; the restaurant was not at all crowded. I don't know how we missed the fitness center (I guess we didn't ask) but that's okay. We had more time to spend in the room.

Oh, they were also biker-friendly and allowed us to park under the covered front of the hotel. Many of the other writers mentioned that this is better than most Holiday Inns and I would have to agree.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We appreciate that you left a review of your recent experience at the Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows. Thank you for your business.

Safe Travels,
Brent C Jackson
General Manager
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Statesville, NC
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

All I think to express how wonderful this hotel was is WOW. The staff is beyond excellent-they went above and beyond accomadating our group. We would reccomend this property and their staff to all.
The rooms are beautiful, the beds are cozy and the property is beautiful. We didn't get to explore as spent the entire in the hotel but nobody complained and there where 35 of us.
You won't be sorry if you stay here.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruxelles
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

We went there to walk in the Shenandoah park. The hotel is very good with a nice pool/spa and fitness center. The business center is roomy. The people at the frontdesk were not specialy nice a little bit cold. The restaurant was fine, but the breakfast is expensive. We dinner there twice and the food was good. All the acomodations were fine.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Safe Travels,
Brent C Jackson
General Manager
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Address: 111 Hospitality Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630
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Location: United States > Virginia > Front Royal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Front Royal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows 3*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to an award winning hotel. The Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows is the recipient of the 2013, 2012 and 2011 IHG Torchbearer Award (awarded to the Best Holiday Inn hotels) and 2010 IHG Newcomer Award (Best New Holiday Inn). Sophistication and natural beauty unite at this Front Royal, Virginia hotel. For sophisticated but affordable accommodations, look no further than the Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows. We're situated above the award-winning Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Front Royal, VA. Our hotel's location is ideal for travelers to immerse themselves in the outdoors. You can take a leisurely drive on Skyline Drive to experience breathtaking views, enjoy a canoe trip on the beautiful Shenandoah River or explore the caverns around Front Royal. Lodging here is also convenient for business travelers visiting the Virginia Inland Port, Ferguson Enterprises, Family Dollar, Toray, American Woodmark, Axalta and other businesses in Front Royal. Our 24-hour business center, free high-speed Internet access, heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center are available for your use. Overlooking the beautiful mountains around Front Royal, our hotel rooms and suites offer triple-sheeted bedding, 32-inch LCD flat screen TVs with HD and HBO and refrigerators. From Houlihan's Restaurant and Bar, serving made-from-scratch cuisine three meals a day, to our 4,500 square feet of meeting space for hosting your special event, this Front Royal hotel's amenities provide a relaxing environment for our Virginia guests. ... more   less 
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