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“Mostly Fantastic” 4 of 5 stars
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Salamander Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg, VA 20117   |  
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Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Mostly Fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was surprised to have never heard of this resort when it first came on to my radar via The Capitol Deal recently. It looked interesting, so I checked it out on the website and decided to give it a try. The resort is new and decorated with an understated elegance. The rooms were spacious and well appointed. We had a first floor terrace room and my only complaints were that the very tall landscaping was so close to the terrace, that we could not give our dogs a short walk via the terrace. I had assumed this is precisely why they required you to stay on the terrace level with your dogs. Also, the landscaping included several plants that are known to attract bees, and there was not shortage of them. I guess the upside compared to the balconies on higher floors is that there was more privacy. We just didn't use the terrace due to the closed in feeling and the bees. Also note that while they say they are dog friendly, and do provide nice dog beds and treats, you are not allowed to leave your dog alone in your room, and need to pay a hefty sum to a dog sitter if you don't have someone in your party who can stay with the dog.

In any case, the grounds of the resort are lovely, with a number of family friendly details - a big grassy lawn on which you can play croquet or other sports, large firepits with adirondack chairs surrounding them, a nice terrace on which you can sit and have a cocktail overlooking the grand lawn. There were many family friendly activities as well - e.g., zip lines, horse back riding.

The spa facility was very nice, beautifully designed with nice relaxation areas including an adults only pool. I was a bit disappointed in the massage I got particularly after specifically requesting someone very experienced and high rated. It wasn't bad. It was just okay.

The food in the restaurants was very good.

All in, It was fantastic in almost every way, to the point where I would be hard pressed to go all the way to The Homestead or The Greenbrier again, when the Salamander is just a little over an hour from DC.

Room Tip: If you are taking your dog, ask for a room close to an exit for easy access to walk them.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GMatSalamander, General Manager at Salamander Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for advising other travelers of some tips for their future stays. Also, thank you for your kind words about our food selections at our restaurants and our rooms. We are delighted that you were able to enjoy the property during your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you all (including your doggie!) again soon.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I needed a quick getaway and Lindsay Forseth (Senior Catering Sales Manager) recommended the Salamander Resort. It was wonderful and exceeded our expectations! Everything was fantastic... when we checked in - we were offered a complimentary glass of wine from a local winery, the room and bathroom decor and ambiance was so luxurious, the staff was so friendly, the Spa was AMAZING, the food was so delicious. At Harriman’s (their restaurant) our waitress made some recommendations that I picked from, and all recommendations were fantastic. And I loved the option on the dessert menu to order supplies for s’mores to take out to the fire pits! Also loved the personal remainders slipped under our door for our booked activities (dinner reservations, and spa treatments). We also had room service which was cooked to perfection! Loved our experience here and we can’t wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMatSalamander, General Manager at Salamander Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Thank you, from the entire team at Salamander Resort & Spa, for your very lovely comments regarding your "babymoon" visit with us. Our passion is hospitality and service and to hear from a guest that had an experience like you did makes our week! We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the resort very soon!
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Crofton, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This resort is on a beautiful piece of land. The resort itself is brand new and it shows. The accommodations have an old, rustic feel to them but still elegant and beautiful at the same time. the staff was very helpful and acommodating.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMatSalamander, General Manager at Salamander Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Thank you for that lovely review and your support of our resort! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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152 reviews 152 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My family and I recently stayed here for several days, and our experience was that the resort is still trying to find its way. While it largely seems to cater to a conference attending crowd it wants to portray itself as a top-of-the-life resort experience. Right now it falls more towards Opryland than the Greenbrier. A good part of that may be from the apparent nickle-and-diming that they engage in throughout. You pay a $25 resort fee daily, though the try and claim that your Wi-Fi, complimentary newspaper, and coffee in the lobby area are free.

Meals were almost all over-priced, and service was Slooooowwwww. My wife had to send back a wrap one day which was soggy and clearly prepared the day before and kept on ice, which they tried to charge $12 for. House-keeping appeared to be told to keep down on providing extra towels and even bottled water, and yet rooms on weekends go for $500 or more. Valets try and require you to valet your car rather than self-park, and a friend told me of a near fight they engaged in, trying to unload their 70+ year old frail mother at the front entrance without involving the valet.

Bikes for kids are $30 for 3 hours, and $45 for adults for three hours. Other high end resorts just include the use of bikes for free, and provide multiple places to park and pick up bikes on the property.

The main area is probably the nicest, and clearly where the spent some of the most money, but the back of the building looks unfinished and similar in stucco and appearance to a Holiday Inn Express. Some of the room decor looks cheap and nouveau for finishings. Rooms were large.

The gym however, is a stand-out, for both size and the quality/quantity of the equipment. The youth Bug camp was a favorite for one of my kids.

Staff was generally friendly and enthusiastic, though it seemed largely a young staff. Some of the finer points on customer service may come as the resort matures.

My advice to the management would be to stop trying to squeeze every last profit center out of your clientele, especially for the prices you are charging, as it makes you look cheap and makes the experience unpleasant.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Not only is the Salamander a gorgeous venue for a wedding, but the staff is top notch. I had the pleasure of dealing with Lindsay Forseth, the Senior Catering Sales Manager, who was a total delight. Lindsay was so kind, accommodating, responded promptly to calls/emails, and was extremely organized. I highly recommend the resort for a wedding, event or weekend trip!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMatSalamander, General Manager at Salamander Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure taking care of your hospitality needs while planning & hosting your wedding celebration! The growth we’ve experienced since opening our doors in August of 2013 is because of guests like you, who faithfully support our business. We appreciate your trust, and we’ll do our best to continue to give you the kind of service you deserve. We hope to see you again soon!
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Fairfax
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Beautiful scenery, immaculate and gorgeous rooms, delicious meals, friendly staff devoted to making your stay a great one. I'm a tough critic, this place is a dream. Worth the money. For an extra treat we got massages at the spa, the spa facilities are also wonderful.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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GMatSalamander, General Manager at Salamander Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Thank you for sharing your lovely experience on Trip Advisor. We know all of our guests expect incredible service and we are proud to deliver! We look forward to earning your loyalty and welcoming you back soon!
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Rockville, Maryland
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We checked in for a couple of days or R&R and it was simply awesome. We loved the place, it's proximity to quaint little MIddleburg, the luxurious settings, the ambiance of the place and the service was just the best.We would definitely do this again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick getaway around the D.C. area.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for sharing your experience at Salamander Resort & Spa. We are truly thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and extra R&R! We hope to have the pleasure of your company in the near future.
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Address: 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg, VA 20117
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Location: United States > Virginia > Loudoun County > Middleburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Middleburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Salamander Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Salamander Resort & Spa offers the refined sophistication of a luxurious country estate in the Virginia's exclusive horse and wine country, just 40 miles from Washington, D.C. This luxury Virginia getaway brings together today’s sought after key elements of time-saving accessibility, authenticity of cultural and historical experiences, unique culinary and wine programming, and an innovative spa and wellness concept.Just 35 minutes from Dulles Airport, the 340-acre resort is located within the historic village of Middleburg, VA, which houses more than 100 unique shops, restaurants, surrounding wineries and equestrian fields and provides the backdrop for one-of-a-kind leisure and group stays as well as spectacular wedding and social events. ... more   less 
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