Let me start by saying that I have been fortune enough to stay or eat at close to 23 Relais Chateaux properties and restaurants. They are all without a doubt wonderful, amazing and service is usually 4 to 5 star - with one exception.
The staff at the Inn at Little Washington may actually rate a 6! I have never experienced such a gracious, friendly and accommodating staff - from arriving at the front door and having luggage and our car taken swiftly off our hands to the check-in, check-out, the restaurant staff, those at the shops and everyone in between - we experienced nothing less then quiet graciousness.
When we requested that breakfast be served for 6 in our Game Keepers Cottage (the best by the way) it arrived on trays with a staff to arrange, offer to pour us coffee while setting up and rearranging to make it all fit - all being done with making us feel this was easy, seamless and what they do everyday. It was above and beyond and probably inconvenient but was done with style and smiles.
What Patrick O'Connell has achieved is a fabulous blend of gracious country home style with food and comfort for the most discriminating! I haven't even mentioned the food. The food was wonderful and filled with so many delightful surprises I can't begin to list them all here. I am still dreaming about the incredible lemon-vodka-dill sauce!
What a wonderful slice of heaven about an 1 hour and half outside of D.C. - if you can go - go and experience it yourselves!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the small town of Washington, Virginia, The Inn at Little Washington is the only Double Forbes Five Star, Double AAA Five Diamond property in the Washington metro area. The Inn's eighteen bedrooms and suites are sumptuous hideaways created by Joyce Evans, a London stage and set designer, for whom The Inn has become a life's work. Many of the furnishings were purchased in England, numbered and shipped to Virginia to be assembled on site like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The Inn offers a range of accommodations from well-appointed rooms to luxurious, two story suites many with balconies and garden views. The Inn's dining rooms are pure fantasy - a wondrous cocoon of luxury. Rose-colored, silk lampshades float above each table creating a private, romantic world below. Chef/Proprietor Patrick O'Connell's creations arrive as if served by invisible hands, course after course more dazzling than the last. From the award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar, which includes the finest offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Virginia, the Sommelier plays matchmaker between you, your dinner and the wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Little Washington Hotel Washington