A beautiful hotel with a wonderful history. Staff are impeccable, rooms are clean and nicely decorated, and restaurants are varied.
Rooms are small but comfortable. Housekeeping starts from 8am so if you're not an early bird, put your note on the door the night prior! Turndown service is offered each night, which means towels are also refreshed twice a day.
Restaurants are great but expensive. Each one automatically adds a 20% gratuity to your bill. Forum has nice, casual Italian, however our waiter did tell us that the menu was basically still a draft and that nothing had been perfected except spaghetti and meatballs and veal parmigiana. Plus he was happy to declare he couldn't pronounce the menu items. Might need some more training, Omar! We took his advice on our first night there. The second time we ate there we ordered something different and were satisfied with the meals.
The steakhouse is phenomenal. Get the lobster mashed potato, and of course, the steak. Good portion sizes and also a great wine list.
There are a lot of activities to choose from (both free and at cost). Here are my recommendations:
Fishing (bring your own rods if you can)
Can-am/ATV rentals through mountain ($250+)
Jeep mountain tour ($250+)
Tennis lesson ($60+)
Nothing is cheap here. Spa is great but expensive - over $100 for a manicure, at least $250 for a massage. Also the nail polish is herbal so takes nearly an hour to dry. Something that would be good to know in advance!
You need a jacket for dining in many restaurants or for casino. Remember to bring one. Otherwise there are a few available for rent. Not guaranteed to get your size though.
Do go to afternoon tea. It's free and very good. The casino is fun. The bunker tour is very informative (although a little too long at 90 minutes). Don't expect to see much because the space is now rented to a third party for storage. But the commentary is good all the same. I wasn't that excited to stand outside in the rain for five minutes to hear that "this was once a driveway but no one knew the bunker door was here..." Not sure why it was necessary to do that from outside in the rain.
Children would enjoy this resort and there are lots of activities for them to do. (Need to be over three years old).
The hotel is a nice way to spoil yourself. Do get room service... The set up is like nothing else you will ever see. Amazing! Do not come if you do not want to spend a small fortune!
Not sure the hotel is big on the environment... Towels are changed twice daily - even if hanging up. There is also a non biodegradable sticker placed on the toilet paper (for branding) that would get flushed by most people and end up in our water ways.
Oh, and do go for a fitness class. The guy is great.. You will get value for money in his class!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located amid the breathtaking Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and an award-winning resort that has been welcoming guests since 1778. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Greenbrier Hotel White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier Resort White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier Wv