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The Greenbrier
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986   |  
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West Virginia
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16 reviews
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“Return visit to the Greenbrier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We just returned from a three-day visit to The Greenbrier and once again found everything to be wonderful. Everyone who works there was so friendly and helpful, the grounds are perfectly maintained, and the hotel is absolutely immaculate!

Room Tip: We chose a junior suite this time and found it to be extremely comfortable.
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  • Stayed April 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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Robert M, Manager at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 25, 2014
We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review of your recent visit! Thank you so much for recognizing our wonderful staff and the exceptional customer service and warm hospitality that they provide our guests. We hope to welcome you back to The Greenbrier for years to come!
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Maitland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

This resort is incredible! We have stayed in historic resorts in Europe and the US and this is the best of all. The grounds, the rooms, the entertainment, and the staff are incredible. This resort has it all and we can't wait to return!


  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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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Robert M, Manager at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
We are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your recent visit to The Greenbrier! Our goal is for every guest to leave anticipating their return to America's Resort, and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Want to start by saying I have been here several times (4-5) and really do love the resort. That said, this last experience was pretty bad. I probably will never actually return. I was there for 2 days and spent $1,200 on god knows what. NOT worth the money to stay at this property.

First, there is a new resort tax fee that had many of the guests upset while we were there. On top of the regular 20% service fee for everything, regular resort tax and regular sales tax, there is also a new 6.5% presidential historical tax (or something like that). When buying ANYTHING (food, newspapers, gum, your hotel room, bowling) you are charged this 6.5%.

Second, the dining experiences are not great. Our waitresses and waiters at all dining outlets were not attentive and did not know the menu. The food at Drapers and Sammys was pretty bad and came out wrong. The Cafe's food was better, but our order was wrong again. The comments that the waiters and waitresses gave us as we were sitting (Forum), as we were ordering and when we were about to pay were ridiculous and not something from a 5 start property. Overall, was this worth a $40/per person lunch and a $90/per person dinner each time? Absolutely Not.

Third, the service at the resort has gotten too relaxed. We were in a cottage and no one ever came to take away our room service food/tray for a full day. We also never had anyone come and really clean our room. They might have swept the floor once and made our beds but the table, kitchen area, bathroom living room was not even organized or picked-up.

Finally, our bedroom in the cottage had pipe issues all night. There was constant banging every night around 2am and it happened like once an hour. We thought someone was knocking on the door each time. Ugg, not a peaceful sleep. Also, we understand that the place is old and has character, but do a little work before a guest comes. We filled the bathtub up for our baby and the water was totally brown. It hadn't been run in awhile, but still at least run the water before a guest comes into the room.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Robert M, Vice President of Guest Relations at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Dear Guest, fist allow me to say that we are honored to read that you really do love The Greenbrier. However, that makes it all the more disappointing to read about the inexcusable lapses in service that you experienced during your recent stay. We believe that our first priority at The Greenbrier – no matter one’s official duties – is to sincerely care about our guests and their enjoyment of the resort. This is the essence of ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen. I apologize that we failed you in this regard for this visit. I would be happy to discuss in detail your stay, concerns and disappointments. I may be reached at 304-536-7830 or robert_mickey@greenbrier.com. The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) of 6.5% is collected to preserve and protect landscapes, buildings, and amenities that have played a meaningful role in The Greenbrier’s past while carefully planning the continuous improvement for the future. The proceeds from this fund will also have an important economic, environmental, and educational impact on the resort and surrounding communities. We want future generations to be able to experience and discover their own connections to The Greenbrier. We remain at your service and hope to have the honor of serving you again.
Sincerely,
Robert A. Mickey
Vice President of Guest Relations
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We spent a long weekend at The Greenbrier this past weekend for our Mom's 90th Birthday. What a great place to celebrate such a significant event. The rooms and food were superb. The breakfast buffet in the main dining room is not to be missed. I don't know what they do to their country scrambled eggs, but they are the best. The fresh fruit is outstanding. We did the Resort Historian's Outside Tour. Excellent. The Bunker Tour was great. My brother-in-law really enjoyed the trout fishing. My wife really liked all of the shopping. Just walking around the hotel itself and the extensive grounds, both inside and out, is very relaxing.

Room Tip: We had a standard room that was large, tastefully decorated, and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Robert M, Manager at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your mother’s 90th birthday with us! We understand how important special occasions are for our guests and do our best to make them absolutely memorable! We look forward to your next visit!
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Naples, Florida
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38 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The Greenbrier Hotel is an old and stately hotel with a wonderful history. During the Cold War, the Bunkers were built to house the members of Congress in case of an emergency. Now that the secret is out, tours are conducted to help learn about our country's past.

Nestled in the mountains, the Greenbrier is a magnificent property. The grounds are beautifully manicured and the flowers are gorgeous in any season.

The golf courses are beautiful and difficult to navigate. It looks so easy on television during the Greenbrier Classic in July. But, those players are the pros.

There is plenty to do at the Greenbrier even in an off season. The indoor pool is lovely. The spa will occupy your time and leave you relaxed. You can shop, bowl, get hair and make up done, eat delicious homemade candy, and watch two cooking demonstrations at 11 and 2 in the kitchen shop.

The rooms were decorated by Dorothy Draper and updated by Carlton Varney. Some rooms are a bit overdone for some. Floral wallpaper can be overpowering especially in a bedroom.

At check in, you will be welcomed to the West Virginia resort with iced tea or champagne. The bellman are professionals and are very helpful.

Check out the afternoon tea in the main dining room. Though it used to be in the parlor, a much more open venue, I suppose it is now in the new area because of the amount of seating that is available. The cookies are fewer than in year's past, but the ladies who serve the tea are special.

Dinner at Prime 44 was superb. I suggest sharing a steak and sides, but leave room for Karen West's cake. Delicious. Take time to look at the memorabilia from West Virginia's Jerry West's stellar basketball career located in the restaurant.

Shopping was a concern for us during our last trip. The hotel charged a 6% state sales tax, a 1 1/2% county tax, and a resort tax of 6 1/2% totaling a 14% tax on everything at the hotel from golf and food, spa and retail, to dinner and drinks. This adds quite a bit to the price of a visit.

After visiting the Greenbrier over the years, I have noticed several changes, some of which show the need to acquire more money at the cost of short changing the guests. Gone are the monogrammed napkins and silverware, the basket of amenities in the room, the gift left in the room at turndown service. Some of the restaurants are not open every day. In fact, the Forum was never open during our stay. In order to bring in more revenue, special room rates are extended to some. The clientele has changed. Instead of seeing people dressed to the nines, I saw tee shirts, hats, and jeans in the lobby and the main rooms of the hotel.

I am not sure that the added expense of the resort fees coupled with dated bedrooms and bathrooms is worth the effort.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robert M, Vice President of Guest Relations at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear Guest, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to The Greenbrier! Thank you so much for pointing out so many of our 55+ activities. In addition to the activities that you highlighted, we are also excited to offer, sporting clays, indoor & outdoor tennis, kayaking, biking, croquet and much more. The Greenbrier is a luxury resort, and we pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled range of amenities and activities as well as exceptional customer service throughout our 10,000-acre property. Enjoying this world-class experience does come at a cost, and so we do our best to publish all rates, fees, gratuities and menus on our website so that there are no surprises upon arrival. I would be happy to discuss in detail your concerns regarding fees and the preservation and maintenance of this historic 236 year old property. I may be reached at 304-536-7830 or robert_mickey@greenbrier.com. We remain at your service and hope to have the honor of serving you again.

Sincerely,
Robert A. Mickey
Vice President of Guest Relations
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Beautiful grounds, top-notch service, elegant decor and superb accommodations. There is something for everyone at this resort. The casino is wonderful but don't forget to bring a suit jacket for after 7 pm. The artisans in the Art Colony are incredibly friendly and talented. I highly recommend stopping by Gibson's and talking to the painter/jewelry maker. She's a gem!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Robert M, Manager at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for pointing out The Greenbrier's unique Art Colony Shops in your review! The shops offer items skillfully crafted by local artisans as well as a fascinating glass blowing demonstration. We appreciate that you recognized our amazing staff and their incredible efforts in maintaining both our buildings and grounds. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to The Greenbrier!
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This is the resort by which all others should be measured. I am afraid that it has slipped somewhat compared to some others on the east coast. It is a very large, beautiful resort which is immaculately clean. The staff is friendly and for the most part courteous and competent. The rooms were very clean comfortable and updated. The food was exceptional and priced accordingly. The fitness center was disappointing but one gets a good workout just going to it since it is a brisk walk down the hill. The indoor pool is an interesting old pool but not very functional by modern standards for recreation at a public hotel. Most of the numerous activities are priced too high considering the already high price for the stay. The bunker tour is a must but again, overpriced. In summary, this is a very nice place to stay but somewhat expensive overall.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robert M, Manager at The Greenbrier, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay! The Greenbrier is a luxury resort, and we pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled range of amenities and activities as well as exceptional customer service throughout our 10,000-acre property. Enjoying this world-class experience does come at a cost, and so we do our best to publish all rates, fees, gratuities and menus on our website so that there are no surprises upon arrival. We are honored that you recommend touring The Bunker! The entire West Virginia Wing was originally added to the property in the 1950s to conceal the simultaneous construction beneath it of The Bunker, a top secret U.S. government fallout shelter that is now open for tours. We look forward to your next visit!
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Address: 300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Location: United States > West Virginia > White Sulphur Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in White Sulphur Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Greenbrier 4.5*
Number of rooms: 710
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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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