When you think of luxury what comes to mind? Hopefully it’s not Lansdowne Resort. My wife and I spent a couple of nights here in March for a restful getaway weekend; however, it was anything but restful and we’d have done better just staying home. Where to start:
As has been reported in other posts, the rooms are nothing special. Our first room was an average size King Room that you’d get at any other hotel. The bathroom was small and dark. The room was dark. Everything is dark because the room has low wattage light bulbs and a permanent fall color scheme of orange and dark green. The technology in the room is from the 90’s – bulky, old Magnavox 27” TV, basic clock radio, basic hotel phone, limited cable channels. Our second room after upgrading to a suite, while certainly bigger with a separate seating area outside the bedroom, had the similar low light problems. The bathroom lighting was particularly horrible. Upon closing the shower curtain in the standard sized tub, it was like you were taking a shower in the dark. The only light in the area was a can light that shown straight down halfway between the toilet and the tub. This was a suite??? All in all, the rooms are nothing to write home about.
On our second day there, we had booked a massage one week prior to arrival; however, the spa had no record of our reservation and there were no other times available until the morning we were leaving. My wife was able to get a facial and use the spa facilities, but it really wasn’t anything special.
After speaking to the manager about these problems, she credited us one night’s lodging and made reservations for us in their fine dining restaurant which we clearly could have just walked in and gotten a seat just as easily. I will say that the food was excellent. Try the rib eye steak! However, when it came time to leave, I was presented with a bill for the meal except for the dessert which was “on the house.” My assumption was that the hotel was covering the entire bill. One of our servers even knew that we had trouble with the spa that afternoon. After explaining once again my conversation with the hotel manager, the restaurant contacted the front desk, and the dinner was taken care of by the hotel.
Lansdowne is always talked about in the DC area as a luxurious place to go and spend some time, play some golf, enjoy the spa, and eat a fine meal. While this may be partially true, as one who has stayed in much finer hotels around the world (check out the Hilton Venice), Lansdowne didn’t really strike me as anything special. Unfortunately, it’s barely average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel is the ultimate sanctuary of sophistication and renewal, inspired by the "good life" of Virginia Wine Country. The resort features three world class golf courses, a destination spa, recreation and four restaurants. A refreshing getaway from Washington, D.C., the resort's beautiful natural setting in Leesburg, Virginia, sprawls 476 acres along the Potomac River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lansdowne Hotel Leesburg
- Lansdowne Resort Leesburg
- Lansdowne Resort Va