I came across this resort by accident while trawling the internet for weekend getaway ideas for the V-Day weekend. It looked nice and was ranked the same as The Hotel Hershey (which I have been to) by AAA so I thought I'd give it a chance. When I saw the pictures on their website, the first thing that came to mind was "Eh, a bit dated, but it still looks nice." Well, appearances can be deceiving...
I got the resort's Stupid Cupid package for a 2 night stay which included: accommodations, free bottle of wine, 2 free drinks in the bar, and breakfast for $209/night. After this weekend, I wouldn't pay more than $70/night.
The entrance and lobby were impressive. The staff was really friendly and accommodating though few actually knew anything about the area and its attractions. The tavern had good appetizers, friendly bar staff, and good music. But, that's where the compliments end for this resort.
“Luxury” is not an adjective I would use to describe the Lansdowne Resort. The first clue was its location: in the middle of an industrial park surrounded by cookie-cutter condos and office buildings. Once you get past the lobby and the bar, you see that this resort is nothing more than a gussied up Days Inn:
Public areas: Outside, the sidewalk abruptly stops halfway down the driveway, turns toward the emergency entrance for the pool, goes down 2 steps and leads to the far end of the parking lot. In addition, there isn’t a walkway connecting the corner handicap ramp to the rest of the sidewalk. In the bathrooms, there are no dispensers for the hand towels, wallpaper was poorly done, no frame molding around the stall doors and there’s black mold growing behind the jamb. The common areas have streaks, fingerprints, untidy furniture and visible dust on accent pieces. The elevator bank on the terrace level is found in a workers’ area outside of the room service kitchen. In the elevators they have a baby moon-style mirror that can give you vertigo or trigger an epileptic seizure by looking at it.
Concierge: The woman at the desk is friendly and informative if you know what you’re looking for, but she doesn’t do more than make reservations for inside the resort. And she only has limited brochures available for local attractions.
Doormen/valet: Doormen weren't astute enough to open alternating doors to limit the wind tunnel effect when opening doors for guests. There were no valets to be found inside or out so no assistance with luggage or valet parking.
Public areas of the floors: They had the a/c on high all day, the house phone in the elevator lobby was sloppy, the areas were rather dark, and the ice machine was turned off.
Rooms: Garage sale decor (70s era chairs and accent table, modern headboard and light fixtures, Colonial-style desk and nightstand, casual armoire), outdated TV with barely functioning remote and only 12 channels (no premium movie channel, but 4 sports channels), almost zero storage (3 small drawers in the armoire, 1 small drawer in nightstand, and a closet with 3 hangers), very dark even with all of the lights on, no small refrigerator, no room safe, thermostat was only for show as the temperature never exceeded 68 degrees (had it set for 80), burned out bulbs in the lamps, only 1 small box of tissues, must pay for sugar and cream for the in-room coffeemaker (which also wasted half of the armoire’s usable storage), tacky room rate sign in the closet (we laughed at the quoted price: $419/night for 1-2 people). Bathrooms: paint on the wallpaper, no heat lamp, water pressure was non-existent (4th floor room), hot water was lukewarm at best, a dirty rubber bath mat (too cheap or too lazy for the non-slip epoxy in the tub?), no jacuzzi tub, poor exhaust fan, non-mounted hair dryer had little power, no glasses.
Maid service: Same service you get at Motel 6. Really strange was a Friday night surprise visit from a maid asking if we wanted more towels?
Restaurants: No bathrooms in the restaurants themselves, you must use the bathrooms in the public areas. Only place to get lunch is in the Clubhouse and there are no signs directing you to its lounge. The Hearth’s furniture was not only dated, but also deteriorating. All of the vinyl seat bottoms were scratched, stained or discolored. The buffet food was terrible: I get better breakfasts at The Hampton Inn or the local greasy spoon. Even the coffee tasted funny, Sunday I drove to Dunkin Donuts. I inquired about doing the Harvest brunch instead and was told I had to pay an additional $35 per person. Um...no.
Spa: Though the service and staff were very good, the spa itself wasn't anything more than what you find in a strip mall. Fireplaces in the lounge and reception area were off, the carpet in the Men's locker room needed vacuuming, tap water and trail mix in the lounge, unreasonably expensive (comparable services at The Spa at Hotel Hershey during V-Day weekend is at least 30% cheaper).
In conclusion, if you're expecting 4-star luxury, as I was, you won't find it at the Lansdowne Resort.
- 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