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Airlie
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Warrenton
Washington, DC
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not a hotel”
Reviewed January 18, 2011

Stayed here for my sister-in-law's wedding. It was a beautiful campus, but wear comfy walking shoes since you are walking from location to location and food was great. Rooms were sufficient.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

ultimately, my groom and I decided, "how could we trust a place where the special events coordinator refuses to take calls, and consistently does not return calls for a week or a week and a half?" She also uses the same response time for emails. When she answers them. We recently asked for an in person meeting. She hedged for 2 weeks. Then told us she could only give us 20 minutes.

We've visited the site a total of 4 times now. She gave us 4 draft contracts. All of them seemed like she literally pulled them out of thin air. They did not remotely reflect our email or in-person conversations. I often wondered if she confused us with other couples.

I can confirm that she does not work on weekends. This special events coordinator will not be present during your weekend wedding. They will tell you that you do get to meet with the whole staff one week before your wedding. But other wedding venue sites in the area and in the surrounding dc metropolitan area will include the special events coordinator as part of your wedding package. It's a little startling that this one won't be there. Especially for the prices of the packages. This wedding event planner is never available to be reached after 4pm on weekdays. The staff that answers the phone at Airlie has confirmed this for me. She apparently leaves the office every day at 4pm.

This Wedding Coordinator's favorite excuse when she FINALLY does return a phone call or email (usually after the 3rd call with no response, or, the last time I tried to get ahold of her, I called her every day, sometimes twice. I left a message at least once every day. Again it took about a week to get back to me.) is that "Wow, so sorry it took so long to get back to you. We are right in the middle of the wedding season you know!". She's been saying that to me for about 7 months. Seriously. Also, all the site coordinators I've worked with never use this excuse. Or any excuse, really. They just call me back right away.

This wedding coordinator gave us a list of prices for a special event. The cover sheet said "2010", every interior page said "2009". No attention to detail. That's a little disconcerting. She's given me 4 contracts. The first 3 weren't even remotely close to what we'd asked for. Since Airlie is a "cookie- cutter" wedding site, we weren't asking for much. Just specifying whether we wanted plated or buffet, etc. The only contract that was correct was the last one. Where we sat down with her for our "twenty minute meeting". She walked in, shook hands with us, sat down and stared us down until one of us said something. A classic negotiating trick. The first person who speaks, essentially, "loses". We clarified our requests and asked her to bring down a corrected contract. She originally balked at this, saying it would have to be cleared through their contracts departmen first. But she did this right away.

Airlie was a completely frustrating experience. We loved the site too, and we would have put up with all the inconveniences and the expenses, but it came down to not being able to trust our coordinator. We were ready to write out a check the first time we saw the place, but I wouldn't trust her to coordinate a play date with toddlers. No way am I spending thousands just to put a special day in her hands. We'll be having our ceremony and reception at a site that is much more responsive and professional. Let me know if you have any specific questions. I will try to answer them.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

I thought this was a good conference retreat. The grounds were beautiful. And the staff were very nice.

My only critiques were:
- In our meeting room the AC vents were uneven and some of us got very cold.
- The wireless internet didn't work well in my room.

Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Airlie
Address: 6809 Airlie Rd, Warrenton, VA 20187-7110
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Location: United States > Virginia > Warrenton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Warrenton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Airlie 3.5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Airlie is a secluded destination for meetings, weddings, and romantic getaways in the Northern Virginia countryside. Located in Warrenton, Airlie is just a 50-minute drive from the center of Washington, D.C. yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of the District. The historic manor house and village of guest rooms are set on 300 acres of verdant Virginia landscape featuring pastoral, lake, and wildlife views. We take pride in our commitment to farm-to-table dining. Airlie's Culinary team sources ingredients from a network of thirty local farms in addition to our own four-acre organic garden. Make a reservation at Garden Bistro and experience a culinary adventure to the best in seasonal flavor. Whether you're here for leisure, business, or a noteworthy occasion - we're glad you landed at Airlie. ... more   less 
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