On our annual trip to the Outer Banks, we always stop in Winchester, Virginia on our way back home due to it's convenience. After staying at several unmemorable hotels in years past, I searched TripAdvisor and found this gem. I wish I would have found this hotel before now. What an amazing place in a beautiful area of a town I always saw as a stop-over by the shortcut to the PA turnpike.
First off, the area of "old-town" Winchester is beautiful, quaint, and quite a trendy area. We saw a lot of foot traffic, many neat stores and restaurants on the way to the hotel. If it hadn't been raining and in the 40's we would have explored this area much more.
Now, to the hotel itself. It's an historic hotel, completely redone and refurbished beautifully by Wyndham. The lobby is open, airy and very elegant, but not so stuffy that we felt out of place in our fresh from the beach look. The bellman/valet was very friendly and informative. Ditto, the front desk staff. Both people who were our first greeters at the hotel were genuinely pleasant, and told us all about the hotel, it's amenities, what was available in the immediate neighborhood etc.
We had a king room, and it rivals any upscale hotel we've ever stayed at. The bathroom was HUGE, with a dual sink, a ton of counter space (a plus for the traveling women. Bathrooms without counter space is a pet peeve of mine), great lighting (also a major plus in my book), a large mirror, and a relaxing waterfall shower. The bedroom itself was huge as well. The room was well lit, had great windows, a flat screen t.v. with cable, and the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in aside from the Wynn in Las Vegas. The room also offered a safe, a large closet, and a lot of drawer space (if you're planning to stay awhile).
That night we had a late dinner at the lobby bar the Half Note Lounge. It has a great atmosphere and decor. It's a fairly large space, but had the intimate, low lit atmosphere of a smaller venue. Even though it was busy, the volume never got so loud that we couldn't talk. We sat at a table, our 4 year old son included, and enjoyed the live band, a few martinis (for the adults of course), and great food. The Kobe beef burger and Crab soup were fantastic. And they even had a children's menu available for the little guy. It was a great way to wind down after our 12 hour travel.
The next morning we took advantage of the beautiful indoor pool area. It's decorated like a roman bath, complete with statues and pilars in the pool. Very cool! Nicely heated water--one of the few heated hotel pools that felt heated.
After swimming, we visited the other hotel restaurant, the Dancing Goat for breakfast. It's a nice space, the breakfast was good, but the service was quite slow. The only slight downside to our stay. It definitely did not taint the rest of the visit at all.
Overall, the George Washington Hotel is a study in old style elegance with wonderful amenities, great staff, stellar rooms....I can't wait to stay there again next year.
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- A Wyndham Grand Hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- George Washington Hotel
- Hotel George Washington