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The George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Affordable luxury, great amenities, great rooms”
Reviewed October 3, 2011

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.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

We spent last night here and were so pleasantly surprised. This hotel is about 100 years old, a big brick box with little to entice you inside. But based on the reviews in Trip Advisor, we stayed anyway. What a lovely job Wyndham Hotels have done converting this old place into a wonderful hotel. Our room was beautifully appointed, quite large and 100% comfortable. The lobby was great, with a very glamorous bar right off the main desk area, and a musician performed great jazz for us. And the hotel restaurant, where we had breakfast, was also beautiful, and served a delicious and very reasonably priced meal.

Winchester is an up and coming old town. Glad to see so much renovation and lots of tourists too. We will return.

Room Tip: A room in the back may have been quieter. There's a train that runs through town.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Milford, New Jersey
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

I LOVED the shower! Water pressure was unlike anywhere I have stayed lately and I travel frequently. The bathroom was beautiful, spacious, made it very easy for a couple to be both in the bathroom at the same time getting ready to go out! LOVED it! We stayed in a King room which was nice, although I guess where we gained space in the bathroom, the room space was lacking! Would be nice to have had alittle more space to sit and watch TV- my only other complaint is the placement of the TV in the room- would have rather had the TV opposite the bed for viewing ( since no where else to watch TV) and the dresser in the other spot.
In general, a lovely stay. I would NOT recommend going to the lounge at night during football season unless you are an avid football fan. You had to go up to the bar for service and it was SO incredibly noisy in the lounge during the game. Otherwise, beautiful place!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Great location for the hotel. You could walk to many places from here. Really grand hotel feeling, the lobby was beautiful. Front desk was very nice. (At checkout watch out for some $1.50 room safe charge per day per room. I just don't agree with crap like that, I have NEVER seen that done anywhere.) Also, please don't tell me to read the sticker on the safe, who even looks at that? The valet parking was $4 per day and you could go in and out as you wanted. If you just use the garage on your own it's about $8 and you have to pay to go in and out. The parking is really easy to get in and out. We got four rooms, weirdly they were all different. some had flat screen TV some didn't. some had a fridge some didn't. That was weird. We had a room with a door to another room and we could hear every word they said next door (and they kept coming over to complain about our noise) no big deal just don't get that room. I guess to be honest you could hear everything in the rooms around you especially when you were in the bathroom. Couldn't get a cot they were all taken. The rooms were really clean, the bathrooms were all really roomy, great great products in the rooms. Lots of towels. The sheets were really soft, lots of pillows. There was no street noise. Don't ask for anything from the front desk, they will be very kind and then totally forget. The rooms were large though. One thing, the beds are a bit high, we had trouble with granny getting into bed.

Our one complaint is the restaurant for breakfast. They are the nicest people ever but you have to really really really want coffee and ask about 25 times then basically go get it yourself. You will never get a refill. also, the sugar things are full of fake sugar, there was no real sugar in any of the tables, they keep promising to bring you some but they forget. kinda weird again. There seems to be lots of staff around but they are baffled. We tried breakfast two different days. The food was very very excellent. Just... weirdly....slow. like...some food comes... then some more... then the bacon... this whole time you keep asking for coffee, nope. People would check back and you say yes I would like more coffee, then you don't get it. Its..like... people had a problem staying on task. The cook was great though. They even let us squeak breakfast in a bit late. The people who work there are really nice. I just... just.. don't understand why they can't do simple tasks. Like, they forgot the apple juice, over and over. and we would say hey the apple juice and they would say OH SORRY and never get it. It was DIFFERENT wait people as well...so....its just bizarre.
Whoops, just realized the same was true with wedding reception upstairs, the person was pouring the wine, she ran out of wine, she never came back, then someone came to take the wine glasses away so we stop them, ask for wine, nope never came back. hahahaha. oh, haha and someone came around and asked if we wanted COFFEE and we said YES and she never came back either. It was....like.. nice but forgetful people.

The pool was great. very clean, really a nice design also with the columns in the pool. It's not the kind of pool you can really swim in like laps and all. Hot tub was great. The exercise room was a bit small but equipment was fine. There are lovely shops all around to walk to and many restaurants to choose. There is a little courtyard outside with a fountain that is well done. There is a little store onsite as well.

Room Tip: don't get a room with an adjoining door
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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chapel hill, nc
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed at the hotel last Friday returning to NC from our Canadian summer cottage. The staff at the checkin desk were cheerful and helpful with dinner reservations, valet parking and directions for exploring the immediate area on foot. They even arranged for overnight freezer storage of some frozen venison we were bringing home. I had made a reservation for a standard room via the internet, and they gave us a corner room on the top floor with a huge bathroom, high def TV and a very comfortable king size bed. i was a bit leary about the restaurant for breakfast in view of previous rather dismissive reviews, but it was wonderful with prompt service and very good food. We'll return next year.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

I definitely agree with previous reviewers regarding the nice fusion of history and modern convenience. This property has the reputation of being the "it" property of the area, a deserved title. The rooms are well set up with spacious bathrooms (double sinks and granite countertops) and comfortable beds and linens. However, the rooms can be quite a trek from the one elevator and the walls are thin; while walking from the elevator to one's room every conversation in each passing room is readily audible. Inside the rooms themselves it's quiet, but awkward to know that you don't have privacy from anyone who may be walking down the hall just outside. The front desk staff were helpful and courteous and I wish that during our 3 night stay we'd explored the drinking/dining options that were just steps away.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have the double shower head (ask for it!). Our room was far away from the elevator and...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

Trip Advisor did it again, as I was last minute shopping for a hotel due to a change of plans from my employer at 5 pm. I hit the advisor and then hit Hotwire and bang.... The George Washington hotel. It was a great hotel with very clean nicely furnished rooms. The concierge was helpful and steered me to a great sports block just doors away. They let me park my truck in the valet parking myself as I drive a rather large truck and did not want them to drive it. I paid the valet cost and they were fine with it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Property: The George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Address: 103 E Piccadilly St, Winchester, VA 22601-5004
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Location: United States > Virginia > Winchester
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Business Hotel in Winchester
#1 Romantic Hotel in Winchester
#2 Family Hotel in Winchester
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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