Went with a pal for a few days of r&r. arrived on the eve of the pres elections, and the resort -which is huge - was empty, as it was all week. no lines/no waiting anywhere. although flights were limited, it was easy to fly in/out of the nearby airport. maybe a 15 min drive to the hotel.
chose this resort because it had tons of available outdoor activities. had an awesome time shooting at the beautiful gun club. did the sporting clays course. excellent instruction. challenging stations. off-road driving was cool too. horseback riding - not so much. took us for a short ride around the golf course. pretty, but we would've preferred heading back into the woods. bunker tour was cool, as was checking out the tons of historical stuff both on and surrounding the resort.
rooms were nice - large/clean/comfy beds. we stayed in the main bldg. if i go back with the fam, i'd try one of the the surrounding cottages, which looked nice.
gym was ok - good enough for a decent workout. hit the spa after - also nice. good massage - awesome steam room. excellent facilities (even without a jacuzzi). indoor pool also nice. I like how they left the old tile work in the pool and even certain fixtures in the spa that obviously were from many many years ago - nice touch, and a cool reminder of how things were there years ago. the resort did show its age in several spots - inside and out - but not to the point of distraction. i actual think that it adds to some of its age-old charm.
decent restaurant choices - couldn't try the steak or sushi place because we didn't have or feel like putting on jackets - which they offered to provide. the night time dress code is kind of strange - especially when the place was so empty. i can see them enforcing it fri and sat nights, but 7 days seems a bit archaic and overly formal.
service was excellent -- very polite and attentive, but not overbearing. every staff member goes out of their way to say hello and see if you're alright. again, very proper and formal, but it didn't seem overwhelming.
only complaints (1) the resort is a bit overly formal, which I know made sense there many years ago, and although I certainly don't suggest them eliminating the formalities in their entirety, perhaps a bit of modernization wouldn't be a bad thing.
second, I left my laptop case in my room, and when I called for it the next day, they told me that it had not been found, which was uncool, as I'm certain that I left it there (they told me that no one used the room after I checked out) and as it had my portable wifi hotspot, as well.
overall a beautiful, historic hotel with excellent service and tons of available activities. if u go, make sure to check out nearby Lewisburg, and to drive through the country and see some of the historical sites, beautiful scenery and covered bridges.
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- Located amid the breathtaking Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and an award-winning resort that has been welcoming guests since 1778. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Greenbrier Hotel White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier Resort White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier Wv