I’d long heard of the grace and beauty of the Greenbrier Resort, and of the top-notch service afforded there. As I attended a business meeting there recently, the resort certainly lived up to its reputation. My room was brightly and exquisitely detailed, the bed was super comfortable, the shower piping hot, and even the internet service was fast. For some reason, there was no coffee maker in my room (a must in 4- and 5-star hotels now), and there was a phenominal amount of clutter on every surface of the room. I had to move magazines, papers, and a make-up mirror to place my laptop on the desk, and then climb under the desk to plug it in. While the bathroom was well-detailed, there was no counter space to place my modestly sized toiletry bag.
Décor throughout the resort is bright, bordering on gaudy.
The attentiveness of the staff brings back an era long-forgotten in most of today’s hospitality establishments. Prompt valet service, attentive front desk service (and a glass of champagne at check-in!), quiet and well-executed housekeeping, and a bell staff always immediately available, all made for a great stay.
We toured the bunker, which was a very interesting aspect of the visit, although at $32+ per person, it’s pricy. Our guide was excellent, and very engaging. You must leave your camera and other electronics behind while you tour, and unfortunately, the book that provides details on the bunker and a history of the resort is no longer available, and we were told that the book “might” be available in November or so.
Food & beverage service was great; we ate in Slammin’ Sammy’s and Sam Snead’s, and enjoyed happy hour in the lobby bar – all nicely executed, and the food in the restaurants and at our banquet meals was very tasty.
All of this said, the once considerate resort, steeped in southern manners, now forces itself upon you in fees, similar to a stay at a Las Vegas or Orlando hotel or motel. There is now a MANDATORY Historic Preservation Fund fee of 6.5% on EVERY purchase at the resort, even food, beverage, and items in the shops, along with rooms. Further, a 20% SERVICE charge is levied on every food & beverage item, regardless of the size of the party. The Southern elegance of respect for their guests is gone, and they’ve now sold out to the “let’s fee them to death” syndrome, which is very unfortunate.
Hotels, resorts, and other establishments fully understand that the cost of upkeep is a cost of doing business, and should not be passed along to the very guests who have elected to pay dearly for the privilege of staying there. Tips should be left to the discretion of patrons who receive good service, or not. Guests should continue to protest the now-mandatory Historic Preservation Fee, and urge the Greenbrier to roll actual costs into the room and related charges, as other businesses do. Can you imagine how you’d feel if your local automobile dealership assessed a 6.5% fee on your car purchase, and told you it was for upgrading their dealership???
Enjoy the stay, protest the annoying fees…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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