I took my girlfriend for a weekend getaway to propose (telling her that I was about to have a crazy month at work and wanted a relaxing weekend). I proposed soon after we arrived and the rest of the stay was absolutely amazing.
The room was lovely. Bright colors (lots of floral patterns as expected); a nice bathroom, and a very comfortable bed.
Lunch at Drapers was nice but not perfect. The food (fried green tomato and ham and brie sandwiches with sweet potato fries) was very good but the service was not. The waiter was slow and didn't say more than two words the entire time, and the hostess seemed annoyed with everyone. Still, the food came out quickly enough and they kept drinks filled.
Dinner in the Main Dining Room was fantastic. When we got there my now fiancee was on the phone with her parents telling them about our engagement. The manager was about to seat us and I asked him if we could have a minute after explaining why she was on the phone. When we were sat a minute or two later we were offered complimentary champagne and congratulations from several members of the wait staff. Service and food were both excellent throughout the meal, as were the cocktails from the bar. They also brought us dessert at the end of the meal (coconut pound cake with ice cream and hot fudge, petit fours and what I think was a grand marnier chocolate mousse).
The casino was great as well. Friendly dealers and a great atmosphere. We got a few drinks while here and the bar was out of ingredients for several of the drinks on their menu (the only other low point of the trip). I wanted to try a mint julep, which they call their signature drink, and the bartender said they were out of crushed ice. The bar was empty, he could have chipped some ice for one ($14) drink. The drinks they did have available were good though, and we were given a round on the house for the inconvenience. Table minimums were $10 for craps and $15 for blackjack if anyone is curious.
Breakfast in the main dining room was great as well. The buffet, coffee, and juice were great as was the service. The atmosphere in the dining room is exactly what I expected from the greenbrier. Nice music, quiet, and a room that is beautiful without being stuffy that made it easy to relax.
The grounds of the resort are nice and gave us an opportunity to take a hike on one of the trails. The indoor pool was nice and a good place for a quick morning swim. We didn't get to use the spa on this trip (after losing way too much money at the casino) but it looked on par with the rest of the hotel.
All in all, a nearly perfect weekend, and we will definitely be back (possibly for the wedding). Thanks to everyone at the greenbrier for making our stay perfect!
- 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