Salamander Resort And Spa
What We Love
- Opened in August 2013, the hotel was designed by Sheila C. Johnson
- The on-site Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill serves locally inspired fare
- The state-of-the-art equestrian center
- Treatments in the 23,000-square-foot spa
What To Know
- Located 20 miles from Dulles Airport and 40 miles from Capitol Hill
- Pets are permitted at an additional cost of $90 per stay
- A $29 per night resort fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sprawling over 340 acres of rolling foothill outside historic Middleburg, this is Horse Country’s blue ribbon steed, with a 168-room French manor hotel, a splurge-worthy spa and a state-of-the-art equestrian center. Salamander Hotel & Resorts CEO Sheila C. Johnson was personally involved in every detail, from the manicured entry to the clubby Gold Cup billiards room to the spa’s infinity pool terrace, which is based on the one on her own estate (just down the tree-lined country lane). Her boldest statement is the formal parlor, where a classic French aesthetic is updated with bright robin’s egg–blues, pops of sunny yellow and sleek wood and leather furnishings bracketed by white stone fireplaces; a wall of three French doors opens onto the Grand Lawn and the hills beyond. The clubby, equestrian vibe works well in the guestrooms and suites, too, with leather chairs, rich wood furnishings and pops of baby blue. Dinner is served at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill — the name is a nod to the estate’s former owners, and the menu is an ode to the countryside, with local meat, fish and cheese, and many vegetables grown in the property’s garden, just outside the window.
In the Area
These foothills host more than 400 equestrian events throughout the year, including polo matches, steeplechases, horse shows and the world-renowned Gold Cup. Start your equine escape with a trail ride that meanders through the property’s woods and fields. If you loved dinner at Harrimans, make a reservation at the resort’s cooking studio, where visiting chefs teach classes ranging from Pasta Making 101 to The Art of Frozen Parfaits. A number of top-notch golf courses ring Middleburg, and guests get preferred tee times at the Club at Creighton Farms, Evergreen Country Club and Bull Run Golf Club.
How to Get There
The resort is amazing and should be experienced by everyone needing a little pampering and attention. This is the perfect place for couples and for a retreat for girlfriends to have fun, indulge and reconnect.
My wife and I have stayed at the resort a few times and have enjoyed it each time. The resort is beautiful and the grounds are grand and expansive. My only comment that is only minorly negative is that some of the common area furnishings are getting tired specifically in the lobby which is a high traffic area. I would suggest that ownership not let this continue to degrade as it detracts from the rest of the beautiful resort and the high quality staff.
Great conference venue. The remote location was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. Clear rooms and comfortable lobby with fireplaces. The store has attractive local treasurers. The food was very good and reasonably priced.
I traveled here for a work conference and stayed several days. The resort focuses on their horses, conference rooms, and golf course, but they aren't everything. The rooms in the main building are quite relaxing and enjoyable with fireplaces and comfortable chairs throughout.
Customer service was always pleasant and prompt. Perfect
The room was nice, slightly dated, but had some updated touches as well. It appears they are going for classic with current amenities and it worked. The bed was very comfortable, which is always one of my big concerns. After all, how good is any hotel if you can't sleep well?
The bathroom was large and very nice. The shower was nice, not amazing. The main shower head is one setting, can't adjust, and the pressure is medium. Decent, but not amazing. The shower does have two additional spray nozzles going down the wall. Two of the three nozzles can be on at any given time or only one. The two additional nozzles can be adjusted for more strength and massage. Overall, the shower is good and gets the job done. If the main shower head was adjustable to provide a little better pressure, it would've been great.
The conference rooms for meetings were nice and the staff was constantly milling through quietly making sure to remove any dirty dishes and restock items. No problems at all with the audio video equipment.
The grounds are generally well kept. There's a fire pit for late night chats as well as a large chess board.
I did not get an opportunity to try their main restaurant as we mostly ate in the bar area or catered to the conference area. The catering to the conference area was good. The bar food was all great. No complaints.
Salamander is a jewel. The facilities are beautiful and well maintained. The staff is knowledgeable, attentive and willing to go the extra mile. They genuinely make you feel that they care about you as an individual and want your stay to exceed your expectations. The food is well prepared and presented. The activities are well coordinated, again with knowledgeable staff. I went primarily to ride, my lessons were tailored for me. I did enjoy a variety of other activities. All were great and I never lacked for anything to do. You can also do nothing and just completely relax. I can't say enough about this resort. I recommend it highly.