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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This resort and spa ranks among the very finest in my experience!! You may find many properties that are just as good, but I guarantee that you won't find any that are BETTER!! I enjoyed my brief stay at the Salamander Resort & Spa IMMENSELY, and will definitely return!!
The stunning grounds, hotel AND spa makes this place very special! As a retirment celebration, I treated my dear friend to a 24 hour trip to the Salamander and it DELIVERED all that it promises. Don’t miss spending several hours at the spa, pool hot tub and indoor amenities and services. We so enjoyed our time there and will return.
If you need a place to do a nice corporate retreat from DC within driving distance, Salamander is really the only place of its type -- a 75-minute getaway with beautiful grounds, good meeting space, and lots of activities in the area (i.e., winery tour, zip lining, horses). The property is pretty and stately.
I would recommend it for business purposes, but I would personally not go back there for a personal trip. My toilet was broken, I called to have it fixed, they said they would come to fix it, but never did. If you're paying that much for a room in what's supposed to be a luxury resort, you shouldn't have to manually lift the lid of the toilet and dip your hand into the water to flush it. That is completely unacceptable. This may seem like a small thing, but you pay these kinds of prices for precisely attention to the little things that comprise a luxury experience.
We had multiple meals as part of our corporate retreat, and I found the food mediocre at best each time. The vegetables and potatoes that accompanied my beef at dinner can best be described as shriveled. The bacon at breakfast was overcooked. They weren't terrible meals, by any means, but what I'd expect at a middle-of-the-road chain hotel, not gourmet.
For these reasons, if I wanted a personal getaway weekend, I would rather go a longer distance from DC to go somewhere where the quality of the experience actually matched the price. That said, I know there are definitely many occasions (including corporate retreat) where something within driving distance from DC is desirable. In that case, Salamander is what you have and is a serviceable choice.
We have had the pleasure of enjoying brunch at Salamander several times, so my husband decided to make Mother’s Day reservations for a special brunch. Unfortunately, our experience was not the caliber of excellence we have come to expect, particularly for $98 per person. The brunch was not held in the restaurant, but instead in the banquet rooms, which made for a much less intimate experience. While the food was ok, the brunch lost its charm and ambiance with the masses of people and cattle call style. It was clear that Salamander was capitalizing on turning over tables quickly. If we wanted this kind of brunch we could have chosen from any other number of places, but we had hoped for something special. We were sadly disappointed.
The place is beautiful. Architecturally outstanding. Simply stunning. Perfect for a wedding or similar. The siting area is excellent design but worn. Stained couches etc I’m told will be replaced. Grounds are lovely, but not much to do outside of horses. The front desk and similar are well trained and pleasant. The bar people need work.