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
The Salamander Resort & Spa is just outside of DC, but you feel like you are in the country, surrounded by beautiful pastures and vineyards. The property is beautiful and well maintained. You feel like you are home when you walk through the front doors of the hotel. The staff is professional, friendly and attentive. I would recommend this Resort to anyone who wants a truly wonderful experience.
Highly recommend staying elsewhere. If you want to pay a fortune for no room service, argumentative staff and mediocre food, book here. If you expect a 5-star experience, look elsewhere. Over the course of a 2-day / 2-night trip, we received no room cleaning, no turndown service, nothing. When raised as an issue, we were told we refused service (this happened exactly 1 time at 9am in the morning Saturday) therefore they skipped our room for the weekend. We had to call and ask for waters and an extra towel to shower our last morning. Disappointing for almost $1,200 / 2 night stay. There has to be better options elsewhere and I recommend looking for them before booking here!
We have been looking forward to coming here with our pups for a couple years now. When we arrived, we were told the terrace room we booked was sold out and we had been relocated. At first this was a bummer, as we wanted a walk out for the ease of walking our dogs. It wound up being ok. The room was nicely appointed, although the view was just ok (we were facing trees, not the back area). Horseback riding was lots of fun and the spa was fairly nice. While we were there, the jacuzzi outside at the spa pool was not working (chemicals off) and the experience shower on the men's side was out of order. We ate outside on the patio one night with our pups - food was decent and there was live music for a bit. Upon check out I did ask the front desk if they usually do something in the room for the dogs. Typically when we pay a pet fee, there is something special for them. I was told yes and then asked if we got it. When I told him no, he just said sorry and that he would look into it. I know we need to pay to bring our dogs in general but I felt like that moment was a missed opportunity on the staff's part. Some sort of credit would have been more appreciated - not the full amount but something for the miss. In general, the staff was very friendly but service not on a Ritz or Four Seasons level. BOTTOM LINE: An expensive hotel for what you get. It feels like it should be priced closer to $300-$400 per night for the experience - which is decent, just not worth $500-$600 per night.