The Greenbrier Resort
What We Love
- Sense of history all around, including a Cold War–era bunker
- Perfect for families
What To Know
- Formal atmosphere not popular among twentysomethings
- On-site fine dining restaurants and casino enforce a dress code (no shorts or jeans, jackets for men after 7 p.m.)
Designed in the 1940s by society decorator Dorothy Draper and maintained by her protégé Carlton Varney, the Greenbrier does everything in a big way. The reception rooms are immense and boldly designed, the vast dining room is lit by imposing chandeliers, and there are 6,500 acres of grounds to wander. The Gilded Age decor includes black and white checked marble floors, towering floral-print drapes and overstuffed plaid chairs.
Bed & Bath
The 721 guestrooms run the gamut from single rooms to four-bedroom estate houses to seven-bedroom suites. Features included private porches or patios, in-room wet bars, dedicated entertainment and dining areas and/or wood-burning fireplaces, depending on the room. But all are united by a warm, inviting feel thanks to sunny color schemes and playful mixes of plaids and florals.
The resort has three championship golf courses (Jack Nicklaus was involved in the design) and a spa where guests can soak in the thermal waters and choose from a myriad of treatments. You could spend a month here and not try all the activities on offer (from falconry to carriage and sleigh rides, from skeet shooting to bowling). For dinner there’s the casual Draper’s, the steakhouse Prime 44 West, and the main dining room, which offers haute fare with Southern touches, like garlic herb–crusted rack of lamb with Yukon potato pavé. Afterward visit the newest edition to the resort, the swank 103,000-square-foot casino.
How to Get There
We had an amazing few days at The Greenbrier resort in WV. The service and dining are amazing. They offer many activities and a lot of history. The casino is lively and fun. They serve an afternoon tea with on site made cookies. There is also live entertainment.
We stayed a night here to go check out the bunker. It was so beautiful and like being in a time machine. Our room was very nice - but the heating units were VERY loud and woke us up so many times. We did love that the room was spacious and had a sofa bed so our teenagers could have space!
My favorite part of the Greenbrier was tea. An exceptional time to just mingle with other guests, enjoy really great tea and delicious cookies in the afternoon. I loved it.
I hope I can return!
From the moment we checked in (Tara Flippin at the front desk was fabulous!) to the bellman who helped us with our bags at checkout, The Greenbrier was top-notch. Every single staff member was 100% guest-focused. The servers in the restaurants (food was wonderful - dinners at Prime 44 and Forum, and the main dining room for breakfast) made us feel like we were joining them in their very elegant family home. The casino dealers and servers were helpful, fun and oh, so friendly. The resort is spectacular and the snowfall during our stay made it a winter wonderland. I had a Deluxe room which was huge with a lovely, spacious marble bath. Such a memorable stay. I can’t wait to go back! Well done, Greenbrier team!
Enjoyed dinner in Greenbrier’s Main Dining room; wait staff was excellent; food was fantastic; what a beautiful hotel. I recommend the cauliflower “steak”; also ordered at my table was the lamb (three ways); Grand Marnier soufflé was delicious.
Went to The Greenbriar for the first time as a birthday weekend gift from my wife. We were very impressed with the property, the cleanliness and the food. Those were the UPs. The DOWNs were that the main dining room server was anything but friendly and seemed to be just going through the motions. But, the topper was that, on our first day, we stopped at the front desk to report that our tub was not draining, and by the end of a shower, we were standing in 3 inches of dirty water. We said we would be out for the day, and so were told that they would send someone up to make repairs. The next morning, we found that nothing had been done and were, again, standing in our own dirty water. Upon checkout we mentioned it, and got a polite, "so sorry." When I got a survey in my e-mail, I mentioned it, once again. Since it has been several weeks and no one responded to the survey comments, I am posting it on here. I will likely make a return visit, but have had better responses from lesser venues.