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
My husband & I stayed 1 night at the Greenbriar on our vacation through WV, VA & NC. It is an absolutely beautiful hotel with a lot to do. Dorothy Draper’s decor is quite interesting & just makes the Greenbriar a unique hotel. The employees are so very friendly & helpful. We met and had a conversation with the oldest employee of the Greenbriar—61 yrs as an employee there, & he was an absolute delight!
We visited the Greenbriar because my husband wanted to do the bunker tour, which we did & have reviewed it separately.
I had wanted to go to Greenbrier for years but didn't know very much about it. Once I started looking into it, I was amazed at how much it had to offer! When we arrived , it exceeded all expectations. My long time BFF an d I wen t to celebrate our birthdays and were busy night and day-shopping,eating,walking, yoga and learning history etc. My only complaints are that it is so hard to get there and most activites are expensive.
This Hotel is grand in every aspect. We were there for meetings with a group of 100 people for four days and every single meal for every person the whole time was excellent. They have expensive shops, bowling, spa facilities, overpriced golf (A PGA course) horse riding, shooting, croquet swimming indoors and out, and a casino. The buildings are old and show some wear in some of the areas but overall it was excellent. One note: skip the bunker tour. Interesting but not worth the time or money.