Hotels & Resorts Spas — 02 October 2017
Wyndham Grand Hotel in Winchester, Virginia

Hotel Review by Hope S. Philbrick
Spa Review by Renée S. Gordon

Travel often and you quickly learn there’s no guarantee that a hotel will be as “grand” as it claims to be. The George Washington Grand Hotel in Winchester, Virginia, however, has every right to proclaim its grandeur. After spending multiple days and nights at the hotel for a conference, the term even seems humble.

Completed in 1924, this Georgian Revival-style hotel has a luxurious, stately vibe. The building may be 93 years old, but it is so clean and well-kept that it seems younger—and I don’t mean it’s stiff with the remodeling equivalent of too much Botox. It’s well-maintained, has timeless décor, and uncommon heart thanks to staff members who are upbeat, genuine and helpful.

The George Washington Grand HotelAfter a seamless check-in, I pushed open the door to my guestroom and was instantly smitten. The room was in one sense basic: It was furnished with two Queen beds, a small dining/work table with two chairs, a mini refrigerator and microwave, flat screen TV, and spacious bathroom. In another sense, however, because it had upscale finishes the room felt plush and luxurious. There was more than enough elbow room in the super clean room, and every detail seemed to be of above-average quality, from the furnishings to the linens. (Coincidentally, Renée had the room directly below mine and when I popped down to say hi to her I discovered that guestroom was equally plush.)

The George Washington Grand HotelDuring the conference, another friend confessed that somehow she’d been assigned to a suite and offered to let me take a look. That suite opened to a seating area that faced a gas fireplace; the sofa and chairs seemed to beckon a group. A flat screen TV hung over the fireplace; a dining table and four chairs were positioned behind the sofa. The L-shaped room turned from the living space into a bedroom with a King-sized four-poster bed beyond which sprawled a huge bathroom with a double sink and large corner whirlpool tub plus a separate spa shower with more showerheads than I had time to count. Extra amenities included a towel warming rack.

The suite was impressive and would be worth the upgrade if traveling with a special someone. As a solo traveler, however, my guestroom felt pampering enough.

Renée was able to work some extra pampering into her visit with a facial at the on-site spa.

Saumaj Health Spa

The George Washington Grand Hotel The George Washington Grand HotelSaumaj Health Spa, located within the George Washington Grand Hotel, is a pleasant surprise.

This tiny boutique jewel features light touch, therapeutic, deep muscle massages in 30-, 60-, 90- and 120-minute sessions for individuals as well as for couples.

Additional specialized skin services, including a rejuvenating Vital C Facial, are also available.

An adjacent pool and hot tub complex architecturally replicates an ancient Roman thermae (bathhouse), complete with sculptural elements and columns. The design promotes tranquility and total relaxation.

The emphasis at Saumaj is on a welcoming atmosphere and personalized treatment.

Appointments are recommended.

Essentials…
  • Located in the north Shenandoah Valley, approx. 70 miles from Washington D.C.
  • Located within walking distance of Old Town, a quaint part of Winchester packed with shops and restaurants
  • 90 guest rooms and suites
  • Check in at 4 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shuttle service to/from local attractions and airport
  • Indoor pool
  • On-site parking (additional fee)
  • On-site dining
  • On-site spa
  • In-room coffee maker with basic supplies including Wolfgang Puck Coffee and Numi Tea
  • Conference facilities
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Possible; the hotel has a “children stay free” policy. However, we saw no children at the hotel during our recent weekday conference stay. The upscale swankiness of this hotel puts the odds at lower than average for a national hotel chain.
More Information…

The George Washington Grand Hotel
103 E. Piccadilly St.
Winchester, VA 22601
540-678-4700

– Photos courtesy The George Washington Grand Hotel

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. The hotel was the site of MATPRA 2017, a conference both Hope and Renée attended in September.

Hope S. PhilbrickHope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

 

Renee GordonRenée S. Gordon has written a weekly travel column for the Philadelphia Sun for the past 14 years and has published travel articles in numerous publications. Her columns focus on cultural, historic and heritage tourism and she specializes in sites and attractions related to African American and African Diaspora history. Renée serves as a consultant for educational trips and history-related tourist destinations. She considers herself a “missionary journalist” and as such she continues to promote heritage and sustainable tourism. She has been honored with several awards including the 2013 Recipient of African Diaspora World Tourism and Flame Keeper in Media Award for Travel Writing.

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