Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg, Virginia – Hotel Review
While our nation’s capital has no shortage of excellent hotels, a destination spa, especially one with an equine ambiance, is not something that necessarily comes to mind.
The Salamander Resort & Spa addresses this first-world problem and will turn practically anyone into a member of the horsey set. The tree-lined drive to the main building provided a clue as to what was to come, less than an hour from Washington, D.C. I was entering Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia.
Upon arrival at a somewhat oversized porte-cochère, I was welcomed by a bellman who assisted with luggage and escorted me to reception. Check-in formalities were brief and another bellman accompanied me to my room and showed me some of the more important aspects of it.
My Terrace King room looked out onto the Virginia countryside. The larger than expected room (545 square feet or 51 square meters) was done in earth tones with some lovely winterscape photographs of the region on the walls. There were small horse-related touches to remind you where you were throughout the room.
The very comfortable king size bed was flanked by nightstands, both with table lamps, and was graced by a partial canopy. The duvet and pillows were hypoallergenic. Across the room was a desk which did double duty as a base for a flat-screen television wall unit.
The living area included a large and inviting sofa that could seat three, a side table, and a coffee table, making it suitable for having drinks with friends or holding an informal meeting. In the far corner was a small dining table with two chairs. Some rooms provide fireplaces; mine did not.