The Greenbrier Reopens, Boasting
New Restaurant, Lounge and More
The stately Greenbrier Resort has an aura of grandeur and style.*
By Susan J. Young
The Grand Dame has received a facelift. The storied Greenbrier Resort, a National Historic Landmark, 300 W. Main St., West Sulphur Springs, was closed from January through early April, but is now reopen with sparkling new upgrades.
Guests will now enjoy a new restaurant, new entertainment lounge/nightclub, renovations to 63 rooms, improved features (like new air conditioners) in others, and benefits of major systems and infrastructure improvements.
Also new, the entire resort property is now open to the public, not simply to guests. So non-guests might take a day trip to visit the property, enjoy its activities and golf and stay for lunch or dinner. For dining reservations call 800-453-4858.
Since 1778, the Greenbrier's classic architecture, interior design, carefully sculpted landscape, impeccable service and outstanding amenities have drawn VIP guests from around the world. Today, the property boasts 721 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estate houses.
The resort is truly massive with 10 lobbies. It also features more than 50 recreational options including three championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a 40,000-square- foot spa. Corporate guests utilize 40+ meeting rooms and a large conference center facility.
Falconry is just one of more than 50 recreational options at the Greenbrier.*
New Venues Added
On the guest side, though, things are changing. While the hotel has a strong following of repeat guests -- many faithfully visiting the resort for decades -- the Greenbrier is also clearly seeking more younger guests.
In a fact sheet the resort says the new features are designed to "meet and exceed the demands of today’s discriminating traveler and position The Greenbrier as a vacation and meeting destination that appeals to the Gen X market."
The resort thus replaced the former Old White Lounge area with a new five-star, trendy restaurant called Hemisphere, offering a globally-focused, contemporary-style Tasting Menu. Guests now choose from up to four tasting menus, each created by Chef Michael Voltaggio and his staff. Cuisine is paired with beverages, cocktails and wine befitting the menu choices selected.
The Greenbrier describes the new restaurant as "uplifting, soothing, provocative, decadent, inviting and sophisticated, forming a heightened sense of creativity, expression and exotic mystique."
In the former Tavern Room area, a new evening entertainment venue has opened. Called 38°80 , it boasts soft warm colors that have a sultry, seductive feel. The floor plan has created a single space that's both open and intimate. Guests may nestle into personal group areas while still enjoying open sight lines to the action on the dance floor.
Sixty-three guest rooms in the central part of the resort's main building have been extensively renovated. They boast new marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Executive style desks with larger workspaces and new furniture were also added to the rooms.
The new decor, under the direction of Carleton Varney, projects a contemporary version of the Draper look with patterned fabrics and wallpapers in softer tones.
All 721 guest rooms within the resort have received new bedding and linens. New large plasma-screen televisions, electronic key card locks and enhanced bathroom amenities are also being added to every room.
In guest corridors, expect to enjoy better lighting and see new wall coverings.
The Greenbrier also improved and upgraded its infrastructure as well. A new fire alarm system was installed. Additional sprinkler systems were added in public areas.
High-voltage electrical cables between the primary switchgear and the unit sub-stations were replaced throughout the property. And the central and West Virginia Wing elevators were upgraded.
Twenty percent of guest room air-conditioning units were replaced. A new water well site (work started last spring) has been completed. The resort has renovated and upgraded its 1.3 million gallon water tank facility.
For More Information
The Greenbrier Resort: 800-453-4858 for reservations, 304-536-1110 for the resort and guests, or www.greenbrier.com.
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