made a reservation over the phone after arranging to meet another couple there for a Saturday overnight at a slower time of the year, and all went well, no problems with check-in or the room. Hotel Strasburg is an old place with several outbuildings and we were in the main building on the second floor. room was clean and well appointed- we'd asked only for a queen bed & shower. some rooms don't have a shower, only a tub. if there are no reservations for a room, they leave that door open- so you can meander about the place and see the other rooms, which i found interesting and kind of delightful. it's an assumption but maybe if you see a room you like more than the one they set aside for you, you could maybe change rooms? i wouldn't know why not- tho there may an upcharge in doing so.
we ate supper than night in the Hotel Restaurant, and the food was good, but not amazing. if you are coming out of a city- like say, Washington DC- don't expect to be wowed. expect decent food that is well prepared and nice attentive service. you most likely won't be knocked off your feet. Breakfast the next day was also not amazing, tho the sausage gravy was pretty good, as were the grits- admittedly, neither of these may have mass appeal, but that's what i had and found better than some of the other items, so there you have it- my opinion.
there is a small/lounge bar. they had one good micro brew (Fat Tire Ale) on tap, along with what has become a standard, Yuengling Lager- being from Pennsylvania, i am more or less over that particular beverage. of course there were a couple of your typical lite beers and whatnot but i paid zero attention even to what brands they were. there's a TV in the bar that seemed to dominate the ambiance. (it was bowl-game week + NFL playoff time) they had some local VA wines on hand tho, and the ladies enjoyed them. later in the evening, the bar seemed louder- we had taken up residence in the lobby, and the bar was active with what seemed like locals, coming and going.
overall i give the hotel high marks for general ambiance, cleanliness, and a friendly and helpful staff. again, the restaurant wasn't amazing (especially by big-city standards) but it was good and my guess is it's the best in town.
i recommend Hotel Strasburg to all. i'd stay there again in a Virgina heartbeat! oh BTW- they offer a discount for AAA membership! i didn't have to bring it up- they asked when i was on the phone making the reservation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a private hospital in 1902 run by Dr. M.R. Bruin. Later in the 1900's the Hotel became a well-known place of lodging and dining in the Shenandoah Valley. Restored to Victorian Age elegance in 1978, its guest register in the lobby reflects a truly cosmopolitan parade of visitors from across the nation and around the world. The property is located about 70 miles from Northern VA and Washington DC in the historic district of downtown Strasburg, VA. It features a fine dinning restaurant and a quaint Pub and friendly staff. Provides Weddings and Wedding receptions as well as Banquete; Catering Services, and customized special occasion events. For outdoor adventure, trek into the wilds of the Shenandoah National Forest, the Massanutten Mountains, and the breathtaking Skyline Drive. Enjoy the many hiking, canoeing, or horseback riding opportunities. ... more less
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