by Whitney Rife
Located 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. in Leesburg, Lansdowne Resort overlooks the scenic Potomac River Valley. The 476-acre property houses nearly 300 guestrooms and suites which received an extensive renovation and redesign (to be completed by spring 2016). Rooms are equipped with one or two beds, a Smart television and an oversized chair. Suites offer living rooms, dining areas and bay widows or balconies. All units provide terrycloth robes, coffee machines and Wi-Fi. The 1,000-square-foot Presidential Suite (now taking reservations) features hardwood flooring and custom area rugs. A large couch in the living area and a dining table with seating for four is also featured in the Presidential Suite.
Four onsite restaurants are inspired by the Virginia countryside and Chesapeake Bay seafood and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in both casual and more elegant settings.
A couple tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course spread across the grounds, frequented by Sharkey — the resort’s mascot. There are five pools on the premises, including a zero-depth activity pool, an outdoor waterslide and a water fountain. Parents may enjoy exercise classes and a racquetball court. The “Funceirge” will fill you in on which activities are currently happening at the resort. Summertime is a family season at Lansdowne. These months are filled with pool activities, a Friday concert series, family bingo, game nights, pie eating contests and more. During Friday concerts, Resort Rascals (a children’s program) runs supervised movies, pizza and popcorn in the Amphitheater for an extra fee. Themed children’s birthday packages are typically available for 8 to 20 kids. Special excursions and classes that cater to adults are available for an extra fee. Parents can try a wine tasting, learn cake decorating techniques or partake in stress-reducing spa treatments.
Getting to this resort is easy, as it is set minutes away from Dulles International Airport in Loudon County.
Our Editor Loves
- 5-pool Aquatic Complex with waterslide
- Children's movie nights
- Summer Friday concert series
- Water Parks
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
by David R
Great location if arriving or departing Washington Dulles Airport as only 8 miles ($21 in an Uber, hotel transfer was $75-$95 one way). Ideal if connecting overnight or for starting a fly-drive holiday.
Hotel is large and modern in style and clearly a large convention or event property as public areas are cavernous although with this they are visually appealing and accessible.
Rooms were large, modern in style, well presented and comfortable. Very comfortable beds with nice bedding, bathroom was also large with bath and shower. TV had a range of channels and the internet service was good quality with good speed. We liked the quiet policy which requests guests be very quiet between 9pm and 7am, this worked as we didn't hear anything overnight.
We ate in the club house for lunch on two days and really enjoyed the food and ambiance, worth a visit, we didn't go in the evening and the hotel offered no incentive to do so. The bar in the main hotel was large and had a good choice of local beer and wine plus of course a full bar with snacks also available, we liked the bar and the service was good. Breakfast was not good with limited choice cold items e.g. no cheeses or cooked meats, hope food in chafing dishes was cold and the service from the egg station lacked any personality or interaction.
We ate out in Leesburg in the evening and would recommend doing this rather than eat at the hotel
Overall, a good stay and great for a more picturesque location hotel from Dulles with great rooms.
Very wonderful place for a wedding, s family vacation or just a weekend get away. Convenient to shopping and restaurants. The staff was always professional and responsive. Will definitely visit again.