If you are on a budget, the Inn at Little Washington probably isn't a stop on your travel itinerary. It is the most expensive hotel/restaurant booking you'll ever make. But it's worth it. We have been there five times and we always stay three nights. You have to make dinner reservations months in advance but hotel guests are priorities. If you stay there, you can eat there. And if you don't eat there, you are missing the dining experience of your life. Owner/chef Patrick O'Connell, a James Beard recipient, is a master craftsman in the kitchen. After dinner, walk through the courtyard garden to the back of the Inn. There is a huge window that allows visitors to view O'Connell and his staff doing their thing, preparing one culinary masterpiece after another. For a few dollars more, you can even enjoy your meal at a kitchen table and join in all the fun. O'Connell has been running his show for 35 years and he hasn't lost his zest for producing wonderful meals six nights (the Inn is closed on Tuesday) a week. How good is it? The Inn is the only establishment of its kind in the world to receive five stars for lodging and dining. There is a 14,000-bottle wine cellar. English decorator Joyce Evans has magnificently appointed the Inn's rooms. We prefer Room 9 in the front with a baloney overlooking the front of the building, so we can see the folks from Washington D.C. arrive in their limos. O'Connell has expended his property to include more accommodations. And the gift shop, where George Washington once danced (he surveyed the town in the 1700s), is sure to tempt your pocket book. Don't miss breakfast. I love the trout. The Inn is a special place. Yes, it is expensive. Much more expensive than any of the other five-star hotels we like to stay at--Greenbrier, Jefferson, Williamsburg Inn, Broadmoor, Monmouth. But if you like to be pampered and you love to experience the very best, you have to spend at least one night at the Inn. I've never met anyone who stayed there who said their highest expectations weren't met. The staff is impeccable, mostly young people who are anxious to put the Inn on their resume as they work their way up the ladder in the business. The housekeeping staff is invisible, always appearing in your room after you've left and always gone when you return. How do they do it? Just to find out, I went back to our room during breakfast and caught them. It was all in fun. Everything and everyone at the Inn is so professional. As one young person said: "A recommendation from the Inn on your resume means so much." In 35 years, if Patrick O'Connell has received one negative comment about his pride and joy, I'd like to see it. Make a reservation, a year in advance, and you'll see what I mean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the small town of Washington, Virginia, The Inn at Little Washington is the only Double Forbes Five Star, Double AAA Five Diamond property in the Washington metro area. The Inn's eighteen bedrooms and suites are sumptuous hideaways created by Joyce Evans, a London stage and set designer, for whom The Inn has become a life's work. Many of the furnishings were purchased in England, numbered and shipped to Virginia to be assembled on site like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The Inn offers a range of accommodations from well-appointed rooms to luxurious, two story suites many with balconies and garden views. The Inn's dining rooms are pure fantasy - a wondrous cocoon of luxury. Rose-colored, silk lampshades float above each table creating a private, romantic world below. Chef/Proprietor Patrick O'Connell's creations arrive as if served by invisible hands, course after course more dazzling than the last. From the award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar, which includes the finest offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Virginia, the Sommelier plays matchmaker between you, your dinner and the wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Little Washington Hotel Washington