The Greenbrier Hotel

The Greenbrier, Since 1778

West Virginia isn’t usually known for luxury, but the Mountain State has a few high-class spots. Yesterday on our way from Beckley back to Pennsylvania, my family stopped at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs to treat me to an early birthday lunch.

The Grand Entrance

I am not a hotel person – I’d rather sleep under the stars any night – but the Greenbrier has a special place in my heart. When I was a teenager my grandparents treated my whole family to a few days at the Greenbrier. That was one of the few times we were all together in one place and the last time before my grandfather passed away.

The Lobby

Stairwell & Mural

The Ballroom

The Pool

I love the Greenbrier for the memories as well as the sheer insanity of colors, prints and patterns. After being used as a hospital during World War II, the owners brought in famed interior designer Dorothy Draper to restore the hotel to its former glory. Wallpaper, carpets, furniture: everything is over the top!

The Greenbrier's Famously Loud Carpeting

Art Deco Stairwell

These days, rooms at the Greenbrier start at $350 and go up and up and up! The resort also offers a casino, full service spa, PGA tour golf course and activities from horseback riding to falconry. You don’t need to check in, however, to enjoy a meal at Draper’s Cafe, where we ate, or one of the eight other restaurants, and wandering the brightly decorated halls of the historic hotel is always free!

Sarah & Nik

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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1 Response to The Greenbrier Hotel

  1. Junichi says:

    Yes! I was there less than a month ago, and I have to say, my jaw dporped when I saw the decoration, it is hard to describe, but it is so over the top while at the same time being perfect for the grand spaces. The colors are sooo intense, and the contrast with the white and black floors is fantastic. I really loved this hotel, and pssssss . it has the most amazing shoe store in the world. It felt like being in a shoe store in Europe.

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