The George Washington Hotel offers relaxed luxury and maximum convenience in a historic building in the heart of Winchester Virginia. The GW’s comfortable rooms and excellent location are perfect for friends, family, and romantic weekend getaways just 90 minutes west of Washington DC.
The George Washington occupies a stately Georgian Revival building in the heart of historic downtown Winchester. Built in 1924, the hotel was beautifully renovated and reopened in 2008. Today, The George Washington welcomes travelers with plush rooms and modern conveniences but retains historic elements that add extra charm.
An excellent location puts all of the fun things to do in downtown Winchester within easy reach of The George Washington. Winchester’s beautiful pedestrian mall is just a block away. Here, you’ll find a wonderful range of restaurants, several craft breweries, and local shops along with a children’s museum and historic buildings. More walkable streets and local businesses are close by.
Plan your visit with our guide Fantastic Things to Do on a Winchester Getaway
Rooms and Amenities at The George Washington Hotel
After a day exploring Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll be happy to return to The George Washington. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and unique public spaces offer more places to gather and relax.
The George Washington Hotel Guest Rooms
You’ll find high ceilings and plush bedding throughout the hotel’s 90 guest rooms and suites. Our King room included a sofa, reading chair, and desk and still felt very spacious. The bathroom, appointed with marble fixtures and a walk-in shower, was equally roomy. Free wifi and an ergonomic Herman Miller desk chair make it easy to get a little work done during your stay. Some suites feature a fireplace and a separate living room.
Public Spaces at The George Washington Hotel in Winchester
Indoor public areas at The George Washington are attractive and comfortable. There is a single seating area near check-in in the main lobby. Groups can also gather in the adjacent Half Note Lounge where there is more seating and a bar.
Downstairs, the independently operated Saumaj spa offers massages, facials, and other services. There is a small fitness center with a view of the hotel’s best amenity—an indoor, saltwater pool.
With a design that evokes a Roman bath, the indoor pool at The George Washington is a nice place to relax after a day in town. Next to the saltwater pool is a hot tub and a few lounge chairs.
Restaurants at The George Washington Hotel Winchester VA
There are two casual spots to dine at The George Washington Hotel, though they are currently operating with limited hours. A new Executive Chef is currently refreshing and expanding the menu and staffing up for expanded dining options.
Half Note Lounge
The Half Note Lounge is a relaxed bar and eating space next to the hotel lobby. A mix of tables, high tops, and bar seating give guests a place to gather. Currently, the lounge serves a nice selection of appetizers and entrees Wednesday through Saturday evenings with piano bar entertainment on the weekends.
We sampled tasty Tomato Salad and Roasted Kaleidoscope Carrots appetizers and a delicious seafood special entree. We can’t wait to see what else Chef Frias has in store.
George’s Food and Spirits
George’s restaurant currently serves breakfast and dinner Wednesday through Saturday plus Sunday brunch. Indoor seating includes tables by a fireplace, large booths, and a small bar area. An outdoor patio adds additional seating. The breakfast menu includes a selection of classics including benedicts, 3-egg omelets, biscuits and gravy, and waffles.
The George Washington Hotel Essentials
How to Reach The George Washington Hotel
The George Washington Hotel is located at 103 East Picadilly Street in downtown Winchester Virginia. To reach the hotel from the Washington DC area, there are a few alternate routes that include scenic roads and stops.
- Route 267 to 7: This is generally the fastest route and includes the Dulles and Greenway Toll Roads. Interestings stops along this route include historic Leesburg and the pretty towns of Purcellville and Bluemont.
- Route 66 to 17 north: Route 66 is a scenic drive once you are west of Gainesville, and this route passes close to The Plains and Sky Meadows State Park, a pretty place to hike and picnic.
- Route 66 to 50: A third option is to take Route 50 west from Chantilly. The drive is scenic once you near Aldie and it passes through several of our favorite small Northern Virginia towns including Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, and Paris.
Winchester VA is an ideal stop for folks traveling north or south on Route 81 and The George Washington is less than 2 miles from the highway.
More Information About The George Washington Hotel
- The George Washington is a Wyndham Grand Hotel.
- Visit The George Washington Hotel website for information on rates and special offers.
- Read other traveler reviews of The George Washington Hotel here.
- For more information about things to do in Winchester and Frederick County, visit Winchester Frederick County Tourism.
If The George Washington Hotel is booked during your target dates, you’ll find several other Winchester Virginia hotels outside the downtown area.
Places to Visit Near Winchester Virginia
Winchester is also the perfect starting point for a road trip through the Shenandoah Valley. Read these articles to help plan your escape:
- Northern Shenandoah Valley Road Trip: Winchester to Harrisonburg
- Southern Shenandoah Valley Road Trip: Staunton to Lexington
- 8 Great Things to do in Roanoke Virginia
- Outdoor Adventures in Virginia’s Blue Ridge
The George Washington hosted our most recent stay so we could share our findings with our readers. As always, all text, photos, and opinions are our own.