Lansdowne Resort and Spa Review: Your Ultimate Escape

The 296-room Lansdowne Resort and Spa outside of Washington DC on 476 acres in Leesburg Virginia borders the Potomac River in wine country. It’s not your typical “boutique.” It’s not even a typical Getaway Mavens recommendation.


First of all, Lansdowne is large and sprawling. With five pools – one an “adult only “Quiet Pool” – two and a half championship golf courses (a Greg Norman, a Robert Trent Jones, and a 9-hole junior course), a spa, and several restaurants, it’s not your typical charming romantic escape.

Secondly, Lansdowne was previously known only as a “Conference Center.” It was ideal for large groups, but not marketed for leisure travelers.

Third, rooms and public areas had become woefully outdated. The rooms were dark and dreary. The vast lobby, is the opposite of cozy.

Lansdowne Resort VA

But now, Lansdowne’s renovated guest rooms appeal more and more to families, groups of friends, and romantic couples of all ages. The award-winning destination spa, Minerale, has been reimagined. The property as a whole has been spiffed up as a world-class lodging for leisure travelers who enjoy the good life in Virginia.

Where Is Leesburg VA?

Leesburg, Virginia, is a charming town located in the northern part of the state, within Loudoun County. Situated approximately 35 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Leesburg is part of the Washington metropolitan area. This historic town is known for its picturesque landscapes, preserved colonial architecture, and a vibrant downtown area.

Its proximity to the nation’s capital makes it a convenient destination for both travelers and residents alike, offering a blend of small-town charm and easy access to urban amenities. Leesburg’s rich history, cultural attractions, and scenic surroundings make it a captivating destination within Northern Virginia.

First Impressions of Lansdowne Resort

Reception at Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA

A bit tough to find, Lansdowne is tucked into a commercial park. It sits across from a major hospital, and near an upscale housing development – all with the Lansdowne name.

So, the front desk did not seem surprised to get another “help, I’m lost,” call from the road. The bellman provided driving instructions with a friendly gentle touch. It was a most welcome characteristic of Lansdowne staff all around.

Lansdowne Resort exterior

The entry foyer is built for large numbers of people arriving at the same time, as intimate as Grand Central Station. But reception is warm and friendly, extended by employees who have been working at Lansdowne for years and treat guests like family. 

Dulles Airport Flight Info, Lansdowne Resort Lobby, Leesburg VA

There’s an up-to-the-minute Dulles Airport flight information panel aglow on the wall of the lobby. Helpfully,  Lansdowne shuttle drivers can keep track of flight delays and show up when needed.

Lansdowne has largely been successful as a conference center due to the proximity of this international airport – a 15-minute drive away – which brings in visitors from all over the globe. And it’s also the reason that this resort is so convenient for a growing number of leisure travelers who can pop into town, stay on site, or daytrip to DC.

Rooms at Lansdowne Resort

Lansdown Resort Guest Room

Ask for a corner room – or one that provides views of glorious sunsets over the Virginia hills. New décor in hues of off-whites and soil – the brown terroir from which local wines emerge – is pleasing without being done to death.

Photos on the wall above the bed’s quilted leather headboard bring in various aspects of winemaking. A cocktail cart holds two bottles of complimentary water (thank you!) accompanied by forrest green wine-bottle glasses. The two-tone leather façade and strap handles on a handsome chest of drawers create the illusion of the stacked luggage of a former, more romantic, era.

Bathroom, Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA

It’s a pleasure to walk on the cool dark stone tile floor in the Pottery-Barn style bathroom. The room is bright, with plenty of lighting and a large sink area complete with upscale toiletries.

Amenities at Lansdowne Resort

Lansdowne Resort Spa VA

You’ll find a bevy of professional therapists a Spa Minerale, Lansdowne’s on-site spa.

Hot Tub at Minerale Spa, Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA

Updated treatments utilize products straight from Loudoun County vineyards. Treat yourself to a Chardonnay Wrap or Cabernet and Cacao Cocoon. It’s all good.

Golf Shop, Lansdowne Resort

Golf: As mentioned above, Lansdowne has 45 holes of golf, representing two and a half 18-hole courses. Need an outfit? The hotel has one of the best golf shops in the region.

Pool at Lansdowne Resort

Pools: There are five pools in the complex. These include a large indoor pool and several outdoors. One is a hit with kids, as it’s got a park-like water slide. Coming up: poolside massage for couples who prefer their spa treatments en plein air.

Fitness Center, Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA

Fitness Center: Not content with a few treadmills, elliptical and weight machines, Lansdowne Resort has a full-fledged Fitness Center, complete with Cross-Fit Training, spinning and, incredibly, a room dedicated solely to TRX.

Fire Pit, Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA

Fire Pit: Yep, another hotel with bonfires. It’s just perfect for S’Mores (buy the fixings at the front desk). This has obviously become a “thing.”nsdowne Resort Rooms from $150-$350 depending on size and season. 


  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine,, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.