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“Relaxing stay at a Beautiful Old Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa
150 W. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Abingdon
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26 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing stay at a Beautiful Old Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I am late posting this review which I wrote back in April. My wife and I visited Abingdon in early April, 2014. We stayed at The Martha and attended a play at the smaller playhouse called the Barter Theater Stage II. We bought the theater package which included one night’s stay in the hotel, dinner in the hotel’s restaurant called Sister’s, play tickets and full breakfast in Sister’s, all for two people. The total price (for a weeknight) was $445 including tax and all tips.

We stayed in Room 305, which was a good sized room with a king bed, a sofa and chairs, and a good sized bath. All the furnishings were “period” furnishings. The linens were high quality and clean, as was the entire room. The room was attractive and beautifully decorated. The floor was hardwood, the bath was tiled to look like travertine, with a double sink and a walk-in tiled shower. The low-flow showerhead was awful, and I forgot to bring a non-restricted flow showerhead with me like I usually do. In addition to the low-flow restrictor, it leaked terribly, and was too high for my 5'7" wife to reach, so I had to adjust it for her, although I couldn’t stop the leaking around the swivel socket. It was cool outside (around 35 degrees at night), but the windows were painted shut and covered by interior storm windows, so the split system under-window HVAC unit was the only way to cool down the room. The fan worked fine, but the compressor stopped compressing after a few minutes, so it was of no use, and the fan just blew out warm air from inside the room. The showerhead and a lousy air conditioner were our only complaints about the hotel.

Normally the theater package includes a “superior” room with a queen bed. We asked for a king when we booked the room, and were granted one. The king rooms are upgraded “deluxe” rooms which normally cost more than superior rooms, so we were fortunate to get the upgrade at no increase in the package rate. Business was slow in April, so it may be difficult to get the upgrade when they are busier. At any rate, our room was very nice, and I recommend asking for one of the king rooms.

In April, the sidewalks roll up at dark - at least during the week - and even the bar in “The Martha” closed at 9:00 on the weeknight we were there. We had failed to bring any booze with us, so we could not get a drink after the play (which was over just after 9:00 PM). No alcohol is served at the theater at all.

The hotel and the grounds are beautiful. There have been some recent changes to accommodate a new spa or something. Apparently, there was another restaurant and bar located below the lobby until this year that is no longer there.

The food in Sister’s was OK, but nothing to write home about. The menu choices for folks like us who were on the package plan were adequate. I don’t think there was another menu for non-package people, so everyone is equal there. The wine list was pretty limited, and they do not allow customers to bring their own - even with a corkage fee.

The play we saw was “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell,” a comedy that lasted about 100 minutes, including the intermission. I’m not much of a theater guy, but it was funny (and clean), and I didn’t fall asleep like I usually do.... The theater is a five minute walk from the hotel. Don’t be late for the theater like we were! We were 3 or 4 minutes late (due to slow service in the hotel’s Sisters’ Restaurant), and the play was already underway.

If you have time on your visit, hike or bike some or all to the Virginia Creeper Trail, which starts in Abbingdon, not far from The Martha. A road trip to White’s Mill, which was recommended to us, was not worth the 10 mile round-trip drive. There is an old non-operating mill there, and an old country store. Both were closed at noon on a Wednesday when we arrived.

All in all, we had a great time, and would definitely return to The Martha, but would probably eat somewhere else.

Room Tip: Ask for a King room. Room 305 was nice.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Our room wasn't much like the photos - it was small with no sitting area. The bed and bath were clean enough but everything else about the room seemed tired and in need of updating. The staff were unfriendly and lacking in manners and attentiveness - with the exception of the bartenders in the restaurant. We chose to eat at the bar because they were friendly and efficient. The dinner was good but the breakfast wasn't.

It is a shame that the hotel isn't fabulous because it sure has the potential. It is a grand and interesting building.

Room Tip: The room was quiet but there is a train in the area.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We arrived at Wednesday night and were accused by the foul odor of a redneck's cigar, which he was proudly smoking on the veranda, just feet from the entrance. When I suggested he indulge in his habit elsewhere his response was something I will not repeat, but he and his equally low rent companions were apparently comfortable spewing two kinds of filth in front of my 6 year old. If the state of Virginia is not enlightened enough to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrances to places of public accommodation (like the entire West Coast) the owners would do well to consider the comfort of ALL their guests and prohibit it. Naturally there was no one at the front desk to speak with about this.
Our room was cramped and overstuffed. The two beds were advertised as "doubles" but were no larger than a full. There were four lamps in the room, one of which did not work and all of which had bulbs so dim that I required my iPhone flashlight to read by. We needed to unplug them all anyway to plug in our phones as there were not enough outlets to accommodate modern travelers. The bathroom lacked a tub and was small and poorly lit. There is NO counter space in the bathroom and very little space in the bedroom to unpack. The property and interior of the Inn are lovely and well maintained, but for the price, modern conveniences, space to unpack and the absence of smoking should be a given.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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ChristopherLowe, General Manager at The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, August 2, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us with the experience of your stay. After reading your review we realized you are exactly right. We are converting the entire property to non smoking. Thank you for pointing this out and making us aware how we can do more for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back our your next trip through town.

Sincerely,
Christopher Lowe
General Manager
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Dunn Loring, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Had heard so many nice thing about the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa that we treated ourselves before heading to volunteer at the RAM project in Wise, Virginia. Everything could not have been nicer from the start of staff being incredible with helping make suggestions making the reservation, enjoying the hotel with a very lovely room and decorating throughout, to staff very helpful throughout the stay and a treat of breakfast. The location was perfect to explore Abingdon with its treasures and enjoying Barter Theater right next door as well as the Virginia Creeper close by.

Room Tip: Talk to the staff when making reservations. There is a newly renovated section.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Last weekend was magical for our 8-year old granddaughter, as we renewed a 40-year relationship at “The Martha.” Our ostensible mission was to enjoy the Barter Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” But a visit to Abingdon has always been inseparable from the enjoyment of the Southern, more particularly Southwestern Virginia, hospitality and culture of the more than 180-year old Martha Washington Inn. Our granddaughter immediately felt like “Eloise of the Plaza” when she saw the beautifully furnished suite with 12-foot ceilings. The folklore of the “ghosts of The Martha” added to her enchantment. We romped in the indoor glass-enclosed salt water pool and outdoor stone hot tub. The highly professional and personable reservation staff of The Martha obtained great seats for us for two performances at the Barter (4th row center orchestra for the magnificent Wizard of Oz musical), just across the street from the hotel. Parking is complimentary and the car is easily accessible a few steps from the old-fashioned rocking chair-furnished front porch of the hotel (as when I want to retrieve items I forget to bring up). The finishing touch to the charm of the Martha Washington is her people. From the welcoming bellman and valet parker, the warm professionals at the registration counter, wait staff in the restaurant and housekeepers in the rooms, we are always made to feel right at home in a by-gone era of fine innkeeping. This unique destination is always ample reward for our 6-hour drive from our home on Chesapeake Bay, inspired by the beautiful Virginia scenery en route, with a nice lunch along the way.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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4 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was George & Martha Washington's house.....how cool to stay in a place our country's first president lived....it is a little on the pricey side....but....the whole place is very historic, the food is good, and you might even see a ghost if you are lucky!!! Across the street is the wonderful Barter Theater and a great place to see a show.....very cool to stay here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Abingdon, Virginia, is a nostalgic town situated on the Virgina/Tennessee border. The crown jewel is the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa, and is conveniently located on Main Street. Have a courteous valet park your car, then enter your room, and prepare to be catered and pampered. Each room is different, and there is plenty of space for your belongings. Walk all over the place, then return to the front porch which is covered with comfortable wicker chairs, and be content to people watch. At night, they offer you port, then off you go to the 24 hour spa! You will be reluctant to check out, so make reservations for at least two nights!

Room Tip: When you make your reservation, ask the helpful staff for their recommendation for a room!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 150 W. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210
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Location: United States > Virginia > Abingdon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Abingdon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 61
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