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“Probably Won't Do Better in the Area” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Marlinton Motor Inn Motel

Marlinton Motor Inn Motel
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Marlinton Motor Inn Motel
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Elk Route, Marlinton, WV 24954   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Marlinton
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1 review
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“Probably Won't Do Better in the Area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

The MMI had most of the amenities of a $60 a night motel at about double the price. We stayed here late December 2007 on a ski trip.

My complaints: 1) they have an unusual service fee policy and seemed somewhat inflexible about reservation changes 2) No high speed internet service. 3)long distance phone calls from room a bit pricey - typical of any hotel. I spent around $28 on perhaps that many minutes of calls. (Your cell phone will not work in this valley. I heard there is a blackout because of the nearby radio telescope observatory.) 4)the heater unit did not have a thermostat - I had to get up in the middle of the night several times to turn it on and off. 5)there was a small amount of late night and early-morning noise but nothing unusual or unexpected for a motor inn. When we got there, however, there was another guest who was trying to get a different room because of a noisy neighbor. They told her they could switch her room, but then they would charge her for both rooms!! 6) restaurant smelled musty to us. 7)one lamp not functional (probably needed a new bulb.) 8)had to open the back of the toilet once to adjust the flap to get the tank to fill.

Compliments: 1)small refrigerator/freezer in room was a nice touch. 2) maid did a nice job making up the room and nothing was missing. She did not take the tip I left on the first night because I did not leave it in the special designated tip envelope. I attributed that to integrity. 3) breakfast at the restaurant was decent. 4) although the room doors opened to the parking lot (not through a lobby) we felt generally safe.

We stayed here when we couldn't find a place up on Snowshoe Mountain. If we go back to Snowshoe, I will probably try someplace else, although I expect I couldn't do much better. Another skier told me they were staying elsewhere in Marlinton and that although that other place was a bit of a dump, at least they had internet service there.

We did not eat dinner there at the MMI restaurant. Instead we ate down the road in Marlinton (The MMI is not actually in Marlinton, it is in Edray, WV) at The River Place. (Put that restaurant in a big city and it would not be up to par, but in this setting it was quite enjoyable

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of good control of room temperature + lack of internet
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

Stayed here in October 2007 with a large group of motorcycle riders. The rooms are very large, clean. The inn was under new management, so some minor inconveniences were there. The resteraunt was slooowww, but it was the 1st and 2nd day of being opened with an entire new staff, so no big deal. What I had do eat was great though. A few complained about the meals they got. Check in was even slower, not sure of the excuse there. As for location, this place is the best. If your out to take in the mountain scenery, or do some motorcycle sport touring, this is the place to start and end your days. The cost was very reasonable. Overall a great place, and will get better as the staff gets trained.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Check in
  • Stayed October 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2007

The rooms are poorly lit but very clean. Staff is courteous. The problem with this motel is the walls are paper thin. The noise level from other rooms is unbearable. You can actually hear other peoples conversation. We stayed on the bottom level and the noise from above was also a problem. Again rooms are nice and they are pet friendly. Noise levels need to be controlled. Maybe some extra insulation.

  • Liked — Close to Ski Resort
  • Disliked — The Noise Level
  • Tips/Secrets — If You Go To Bed Early Do Not Stay Here. Noise Level To After 12-1 AM
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Marlinton Motor Inn Motel

Address: Elk Route, Marlinton, WV 24954
Location: United States > West Virginia > Marlinton
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Marlinton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring swimming pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, lounge, and Fenton Art Glass gift shop. 72 extra large rooms with refrigerators, coffee makers, and cable. non-smoking & smoking rooms available ... more   less 
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Marlinton Motor Hotel Marlinton

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