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702 Third Ave., Marlinton, WV 24954   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Marlinton B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

The Old Clark Inn was perfect for us. We were in the area hiking the Greenbrier River Trail from Cass to Marlinton. Checked reviews on TA and OCI looked like a good match. The Innkeepers, Nelson and Andrea, were helpful on the several phone calls made to them to ask questions. They offer quite a few room and pricing options; are very good listeners and suggested appropriate options to meet our needs. If you are traveling with a group, they have a budget priced 3rd floor that might work for you. We took a 2nd floor room with single and full size beds and private bath for about $65+. The room was spotless, beds comfortable, nice linens, plush towels, clawfoot tub/shower combo, 13" TV w/ remote. Continental breakfast included fresh fruit, cereals, bagels, english muffin, oatmeal, good selection of teas, coffee, etc. A guest refrigerator is located in the comfortable dining area for personal food items. Nice living room area and wonderful front porch with several comfortable rockers. Andrea showed us around the Inn and to our room, very professional and friendly. Both are familiar with the area and can answer most questions or put you in the right direction. They know about area hiking and biking trails, scenic roads for motorcycling, and other activities. On a shuttle ride back to our car, Nelson told us the OCI was originally built in the 1920's as a hotel, then owned and operated by the Clark's for many years and he and Andrea have been the innkeepers for 9 years. They seem to be hard working people that know their business and enjoy doing it. This is not the type of Inn on a hill overlooking green pastures; it's a true small town Inn. The Greenbrier River Trail is a block from the OCI, and directly across the street is a commercial business with large fenced area, certainly not scenic but not a problem. Their website accurately depicts the property but you get much more, it's a great overall value and I'll return when in the area.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We are back in Canada now after a week of cycling in West Virginia. The Old Clark Inn was a wonderful find for us, very close to the Greenbrier River Trail. Innkeepers Andrea and Nelson could not have been more helpful. The inn is immaculately clean and while the rooms are small (that is how they were in some of the 1920's inns) the interior decor maintained the country feel with quilts and old furniture, which was such a refreshing change from the chain motels. With free WiFi and a guest computer and a microwave in the kitchen/dining area, they are totally up to date! One day it poured with rain but with help from the innkeepers we found fascinating and most interesting alternatives. Nelson even went out of his way to help us identify the big butterflies which accompanied us along the riverside trail. Covered storage for motor cycles at the side and bikes at the back. Totally charming place to stay.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beckley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

My sister and I did a 41 mile bike ride on the Greenbrier River Trail on Easter weekend. We planned our layover for Marlinton and found the Old Clark Inn by the internet. I made reservations and we set out. Since it was just the two of us and we were having to shuffle cars, we stopped in on our first morning to see if it was ok to park a car there. Not only was it ok, but Andrea went ahead and checked us in so we could put our gear in the room and not have to worry about it in the car. She was extremely helpful with basic information when we checked in and upon our arrival for the night, she recommended a place to eat, which was perfect. Andrea was great to talk to during our visit and was very accommodating to us. The rooms were very clean and very comfortable. The whole inn was clean and having the internet/guest computer was a godsend since neither of us had cell service. With the Inn being only a block off of the trail it was easy on and off access without having to worry about navigating traffic. I will definately return to the Old Clark Inn for any future stays.

Room Tip: We splurged and got the two room suite with a shared bath.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanover, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

On the plus side, Old Clark Inn is located only a block or so from the Greenbrier Rail Trail and the owners are quite friendly and helpful. On the minus side, bathrooms are shared, the facility is older and the rooms are quite small. If your expectations are not set too high however, this is the place for you.

Cereal, coffee, and a very limited selection of pastry and fruit make up the breakfast. Adequate, but minimal.

The place is a work in progress as the owners continually strive to improve this older building. Don't expect anything fancy though.

The Old Clark Inn is geared to both motorcyclists and bicycle enthusiasts. The location near the bike trail is very handy. A covered area in the rear yard provides great storage for bikes and there is also a compressor to fill your tires. The owners know the area well and can provide helpful information on the sights to see and in finding a place to eat.

There is not much to do in Marlinton but the Old Clark Inn is as good a place to stay as any in the area while you're passing through.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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oldclarkinn, Owner at Old Clark Inn, responded to this review, November 21, 2011
We truly appreciate a guest taking the time to review us and will usually let the review stand on its own. In this case however, the reviewer has presented some incorrect information that we would like to clarify:

Most of our rooms DO have private baths. Rooms with shared bath are also available as an option for those traveling on a budget or with a group.

During our busy season (May-Oct), our continental breakfast consists of the following:
Assorted bagels with cream cheese and peanut butter and jelly, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, at least 2 kinds of seasonal fresh fruit, an assortment of cereals and oatmeal, danish or muffins/scones, milk, juice, coffee, assorted teas & hot chocolate.

There is plenty to do in Marlinton, depending on your interests. It is true that you will not find tourist shops or outlet stores, but in addition to the extensive outdoor recreational opportunities, we also have a variety of mom & pop businesses along with historical and cultural venues.

The Old Clark Inn opened it's doors in 1924 as The Clark Hotel. It has been in continuous operation since then and we have been maintaining and upgrading it for the past 8 years. We do not market ourselves as new or fancy, but rather we are proud to offer travelers a unique old-fashioned lodging experience.

We actively encourage people to visit our website for an accurate portrayal of our inn. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns...we are always happy to provide details about our area and our inn.
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Waynesville NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

Marlinton is ground zero for riders coming through West Virginia. You can base here for a long weekend and easily ride four loops with hardly a duplicated section.
This was my fourth stay at Old Clark Inn, going back six years or so. The owners are committed riders and a wealth of info on local places and things. The inn itself is not fancy, but quite comfortable and clean. This part of the state is a cell-free zone, so the guest computer in the living room is welcome.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

The old Clark seems to be the place in marlinton for the savvy traveler. With evidence of half hearted attempts to accommodate travelers of all purposes, scattered around the town, the oci delivers. Not a hint of the place being eorse for the wear - especially so close to a popular ski resort. Incredibly friendly and efficient staff, immaculate cleanliness, and home like decor will make you feel like
your money was well spent. My friends and I got two rooms and a
shared bath. Please treat these people with kindness and respect their efforts.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

This place is really nice, clean, convenient and run by a great couple. My wife and I ride motorcycles and also bicycle (tandem). They provide a small covered port for both motorcycles and bicycles. It's right on the Greenbrier Rail Trail, 80 miles of riverfront riding. It's a wonderful trail (hard-packed small gravel--okay for any tire bigger than a thin road bike) and lots of things to do/see including some cool tunnels and classic steam engine train ride at one end. Lots of wildlife to see as well as deer, bunnies, and ground hogs. The roads around the area are just spectacular: http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/Files/FInalMotorcycle2010.pdf .
You can ride for days and never get bored. The food can be a hit or miss in the area, especially breakfast if you're out riding. This is a B&B and they have an adequate meal if you eat early. There's lots of hiking as well and the Inn keepers will keep you well informed on what you can do. A small gem in the middle of WV!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 702 Third Ave., Marlinton, WV 24954
Location: United States > West Virginia > Marlinton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Marlinton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover value & hospitality in a unique lodging experience. We are a popular, old-timey, small town inn with clean cozy rooms and plenty of common areas where you can relax and feel at home. Relaxed and Informal, Free Breakfast, High-speed Internet Access, American Owned Mom & Pop, In Town, Walk to Restaurants & Shops. ... more   less 

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