We recently spent a night at the Super 8 in Beckley WV, en route to a week's vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you're driving from southern Ontario or upstate New York, Beckley provides a welcome mid-point in your journey. What's more, the hotel is located just off the West Virginia turnpike. Leave the north early in the morning and you'll be arriving in Beckley right around cocktail hour.
Our first impressions were strong ones, but not good. A heavy odour of cigarette smoke greeted us the moment we entered the lobby. And although we'd booked a non-smoking room, I doubt if one exists at the Super 8, except in name only. Years of cigarettes have made the non-smoking room an animal as endangered as a deer in hunting season.
Next problem: our view. A busy car wash is located within a sud's throw of the rooms at the back of the hotel. Not great to look at, and noisy, too - especially if you want to open your window to clear out some smoke.
On a positive note, the hotel is close to a number of restaurants. We enjoyed a fun Valentine's Day dinner at the local Outback Steak House, and walked home. No drinking and driving to worry about. Breakfast is included in the cost. Nothing fancy, but appreciated. And the Appalachian scenery around Beckley is spectacular.
The room itself was adequate, and the bathroom clean. The room rate was about average, although we found other hotels offering more for the same price - including clean air.
All in all, Super 8 Beckley doesn't compete with the Bates Motel for "Worst Experience". Its location serves snow birds well. And if you're so inclined, just get up in the morning, buy a pack of smokes, wash the car, and head for the hills. It's all there for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Super 8 Beckley Hotel Beckley
- Beckley Super 8
- Beckley Super Eight
- Super Eight Beckley