As an alumna of Davis & Elkins College, I was delighted that the Graceland [old mansion from the 1890s] has been restored and is now an inn and a restaurant. Returning to the area with a friend, we tried the Graceland one afternoon for lunch and the next day for dinner. The setting is lovely, particularly if the weather is fine and you can dine on the veranda. The service is slow -- we waited nearly half an hour for our check once done dining; the waiter could not answer any questions we had on the menu, but had to go back to the chef each time. At lunch we had a crabmeat appetizer, which while filled with crabmeat, looked like tuna salad and was bland, and a chicken salad, which was only chicken, mayo, and a bit of celery, very bland. The presentation of food was well-done. For dinner, the macaronni and cheese was not creamy, the green beans were underdone and tasteless. the red pepper sauce on the crab cake was good, as was the homemade berry pie. It is my understanding that there is a new management,so we're hoping things tur around for the better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new management of Graceland invites you to come and see how we've changed, and want you to know that we look forward to accommodating all of our guests and their unique lodging and dining needs. Graceland Inn, the former summer residence of West Virginia's first Democratic US Senator, Henry Gassaway Davis, is on the National Historic Landmarks Register. In 1996 the restoration of Graceland Inn was complete and opened to the public as an Historic Country Inn with a full-service restaurant. The main purpose for restoring the mansion and developing an Inn, Restaurant, and Conference Center was to create a dynamic learning lab for Davis & Elkins Hospitality and Tourism students. All rooms in Graceland Inn are furnished with antiques or Victorian reproductions. Each room has a private bath, individual climate controls, a television, and complimentary wireless internet access. Large rooms have marble lined bathrooms, and one room is equipped for handicap access. An elevator is available. The facility is completely smoke free. We also offer complimentary continental breakfast for all guests. Graceland also features a Conference Center with more traditional style hotel rooms with modern amenities and conferencing facilities. We also offer meeting and banquet space at our sister mansion, Halliehurst. The restaurant is located on the first floor of Graceland. We have four elegant dining areas, and each room's decor has its own character. In the summer months you can dine on our Veranda that overlooks the beautiful town of Elkins. The Graceland Restaurant is open to the public for lunch Wednesday-Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm (Tuesday lunches in the summer), dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30pm to 9:00pm and for Sunday Brunch 11:00am to 2:00pm. We look forward to serving you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Graceland Inn And Conference Center
- Graceland Hotel Elkins