My girlfriend and I were going on a short road trip and looked for a hotel for one night. It was either the Blennerhassett or the Microtel in Marietta, which were around the same price for the night we wanted. I chose the Microtel and my girlfriend wanted the Blennerhassett.....so here I am writing a review for the Blennerhassett. Once we arrived I wasn't disappointed at all.
This is a beautiful old hotel, but it isn't old as in "run down old", it's more like an old historic hotel. It has modern amenities like an LCD TV, newly remodeled bathroom(though no tub in the room we were in 223), and wifi, etc., but you kind of feel like you stepped back in time and experience how the "well to do" traveled in the Victorian era.
The room was awe inspiring with 20 foot high ceilings and 1-2 foot wide crown molding. We had a very comfortable king bed that had very large and expensive looking head and foot boards. All the furniture in the room was impressive. Also, the whole room was spotless and needless to say my significant other was very happy.
The staff was friendly and available but not overbearing. I like that they asked if we needed help with our luggage or valet parking instead of just automatically doing it on their own.
The hotel has a coffee shop and restaurant available, though we didn't use either of those services. They also have the standard ice and snack machines available.
I would have given this hotel a 4 1/2 star rating if possible. There are just a few little things that keep it from being perfect, some not the hotels fault. We stayed on a holiday weekend and parking wasn't a problem, but I can see it maybe being a little difficult during the week. Also, other than the hotel restaurant, I didn't notice any places to eat within walking distance. There are however plenty of choices in Parkersburg within a short drive. Plus, however bad they may be, I've become accustomed to the complimentary breakfast buffet which this hotel doesn't offer.
These next couple of points may sound picky but just my 2 cents. So many things about this hotel are beautiful from the rooms, to the exterior, to the well kept grounds with beautiful landscaping. However, the first sight you see when you walk through the doors is an ugly old worn out rug. Why? I worried just for a second if we made the wrong choice. Also, the elevator is very slow so we chose to use the stairs most of the time. While the stairwell walls looked freshly painted, the flooring was in pretty bad shape. At first it looked like cigarette burns from days gone past, but we guessed it was just numerous brown paint splatters.
Overall though this place is a gem. Don't let the few hiccups this place has dissuade you from staying here. They are just some things management should take note of. I would definitely recommend the Blennerhassett to anyone traveling through Parkersburg or those looking for a weekend getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blennerhassett is an elegant, historic, full-service property located in downtown Parkersburg featuring boutique-style guest rooms and state-of-the-art conference and catering facilities. Located in the heart of downtown Parkersburg, guests are within walking distance of museums, bike trails, live theater, the Blennerhassett Island boat launch and diverse local dining options. You can also enjoy live music and exquisite cuisine in our own Spats Restaurant & Lounge, or Spats Patio seasonally. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, newspaper, fitness center, valet parking and our own coffee bar serving Starbucks Coffee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blennerhassett Hotel Parkersburg