The photos don't truly reflect this ageing hotel which is now living off the former glory of past US Presidents having stayed there (40 years ago was the last Presidential visit, so nothing recent). As I approached the front door, the dusty frontage and unswept carpet mat announced that not a whole lot of extra mile cleaning goes on. The lobby is definitely looking jaded also apart from a rather lovely modern chandelier-type light.
Staff are ok but nothing amazing. Our room was nice looking on opening the door, but further inspection showed the bathroom to be annoyingly cramped and shabby (cracked bathroom sink, drippy taps etc).
Breakfast was probably the worst offering I have seen in many international trips; just pre-wrapped Danish pastries, orange juice and coffee taken standing up in the lobby. Not good enough.
Wheeling is a town which has seen hard times and it shows. We were lucky to find an independently operated restaurant open under the main roof of the hotel, as apparently there are not many operating in this struggling city. We were happy to partake of standard US food for dinner as it saved us the problem of roaming the streets. I did enjoy the restaurant's exhibition by a local photographer of local identities shot in black and white.
Don't go to Wheeling looking for a holiday experience: the locals are trying their best with the hard circumstances they find themselves in but it's still a charmless city I'm sorry to say.
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- Less than a mile from the Wheeling Island Casino, the McLure Hotel is conveniently located in Downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. The property is a unique experience, a true piece of Americana. Presidents, Senators, actresses and actors have stayed at this great hotel at one point in the hotel's 150 year history. Nestled along the Ohio River and surrounded by inspiring American architecture our guests are never disappointed by the charm of Wheeling. From the McLure Team to you: We hope to see you at the McLure Hotel soon! ... more less
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