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Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Walla Walla
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Reviewed October 18, 2006

I contacted Blue Stocking tours at the Marcus Whitman in Walla Walla to help me plan a wine tasting weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday. They basically act as the hotel's concierge and do a wonderful job of handling the details. I had six couples come and spend the weekend and we were treated wonderfully!The hotel is not very different from other small hotels in small towns, however, it has a beautiful lobby and is located centrally so you can walk to Whitman College, wine tasting rooms, restaurants and bars easily. They have a nice restaurant in the hotel and also hold winemaker's dinners there. The breakfast is good and the bar is happening even when the rest of Walla Walla has shut down for the night- I would encourage anyone who wants to visit Walla Walla to contact the hotel and Blue Stocking Tours and set up a fun weekend get-away. If you are looking for a more romantic setting- try one of many well respected B and B's.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2006

I had the most delightful stay at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, WA! It is a gorgeous historic hotel, the luxury suites were beautiful and elegantly decorated, the colors were opulent, the furniture divine, the bathroom space and fixtures a major treat --- I wish I could have stayed longer; I never wanted to leave the fabulous room. This was a business trip and I had all necessary work amenities available. I had 3 different meals at the restaurant and they were all deeeelish, and the waitstaff was very knowledgable and friendly!
The reception employees were very gracious, answered all of my questions, including an upgrade option.
I can't say enough about the experience ----- it was a very rare delight in all respects! Don't miss it!

Stayed: August 2006
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Reviewed August 6, 2006

Lets start out with the worst thing I can say about the hotel: It's very awkward finding the right place to pull in to their parking lot.

Wow, huh?

Otherwise the Marcus Whitman was a great place to stay on business. Front desk service at check-in was polite and pleasant. The room was very clean, well decorated and featured a great bed and good quality business desk with chair. My room was in the new wing. The best part of the stay, however, was the breakfast buffet. Omlets were made to order by a skilled chef and any component of a really good breakfast, short of steak, was available for your choosing.

I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 24, 2006

My wife and I flew to Walla Walla expressly to attend the Winemaker's Dinner held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel that featured the Abeja Winery.

The seven course meal crafted by chef Bear Ullman was perfectly paired with the wines of Abeja. It was a culinary tour de force I was unprepared for in what I had previously thought was an out of the way, sleepy town in eastern Washington.

The dining room and table were tastefully decorated with white linens, mirrors and candles all under a canopy of corkscrew willow branches and Alstroemeria blossoms. Each place setting had the silverware and stemware to support a seven course meal.

The winemaker John Abbott introduced each course and the wine pairing:

Lobster and Prawn Ceviche with tropical fruits served with '05 Viognier

Ravioli of Smoked Pheasant Confit with Manchego Cheese and Morel Mushrooms on a seared Heirloom Tomato served with a pre-release '04 Merlot (the mushrooms were picked and dried by John)

Kobe Beef Tenderloin Tartare in three different preparations served with '03 Cabernet Sauvignon

Smoked Duck Breast wrapped in Proscuitto and Spinach with Roasted Baby Fennel and Cherry Chutney served with '03 Estate Syrah

An Intermezzo of Grilled Apricot and Honey Sorbet

Rack of Lamb cast in a Hazelnut and Date Persolé served with '02 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

A Medley of Chocolate Delights by Pastry Chef Sarah German served with Walla Walla Roasters Coffee

I have eaten at chef's tables at fine restaurants in much haughtier venues, spending 3 times the money and coming nowhere close to the excellence experienced at this event. The price per person for just the dinner and wine was $125 per person.

However, the Marcus Whitman also offers a weekend package for $599 for a COUPLE that includes the dinner on Saturday night, a room for two on Friday and Saturday nights, a reception with wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres hosted by the winemaker on Friday night, breakfast Saturday (and not the wimpy continental variety either); a private tour and tasting at the winery with the winemaker Saturday afternoon, and breakfast Sunday morning. A real bargain for this kind of high-end treat.

This is not something you can just drop by and catch, there are only a handful scheduled each year. It is definitely worth working your calendar around to attend one. The hotels' website has links with menus for past winemaker's dinners and a calendar of future dinners.


I have included a few pictures, apologizing in advance for starting to eat on a few before remembering to snap a picture (can you blame me?).

Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed July 20, 2006

If you want to stay in Washington State but experience something completely different, I highly recommend the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla. It is the perfect refuge after a busy day of exploring the country's hottest new wine region. There are dozens of wineries over there now and the vineyards are nestled amidst the rolling hills and sea of wheat fields surrounding town. None are more than 15 minutes away.

The main hotel tower has been restored to its original grandeur by owner and manager Kyle Mussman. The lobby is turn-of-the-century elegant and the perfect location for the wine tasting events we've attended. Last trip, we sat in the fireplace room and polished off a bottle of Cabernet. The hotel provided the glasses and a complimentary cork screw.

There is a four story newer wing attached to the tower. We've stayed there and in a tower suite. Both were comfortable and well appointed. The room in the new wing was $109 a night.

Dining at the hotel is really coming into its own. We had a multi-course culinary extravaganza at The Mark that rivals anything we've experienced west of the Cascades, including Rovers. A young up-and-comer, Chef Jake, prepared the meal. This guy is a star in the making. He cut his teeth at Brasa in Seattle. Jake was ably assisted by Sous Chef Curtis. Every course was paired with a different Dunham Cellar wine. I can honestly say it was one of the finest, if not the finest, meal I've ever had. To "wake up our taste buds," we started with the hollowed-out , squared-off end of a peeled cucumber filled with a cold green tomato soup. We drank it like a shot of whiskey. From there we went through courses of crab salad, ham wrapped monkfish, smoked cheese souffle, quail, duck, lamb and a balsamic infused strawberry with shortcake on foie gras. Oh my.

Service throughout the hotel was big city efficient but small town friendly. I don't believe I ever heard the word "no."

If you're worried about not having enough to do, let me tell you we've been to the Marcus Whitman three times in the last year and haven't visited the same winery, restaurant, or shop twice. The hotel is a block from downtown and there are 11 wine tasting rooms within walking distance. I'm embarrassed (or proud) to say we visited all 11 in one day last fall. There aren't many night life choices so we have been to a small lounge that features music a couple of times. But the point is, you won't get bored.

If you been all over the Puget Sound area and want to try something different without sacrificing an ounce of comfort or quality, give the Marcus Whitman a try.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Ronald K
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Reviewed July 8, 2006

While the lobby has been beautifully restored this is certainly not a luxury hotel as advertised and as the price of a room would lead you to expect. No triple sheeting, average bed, extremely small bathrooms in the new section, mold in the showers of the historic suites, average toiletries sporadic housekeeping hours. The breakfast is good, but dining room is understaffed. The downtown location is nice. We've stayed in other Walla Walla hotels for much less $$ and the same quality of room and service. If you're looking for ambience and excellent service your best bet in Walla Walla is a B & B.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed July 4, 2006

We had not planned to stay in this town but were recommended this hotel. Expected a standard American small town mid range hotel with some nice rooms. Not at all. This is a great place with style and character. Lovely story about how it got built and the rooms are terrific in both the main hotel and the annexe. Nice bar, very good staff, extremely helpful. Go and stay and enjoy the great wines of the area and one of the best restaurants at the other end of the hotels parking area.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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4  Thank weemacs
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Address: 6 W Rose St, Walla Walla, WA 99362-1870
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Location: United States > Washington > Walla Walla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Walla Walla
#1 Romantic Hotel in Walla Walla
#1 Green Hotel in Walla Walla
#3 Business Hotel in Walla Walla
Price Range: $140 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1928 through a community labor of love, The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center - named "2015 Hotel of the Year" by the Washington State Wine Commission - is a downtown Walla Walla landmark where history and luxury intertwine. The property was fully renovated in 2001 and restored to its original grandeur, while adding modern updates to provide a truly luxurious experience for today's traveler. The full grounds include a 133-room hotel with luxury suites, a state-of-the art conference center featuring grand renaissance ballrooms, six on-site wine tasting rooms, and the award-winning The Marc Restaurant - recently named "Restaurant of the Year" by the Washington State Wine Commission - and The Vineyard Lounge. ... more   less 
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