Parkersburg, West Virginia is perfect for a weekend getaway. Whether you are coming from other parts of the Mountain State or neighboring Ohio, Parkersburg is an ideal place to relax and unwind. It is also great for exploring, as oil and natural gas were prominent in the area and translated into wealth. The Blennerhassett Hotel plays the perfect host to your getaway with luxury accommodations and a first-class onsite restaurant. Best of all, they are pet friendly.
Weekend Trip to Parkersburg
My daughter, Peyton, and I recently had the opportunity to visit the historic Blennerhassett Hotel. I lived in West Virginia for the majority of my life, but had never spent the night there. Boy, was I missing out! Blennerhassett provided great service and plush hotel offerings. This grand showplace, still prominent after days gone by, was everything that I had hoped for.
Peyton and I arrived at the Blennerhasset Hotel and were greeted by the valet. I was pleasantly surprised at how stately and charming the historic hotel was. My eyes were immediately drawn to the window boxes, gas lanterns, and elegance of the lobby. Blennerhassett’s friendly staff welcomed us and gave us a brief overview of their European-style hotel.
The Blennerhassett has been in business since 1889. It has been featured on numerous TV ghost shows and is part of the Historic Hotels of America, one of my favorite groups to stay with. I had my fingers crossed that we would encounter a ghost of our own, but no such luck.
Fine Hotel Room Amenities
Our deluxe hotel room at Blennerhassett was bursting with old-world charm and was of decent size. I really liked the layout of the room. Our Italian tiled bathroom had granite vanities and a separate make-up table. Gilchrist & Soames custom toiletries were provided by the hotel and they were much appreciated. A stand out feature was the nice hot shower, pre-set to an inviting temperature that made it hard to leave. Best of all, plush robes were available in the closet.
Our bedroom was romantic, which was wasted since I was traveling with my daughter, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I loved that they triple-sheet the bed and provided a plethora of pillows. The high quality linens and sheets felt heavenly. Our room offered high ceilings and impressive crown moldings. The room also had a Keurig coffee maker with a large variety of teas and coffees to choose from. Blennerhassett offers room service as well.
Decadent Dinner Experience
Blennerhassett’s onsite, award-winning restaurant, Spats, provided an excellent dinner for Peyton and I. Spats restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining in a lovely courtyard busy with blooming flowers, water fountains, and statues. The food was superb and this is one meal that you will not be disappointed in splurging on. I recommend the Poutine (for starters), Beef Tenderloin, and the Linguini with a pesto cream sauce. The Lounge, located between the lobby and Spat’s, offers a huge selection of beer and fine wines in a more casual dining atmosphere.
Hotel Bonus Features
Points of interest throughout the Blennerhassett Hotel include the coffee bar in the lobby that serves Starbucks, an intimate library that is perfect for a game of chess or reading a book, and a small gift shop selling local artisan wares. The hotel also has a fitness room and business center available for guests.
Truly a West Virginia Hidden Jewel
The Blennerhassett is truly one of the Mountain State’s best hotels. I invite you to plan your travels to include West Virginia in the future and relax your mind and body in a bit of historic luxury here in downtown Parkersburg. There are plenty of things within walking distance to occupy your time in the event that you should want to leave. You may be just as happy to sip some wine and enjoy the simple life’s luxuries.
The Blennerhassett Hotel
320 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101