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.
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. My first sight of the hotel was surprising, as I had not figured that it would be so stately and charming. I was immediately drawn to the window boxes, gas lanterns, and elegance of the lobby. The friendly staff welcomed us and gave us a brief overview of the European-style hotel.
The Blennerhassett has been in business since 1889 and has been featured on numerous TV ghost shows. It 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.
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 bathroom was made of Italian tiles, had granite vanities, and a 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 provide a plethora of pillows. The linens and sheets were of high quality and 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.
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 is 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.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.
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