Read this before you make reservations!!!
With a late change in my schedule, I found myself available with only a week's notice to attend to the USAC Collegiate Mountain Biking National Championships being held on Snowshoe Mtn to watch my son compete. With no rooms available on Snowshoe Mtn., a friend and I booked a room at the Marlinton Motor Inn.
We discovered, rotted steps and decking and feared it would give way at any moment. Upon opening the door to the room, a giant stain was visible on the carpet even before reaching in to turn on a light. Entering the room, we discovered easily a hundred or so dead flies atop the HVAC unit and all around on the floor.
Needing to pick up dinner and endure an additional hour long drive to meet our son, we stopped at the front desk and asked if there was another room but we were told we could only have a smoking room. Hhmm...dead flies vs. cigarette smoke...tough to decide. So we asked at least if we could have a vacuum. "Sure, but why." But they honestly tried to act surprised when we told them about the flies! (The room comes equipped with it own fly swatter!!!!). Tell me again how they don't know about these flies!!! Then they pointed to a room where the vacuum cleaner was so we could lift it into our trunk, drive to our section of this establishment and lug it up the rotted stairwell to suck up the nauseating vision of dead fly corpses. (It was 28 degrees, raining and snowing, treacherous roads and no rooms available for hours away).
We went to the bar for a drink, wash our eyes and try to erase the picture of the flies now burned into our memories before turning in for the night. Theirs was a small pub with pool, country music and some classic rock playing on the juke box. Video lotto seems to be a really big thing in these parts. The other patrons seemed to read NYC on our foreheads. It was not long before we were invited to play pool...an invitation which, when politely declined, was not accepted very easily. We managed to leave eventually without too much of a scene.
We returned to the dead fly room and tossed and turned all night because of generalized wretchedness and the noise of the mice and other WV animals scurrying about inside the walls.
Lighting was minimal. The TV remote did not work. The bathroom was clean enough. The water in the shower was nice and hot.
BTW, there is no cell service in this area...not until you are at the top of Snowshoe Mtn. Be aware that there is NO wifi at this motel...not even in the main office – at least that our mobile devices were able to detect!
Bottom line? I'm way ok with basic, even cabin-like accommodations and can even comfortably go without my wifi and TV if need be. But dirty, rundown and fly infested??? This is really too much for even me to deal with. I encourage you to fill up your tanks and keep driving. The roads are beautiful there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring swimming pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, lounge, and Fenton Art Glass gift shop. 72 extra large rooms with refrigerators, coffee makers, and cable. non-smoking & smoking rooms available ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marlinton Motor Hotel Marlinton