4-Star Hotels in West Virginia

by T.L. Chancellor

West Virginia, located in the middle of the Allegheny Mountain range, features rugged terrain, plenty of nationally protected forest land and a wealth of outdoor activities. The state also features several hotels that have been recognized with four stars by national organizations like Forbes and AAA. These high-end hotel destinations include a pair of resorts and a European-inspired inn.

The Legend

The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs has an international reputation and has hosted guests since the late 1700s. It has a place on the National Registry of Historical Places, and today is a full-service resort housed on an overwhelming 6,500-acre property that includes lodging options ranging from standard rooms to estate houses. The Greenbrier features 10 lobbies, a complete conference center and enough meeting space to hosts conventions and weddings. The Greenbrier has a 40,000-square-foot spa, a 103,000-square-foot casino, its own mall and a golf course with a long history of hosting professional events. Five-time Open champion Tom Watson is the professional emeritus for the course.

The Resort

The Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke boasts a long list of amenities, not the least of which is the view of Stonewall Jackson Lake, named after the famed Civil War general. Guests can stay in a variety of accommodations, including rooms, suites, cottages, campgrounds and houseboats. There are three restaurants on site that feature dishes inspired by regional cuisine. The golf course was designed by PGA Tour legend Arnold Palmer, but golf isn’t the only activity. Guests can swim in the lake, indulge in the full-service spa and reserve a boat from the resort’s marina for either sailing or fishing. Guests also have access to the hiking and biking trails of Stonewall Jackson State Park. Guests that need event space can use some or all of the resort’s 11,000 square feet of meeting space.

German-Inspired Lodging

The Bavarian Inn is the pride of Shepherdstown, in the northeast portion of the state just across the border with Maryland. This makes the resort accessible to guests from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The inn is built in the style of a European chalet and features German-inspired touches throughout. There are only 72 rooms, but most feature luxury amenities like gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Guests can dine at the Greystone Mansion, which features dishes like sauerbraten, beef Munich and a wild game meatloaf. The Bavarian has an outdoor swimming pool with views of the Potomac River. For those enjoying a romantic weekend, the hotel has rose petal turndown service: The staff spreads rose petals on the bed in the evening.

Things To Do

Each of West Virginia’s four-star lodging options feature great attractions in the surrounding area. Guests of the Bavarian Inn can travel to two Civil War landmarks, the Antietam Battlefield and Harper’s Ferry. From the Stonewall Jackson you can drive about an hour to Parkersburg and sample the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, the Fenton Art Glass factory and the state’s Oil and Gas Museum. White Sulphur Springs, home of the Greenbrier, is a short drive from Charleston, the state capital.

About the Author

T.L Chancellor has more than 12 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience. She has written extensively about education, business and city government. She has also worked at a public relations firm, focusing on environmental issues with clients.