The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Sitting right across the street from the world famous Barter Theater,  The Martha Washington Inn, a gem of a Historic Hotel of America in Southwest Virginia, was rebranded “The Martha” to reflect more modern tastes. A recent rehab has brought this old lady into the 21st century- with room wi-fi, flat screen TV’s and plush bedding – without sacrificing charm.

First Impressions of The Martha

Foyer of Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Foyer of Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Carpeted halls and stairs might lean and creak a bit, but what would a historic hotel be without a bit of off-kilter character? Formerly a mansion, then with the addition of two wings, a girl’s finishing school, The Martha has been adjusting and settling into boutique hotel status since it was opened in 1932 (and renovated in 2006).   You’ll likely find guests enjoying conversations on the wide veranda as you walk in to a beautiful mansion foyer. Employees are genuinely friendly and eager to show you around.

Guest Rooms

Deluxe King Room, The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Deluxe King Room, The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Rooms are country elegant – in golds and greens – each one different and crammed with antiques: Pictures in gilded frames, plushy pillowtop beds, flat screen TV,

Updated bathroom at The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Updated bathroom at The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

and updated bathrooms with beautiful Italian tile glass showers.

What Makes The Martha Special

Saltwater Indoor Pool with Retractable Roof; The Martha Hotel

Saltwater Indoor Pool with Retractable Roof; The Martha Hotel

You’ll find things here you wouldn’t find in most five star hotels: a beautiful indoor saltwater pool with retractable roof,

The Martha Hotel Grounds

The Martha Hotel Grounds

gorgeous landscaped grounds with water features,

Tennis Courts - the Martha Hotel

Tennis Courts – the Martha Hotel

tennis courts

The Martha Hotel Library

The Martha Hotel Library

and one of the most stunning libraries outside of a private home – bookshelves lined with rare first-edition books, a Remington bronze from the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY and an oil painting from New York’s Algonquin Hotel.

Couples Spa Room, The Martha Hotel

Couples Spa Room, The Martha Hotel

The hotel also houses a top-notch spa, with seven treatment rooms, including one uber-romanic fireplace room for couples only.

Rooms and suites range from $175-$495 per night and include a glass of Port in the afternoon. 

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Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of newly released cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday and New England Boating Magazine (formerly Offshore/Northeast Boating Magazine), with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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  • Julieane December 18, 2014, 2:50 am

    Great review! We already booked here next month and I’m so excited for that. I read a lot of positive reviews regarding the good accommodation of The Martha Hotel.

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