The TownPlace Suites by Marriott hotels are set up for long term stays or for guests who enjoy the convenience of a full kitchen while on vacation. I was provided with a two night stay at the Parkersburg, West Virginia location during a press trip. The former “Up Towner” had sat unoccupied for quite some time and was completely gutted and transformed into a stunning new hotel. Convenient to downtown and the surrounding area, the TownPlace is a great addition to Parkersburg.
*Disclosure: I was provided a two night stay as part of a Parkersburg press trip. As always, all opinions are my own.
My first impression upon arrival was clean and modern with a pleasing color scheme. The front desk is in a small front lobby, which makes it easy for them to greet guests promptly and also keep an eye on who is coming and going. Once checked in, you walk into a spacious lobby with cozy seating areas, the breakfast lounge, and an additional area with a TV in a loft level. The elevators, pool, exercise room, and laundry are all centrally located right off the lobby, which makes navigation incredibly easy. Parking is also plentiful with a lot behind the hotel and more space right across the street.
My room is what they list as a ‘larger’ studio. The only difference seems to be a bit more length to the room. A standard studio is 355 sq ft while the larger 415 sq ft. The studios feature a king size bed, small couch bed, mobile desk, and a full kitchen. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the dishes, pots, pans, a toaster, fridge, and even a small dishwasher. The hotel also offers one and two bedroom suites, which would be perfect for families. My studio was spacious with two wide windows and plenty of room to move around.
As always, my top three hotel criteria are cleanliness, a good night’s sleep, and the bathroom. The TownPlace Suites was very clean in the lobby, hallways, and guest room. I didn’t hear complaints from anyone in my group during the weekend. I also enjoyed two peaceful nights. The location is in a pretty quiet area and there are heavy light blocking curtains to keep the room nice and dark. The bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows and multiple layers of covers. The second night I kept the windows open, a treat not found in many chain hotels, and there was still very little street noise.
The bathroom was larger than most chains hotels. It was a bit wider and had a storage area and counter behind the door. The sink was mounted in a proper vanity with drawers, which are a nice convenience for a long term stay. The shower was amazing. Instead of a sliding door or curtain, half was a glass panel and the rest open. The controls were located at the entry side, which allows you to get the temperature just right without getting wet. The shower head, one of my biggest hotel peeves, was perfect. Plenty of water pressure and three settings. The only downside to this large bathroom is that it’s not set up for multiple people to get ready in the morning.
Each night stay comes with free breakfast. In a twist on the usual chain hotel fare, the TownPlace sets up the line so you can easily make breakfast sandwiches. Another fun feature is the free bicycles guests can check out. The TownPlace is located a few blocks away from the downtown core and also the large historic district. If I had more time, I would have taken a spin.
Overall I’d give the TownPlace Suites a high rating. The staff was excellent, it was clean, and the rooms were spacious. The location is convenient to downtown Parkersburg with easy access to the highway without being located right off an exit.
Parkersburg, West Virginia is a place full of history. Read more about some of the interesting locations below and plan your own adventure.
Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History