Every part of Washington has its own unique charms, but there’s no denying that there’s simply something special about Walla Walla. It may be most famous for its booming wine industry these days, but it’s also the food scene, the landscapes, the people, and the history that give the valley its distinct vibe. And you’ll get a taste of it all when you stay at Marcus Whitman Hotel.
Originally built in 1928, Marcus Whitman Hotel is the historic epicenter of Downtown Walla Walla. Step inside the lobby and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back about a century (and you’ll love it). From the ornate antique furnishings to the shimmering chandeliers, it’s immediately clear that this place is pure class. The property received the Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Projects after a huge renovation in 2002, and it was well-earned.
Famous guests at this hotel have ranged from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Shirley Temple as well as famous trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Even former Superman George Reeves is rumored to have stayed here. But even if you’re not a celebrity, the hotel staff will always roll out the red carpet for you. This is one of the most hospitable teams you’ll meet anywhere.
Marcus Whitman Hotel has 133 rooms and suites, spread between the West Wing and the Historic Tower, which is officially the tallest building in Walla Walla. When you check in, ask for directions to the rooftop terrace, a cozy little space with some stellar sunset views.
As far as choosing between a West Wing room and a Historic Tower room, there really is no wrong choice. People come to Walla Walla for a variety of reasons (work, romance, birthdays, bachelorettes), and there are rooms and suites to match every occasion here. If it’s in your budget, the suites are well worth the splurge.
Aside from the ridiculously comfortable beds, the best thing about the Marcus Whitman is its location. The hotel shares its space with several of the town’s top tasting rooms, including a L’Ecole wine bar. You’ll be within walking distance of brunch spots, bakeries, boutiques and much more wine (which means walking is probably your best bet).
Just make sure to enjoy at least one meal, preferably dinner, at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, The Marc. Even in such a city fit for foodies, this place stands out. If the historic ambiance doesn’t win you over, the W2 Sweet Onion Rings will. Everything on the menu is made almost entirely from locally sourced ingredients, but it doesn’t get more local than this tasty shareable. Tip: if you’re dining with more than one other person, get two orders of onion rings.
Much like Paris, Walla Walla is always a good idea, and Marcus Whitman Hotel is always a great decision. For more information, visit marcuswhitmanhotel.com.
6 W. Rose St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362