When it comes to charm and atmosphere this Inn has it all. It is located on the campus of Davis Elkins University and was built as a summer home in 1893 by Henry Gassaway Davis a US Senator. It was built in the Queen Anne style from local sandstone and decorated with native hardwoods. The wonderful wood in the house is one of the first things you will notice. The second are the gorgeous stained glass windows. But the best thing of all is that you can actually stay here.
Graceland has been designated a National Historic Landmark and has been receiving guests for the last 11 years. There are eleven rooms within the mansion and 26 rooms in the adjacent Conference Center. Unless you are looking for a motel room at a great price skip the conference center and go for one of the rooms in the mansion.
Located on the second and third floors they are all unique and include a variety of room configurations. The price is dependent on the size, the view and the bedding. The least expensive rooms face the campus and have a single queen sized bed and have only a shower in the bathroom and at a rate of $145 including breakfast is a bargain. The Colonel Room has a mountain view and still is only $145. For an upgrade to $175 you can have a marble bathroom and the addition of a sleeper sofa in the room. On the second floor there is also one room with a full size bed that is only $105 but there is only one room at this price. In total there are five rooms and the second floor and four have a balcony.
As you walk around the house and you are encouraged to walk around you will feel more like you are visiting a friend’s home (okay a very wealthy friend, think Newport on a smaller scale). You will see a lovely second floor parlor and on the third floor there is a billiards room. The views from the windows on the upper floors are amazing.
On the third floor rooms run from $105 for a twin bedded room to $175 for Miss Graces Suite which has a romantic canopy bed and its turret location. The Nanny’s room is handicap accessible. There are six rooms on the third floor and there is an elevator. All the rooms have their own bathroom, TV and wireless internet access. The furnishings are antiques or reproductions and are very cozy.
When you are visiting Elkins West Virginia there is no place as historic and lovely to stay as the Graceland Inn.