The majestic old lady of Wheeling
Posted 27-May-2016 on Hotels
I called my review "the majestic old lady of Wheeling", because that's truly what the McLure hotel is. It's one of the oldest continually operating hotels anywhere in the nation, having first opened its doors in 1852, and having counted among its guests presidents and numerous celebrities. That being said, however, the property has been very well cared for throughout the more than century and a half of its existence.
Sadly, there are places where the age of the hotel is quite evident, and in desperate need of a remodel. Nowhere is this more true than in the lobby, which, while as well maintained as the rest of the hotel, has a distinctive 1980's feel to it. (If it is remodeled, please do NOT do anything with the magnificent two-story chandelier that dominates the lobby!)
The rooms are clean, modern, and comfortable, and best of all, quiet. I don't know if rooms adjacent to mine were occupied on the night of my stay, but if they were, the sound insulation is superb, and the room was quiet as a tomb. There was a small stain in the tub near the drain (about the size of a half-dollar), and the wallpaper was beginning to peel in one corner. To be fair, after reading some of the lukewarm reviews on this site, I intentionally looked for problems, so I don't know if I would have even noticed them otherwise.
All in all, a great place to stay, and somewhere that I will certainly stay at again.