The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is the tallest building in the small town of Walla Walla, Wa. It has 133-rooms, which are in two parts of the building. In the historic tower are luxury tower suites, king and queen tower suites, spa suites, and the executive tower king. In the West Wing are junior suites, king deluxe and double queen standard rooms. There is also four on-site tasting rooms, The Marc (an award-winning restaurant), the Vineyard Lounge, an exercise room, as well as, a conference center and meeting rooms.
The Marcus White Hotel ‒ Rooms & Amenities
The hotel’s luxury rooms are premium priced and range from $222 to $350 depending on the day of week and season. The standard rooms range from $154 to $189 also depending on the day of the week and season. There are five packages, which include Girlfriends Getaway, Romance, Wine & Dine, Golf, and Anniversary Celebration.
You can also add a range of food and beverage choices like chocolate dipped strawberries ($15 for a dozen), sparkling wine or Marcus Whitman Hotel house wine (varies from $10 to $29), cookies and cream ($9) cheese and charcuterie board ($27), and a variety of boxed lunches ($15).
I attended the two-day Travel & Words Northwest Travel Writers Conference at the hotel and stayed in a double queen room (which is one of their most economical rooms). I did not get a chance to look at any other rooms, but the hotel has great pictures of each room on their website.
The Marcus Whitman Hotel ‒ The Double Queen, Is It Worth It?
The hotel opened in 1928 and is named after Marcus Whitman, who with his wife Narcissa, founded a nearby missionary in 1836. The hotel is classic in style, and the grand lobby has ornate chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling wood columns, towering plants and lavish chairs. While I found the lobby very appealing, I noticed that while I was there, very few guests hung out in this space. (Maybe it is a little too grand? Or maybe they were off wine tasting?) There is also a smaller room with a fireplace and piano, and that room did get used.
Since I arrived the day before they were able to pre-register me earlier in the day and when 3 p.m. rolled around it was just a matter of giving them my name and handing over the key. From there, I headed to the West Wing, which is not connected to the historic tower.
The style of the room with the wooden furniture, floral carpet, painted red wall mimicked the lobby on a smaller scale. It was perfect for my time there and easy to get to and from the conference rooms. Also, I never heard anyone else in their rooms, which was very pleasant.
- Historic building with lots of character.
- Friendly staff.
- Super comfy beds.
- A flat screen TV with HBO.
- Magnifying make-up mirror.
- Electronic plug-in adaptor.
- Radio with sound machine options.
- Wine glasses and wine opener.
- Exercise room.
- Breakfast with great options included in your stay.
- On-site dining and wine tasting rooms.
- Pet-friendly rooms ($30 per night extra charge).
- Free parking.
- Very close to downtown shops, restaurants and wineries.
- If you need snacks or sodas, a gas station is across the street.
Cons: (As you can see there is not a lot)
- Feather pillows.
- If you are on a travel budget, you might want to look into alternatives. Keep in mind tho there is a complimentary hot breakfast.
Would I stay at the Marcus Whitman Hotel again? Yes. But if I were traveling alone (which I often do) I would find a less expensive hotel nearby. Next time, I would really like to stay in one of the historic tower rooms. I didn’t dine at The Marc (cool fact-they grow micro-greens and veggies on their rooftop garden), but I did go to the Vineyard Lounge. Unfortunately, my phone battery died, so I couldn’t take a picture of my calamari and tequila drink. Both were great and the service was good.
The Marcus Whitman Hotel Travel Tips
Address: 6 West Rose St. Walla Walla, Wa. 99362
Nearby Airports: Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.
Drive Time from Major Airports: From Seattle, it’s a 4.20-hour drive. From Portland, it’s a 4-hour drive.
Hotel Tips: The Marc offers a Chef’s Table dinner for four or more (I would like to do this). On the 2nd floor of the tower are 35 paintings depicting the life and death of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. This floor is open to the public every day. At the Vineyard Lounge, every Wednesday is “Wine Down Wednesday,” and bottles are 15% off, and wines by the glass are $2 off.
Winery Travel Tip: Walla Walla has over 140 wineries.
Limo Travel Tip: There is a new company in Walla Walla called Main Street Drivers. It isn’t a typical limo service. Their drivers drive your car at a rate of $35 an hour with no additional passenger fees, which is more affordable. They also offer custom wine tours.
Historic Travel Tip: I strongly suggest a trip out to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, which is about a 10-minute drive away. Be sure to watch the short movie which offers well-rounded viewpoints from Native Americans and historians, and then tour the facility and grounds afterward. Other interesting nearby historic sites are Frenchtown Historic Site and Fort Walla Walla Museum. There are several wineries on the road to the mission and Frenchtown so you could make it into a history and wine tasting trip.