Hotel at a Glance: Charleston Capitol Hotel
Originally built in 1884, the West Virginia State Capitol building burned down twice before the third iteration was completed by architect Cass Gilbert in 1932. Today, the government building, West Virginia's tallest structure, is perhaps best known for its 23.5 karat-gold dome and its two-ton crystal chandelier, which hangs 180-feet from the floor. Guests of the Charleston Capitol Hotel, located 1.5 miles from the capitol, are in a prime location to visit the building and as well as Charleston's other attractions, including the historic Holly Grove Mansion and the West Virginia Governor's Mansion.
- The “Early Eats Breakfast Bar”: is stocked with warm treats including bagels and pastries, fruit, oatmeal, and cereal
- Contemporary accommodations: Guest rooms feature cable TV and complimentary high-speed internet
- Warm up: in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub
- Fill up on the famous trout and grits: at the local legend, Bluegrass Kitchen, located about one mile away.
- Go hiking or biking on the trails that criss-cross the Kanawha State Forest, 9,300-acre forest just 7 miles south
Charleston, West Virginia: State Capital with Hiking and World-Class Performance Facilities
West Virginia's capital and largest city, Charleston is a small-town kind of place surrounded by the Appalachians. Settled in the late 1700s, it’s home to more than 50 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the West Virginia Capitol Complex. At the West Virginia State Museum, located inside the capitol, 26 rooms of exhibits chronicle the mountain state's history, covering eras ranging from prehistory to frontier life and coal mining. Other cultural attractions worth visiting include the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, which hosts world-class concerts and rotating art galleries in a newly renovated multi-million dollar facility, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The city is also a gateway to the state’s great outdoors. About 7 miles south, the Kanawha State Forest hums with life—here you'll find 9,300 acres of flora and fauna, including 19 species of wood warblers. Twenty-five miles of hiking trails and nine mountain-biking trails also crisscross its dense woodlands and streams.