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“Wonderful stay at historic MacArthur Inn”
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MacArthur Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Narrows B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were visiting family in the area and stayed at the MacArthur Inn for 1 week.  It is a quaint and historic inn and the service and hospitality from Allen, Patti and DeAnna was excellent.   We stayed in a recently remodeled first floor room that was oversized, had a brand-new bathroom/vanity area and a mini-refrigerator. It was very comfortable. The Thursday night dinner was very tasty and post dinner blue grass jam session was very entertaining.  Allen is full of local history and lore so be sure to pump him for a little bit of information while you are there.  Aside from visiting family, we enjoyed hiking the Mill Creek trail and kayaking in the New River.  When we returned from our daily outings we enjoyed winding down the day sitting in the rocking chairs on the front porch. Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg is an easy 30-mile drive on route 460.  Looking forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank ekib999
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

The Hostess made the day with her wonderful recollections and stories of the patrons whom had stayed in this place. I could almost see the spirits (though I personally did not have any encounters. Though it needed a bit of paint here and there, if you are looking for something other than a Chain, and a bit of adventure, then this is the place.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Patricia K
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

This place has tremendous charm and quirkiness. If you can live with minor imperfections (my water had to run for almost 5 minutes to get hot in my end-of-hall room), then you might enjoy and appreciate this cool hotel. If you want brand new and sterile, this is not the place for you.

The owner provides a round trip shuttle from AT trail heads for only $5. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Steve S
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a great stay at MacArthur Inn, in Narrows, VA. Owner (Allen) is very helpful & friendly. Staff is friendly & helpful. We stayed for 3 days & did a slackpack day! Shuttles to & from trailheads were timely & cheerful! Then due to an injury, we came back for two more days to heal! Great historic place to stay! Great breakfast offered several days a week. Beautiful old hotel with tons of charm! We felt like we were staying with friends!

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Shane O
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

My wife and I spent a Thursday evening this October 2016 at the MacArthur Inn and we had the time of our lives! I have been to hotels here and in Europe but none compare to this inn for comfort and welcome. In the evening we had a delicious meal, followed by bluegrass/gospel/country music band. I loved our stay so much I wrote a lengthy review of the MacArthur Inn, which can be read in this month's (December) issue of Front Porch Weekly. I highly recommend you reserve a room there.

Sal Buttaci
author of Flashing My Shorts

Room Tip: There are many local tourist attractions
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

House of horrors! There is only so much that fresh paint can cover up. Upon check in, I was given a fob with two keys - I asked what the second key was for and was told that was a key to the outside door for "after hours". The door handle and security latch to my room were of closet door quality - definitely not very secure. The cable TV in my room did not work, as most channels were jumpy and unwatchable. No drinking cups in the bathroom, and no bath mat. The toilet seat was not level, and the sink looked like it would fall off the wall at any time. I tried sleeping on the pancake thin pillows, and proceeded to swipe at a variety of bugs that proceeded to land on me in the night. The ceiling tiles in the bathroom were stained and about to fall down. When I went to shower, there was a strange, 2-inch long centipede creature in the tub that I cautiously washed down the drain. After showering, the water backed up about 1/2 inch in depth in the tub...when it finally drained, a nasty brownish/black sediment gurgled back up and left a nice sediment in the tub. Last, I left the hotel before 5am in the morning..there was no way to drop the room key in the drop box at the desk and lock the exterior door. I finally figured out to exit through the emergency exit doors at the end of the hall. I have stayed in a lot of different hotels and accommodations around the world, including third world countries. This one ranks in the bottom 3 of all that I have visited. I should have traveled another 30 minutes to Bluefield, WV to find a more trustworthy place to stay.

Others on TripAdvisor have apparently had "good" rooms here - unfortunately, I did not get one of those rooms.

Room Tip: Pack a tent and some plastic sheeting to lay your stuff on.
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

This place looked so cute on the website and I like staying at older, non-chain places, but when I got there, it felt like they didn't really care if they had guests or not. Our room was stuffy and the smoke alarms had been ripped out (front desk didn't seem concerned). When we got one WITH a smoke alarm, it was kind of only half way there - bed had no mattress pad and sheet that didn't fit so you found yourself sleeping on bare mattress, had to run the water 5 mins to get anything close to warm, musty smell, TV had one channel (satellite receiver was AWOL?), previous occupant's soap in the tub, etc. I couldn't tell if I there were any other guests. And no coffee in the morning, no coffee maker, no thermos, no restaurant and management was absent. It just felt uncomfortable and a little scary.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Thank monique b
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Address: 117 Macarthur Ln, Narrows, VA 24124-1326
Region: United States > Virginia > Narrows
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Narrows
Price Range: $82 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — MacArthur Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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