Virginia boutique hotel restored after 40 years as a bank

George Sell By George Sell
15 April 2014 | Updated 15 April 2014

US: The former George Wythe Hotel in Wytheville is being renovated converted to a boutique hotel after more than 40 years of being used as a bank.

The 1927 is being renovated by Cornerstone Hospitality and will be renamed The Bolling Wilson Hotel, when it opens in the autumn of this year. Cornerstone will also manage the property.

Owner Bill Smith said: "The Town of Wytheville is the birthplace and childhood home of Edith Bolling Wilson, the wife and First Lady of President Woodrow Wilson.  She was such a fun and interesting woman in our history; one known for her love of orchids, fondness of good bourbon and her love-hate relationship with canaries. The First Lady was a 'First' in many other ways during the Wilson Presidency. We're going to tell her incredibly important and somewhat controversial story in a modern and fun way through the hotel experience."

The hotel will feature 30 guest rooms; event space to accommodate 150; a restaurant featuring "New Southern" cuisine; outdoor dining; and a rooftop patio that provides a 360 degree view of the mountains.

Kimberly Christner of Cornerstone Hospitality, said: "We want to make learning about the history of this area interesting and fun. Travellers are looking for opportunities to enjoy unique lodging experiences and this will be one of them. Here sits this beautiful building in this historic downtown walking district with its locally owned shops and restaurants at the junction of I-81 and I-77. It's the perfect location for a great little boutique hotel. We have so many interesting and fun things planned that will share the history of this area with an authentic yet modern twist."

The hotel will be a member of the Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels and is listed as a contributing building on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Cornerstone Hospitality's other boutique hotels include the Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg, Virginia; The Sessions Hotel, Bristol, Virginia; The John Randolph Hotel, South Boston, Virginia; as well as other developments in Gastonia, NC and Durham, NC.

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