The Schoolhouse Hotel welcomes with a breath of fresh hospitality, ADA-accessibility,
and convenience to adventure in the mountains of southeastern West Virginia
There’s a new address welcoming travelers to the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains in southeastern West Virginia, and it’s in a class by itself. Introducing The Schoolhouse Hotel, a boutique property arrayed within a historic high school in downtown White Sulphur Springs that, among many inviting features, is the world’s first all ADA-compliant hotel.
An inviting setting for guests and groups to relax, unwind, and dine while traveling on leisure or business, The Schoolhouse Hotel celebrates contemporary hospitality in a unique and thoughtfully designed space owned by the Disability Opportunity Fund, a non-profit dedicated to serving the disability market. The setting is the former White Sulphur District High School – home of the “Green Devils” – one of the first high schools to open in Greenbrier County way back in 1912.
Now redesigned and upgraded, the hotel offers 30 guest rooms including 2 suites, with the former spanning up to 400+ square feet, and a “Queen Queen” and “King” of the latter at 800 and 700 square feet, respectively, with separate sitting areas with sofa beds. Each room is thematically designed for a school subject like math, art, literature, and woodshop. The suites can be booked and joined together to host families and friends up to 10 people, and all accommodations feature a cool range of colors, comfortable furnishings, interactive high-definition television and Google Nest offering direct communication with the Front Desk, and spacious bathrooms with full features equipped for accessibility.
Dining has come a long way since school days at The Schoolhouse Hotel, ensuring the property will be a draw for hungry locals and travelers alike. The signature dining experience The Varsity Club serves an upscale menu of southern culinary classics fashioned by Executive Chef Adeyemi Allen, who spent four years as Lead Chef of the famed Greenbrier across town. Sink your palate into selections such as Crab cakes with corn chowder, Bourbon-glazed pork chops, and Shrimp and grits, accompanied by a cocktail, local brew, or something memorable off the wine list from the full bar, of course.
The higher one goes, the more The Schoolhouse Hotel delivers with The Rooftop, a hip, let’s-play-hooky-worthy setting serving small plates, cocktails, and more before spectacular mountain views. There’s no other restaurant like it in White Sulphur Springs, and it’s sure to be a hot-spot, whatever the temperature, for watching the seasons change.
The Schoolhouse Hotel is also generously outfitted for meetings and events, especially moments of matrimony. Occupying the former gym, the Schoolhouse Ballroom is an elegant setting for conferences, celebrations, and dining occasions for up to 300 attendees, with catering by the hotel’s culinary team. The Front Lawn frames the school’s iconic façade as a backdrop for nuptials. There is also Emmanuel Methodist Church, established in 1871, with space for ceremonies up to 85 people, tall white columns at the entrance, and step’s-away convenience from the hotel.
Whatever brings guests to The Schoolhouse Hotel, they’ll find plenty to enjoy. White Sulphur Springs is vibrant with dining and shopping, as well as day-trip convenience to America’s newest National Park, New River Gorge, where activities across 70,000 acres include rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and dozens of hiking trails. The ADA-compliant Greenbrier River Trail, the “longest trail of its kind” in the state is also nearby, as is Lost World Caverns, a National Natural Landmark busy with stunning underground stalagmites, domepits, waterfalls, and more.
The Schoolhouse Hotel is open softly as of May 1 and grandly on June 17. Rates from $150; for more information or reservations, please visit theschoolhousehotelwv.com