Fodor's Expert Review Virginian Hotel

404 Lincoln Hwy., Medicine Bow, Wyoming, 82329, USA

Inspired by the Owen Wister novel The Virginian, this sandstone hotel was built in 1909 and has been operating nearly continuously ever since; it's historic but pretty bare-bones. Claw-foot tubs, tulip-shape lights, and brass beds with comforters fill the Victorian-style rooms. The rooms in the main hotel don't have TVs, phones, or radios (most don't even have electrical outlets), but the atmosphere more than makes up for the lack of amenities. In the main hotel only the suites have private bathrooms; rooms in the Bunkhouse Motel annex have TVs, bathrooms, fridges, and microwaves. Those amenities can also be found in the Virginian's cabins, as well as its Scott Street Addition, located in an old bank the owners have renovated. The dining room ($$–$$$), with antique oak furniture and 19th-century photographs, is a big draw. For lunch and dinner it serves American fare such as steaks, hamburgers, chicken fried steak. For breakfast, people come for the plate-size pancakes, omelets, and other staples.

PROS

  • perfect for the history buff
  • down-home restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • right by the museum and in the middle of the tiny town

CONS

  • local train tracks create a racket
  • most rooms in the main hotel don't have private bathrooms
  • a historic hotel showing signs of age

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Casual
Remote
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 307-379–2377
Website:

HOTEL DETAILS

56 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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