We came to Lynchburg, Virginia, for the first time in our lives, for a job interview, and we fell in love with the gorgeous view of the city from popularly named Liberty Mountain (officially named Candlers Mountain).....overlooking Liberty Universiity and greater Lynchburg's seven hills. You guessed it, this Wingate Hotel is on the side of this LU branded mountain, What a nice first impression of the town and area! All the assets and activities of Liberty University are 1/2 mile away at the foot of the mountain. There is even a year-round indoor Snowplex winter sports arena, located right across the street ... what fun!
Wingate is one of the more upscale hotels in the area and costs reflect that... fortunately, our potential employer hosted us and spent about $120 for our first floor room. Everything was very clean and in good order. Flat screen TV and internet were excellent. King bed was fresh, clean and comfortable, as was the rest of the room's furnishings.
Morning breakfast was a great variety of fresh fruit, cereals, muffins, bagels, jellies, breads, waffles, pastries, eggs, cheesy omlets, meats like ham and sausage, juices, coffee, tea and many condiments from syrups to hot sauce ... if you left the breakfast buffet hungry it was not due to a lack of nicely arranged and tasty offerings. A helpful staff person was busy cleaning tables and chairs (it seems that there were a large group of guests that just left everything, without discarding their own trash --- a pet peeve of ours --- c'mon folks!), and she also was restocking trays of items promptly, so everything was always fresh.
We have to say another word of high praise for the front desk receptionist named Juliet, who is a very kind, helpful, outgoing and informative person....she was eager to be of service and support. While assisting guests, she also was training a new clerk on the nuances of the Wingate's computer system, taking calls, and generally multi-tasking like the energizer bunny. She gave us helpful insights into Lynchburg's cultural life, apartment living contacts, and things to see and do in the Lynchburg historic downtown district. For those who still like to read books (not just a cell phone or laptop screen), the current local newspaper (The News and Advance) and USA Today were available in the lobby, as well as several copies of coffee table books featuring photos and descriptions of major sponsored attractions and businesses (including this Wingate), and a signed biography of the town's most famous citizen, the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
The only down side to our stay was that the hot tub section of the large indoor pool was closed for several months for repairs....but it was still a nice swim in the 80' X 20' heated large pool. While a passing rainstorm pelted the plexiglass roof, we were wet and comfy indoors in the pool. ;-)
In closing, we liked our stay so much that we came back again the following week, for more follow-up interviews....so hopefully we'll be back at this Wingate yet again in the future, if the job comes through. The hotel is also available for longer term stays by the month. Thanks again to the Wingate staff for a delightful stay and for a wonderful view from Liberty Mountain!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No other hotel in Lynchburg offers a better location! Travel with confidence by checking into Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lynchburg Liberty University. Our Lynchburg, Virginia hotel offers outstanding service to make all of your travels easy and comfortable - at an exceptional value. We are always ready to welcome you with amenities like thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites that allow you to work and relax, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to stay connected during your stay, and fitness facilities that include a pool and exercise room. You'll find it easy to settle into our vibrant lobby, with spaces to gather, relax and work. You'll always find the courteous service you deserve, plus all the little things you expect from Fairfield Inn & Suites to help you get it done when you travel. Enjoy complimentary Shuttle Service to/from Lynchburg Regional Airport and Kemper Street Train Station, and an ideal location close to Liberty University and Lynchburg College. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wingate By Wyndham - Lynchburg Hotel Lynchburg
- Lynchburg Wyndham
- Wingate Lynchburg