Built in 1910 by the New River Company to house those who came to town to conduct business. Former names include Hotel Mount Hope and New River Hotel. Red brick likely added in the 1930s.
After the fire of 1910,
a local real estate company known as the Warner company purchased a tract of
land in MacDonald. It was here the original Mount Hope Hotel was built. The hotel would house weary travelers as the trekked
through the area on business. With the
Hotel's success, the town of Mount Hope would go on to annex the largest region
of MacDonald, Warner Town, in 1915. The
Hotel would open under a new proprietor on June 12, 1921, as the New River
Hotel, or more commonly known as the New River Club House. It housed around 60 guests and would
regularly engage businessman of the New River Company. In 1930 the hotel was purchased by W.C.
Griffith, operator of the Beckley Hotel. The building would go through a series
of renovations. In February 1931 the
Mountainair Hotel would open its doors to weary travelers heading from Oak Hill
to Beckley. Across the entire front of
the building on the second floor housed the Sun Room. There was an amply sized ballroom known as
the Golden Room which was used as a banquet hall and coffee
shop. It would continue to house up to
60 guests with 50 rooms containing a combination bath and shower. The hotel would be a highlight of the area
until the late 60's when it would begin to suffer a decline as the coal industry
began to decay.