Ascend Hotel Collection Adds Bolling Wilson Hotel

ROCKVILLE, Md.—Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International adds the historic Bolling Wilson Hotel to its collection of independent properties. The property is managed by Virginia-based Cornerstone Hospitality.

“The Bolling Wilson Hotel seamlessly merges historic charm with modern amenities and offers guests a truly special travel experience,” said Michael Murphy, senior vice president of upscale brands for Choice Hotels International. “Each member hotel within the Ascend Hotel Collection provides a distinct and memorable experience that brings the local culture to life. The Bolling Wilson Hotel is no exception. This hotel does a superb job of delivering an exceptional guest experience.”

“This building has been an integral part of the community since the 1920s, and as we focus on bringing the hotel back to its original grandeur in a modern way, the Ascend Hotel Collection will help us to reach more travelers and establish the Bolling Wilson as a premier destination,” said President and CEO of Cornerstone Hospitality, Kimberly L. Christner.


In 2010, the property was purchased by Bill and Farron Smith of Smith Enterprises and redesigned in homage to Wytheville’s most prominent citizen, Edith Bolling Wilson, wife to President Woodrow Wilson. Edith Bolling Wilson’s childhood home was across the street from where the hotel stands today.

The 30-room, four-floor hotel features different decor themes on each level based on Mrs. Wilson’s interests and passions. Guestrooms are designed and decorated around her love of orchids, canaries, and fine bourbons.

Other property highlights include a restaurant and bar, Graze on Main, that offers a twist on Southern cuisine; The Vault, a small dining room available for smaller parties; a rooftop terrace, called the Perch, with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains; and the George Wythe Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 100 people.