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West Virginia State Capitol Building

Take a guided tour around West Virginia’s seat of government and marvel at its dazzling dome, which is covered in 23.5-karat gold.

The classical-style West Virginia State Capitol occupies a scenic site facing the Kanawha River. It is among the most impressive buildings in Charleston. Make reservations in advance to join a 30-minute tour of the Capitol building, which houses the West Virginia Senate and House of Representatives.

The building was constructed in three stages between 1924 and 1932. The architect behind it was Cass Gilbert, who also designed the U.S. Treasury Annex and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. View the impressive structure from across the banks of the Kanawha River to admire the building and its reflection in the swirling waters.

Note the shining dome at its top. At 293 feet (89 meters) high, it is 5 feet (1.5 meters) taller than the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Return to see the West Virginia Capitol at night, when the gold-leaf finish of the dome shimmers under the illuminating light. 

Arrange to have a guide show you around the interior and tell you more about the history and function of the building. Alternatively, download a map from the website and navigate the grand halls and chambers independently. Don’t miss the Rotunda, which features a huge 4,000-pound (1,800-kilogram) chandelier. If the legislature is in session during your visit, head to the galleries to observe.

When you get hungry, stop at the food court in the basement for a meal or drink. Walk around the surrounding plaza too. Look for fountains, flagpoles and statues, including one of Abraham Lincoln.

The West Virginia State Capitol is located in the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also contains the Governor’s Mansion, the Culture Center and the historic Holly Grove Mansion. The complex is open daily, from morning until evening Monday to Friday and with reduced hours on weekends. If you drive here during the week, bring along quarters to feed the meters.

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Four Points by Sheraton Charleston $84
Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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Four Points by Sheraton Charleston

Four Points by Sheraton Charleston

600 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    The shuttle was available all night, I needed to get my granddaughter a bottle at midnight and I was too sleepy to drive myself, staff was extremely helpful

    Embassy Suites Charleston $122
    Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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    Embassy Suites Charleston

    Embassy Suites Charleston

    300 Court St, Charleston, WV
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Embassy Suites staff was great at check in and very helpful giving us information about area. They have a great breakfast buffet. Bathroom very clean. I would have given and excellent rating on everything but the pillow case for the couch looked like it had not been washed. Will go back when in the ...

      Charleston Marriott Town Center $79
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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      Charleston Marriott Town Center

      Charleston Marriott Town Center

      200 Lee St E, Charleston, WV
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Staffs were very friendly. We had very nice and clean room, and the location was perfect

        Holiday Inn Express Civic Center $97
        Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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        Holiday Inn Express Civic Center

        Holiday Inn Express Civic Center

        100 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV
           
          4.0 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0

          The staff were really, really good. They were very friendly and willing to help in any way possible. The front-desk staff assisted me with getting change for quarters for parking meters at the State Capitol Complex. They made check-in and check-out easy and pleasant. The room-cleaning staff was also ...

          Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center $107
          Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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          Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center

          Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center

          100 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV
             
            4.6 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Convenient to the Downtown restaurants and shops. Clean, good parking, polite helpful staff.

            Red Roof Inn Charleston - Kanawha City $50
            Reviewed on May 4, 2019
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            Red Roof Inn Charleston - Kanawha City

            Red Roof Inn Charleston - Kanawha City

            6305 Maccorkle Ave Se, Charleston, WV
               
              3.2 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0

              This hotel is in a great location. Good prices. Clean facilities. Friendly staff. I’ll always book a room here if I need one.

              Charleston Capitol Hotel $74
              Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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              Charleston Capitol Hotel

              Charleston Capitol Hotel

              1000 Washington St E, Charleston, WV
                 
                3.0 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0

                The location was ideal for our needs. The room was comfortable. It appeared like some things in the room were newer than others. The toilet really needed cleaned better, but overall we were pleased.

                Residence Inn By Marriott Charleston $110
                Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019
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                Residence Inn By Marriott Charleston

                Residence Inn By Marriott Charleston

                200 Hotel Cir, Charleston, WV
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Hotel was in a quiet location and had a great happy hour meal