With its long history and political and economic prominence, Richmond has always been a city with much to offer in the way of accommodation. Grand Old South hotels in the downtown area have made room for newer modern lodgings that fit every price range. Charming bed-and-breakfast inns offer the comforts of home with genteel southern hospitality.
The epitome of gracious accommodations is found at the Jefferson Hotel. Its clientele has included several US presidents and notable personalities such as Charles Lindbergh and Henry Ford. The 1895 Beaux Arts hotel is adorned with Persian carpets, Tiffany glass windows and a sweeping grand staircase. Equally regal, although much newer, is the elegant Berkeley Hotel located in the heart of historic Shockoe Slip. In this renovated warehouse district are several of the larger hotels that cater to business and convention travelers as well as tourists. They include the Richmond Marriott, Omni Richmond and the Crowne Plaza hotel. The charming Linden Row Inn consists of seven antebellum townhouses with many original furnishings inside.
This classic residential neighborhood, with its collection of stylish homes, is a wonderful place to stay, especially for a romantic weekend getaway. Two lovely bed-and-breakfast inns offer comfortable accommodations with the convenience of being close to dining, shopping and historic sites. The Summerhouse is a Greek Revival home built in 1909 and the Emmanuel Hutzler House dates back to 1914. Both are located on tree-lined Monument Avenue.
Certainly one of Richmond’s, and the country’s, most significant events took place at St. John’s Church for which this area of town is named. Mr. Patrick Henry’s Inn honors the man who declared in 1775 that he would give his life for freedom. The colonial-style hotel has an award-winning tavern on the first floor and antique-filled guest rooms upstairs. Nearby is the William Catlin Bed & Breakfast, a quiet retreat not too far from the entertainment of Shockoe Bottom and downtown.
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A little further out, convenient to the University of Richmond and larger corporations, are several hotels with familiar names and a variety of price ranges. They include the Hyatt Richmond, the Days Inn-Richmond and Courtyard by Marriott. Many cater to the busy traveler and are equipped with business center, fitness facilities and restaurants.
Whether for business or pleasure, luxury or budget, Richmond visitors will be welcomed with the hospitality of the Old South and the conveniences of the 21st century.
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