Finding the perfect hotel when you’re traveling can always be tricky. But the definition of “perfect” is pretty subjective depending on your budget and if you’re traveling alone, with friends, or family. But luckily, the lodging options in Richmond accommodate a variety of needs. For the history lover, there are grand and quaint options that have been around since the 1800s. Or for a more modern feel, there are hotels with stylish rooftops and gourmet bites.
For an absolutely adorable, yet chic vibe, Quirk Hotel is a must-visit. The Broad Street location means you can easily hop on the bus or quick Uber ride to neighborhoods like The Fan, Carytown, or Scott’s Addition. Though the hotel has so much to offer, you don't really need to leave. The rooftop bar has amazing views of Richmond and the Lobby Bar serves up brunch and dinner. Set in a former department store, Quirk Hotel has soaring ceilings in the rooms and common areas. Guest rooms range from two quaint double beds to two-level suites. Before you check out, make sure to visit the adjoining Quirk Gallery for fun and well, quirky, gifts.
The vibe at The Jefferson is total glam with a side of history. The doors of the hotel have been open since 1895 and have welcomed celebs and U.S. presidents. It’s hard to pick what the best features of the space are but you’ll probably be wowed from check-in to check-out. There’s the carpeted marble staircase that was rumored to be the inspiration behind the famous scene from "Gone with the Wind" and in-room amenities like a television in the mirror of the bathroom vanity. Room service is conveniently available 24 hours a day and the on-site Lemaire serves Southern-influenced food with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. If you happen to be in the hotel on a Sunday, a reservation for the Sunday Champagne brunch that’s served in the marble lobby is a must.
The interior of the Delta Hotel is breezy and bright and the view of the James River is absolutely awe-inspiring. The downtown hotel has a range of rooms based on needs and budgets. There’s the 300-square-foot king bedroom perfect for one to two adults or the 675-square-foot junior king suite that can sleep four and has separate living and sleeping areas, along with a beautiful skyline view. Plenty of restaurants are within walking distance or even deliver and the Delta has an on-site restaurant serving American fare.
When a hotel is on the site of a former department store, you know that means some seriously high ceilings. That’s what you’ll get at the Hilton in downtown Richmond. It still has some original features of the Miller & Rhoads store, but with modern pleasures like an indoor pool. The hotel is a short walk from the convention center so it’s great for guests on business and the hotel has indoor and outdoor venue spaces for everything from corporate meetings to weddings. The guest rooms range from a single king or two queen mattresses to more spacious executive suites. Thirst and Fifth’s lobby bar has small bites and cocktails and if you’re there on select nights, there might even be live entertainment.
You don’t have to be a student to check-in at the Graduate or to appreciate the preppy meets chic vibe. There are design elements that pay homage to Richmond native and Grand Slam tennis champ Arthur Ashe throughout the hotel. The queen room has plaid accents and is perfect for one to two guests, while the family suite can sleep up to six and has an adjoining room with bunk beds. Brookfield, the lobby cafe named after the park where Ashe played tennis growing up, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The rooftop Byrd House doesn’t just offer a 360-degree view of the city, it also has great cocktails.
Like a lot of Richmond hotels, the Courtyard downtown has historical significance. It actually sits on the site where Thomas Jefferson signed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, advocating for the separation of church and state. Art and important documents are on display in the halls of the hotel. Outdoor lovers will also appreciate the hotel is within walking distance to the Virginia Capital Trail, which provides 52 miles for biking or hiking. The guest rooms, which include a single king or two queen beds, are sleek and simple and feature ergonomic workstations. The hotel has a complimentary breakfast and the Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom neighborhoods have eateries that satisfy every palate.
You’ll probably find yourself looking up and around a lot when you enter the Omni. Between the glass panel lobby walls, chandeliers, and the views of the Richmond skyline, there’s beauty everywhere. The guest rooms have the usual amenities you’d expect but an upgrade to the Club Floor rooms includes twice a day room service, upgraded amenities, and access to the Club Lounge, for complimentary breakfast and evening wine and beer. Then there’s the presidential suite with two full bathrooms and a dining room table for six. Other features include a heated indoor pool and even in-room fitness kits if you don’t feel like heading to the gym. The on-site Trevi’s offers to-go options or dine-in in the sunny atrium.
The West End location of the Residence Inn offers a bit of a change of pace and distance from the downtown area and is great for longer stays, whether you’re traveling solo or with the family. The rooms have designated spaces for sleep, a living area, and there are full kitchens, including a fridge, oven, and cookware. There’s even access to a grocery shopping service. But if you don’t feel like doing your own cooking, there’s complimentary breakfast and nearby restaurants for other meals. The hotel offers printing and overnight delivery for any business needs you may have and nearby attractions include the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Hyatt Place is located less than 3 miles from Richmond International Airport. Guests can expect complimentary breakfast, 24/7 access to a to-go menu at the marketplace, and an indoor pool. The rooms are all about comfort and do a great job of keeping the sleeping and living areas separate. There are plush mattresses, a designated workspace, and a “Cozy Corner” with a sofa or sofa bed for relaxing. The mini-fridge and coffee maker add a taste of home.
Linden Row Inn
Linden Row has a history that’s sure to charm anyone. The boutique hotel is actually a series of seven row homes built in the 1800s. It’s even rumored that the property was the inspiration for the garden in Edgar Allan Poe’s “To Helen” poem. Current guests can enjoy the restored property that features antiques from the mid to late 1800s. The parlor suites have original antiques, marble fireplaces, sliding pocket doors, and are named after notable Richmonders. The main house and garden rooms both have granite bathrooms, with the former overlooking the courtyard. But don’t let the antiques fool you, there are also necessities like USB ports, Keurig coffee machines, and complimentary Internet access.