The 9 Best Hotels in Virginia to Book in 2018

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With the picturesque Chesapeake Bay to the east and the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the west, the U.S. state of Virginia is a region that encompasses a wide diversity of landscapes and boasts a long and proud history. The state is an adventure paradise, with over 500 miles of famed Appalachian Trail winding through forests, fields, and valleys. Surging rivers are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and white-water rafting, and fishing charters, paddle boarding, and parasailing opportunities are available on the coast. For lovers of good food and great wine, the fresh coastal water catches are complemented by crisp Sauvignon Blancs, warm Chardonnays, and fruity Rieslings produced in numerous local vineyards. From secluded country estates to dignified townhouses and glitzy seaside towers, Virginia has no shortage of hotels, resorts, and retreats. Here, our favorites stays in the state.

01 of 09

Best Overall: Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa

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Surrounded by fields, orchards, and vineyards, the Salamander Resort & Spa offers a modern country estate experience with just enough traditional charm to create a homey atmosphere. Guest suites feature fireplaces, spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and walk-in showers, and French doors opening onto private furnished balconies with views over the surrounding countryside. There are tennis and basketball courts, outdoor pools, lawn games, and a putting green to be enjoyed within the estate grounds, and an equestrian center, hiking trails, and zip line course offer opportunities for exploring further afield.

The Salamander Spa offers massage, facial and body treatments within the aromatic steam rooms, stone treatment terraces, and tranquil courtyard featuring an infinity pool and cabanas. Harriman's restaurant uses fresh local farm produce in their traditional Virginian dishes, with cooking classes and private dinners hosted in the adjacent Cooking Studio. Alternatively, guests can order a picnic basket filled with delicacies such as cheese and charcuterie boards, lobster salads and local white wines and dine in a secluded and scenic location of their choosing.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Historic District

Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Historic District

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Situated close to the faithfully restored town of Williamsburg and only 20 minutes from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, the Hampton Inn & Suites is a convenient and budget-friendly hotel located in a quiet, leafy enclave. Simple guestrooms and suites contain large beds, plush couches, and basic amenities such as HD TVs, fridges, work desks, and coffee machines. A small but serviceable bathroom is attached, and a complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi are included in the room rate.

Amenities within the hotel include an indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center filled with modern gym equipment, and a laundry room. The 24-hour business center provides printing, faxing, and A/V equipment rental services and a convenience store provides basic essentials at any hour. Although there is no on-site restaurant, staff at the front desk are happy to recommend and arrange reservations at nearby dining spots. As well as Williamsburg, other activities and attractions in the area include the historic settlement of Jamestown, the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park, golf courses, and shopping malls.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Clifton Inn

Clifton Inn

Clifton Inn

Housed in a meticulously-restored colonial mansion settled on 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, The Clifton provides modern comforts and luxuries in an atmosphere of historic splendor. Twenty guestrooms and suites retain traditional wooden walls and vintage furniture while providing modern amenities such as smart TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, and original William McLure artworks. Premium rooms come with characterful extras such as fireplaces, claw-foot bathtubs, rainfall showers, and private patios.

Within the grounds, guests can swim in the outdoor pool or relax in private cabanas, picnic beside the lake or stroll through oak woodland. The 1799 restaurant is an opulent dining space filled with plush seating, polished wood furnishings, and soaring windows offering views of the surrounding countryside. Chefs prepare flavorful seasonal dishes with herbs and vegetables from the on-site organic garden, accompanied by a superb selection of local and international wines. Guests also enjoy complimentary membership and a 10-percent discount on food and beverages at the Common House, a modern social and dining club with artistic spaces, sophisticated dining room and bar, and a rooftop terrace which regularly hosts live music shows. 

04 of 09

Best for Families: The Omni Homestead Resort

The Omni Homestead Resort

The Omni Homestead Resort

Set in a stunning country estate in the heart of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, the Omni Homestead Resort offers an indulgent and fun-filled escape into nature. While guestrooms are furnished in classic Virginia style and are housed in a grand colonial building, the real attractions are the wide range of activities available. At the Allegheny Springs water park, natural spring water feeds the slides, lazy river ride, and family pool. Other notable features are the sandy beach and a separate indoor pool and serene garden pool.

Outdoor sports held on the estate include relaxed options such as minigolf, lawn games, and tennis, while more adventurous activities include gorge hiking, archery, horseback riding, and canoeing down the Jackson River. For a real adrenaline rush, there is also a zipline course and a paintball arena, while trained birds of prey allow guests to try their hands at the ancient sport of falconry. Two 18-hole golf courses offer some of the finest fairways to be found in Virginia. On-site restaurants are the farm-to-table fare of Jefferson’s, the casual burger bar of Woodies, and seasonally-inspired dishes of Rubino’s, while craft beers, fine wines, and signature cocktails are available in the sophisticated Lobby Bar.

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05 of 09

Best for Romance: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

One of the most beautifully preserved properties in Virginia, The Martha Washington Inn & Spa has attracted a long list of famous guests, including former presidents and celebrity film stars. An opulent and historic mansion housed in carefully landscaped gardens filled with rose bushes and a tiered stone fountain, the hotel offers a discreet, historic atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic getaway.

Here, comfortable guest suites feature traditional décor and come with carved wooden furniture, flat-screen TVs, and coffee and tea facilities. The full-service spa offers couple’s services such as hot stone and deep tissue massages, aromatherapy sessions, and body treatments. Other facilities at the property include an indoor saltwater pool and hot tub housed in a graceful glass conservatory, a fitness center, and a wood-paneled library with overstuffed leather couches and antique bookcases. Horse-drawn carriage rides, afternoon teas, and bicycle rides around the grounds are intimate activities that can be enjoyed, and there is also tennis and an 18-hole mini golf course. The Sisters American Grill serves Southern-inspired cuisine, which can also be enjoyed in the privacy of guest suites thanks to the in-room dining service.

06 of 09

Best for Luxury: The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel

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Located in the center of the historic city of Richmond, The Jefferson Hotel is undoubtedly one of the grandest and most opulent properties in Virginia. The two-story lobby is a symphony of grandeur and opulence with soaring marbled pillars encircled with ornate scrollwork, richly detailed carpentry, and gold gilt mirrors adorning the walls. The theme continues in the lounge, where natural light streams through the stained-glass windows and cupola onto the blue velvet couches and marble floors, columns, and statuary.

A heated indoor pool is lined with cushioned wicker lounges and potted palms, while an outdoor sundeck is ideal for guests wanting to laze in the sunshine while wait staff provide drinks and snacks upon request. Salon Vivace offers an extensive set of pampering and beauty services, and guests can enjoy soothing massages in treatment rooms or in the privacy of their suites. The Lemaire restaurant and bar is situated in a refined room of hardwood floors, white marble, and elegant lighting fixtures. The contemporary American cuisine, characterized by a Southern influence and created using fresh seasonal ingredients, is accompanied by signature handcrafted cocktails and a selection of over 200 wines from around the world. The hotel also hosts Sunday champagne brunches and an afternoon high tea service.

07 of 09

Best for Foodies: The Inn at Little Washington

The Inn at Little Washington

The Inn at Little Washington

Located in a quiet country town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Inn at Little Washington emerged from a renovated garage in 1978 and quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest restaurants in the Washington D.C. area. Since then, the inn has just kept improving, winning two Michelin stars, being awarded a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide 25 years in a row, and earning a AAA Five-Diamond award for 29 consecutive years. Lauded executive chef Patrick O’Connell brings a fresh and imaginative flair to gourmet dishes while adhering to the precepts of classical French cuisine. Succulent dishes are complemented by an extensive selection of wines from Virginia, California, and the famed wine regions of France, and are served in an eclectic yet elegant atmosphere of soft red lampshades, exquisitely detailed wall murals and gold gilt furnishings.

The restaurant is not the only reason to stay at the hotel, though, with the accommodations being heavily awarded in their own right. Guest accommodations range from rooms in the main inn to two-story suites in nearby historic buildings, each of them filled with luxurious and antique furnishings such as four-poster beds, hand-carved wooden furniture, and working fireplaces.

08 of 09

Best for Singles: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Overlooking Neptune Park, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and the beaches and ocean beyond, the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is situated in a prime location with restaurants, bars, and clubs all within easy walking distance. Guestrooms — which are decorated in a soothing white and blue color scheme.— come with excellent ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows and from attached balconies. Inland-facing suites offer sunset vistas over the surrounding city, parks, and waterways.

On-site dining options include Salacia, Virginia’s only Four-Diamond steakhouse, as well as the award-winning Catch 31 seafood restaurant, both of which offer alfresco dining with views over the boardwalk and ocean. The rooftop terrace is one of the coolest places in town to hang out during the day, with a scenic infinity pool overlooking the beach and cabanas which come with a food and drinks service from the Sky Bar. There is also an indoor pool for swimming and lounging in all seasons. In the evenings, the rooftop transforms into an exclusive and stylish nightspot, with live DJ’s every Wednesday and full moon parties held throughout the year.

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09 of 09

Best for Business: Hilton Alexandria Old Town

Hilton Alexandria Old Town

Hilton Alexandria Old Town

Just over the river from the political and business hub of Washington D.C., the Hilton Alexandria Old Town offers convenient access to the capital of the U.S.A. Well suited for hosting conferences and events, the hotel contains 13,000 square feet of meeting space, from small boardrooms with ergonomic chairs and modern A/V equipment to a Grand Ballroom with capacity for up to 500 attendees. Alfresco events can be held in an outdoor courtyard with capacity for 125 guests. A modern and well-equipped business center provides a range of capabilities including printing, copying, and fax services. There is also a fitness center with free weights, aerobic machines, and weight machines.

Guest suites have been recently renovated in a fresh modern design, come with amenities such as work desks, HDTVs, and a coffee maker, and feature expansive city views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Downstairs, the Kingstreet Tavern provides American gastropub fare such as their signature burgers and crab pot pies, as well as over 30 beers and a decent selection of wines. For guests wishing for a quiet and relaxed evening, food and beverage can be ordered to and enjoyed in the privacy of your room.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular hotels in Virginia. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different hotels and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.