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15 Best Hotels in Richmond, VA

Written by Freddy Sherman
May 23, 2019

Richmond, Virginia's capital city, is filled with a range of hotel options, from luxury high-rise hotels to historic boutique properties. Many downtown hotels are in the area surrounding the state capitol building, while many cheap hotels can be found outside the downtown area and near the airport.

The downtown area is concentrated on two sides of a curve in the James River. The city has a thriving arts scene and arts district. The Shockoe Slip area is filled with old warehouses and factories, now re-purposed as shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Here's a look at 15 of the best hotels in Richmond.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Richmond, VA

1. Richmond Marriott

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One of the best hotels near Richmond Convention Center, the Marriott treats guests to a convenient location; modern, well-equipped rooms; and excellent service. You can walk to the convention center as it's connected to the hotel via a skywalk. You can also walk to the capitol building; it takes about 10 minutes. The hotel has a free shuttle to some of the city's popular shopping and dining areas.

Rooms are well-equipped and have a generic, corporate style, but they do offer big, 49-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels, bathrooms with granite countertops, and nice views from the rooms on the upper floors. Food options include a sports bar and grill that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with an American-menu restaurant called Liberty, which is only open for dinner. There's also a Starbucks right inside the lobby.

Address: 500 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Richmond Marriott

2. Williamsburg Inn

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Yes, it's in Williamsburg, about 45 minutes from Richmond, but the historic Williamsburg Inn offers such a unique, history-filled resort experience, it's worth a visit. This pet-friendly five-star, AAA five-diamond property has elegant accommodations, delicious dining options, and an endless list of indoor and outdoor activities. The large Colonial Revivial-style estate was constructed in the early 20th century, but feels much older.

Rooms and suites, some with fireplaces, have a classic, old-school luxury style with warm tones. You can even stay in the Queen Elizabeth suite, she's visited the hotel twice (1957 and 2007). There's also a Winston Churchill suite (he visited in 1946) and a Rockefeller Suite. The hotel was created (and designed) by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. There's a huge spa and fitness center, with several swimming pools, a golf club, and miles of hiking trails through the Virginia countryside.

Address: 136 Francis Street East, Williamsburg, Virginia

Accommodation: Williamsburg Inn

3. Graduate Richmond

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This hotel is near VCU and gives you a hip, funky boutique experience. Public spaces and rooms have a fancy, cool Fraternity House style, in the best sense of that idea, with lots of wood paneling and preppy plaid fabrics. Rooms have features like beds with leather headboards and big prints of hunting dogs.

There's a 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop pool, and the hotel offers complimentary bike rentals. They also offer loaner headphones, thanks to a partnership with an audiophile headphone company. Brookfield is the hotel's cool, upscale diner and coffee shop. They also serve food by the rooftop pool, 16 floors above Richmond. This hip hotel is also pet friendly, with no extra charges.

The Graduate is in a walkable, fun-to-explore neighborhood and they offer a free shuttle to explore the rest of the city. Graduate Hotels are a hip collection of properties inspired by college memories that, as they say, exude youthful optimism. They try to make visiting their hotels like coming back to a reunion in a city where you went to school.

Accommodation: 301 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Graduate Richmond

4. The Jefferson Hotel

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Richmond's original luxury hotel first opened in 1895 to offer true 5-star accommodations in Virginia's capital city. Since then, it has hosted 13 US Presidents along with celebrities ranging from Elvis to the Rolling Stones. Offering "residential luxury," the hotel is centrally located downtown but offers a complimentary car service in and around the city.

Rooms and suites feel like fancy apartments with little touches like doorbells and live plants. Premium linens, separate soaking tubs, Molton Brown amenities, and a TV screen in the mirror add to the spa-like marble bathroom experience. Suites have fireplaces, kitchens, and in the case of the Jefferson Suite, a grand piano. There's no spa, but the Jefferson has a salon that does hair, skin, and nail treatments. There's a compact fitness center and a large indoor pool.

You have four different dining experiences to choose from, along with 24-hour room service. Lemaire is the hotel's award-winning, American, fine-dining restaurant. TJ's is their casual spot, with a comfort-food-focused menu. They also have an excellent Southern afternoon tea service in the lobby, served next to the statue of Thomas Jefferson, beneath Tiffany stained-glass panels. A lavish Sunday brunch is served in the Rotunda lobby as well.

Address: 101 W Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: The Jefferson Hotel

5. The Westin Richmond

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This luxury lodging option near Richmond is in the West End area, about 15 minutes from downtown and about 30 minutes from the airport. This luxury hotel is all about making your room a sanctuary. Signature amenities like the Westin Heavenly Bath and the Westin Heavenly Bed create quite a peaceful experience. There's a focus on wellness at every Westin, and the Richmond location perpetuates that with a big, heated indoor pool (and whirlpool) and the well-equipped signature WestinWORKOUT fitness studio.

Rooms are light and bright with big windows. They have large workspaces and a big, mid-century modern reclining lounge chair. Bathrooms have marble countertops and glass-walled, walk-in showers. There is 24-hour room service and a little convenience store in the lobby. Crossings is the hotel's American-menu restaurant showcasing local, seasonal dishes.

Address: 6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: The Westin Richmond

6. Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown

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This new brand from Marriott offers a more simple luxury hotel experience and is one of the best hotels near VCU. Spacious, modern rooms have residential features, like large workspaces, a microwave, and refrigerator, as well as helpful touches like free, fast Wi-Fi and complimentary bottled water. Some also have sweeping views of the nearby James River.

The downtown location means you can walk to tourist attractions like the American Civil War Center and the Altria Theatre. The hotel also offers a free downtown shuttle. For your fitness needs there's a large gym and an indoor pool with an adjacent Jacuzzi. There's a coffee and snack bar in the lobby, and a buffet breakfast is also served (not free). Quench is the hotel's casual cafe with a menu featuring Southern and American comfort food.

Address: 555 E. Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown

7. Omni Richmond Hotel

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Fresh from a recent top-to-bottom renovation, the Omni puts you right in the heart of Richmond's Shockoe Slip entertainment district. There are 359 rooms and suites, most with a view of the James River. The newly-restyled rooms have 800-thread-count bed linens, 49-inch HDTVs, and Serta Presidential Double Pillow Top mattresses for a truly relaxing stay. Luxury touches like oversized feather pillows, plush robes, and nightly (on request) turndown service add to the experience.

There's a heated, indoor pool, and guests get access to the James Center YMCA next door, with a full fitness center. The Omni also has in-room exercise kits with hand weights, resistance bands, and a floor mat. Trevi's Grill is the Omni's Italian restaurant; Trevi's Market is their little quick snack and take-away counter. The hotel's lobby is also the site of downtown Richmond's only full-service Starbucks.

Address: 100 S 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Omni Richmond Hotel

8. Hilton Richmond Downtown

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This large hotel (near I-95) is housed in the city's former big Miller & Rhoads department store building, and takes up an entire downtown city block. The Hilton retains historic elements, like marble floors and high ceilings. Rooms have Hilton Serenity beds, 47-inch LED HDTVs with premium channels, and large workspaces with ergonomic chairs. There's a gym and a big, heated indoor pool and whirlpool.

The Hilton partners with Salon Vivace, a spa about a half mile away. Spa and salon services are provided in your room, or free transportation is offered to get to the spa. In fact, the hotel has a free house SUV that will take you anywhere in the downtown area within two miles of the hotel. La Grotta is the hotel's fine-dining Italian restaurant, and the 1885 Cafe and Market serves fresh, local food. It pays tribute to the 1885 opening date of the store, a big deal after the destruction of the Civil War.

Address: 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Hilton Richmond Downtown

9. Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa / Short Pump

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One of the best hotels in Short Pump, a very upscale suburb of Richmond, the Hilton treats guests to a range of amenities and activities in a resort setting, only 20 minutes from the airport. It's part of the Short Pump Town Center development with movie theaters, shopping, and dining. When you want to pamper yourself, there's Aura Spa and Salon, and the resort has a compact fitness center and an indoor pool.

Rooms are corporate in style but new, with 42-inch HDTVs and Hilton Suite Dreams beds with luxurious custom bedding. Steak (and football) lovers will enjoy Shula's Steakhouse, and there's also a separate restaurant that serves the complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. The Hilton also has a lobby coffee shop, which serves Starbucks coffee.

Address: 12042 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Victoria

Accommodation: Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa / Short Pump

Best Boutique Hotels in Richmond, VA

A stay at a boutique hotel with their smaller size, can offer a more personal, authentic visit to Richmond. These are also perfect for couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. Many of the city's boutique hotels have been created from historic properties, with lodging options that reflect the city's history.

1. Linden Row Inn

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This beautiful, historic 70-room boutique hotel was created from seven immaculately restored 19th-century row houses and offers guests what they call the "True Richmond" experience. You get an ideal downtown Monroe Ward location, at the corner of 1st and Franklin, making all the city's attractions a short walk away. You also get authentic, luxurious accommodations and warm, personal service always served with a side of Southern hospitality.

Visiting the Linden Row Inn is like using a time machine—the public spaces and rooms are decorated with real 19th century antiques. The rooms and suites all open to a garden courtyard, where you can walk in the footsteps of Edgar Allen Poe, a childhood resident of one of the row houses. The hotel has a lot of public art, supplied by a local gallery.

If possible, visit on the first Friday of the month, when the entire arts district area of the city has an art walk and block party (First Fridays RVA). Guests get free Wi-Fi and access to a large, modern YMCA a block away for the gym and pool. The hotel is near Richmond Convention Center and only 15 minutes from RCO airport.

Address: 100 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Linden Row Inn

2. The Berkeley Hotel

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The Berkeley Hotel is in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood and opened in 1988 as the city's first large European-style boutique hotel. Some of the 55 rooms and suites have views of the city and surrounding neighborhood of former tobacco warehouses (now trendy shops and restaurants).

Rooms are nicely appointed with a slightly dated luxury style. They feature solid cherry wood furniture and high ceilings. You get some cool amenities, like free high-speed Wi-Fi, a sweet treat each day with your maid service, and in-room coffee makers. There's no gym, but guests get access to the nearby James Center YMCA health club.

The hotel is pet-friendly, with a limit of two dogs, up to 25 pounds with a $50 per dog fee per stay. The Cobblestone Grill is the hotel's casual restaurant serving Southern cuisine.

Address: 1200 E. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: The Berkeley Hotel

3. Edgewood Plantation

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This historic bed and breakfast is about 30 minutes outside Richmond in a small town called Charles City. It's a 7,000-square-foot "Carpenter's Gothic" mansion, formerly part of a larger plantation that is the ancestral home of two US Presidents: William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.

The Edgewood Plantation and the mansion have a long Civil War history, as it was a Confederate HQ during some of the battles for Richmond. The mansion is decorated in a high Victorian style, with reproduction antiques and period accessories. There are eight guest rooms available, some with fireplaces, and some with canopy beds. There's an in-ground pool and an on-call masseuse.

Address: 800 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, Virginia

Accommodation: Edgewood Plantation

4. The Commonwealth

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This iconic Richmond hotel first opened in 1901, and although the historic facade remains, the inside has been totally and completely transformed into a thoroughly modern, luxury, all-suite hotel. The 59 one- and two-bedroom suites, perfect for families, feature both furniture and art crafted by local artisans, and hip touches like the suite name "tattooed" on the door. They have a refrigerator/freezer, a Keurig machine with local Black Hand Coffee, and a 50-inch LED TV with HD programming.

The central Richmond location on Bank Street puts you in the heart of the city. If you get hungry, the front desk has a 24-hour mercantile, stocked with mainly local products (snacks, soda, candy, etc.). Rueger's is the hotel's restaurant, serving Southern comfort food with a healthy and modern twist.

Address: 901 Bank Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: The Commonwealth

5. Quirk Hotel

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This luxury boutique hotel focuses on providing guests a real local experience during their Richmond stay. It's a downtown hotel on Broad Street in the funky new arts and design district, surrounded by art galleries, cool local shops, and businesses. The Quirk has its own art gallery, showcasing local artists. It also has a small gift shop that sells a lot of locally produced art pieces and unique souvenirs.

This is a very hip hotel—they even have a Tesla charging station. Rooms are light, with an almost funky, chic vibe. Local and regional artwork is featured in the rooms. Hardwood floors are reclaimed from a former local department store. Beds are custom made for the hotel from reclaimed floor joists. Some of the rooms have private patios with very nice views over the city.

Maple and Pine is the hotel's American, fine-dining restaurant with a seasonal menu using artisanal and local products. There's a fitness center, and the hotel can set you up with pilates, yoga, CrossFit, or boot camp training. They also have self-guided bike tours.

Address: 201 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: Quirk Hotel

6. The One Bed and Breakfast

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Richmond is home to almost 100 museums, and a stay at The One Bed and Breakfast puts you in the heart of the city's museum district at the corner of Boulevard and Main Street. You can explore the area, then return and enjoy a lemonade on the large porch like a local. It's also a short walk from the cool Carytown neighborhood, filled with locally owned shops and restaurants.

There are three guest rooms (some with private entrances), each unique, and a large cellar studio suite apartment (great for extended stays). Each has a private bathroom; some are en-suite, and some are not. Rooms come with fluffy robes, bath amenities, and small flat-screen TVs with premium cable. An extensive continental breakfast is served, buffet-style, each morning, and drinks and snacks are available all day long in the kitchen.

Address: 1 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia

Accommodation: The One Bed and Breakfast

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