Grandmas are not just for baking cookies anymore!! This grandma loves to travel!! Join me as I visit great places, enjoy museums, historic sites, hotels and bed and breakfasts and offer loads of visitor tips and musings.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Residence Inn Charlottesville Va.
Charlottesville, Va. has lots of amazing places to stay. If however you want to spacious and well-priced hotel, the Residence Inn by Marriott is a pretty darn good choice. It is conveniently located just a few minutes downtown and has great access to the major roads that run through and around town. It did pale a bit after having spent a night at the Boar's Head Inn but the fact that it offered a two bedroom unit was very attractive for three people traveling together.
This style is one that Residence Inn offers in their two bedroom units. Both bedrooms have a queen size bed but one has a desk. I prefer having the option of working in the room so in this instance we took the room to the left. In this room the closet is in the room and then there is an attached bathroom. The second bedroom has a hall which holds the closet. Both of the rooms are very similar in size and amenities.
The living room had a gas fireplace and since it was January we made very good use of it. It certainly makes the entire area toasty warm. There was enough seating with a sofa and a chair to allow room to watch TV together if we wanted. TVs are offered in the bedrooms as well so a total of three in the unit. A full kitchen is a big attraction as well and this one had been fully updated and included granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The table has four chairs so dining in is an option. The kitchen also has a dishwasher, toaster, and coffeemaker. There is also a microwave and one package of popcorn is always included with your room.
Breakfast is included in the rate and is pretty extensive. It included scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes, juice, coffee and tea, cold cereal, fresh fruit, granola, oatmeal, yogurt and the ability to make fresh waffles if you want. There are plenty of bread, bagels, muffins and cakes to choose from. The room is quite spacious as well so you won't have to worry about finding a spot to eat.
Residence Inns are pet-friendly which is good to know and, in addition to the two bedroom units, offer one bedroom and studio rooms as well. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool which obviously was not available since it was January when we visited and a fitness center. The hotel offers a social hour on some evening, be sure to check with the desk staff when you arrive. High-speed Wi-Fi is available for free and if you don't have your laptop, there is a business center with a computer and printer available.
The location is not conducive to walking out to dinner but there are certainly many restaurants that are within a very short drive. We had dinner at Aberdeen Barn which was less than a mile away. Monticello and the amazing historic Mitchie Tavern are closer than four miles from this hotel.
The staff here was very friendly, the hotel is in excellent condition and most of all the beds are comfortable. The location is perfect for getting around without actually being downtown. The price was very reasonable and this is a hotel I would not hesitate to use again and would recommend to friends.