AOL PICK from our Editors
Because Charlottesville has really grown as a city over the last decade, the area is full of brand new hotels. You’ll find all the usual chains, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at the prices. Most rooms here cost significantly less than in comparable markets. Charlottesville doesn’t have much in the way of four-star hotels, but if you want luxury lodging, there are several fine B&B’s in the countryside within about 15 minutes of downtown. Alternatively, you’ll find a few top hotels downtown and near UVA, and all the budget chains you could possibly want along the 29 corridor stretching north. Hotels, especially near UVA, tend to fill up way in advance for events like UVA home football games, Family Weekend, graduation weekend, and the twice-yearly Foxfield races (April & September). You shouldn’t have trouble getting reservations any other times, but act quickly if you’re coming for or during any of these events.
Neighborhood: Monticello Area Price Range: Expensive
Not quite as far out of town as Keswick Hall, you’ll find the smaller estate hotel, Clifton Inn. Each of its 18 rooms is uniquely decorated, so you can choose the elements that make the most relaxing getaway—a piano, perhaps? Well, you can get it when you reserve the Carriage House. The Clifton Inn is family and pet-friendly, but also a lovely place for a romantic escape. It’s one of the top wedding locations in Charlottesville thanks to its stunning grounds and intimate atmosphere.
Neighborhood: Western Charlottesville Price Range: Expensive
The expansive Boar’s Head Inn to the west of town is Charlottesville’s premier resort destination. Of all your luxury options, this one is most convenient to UVA, so it’s a great place to stay when you’re checking out colleges with your kids or in town for alumni events. The Boar’s Head hot air balloon is a fixture in the Charlottesville skies—enjoy the gorgeous scenery from a new perspective when you take a balloon ride. In addition to ballooning, the Boar’s Head Inn offers a spa, golf, tennis, cooking classes, and more.
Neighborhood: Downtown Price Range: Expensive
Built in 1785, The Inn at Court Square is the oldest existing house in downtown Charlottesville. If history is what brings you to Charlottesville, you can’t find better accommodations than these. In Court Square, you’re surrounded by 19th century buildings once frequented by the men who created Charlottesville, Virginia, and United States history. Mere steps from the Downtown Mall, you can’t ask for a better location than this. If you fall in love with the antique furnishings in your room, you can take them home with you—he items in each of the seven guest rooms are available for purchase.
Neighborhood: Monticello Area Price Range: Expensive
Keswick Hall is a grandiose mansion turned luxe hotel on an estate just to the east of Charlottesville. If you’re looking to pamper yourself and romance your sweetie, this is the place to be, but it’s not ideal for a family vacation; most of the rooms at Keswick Hall are outfitted for a maximum of two adult visitors. Keswick Hall boasts its own Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole golf course, a spa, and all the other amenities you’d expect at a posh resort--including a croquet green.
Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville
Neighborhood: 29 North Price Range: Moderate
Charlottesville’s Doubletree is another fine hotel with just one real drawback: location. Toward the north end of town, it’s kind of far from the action, but the rooms are some of the most comfortable you’ll find, and we can’t offer enough praise for the entire staff of this hotel. Everyone jumps through hoops to show you what southern hospitality is all about, and you’ll definitely want to try the food at TJ’s Tavern, which is exponentially better than most hotel restaurants.
Neighborhood: Pantops Price Range: Moderate
The Comfort Inn Monticello on Pantops is one of Charlottesville’s newest hotels. It’s a little bit on the outskirts and yeah, it's a chain too, but it’s fairly convenient to downtown and all the historic sites in the area. A big part of the fancying-up of the Pantops area, this Comfort Inn offers posh accommodations and amenities at a fair price.
Neighborhood: Downtown Price Range: Moderate
Located at the west end of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, the Omni Hotel is currently the only hotel actually on the mall. In any other city, rooms might go for twice as much—the Omni truly is one of Charlottesville’s finest hotels, and you’ll enjoy a luxurious stay here, easy walking distance to 90% of Charlottesville’s best dining and night life.
Neighborhood: East Monticello Price Range: Budget
The Sleep Inn & Suites Monticello is tucked away in a quiet, mostly residential part of eastern Charlottesville, but you’re less than three miles from the Downtown Mall, so the location is actually pretty convenient. The rooms are nothing special, but they’re not bad either, and if you're just looking for a cheap place to rest your head, this is it.
Neighborhood: UVA Price Range: Budget
If you’re here in the late summertime, you might find yourself sharing the hotel with the Cavalier football team—this is where they stay when they begin practice for the season. You’re blocks away from the John Paul Jones Arena, and next door to The Villa Diner. Try the Wahoo special.
Neighborhood: 29 Corridor Price Range: Budget
The Econo Lodge North is one of dozens of budget hotels located along the 29 Corridor. Many are just about the same in quality and price but this is one of the cheaper ones. It’s fairly close to UVA and downtown, and it’s next door to a really yummy family Chinese restaurant, Szechuan.
The Budget Inn
Neighborhood: UVA & The Corner Price Range: Budget
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If you want to be close to UVA but you don’t want to pay a lot for your hotel, you’ll be happy at the Budget Inn. It’s one of the more modest hotel selections in the Editor Picks, but a smart and sensible choice. The location is pretty great, and for budget lodging, the rooms are very comfortable and quite adequate. You're on the edge of UVA Grounds, and walking distance to The Corner, with all its cheap souvenir shopping and numerous dining choices.
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