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“A typical Holiday Inn” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area

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Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1901 Emmet St, Route 29 South, Charlottesville, VA 22901   |  
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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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22 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“A typical Holiday Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Comfortable bed & choice of pillows. Good reading lamp next to comfortable chair & ottoman. Free wi-fi. Good shower pressure and temperature. Noisy A/C, esp. when it shut off. Breakfast buffet - usual - scrambled eggs, bacon (nice & crispy);, potatoes, biscuits, gravy and grits.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A group of family members stayed here for graduation weekend. Although this facility looks very dated, the rooms were spacious, clean, and had comfortable beds.

This is located on a main drag (Route 29), but the rooms were quiet. There was also no difficulty at all exiting and entering the grounds, and there was ample parking even though the hotel was fully booked.

Across the street is an outdoor shopping complex, and there is easy access to the University.

For a long weekend stay this was fine, but I probably would pick something else for an extended stay.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Richmond, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We had the worst possible stay on a rainy weekend. Unfortunately, I cannot think of anything nice to say about this hotel.

Charlottesville is a beautiful city but if you pick a bad hotel, your stay can be the most unsatisfying. This hotel is located on a busy intersection and it is really difficult to get in and out of the parking lot. Once you are in your room, you can enjoy the ugly views of the same busy street and grocery store across the road. Don't expect views of Shenandoah from this hotel.

The hotel is also very dated. The furniture is falling apart. We had a 1 foot long metal rod sticking out of one of the uncomfortable beds. Watch your shins in this one.

I am surprised that Holiday Inn is willing put its name on this operation. Certainly not worthy of a major brand and definitely not a 3 star hotel. Stay away from this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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CCF48, General Manager at Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear Bobby RVA,
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience in Charlottesville. We are sorry to hear about your stay and we are remorseful that you had nothing nice to say about your visit. I believe the weekend that you stayed; it did rain for three straight days. I am sad that it was rainy and gloomy for your visit. As you stated Charlottesville is a wonderful city to visit.

We have two entrances, one on Hydraulic Road beside the hotel across from the new town center, and then the front entrance on Emmet Street N. I know that busy weekend traffic can be a aggravating in Charlottesville. The Shenandoah is located 40 plus miles west from Charlottesville. On your next visit to Charlottesville try visiting Carter’s Mountain, which has spectacular views of the Charlottesville area. On a clear day from our top floors one can view Carter’s Mountain. We have replaced all beds with Serta bedding in the past year, which is their top of the line bedding. I know bedding can be very subjective.
Again thank you for your comments and please feel free to call me, I would like to know more about your past stay.

Warmest regards,


Charles Friend
General Manager
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Durham, NC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Stayed two nights on a weekend while attending a wedding. Overall, a fine stay and a good value. Some thoughts:

Pros:
Friendly service.
Clean rooms.
Free access to Gold's Gym right across the road
Indoor pool looked nice, although we did not take advantage.

Cons:
Rooms (mainly bathrooms) could use some updating
Fitness room was a joke. Two treadmills, a bike, and a broken stair climber. But, see the "pro" above about Gold's Gym.
Getting in/out of this property can be a nightmare during busy traffic times.
Would have been nice to have breakfast included.

Next time I'm in Charlottesville I would probably look for another option, but wouldn't rule this one out!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durango
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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've been here for 3 days and have only gotten a 25 percent off coupon for the very sub standard breakfast. I still have not had a maid enter my room and the rooms are very noisy. The shuttle will take you anywhere within a five-mile radius which is nice but sometimes you have to wait an hour to get it.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear Peanutranch,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review regarding your recent stay. It is unfortunate that we were not able to meet or exceed your expectations on this visit. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the inconvenience you may have had with the housekeeping service and noise levels experienced.

We value you as our IHG Rewards Club Gold Member and we all hope that you would give us another chance to make your stay as best as it can be.

Sincerely,

Pam G
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IHGCare
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Had to make a last minute reservation for coming in to Charlottesville, VA. The lobby and parking area clean. Friendly staff. The room was clean and quiet. Shower had wonderful water pressure for shower! The bed was a little to firm for my liking. This Holiday Inn does not offer a breakfast. Plenty or restaurants and a Whole Foods within walking distance.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Smithtown, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

While go to Myrtle beach south Carolina our family stop here to visit Thomas Jefferson monticello. The price was reasonable and the bed where uncomfortable. The pullout couch was more confortable. we go the two queen beds and they look smaller than usual. The bed were sleep number and I tried to put it soft but it was still firm. The food for breakfast was good. This always what your going to expect at a hotel

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Dear Lorenzo D M,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Your comments are highly valuable to us and will assist us in our continuous efforts to maintain and improve the service level we aim for. I am pleased to know that you had a satisfactory stay at our hotel and apologize for the shortfalls you have encountered. I appreciate feedback that we receive, whether positive and negative to ensure we provide the best level of service and facilities that we can give to our guests. Thank you again for your review and I hope to have an opportunity of welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,

Krysllin G.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Address: 1901 Emmet St, Route 29 South, Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Location: United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #21 of 33 Hotels in Charlottesvill...
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Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area 3*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Charlottesville Hotel- University Area and Conference Center. Our hotel is conveniently located on (Route 29) Emmet Street. The University of Virginia is located within one mile of the hotel. Nearby attractions include the University of Virginia, Monticello, Ashlawn-Highland, Wineries, Michie Tavern, Montpelier, and various boutique shops and galleries. Nearby companies and government offices include State Farm Regional Office, GE -Fanuc, Northrop Grumman, Lexi-Nexis, Klockner, Sprint, PRA, National Ground Intelligence Center, J.A.G. School, UVA Health Systems, and Biotage Technologies. Our newly renovated, spacious rooms include free high speed wireless Internet. We also offer a business center, fitness facility, pay per view movies, coffee/ tea makers, room service, guest laundry, free USA Today on the weekdays and complimentary shuttle service to the Charlottesville Airport. During your stay we invite you to dine at our Lobby Cafe'. We are the ideal location for your wedding, banquet, meeting or any special event. The Holiday Inn University area offers facilities to accommodate up to 300 people, with over 4,900 square feet of meeting space. Let our expert staff work for you in accommodating your every need. ... more   less 
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