Executive summary from two nights' stay in November, 2012: good location for exploring Richmond; parlour suite was comfortable, spacious, and decent value for money; staff was helpful and pleasant; continental breakfast was just OK.
Details: I liked the Linden Inn's arrangement of connected, old row houses surrounding an interior court yard. The parlour suite (an upgrade -- thanks!) was clean, enormous, comfortable, and well-furnished -- but (grumble, grumble) I thought the ginormous room also should have included a small-sized frig (without paying extra for it) and a few plates, glasses, and cutlery.
Biggest area for improvement: the included breakfast was very basic for the hotel's mid-$100s tariff. Its range of offerings (awful burned coffee, basic breads, yogurt, generic waffles) fell well short of what you'd expect to find in any modern traveler's hotel (e.g. Marriott Residence Inn). To cite a specific example (and without meaning to be petty): the kitchen staff declared that the oatmeal was "all gone, got to get there sooner" 45 minutes before the end of breakfast. Cheapo -- what's that about?
Minor gripes aside, I would recommend Linden Row Inn (and especially in the spring and fall) to others wanting to experience an idiosyncratic old-times atmosphere located in the middle of an interesting city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Linden Row Inn is a 70-room boutique historic hotel located in the heart of Downtown Richmond. The hotel is comprised of seven row houses built in the mid-1800’s, and meticulously restored over the years. The hotel’s guest rooms are furnished with antiques from the middle and late 1800’s, and the hotel is proud to be featured on the National Register of Historic Places. Edgar Allan Poe spent his childhood playing in the garden that is now the hotel’s garden courtyard, and local legend has it that the property is home to the “enchanted garden” that Poe mentions in his famous poem “To Helen.” ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Linden Row Hotel Richmond
- Linden Row Richmond