We stayed at the Doubletree while attending an event in town. The hotel is located two blocks off of Broad in what is billed as the Arts District. In this case Arts District refers mostly to second hand stores, a gallery or two, and some really interesting small restaurants. Closer to the hotel the neighborhood appears to mostly support Virginia Commonwealth University, which is nearby. It is mostly 19th century housing stock, many of which appear to be converted to apartments. The Jefferson is close by and the neighborhood is quiet and appeared quite safe. Sidewalks are another matter and many have broken stone or concrete, making walking treacherous.
The hotel offered both a king room and an expanded king that was a larger room with a refrigerator and a microwave. I opted for the expanded room, although it was a little more expensive.
Check in was quick and efficient. There is no free parking associated with the hotel; valet is available for $18.00, which is a reasonable city price. There are lots within walking distance, but it would be best to check with the hotel or other sources before selecting them. There is minimal space for loading and unloading cars for check in and check out. The hotel operates a shutter until 11 PM within a 3 mile radius for guests; however, we did not use it. There are several interesting restaurants within safe walking distance (two blocks up on Broad) and a 7/11 behind the hotel.
The room was fairly large and was very comfortable. The bed was far too soft for me and for my partner, although she prefers a soft bed. The refrigerator was set very low and froze just about everything we put into it; I'd suggest checking it before using it. I didn't use the coffee maker, but it looked good :-). The bathroom was extremely small, so much so that it was difficult to make our way between the toilet and the tub.
We had a drink at the bar and also breakfast in the dining room. The bartender and especially the wait person (Crista) were very efficient and helpful. The bar has a limited wine list (it is a hotel bar). The food in the restaurant was quite good for a hotel and was served quickly and hot. There was a fairly wide range of a la carte items available as well as a buffet (we did not have the buffet).
The pool is outside and is located on the 17th floor with great views of the city. It's relatively small and seating is limited. When we were there a party of about 6 was taking up most of the seats, as an example.
The fitness facility was a true delight. It is equipped with Life Cycle treadmills, some of the best available and two elliptical machines. Oddly, the machines face a mirrored wall (not unusual) with the room's television behind them. There are also free weights, a lifting bench and an assortment of exercise balls. Water and towels are provided.
Check out was automatic and valet service was quick and efficient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Doubletree Hotel Richmond Downtown is an excellent hotel in the heart of Richmond. Our hotel is the closest to the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) campus, is near the historic business and financial districts and is within walking distance of the Commonwealth of Virginia Capitol building. Guests will enjoy our comfortable hotel accommodations including Sweet Dreams by Doubletree beds, seasonal roof-top pool, complimentary wireless internet, complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, upscale dining at our 301 restaurant serving Southern-style delicacies & traditional favorites and on-site covered valet parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Richmond
- Richmond Doubletree