We stayed at the MHH in March 2008. I'd booked a "suite" as there were three of us and did so directly with the property, as their website was not working and they don't seem to be listed with any of the online providers.
It's hard to say whether this was a good or bad stay as there seemed to be a strange mix of good and bad features. I'll start with the negative ones: The whole hotel smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. In Virginia it's still OK to smoke in public places, including hotels and restaurants, and the residents and staff seem to make liberal use of this. Our "suite" was evidently a smoking room and the ashtray had hardly been wiped out - you could still see traces of the ash from a previous resident. We were told right away that the remote for the TV was broken but that it would be replaced the next morning. No biggie - we weren't there to watch TV. The room itself consisted of a small double room with a double (queen) bed plus another similarly sized room with two singles. The decor was absolutely dreadful throughout. Light came through a plastic panel in the ceiling (strip lighting), the walls were pained a stark salmon colour and the blinds looked like a carpet rolled up. The small bathroom had a carpet floor which looked stained. The mattress on the double bed, which was so high we had to climb up onto it, still had its plastic cover on it so every time we moved the whole thing crackled. There was a sheet under the polyester day cover but no blanket, so we were forced to cover up with the day cover, which I always think is a bit disgusting. The lamp in the bathroom broke while we were getting ready to go out, so we had to continue our ablutions in the dark since the front desk had no access to light bulbs. The bedside lamp was not plugged in - this was due to the fact that there was no power socket near the bed. So to avoid the strip lighting we had to carry the lamp over to the other side of the room and put it on the floor to plug it in. The door to the room did not close securely - while you could lock it in some way, it felt very flimsy and a well aimed kick would have certainly opened it. The front desk is up a few steep steps so if you have heavy luggage this is a problem.
Now for the good parts. Check in was very friendly and we were told where to park the car safely (in the lot across the road). The location is pretty good - it's downtown on 4th St, which is probably more handy for business travellers than tourists. We had to drive down to Shockoe Bottom for dinner and it's also not close to the historic districts (but handy for the Capitol and Confederate Museum). The room, dreadful though it may have appeared, was clean. We needed a third set of towels which was ready for us when we returned from dinner that night. The hotel has a charming (some might say outdated) elevator with a grille that you have to pull open and shut. Checkout next morning was no problem either; that said, no apologies were offered for the fact that there had been no light in the bathroom.
Altogether I would not stay here again, as the overwhelming stench of cigarette smoke is not something I would want to subject myself to. If you've no problem with that (and presumably a ban will be put in place at some point), and can handle the appearance and decor, then this could be a viable option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Massad House Hotel is located in the heart of the city's historical and financial district. The Massad House Hotel offers a quiet friendly atmosphere reminiscent of European Hotels. All rooms have been newly redecorated. Each room with several amenities and includes color TV, carpeted rooms, and a private tile bath, all to make a more comfortable stay. Our friendly staff is always on hand to answer questions or assist in anyway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Massad Hotel Richmond