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“I was desappointed, so were my friends traveling with me.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Massad House Hotel

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The Massad House Hotel
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11 North 4th Street, Richmond, VA 23219   |  
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Ranked #56 of 89 Hotels in Richmond
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“I was desappointed, so were my friends traveling with me.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

I don't meet to be mean to the hotel. The employees are great and very welcoming. Nonetheless, I the hotel is not very clean, the rooms are narrow, and it smells smoke everywere. There are signs forbitting smoking but I don't believe the rule is reinforced. I believe it they can do something about the smoking and renew some of there equipments they can have better success.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

I went to Richmond to run the Suntrust Richmond Marathon in November 2009. I'd been lazy about getting rooms at the downtown hotels and found this one on Google maps (the hotel doesn't have a website). While the other hotels had been charging triple digit figures with minimum 2-night stays (as reported via promotional e-mails), this place charged me less than $80 for one night. The negative reviews are curious -- I really didn't experience any of the negatives.

--The staff are incredibly friendly.
--My room was HUGE -- it was a bedroom (complete with 4-poster bed), separate living rooom, and bathoom.
--I was right downtown, maybe 4 blocks from the starting line, and even closer to the finish.
--Parking the night before was easy -- I parked across the street, and could see my car from my room.
--The elevator is an old-style "gate" elevator. You open a door, then open the gate, close both, and off you go. It is small, but when I stayed in a hotel in Chicago that had the same elevator, it was considered "chic" and "rustic." Not sure why the negative reviews are so upset over it.
--The room was clean, and while I did detect old cigarette smells in the LOBBY, I didn't detect any in my room. Out of paranoia, I cracked a window open for fresh air, but eventually closed it because it was cold. I never did have any cigarette smell.
--The area downtown the night before the race was mixed -- there are SOME places to eat, but take a wrong turn, and you're by a check-cashing place, and a mini-mart. No biggie. I just walked the next block, and ate at the huge Hilton Sports Bar. Walked back to my room for some rest the night before the race.

--The bed was nice and firm, which I love, but there was no fitted sheet. It was simply another topsheet tucked into the mattress, so you're between 2 topsheets. So you're not actually touching the mattress, which is nice, but the topsheet won't always stay put while you sleep.

--The heating system is the old "pipes/radiator" thing. You turn a knob to allow more/less heat into the room, and both my bedroom and living room had them. If you're unfamiliar with that, it could be problematic.

--My (huge) room was near the elevator, which was on the loud side in the morning, but since I had to be up early anyway, I really didn't mind. I don't recall being awoken by it during the night. But it's something to keep in mind if you're not wanting to get up early.

Anyway, on balance, if I run Richmond again, I'd stay in this hotel again. It's a comfortable, modest place that isn't a big-chain hotel, but it's quite nice for a short stay, and is a great value.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

I am an artist and recently stayed at this hotel during a festival they had downtown....I was looking for a nice in-expensive quaint place to stay. I guess the economy had something to do with it...but I am a starving artist after all....All the hotels I called were way...( I mean "way" ), out of my price range for where I wanted to stay. I needed something close to the festival, as most of my traveling would be by foot. The little money I had wasn't going to be spent on a taxi.

This was a cool place to stay. The people were great it was close to all downtown activities and it had a great place to eat next door.

I would recommend anyone looking for a place in downtown to come this hotel. Its cool, comfortable, European style, trendy and you can not beat the price.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2008

We chose the Massad House based on a recommendation in Lonely Planet, even though the hotel does not have a website and we weren't able to see any pictures of the property. BIG mistake. First, the good-- the front desk clerk was very friendly, and the room was pretty clean. Now, the bad-- the hotel looks like it has not been renovated for 30+ years, complete with an old fashioned elevator with 2 manual doors. Half the time someone left one of the doors open on another floor and it never arrived. Even though our room was supposedly on a non-smoking floor, there was an ashtray right outside our door and the towels (which were the size of hand towels and threadbare and scratchy), the rug, and the bedding in the room all smelled of smoke.
Also, there were a number of people walking around the hotel at all hours of the day and night that appeared to be living there. Guests have to ring a buzzer to get into the hotel, and when we returned from dinner we stood outside in the cold for 5 minutes ringing it until one of the hotel's seeming residents saw us through the window, got the clerk, and he let us in. The street was deserted at night, and it did not feel safe standing out there waiting to be buzzed in.
They advertise that they have the lowest rates in downtown Richmond, but this hotel is not worth the $96 a night they charge, and you can easily stay in a nice, clean, updated hotel for a few dollars more a night. I hate to write a negative review because as I said, it was clean and the clerk was very nice... but I really wish someone had been honest about it sooner so we hadn't wasted a night of our vacation here.

Stayed November 2008
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massad, Public Relation Manager at The Massad House Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2009
We here at The Massad House Hotel want
to express our appologies for any
inconvience you may have experienced during your stay here at the hotel. Since your last stay, the hotel has recently gone under new management and has been completely
been renovated. All hotels in the downtown
area lock there doors after 12:00 a.m. so
the quest can feel a since of security. Our
prices has changed since your last stay. We
do advertise and offer the lowest prices in
downtown Richmond. We are currently
updating our website and making positive
change to assure our guest have feel at
home while staying here at The Massad
House Hotel. Please email me at your
next visit to Richmond, so we can discuss your accomadations.

Ron Ellis
The Massad House Hotel
Public Relations Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

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.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Smell, decor
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2007

Excellent attention, nice, clean and very comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 11 North 4th Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Location: United States > Virginia > Richmond
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Ranked #56 of 89 Hotels in Richmond
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 68
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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