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211 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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#12 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Charlottesville
The Townsman, located within steps of dining, shopping and nightlife, is unlike any of the hotels in Charlottesville, VA. Containing just four rooms, each ornately and uniquely decorated, it feels like a well-kept secret. High ceilings, hardwood floors, private balconies, and a 2nd-floor walkup provide an urban-living appeal for travelers wishing to immerse themselves in the local culture.
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C N wrote a review May 2020
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The townsman location is a blessing and curse. In normal times, having access to the downtown mall would be incredibly convenient. That said, the theater across the street blasted music at all hours and the walls are EXTREMELY thin. Heard noise from outside and upstairs all night. The free parking is easy and great to have downtown as well, but it is across from a homeless shelter. A+ for easy contactless checkin, nice toiletries provided, and big TV with Roku (given activities were limited). When we did call the concierge to inquire about some of the advertised activities, the woman on the phone wasnt very knowledgeable. We did not have access to the ACAC or Common House due to COVID. The room itself is modern and simple - curtains and windowsills need thorough cleaning/updating. Would’ve been nice to have a mini fridge in each room rather than shared with other guests. Towels were thin, would expect higher quality.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Cathems wrote a review Jan 2020
Virginia132 contributions92 helpful votes
Visited with BFF for a NYE getaway. Loved the European boutique vibe. Nicely furnished and spacious compared to a typical hotel room. Bathroom shower was spacious and updated. Special touches throughout the room (L’occitane toiletries etc). There is a common area for guests on the second floor, which has coffee and water available. Noise level is fairly high. There may be apartments on the other side of the room, as a couple were having an argument which we could clearly hear, especially since their voices traveled through the bathroom exhaust fan. It was nice to have access to The Common House, a private club, (about 2 buildings down) with a roof-top bar, so expect some noise. It didn’t bother us since we realized it was NYE. The location is perfect and within walking distance to many shops, restaurants and theaters. Definitely would stay again and highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
BillieJo50 wrote a review Jan 2020
Raleigh, North Carolina7 contributions1 helpful vote
Our stay in the Merriweather room at the Townsman was very nice. The room was spacious and clean. We used the hall frig to store a soda - no problem. It was great to walk out the door and be in the heart of the downtown pedestrian mall. We may try a room on the top floor next time just so there’s no noise from above us.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Sarah S wrote a review Sep 2019
Dallas, Texas21 contributions12 helpful votes
We stayed in the Secretariat room. It was a little small but comfortable for two people average size people. The room and bathroom were nicely appointed and I felt like we were staying at a four star hotel. Having stayed at the Omni Charlottesville and the Boar's Head in the past, this room was just as nice. This room has a nice balcony to enjoy, although you cannot see anything from it since the walls are pretty high. The access to the building was a piece of cake, as was the parking situation. The best part about our stay at The Townsman was the location on the downtown mall. The hotel was quiet at night but we had immediate access to everything the mall has to offer, including the best coffee in Charlottesville (The Mudhouse) which is just downstairs. Overall, we had a great 4 night stay and look forward to returning!
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Date of stay: September 2019
virginian9 wrote a review Aug 2019
Newport News, Virginia1,612 contributions446 helpful votes
We visited Charlottesville in July to attend Camelot at the Paramount. Stayed at The Townsman in the Meriwether Room. This is not a standard "hotel." They e-mail you a parking pass and a confirmation and ID codes to open the front door and your room. There are no personnel on site. The price is right though...much less expensive than the Omni or other Charlottesville hotels in proximity to the theater. Room was OK. No view (except of the parking lot behind the building). Could see why other reviewers mentioned noise on the weekends. Several bars in close proximity. (They provide a white noise machine, but that wouldn't help if the clubs are loud.) There was a strong cleaner smell when we arrived. Housekeeping was just exiting when we got there at 4:00. Smell went away after a few hours. We had no problems with the shower...like many in Europe, you just adjust the handle and it stayed up fine for us. Towels and top quality bath products (no bath gel, only soap) provided. My biggest negative was the bed was ancient and uncomfortable. Probably wouldn't stay again...but if you are looking for a place close to the downtown mall, you might want to try them out. On a side note, there were lots of homeless people sleeping beside buildings on the mall and many aggressive panhandlers. If I were a solo traveler, I would not have been comfortable strolling on the mall.
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Date of stay: July 2019
$155 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Townsman
Which popular attractions are close to The Townsman?
Nearby attractions include Cville Escape Room (0.2 miles), The Paramount Theater (0.1 miles), and Historic Downtown Mall (0.01 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Townsman?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at The Townsman?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Townsman?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fleurie Restaurant, Sultan Kebab, and Hamiltons' at First & Main.
Is The Townsman located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Charlottesville.
Are there any historical sites close to The Townsman?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Unlocked History Escape Rooms (0.7 miles), The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio (0.9 miles), and Monticello (2.3 miles).