There’s nothing like noise to spoil an otherwise perfectly fine accommodation. Especially when you are booked for several days and you know that you are going to either make an issue out of it or just pull out the earplugs. I did too little of the former and too much of the latter. We were booked into the newly constructed and separate building across the parking lot/reception area. We had a King Suite, room 11M on the ground floor. It shared common walls with three other rooms. We could hear conversations within the two adjoining suites on the same level, but we were lucky, they were rare. The occupants of those rooms were considerate, probably just as aware of us as we, them. However from above, heavy feet fell back and forth, to and fro, drawers slammed, chairs banged, suitcases plopped and dropped. And when the sofa bed above us came out and landed on the floor--boom! Why would anyone build a new building designed for sleeping and allow inexpensive and cheap noise-conducting materials to be used? I’m guessing there were aluminum beams and a hollow space between the upstairs suite’s floor and our ceiling—as unfortunate as it was permanent. If you intend to stay in the new wing ask for a 2nd floor suite and be kind to the people below you. Otherwise be prepared for the occasional jolt from sleep when people move around upstairs, especially if they are late carousers or early risers—or both.
Within the suite, yes, everything looked and seemed new, but cabinets were staring to come unhinged and the walls bounced, not absorbed, sound. The bathroom fan went on loudly when we switched on the lights--there was no choice. In the middle of the night it was no secret when we had to use the loo.
I had no idea if the older main building had the same problems. I do know that if we had been booked into a 2nd floor suite in our same building we would have enjoyed our stay far, far more. It was clean. There was a buffet breakfast, a huge pool, Internet in the room (bring your Ethernet cable) among other perks. The Inn had an unique feel inside and out, a big plus in my book. It was very well located for us as we intended to do and see more (like Monticello, Montpelier, lower Skyline Drive, eat pizza in Crozet, etc.) than just explore downtown Charlottesville, which we did. (Hint: while downtown, park in a garage as parking is at premium. Then stroll along the downtown outdoor mall and eat alfresco at a restaurant of your choice.) The English Inn is at the upper range of a budget accommodation, but it is a good value. Except for those thin walls and hollow ceilings, mind you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 106 well-appointed rooms and suites. Enjoy all the pleasures of a fine Charlottesville hotel blended with the charm of a country inn. You’ll find the heart of the English Inn is our dedication to uncompromising quality and exemplary personal service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The English Hotel Charlottesville
- English Hotel Charlottesville