The Jefferson is admittedly the 'Grande Dame' among Richmond hotels but the Berkeley is in a more interesting and lively neighborhood, and is more affordable besides. Visit the Jefferson to see the breathtaking public spaces but stay at the Berkeley!
The Berkeley is located in the Shockoe Slip neighborhood, which has many restaurants, bars, boutiques and even a deli/market adjacent. It's a quaint old neighborhood and eminently walkable. You can eat--and drink--to your heart's content without worrying about driving afterward. Check out TA's Richmond restaurant reviews for some good suggestions.
Right out your front door, follow cobblestoned Cary Street down the hill, past Shockoe Slip and into the area called Shockoe Bottom where you should switch over to Main Street and continue past the train station to one of the liveliest night-life areas in the region.
During the day, Thomas Jefferson's stunning Capitol Building is also only three blocks away (in the other direction) and well worth the visit. Dating from 1785, it is the first neo-classical building in the New World and home to the oldest continuously elected law-making body in the Western Hemisphere.
The Berkeley's staff is gracious, charming and always helpful. Rooms are reasonably spacious, comfortable and clean. And there is free wifi thank god! Do note that during weekend nights there is a lot of activity in the area especially on the other side of the train station. Take an upper-floor room and/or one on the back of the hotel if this is an issue for you. Cary Street and Main Street get to hopping especially when the weather's good!
Spring for one of the upper-floor suites with balcony if you can. There is a gym across the street where guests have complimentary access to a fully equipped health club.
If you do drive, check out Carytown, Windsor Farms, the Fan and Church Hill. And of course the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts--one of Richmond's best-kept secrets.
BTW, you can park your car overnight in a nearby covered parking garage for $5 and save the valet fee if you like. Also, there are always cabs across the street at the Omni.
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