My boyfriend and I stayed over a weekend in the Zimmerman Suite on the third floor of the inn. The innkeeper, Albert, was a gracious and attentive host and the multi-course breakfast both days was absolutely fantastic, with a third course from his and his wife's other business, Carytown Cupcakes. (Carrot cake on day #1; lemon-thyme on day #2. Yum!) The two resident Yorkies, Bear and Peanut, were very sweet. If you're not a dog person, you'd barely know they were there, but once we made it clear that we love dogs, Albert brought them out to say hi. The major pluses? A salt water pool and gorgeous, period furnishings and fixtures. The common rooms are stunning. Minuses? First, we originally wanted to stay Saturday and Sunday nights but were told that a Saturday check-in was not possible, which seemed very strange to me. But Albert was very apologetic and we altered our plans accordingly so that we could arrive on Friday. Second, though each suite has its own bathroom, none are en suite, so you have to leave your room to get to your shower/sink/toilet. There is a small sink in each suite, but that's not helpful at 3 am when you stumble out of bed to use the bathroom. Shower pressure could have been better, but that's to be expected perhaps in a house built in 1910. That said, however, the bathroom was spotless, nicely appointed, and the deep, claw foot tub was wonderful. If you're a light sleeper, you might have trouble. It's an old house with hardwood floors and if you're in one of the two suites on the third floor and the other suite is occupied, you will definitely hear your neighbor, but that's pretty standard for B & B's, so if that sort of thing bothers you, bring earplugs. If it really bothers you, you'd likely be happier in a hotel anyway. Overall, a comfortable stay in a beautiful home with an incredibly friendly and welcoming host.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grace Manor Inn is at the heart of the Historic Fan District of Richmond, Virginia, one block from Monument Avenue and walking distance to many restaurants and museums. The Capitol area, VCU, University of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Convention Center are all within five miles of the Inn. Grace Manor Inn had four large two-room suites with private bathes, each individually decorated with treasures from the past, and conveniences of today. ... more less