Richmond Hotels and Accommodation
(Richmond, Virginia - VA, USA)
Budget accommodation is quite scarce in Richmond and a large percentage of the hotels are actually made up of chains. For some of the cheapest lodging available in the city, the Massad House Motel really stands out and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Richmond, being a good place to base yourself if you are in town for a festival or event, such as the popular SunTrust Richmond Marathon each November.
There are some reasonably priced hotels close to the Richmond International Airport (RIC)
, which is some 7 miles / 11 km to the southeast, next to Lewis Gardens. Accommodation particularly close to the airport and also very near to the Laburnum Park Shopping Center includes the Candlewood Suites on Audubon Drive, the Super 8 Motel on Williamsburg Road, and on South Laburnum Avenue, both the Hyatt Place and Wyndham hotels.
Where to Stay
The cheapest hotels in Richmond tend to be extremely basic, with little in the way of facilities and located well away from the city center, along roads such as the Midlothian Turnpike US-60.
Close to Bellwood Manor, the National Battlefield Park, and just off the Richmond - Petersburg Turnpike (Interstate I-95), is the very affordable Econo Lodge, while on the northern side of central Richmond, in the Lakeside area, is the Travelodge on Brook Road. Although receiving mixed reviews, the Travelodge is well-placed and only 2 miles / 3 km from the Virginia State Fairgrounds and the International Raceway, being near to Belmont Park and right next to the Brook Hill Azalea Shopping Center.
If you are prepared to pay a little more for your accommodation, then you will find that not only does the standard of lodging improve, but also the location. The three-star Hilton Garden Inn Downtown is an especially popular hotel and is to be found on East Broad Street, where it stands just across from the Greater Richmond Convention Center (GRCC), which serves as the biggest exposition venue in Virginia. Also located on East Broad Street is the similarly priced Marriott Hotel, which is just a few blocks away from the East Campus of the Virginia Commonwealth University.
Luxury accommodation is far from being widespread in Richmond, although the five-star Jefferson Hotel really does stand out and serves as the city's oldest and most upmarket. Dating back to 1895, the Jefferson is situated on West Franklin Street and is near to innumerable shops, restaurants and also the Virginia State Capitol and the Monroe Park Historic District. Somewhat cheaper is the four-star Westin Hotel on West Broad Street, which is sited on the northwesterly side of Richmond and approximately 1 mile / 1.5 km from Monument Avenue.