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Help with first-time visit to Richmond

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Help with first-time visit to Richmond

Hello:

We'll be flying into Richmond (from Arizona) in October - our first time there - then will be driving to N. Carolina to visit friends.

We'll have two nights and one-and-a-half days.

Our flight arrives late Fri. night and we'll pick up a rental car.

On Sat. we plan to drive to Monticello, spend a few hours, then come back to Richmond and leave on Sun. mid-day, driving to N. Carolina.

My question is - where should we stay in Richmond that would work for Monticello, seeing some other sights (like Hollywood Cemetary, Maymont, etc) then driving to N. Carolina.

The few hotels that look interesting are:

the Jefferson

the Omni downtown

Museum District B&B (though I think it's booked when we'll be there)

the Berkeley Hotel

They seem to be in areas where there are restaurants/shops.

OR, we could stay somewhere outside of Richmond in a more generic chain hotel for a better price . . .

As we've never been to this part of the country, any help is much appreciated!!!

Thanks,

Carol

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1. Re: Help with first-time visit to Richmond

You're on the right track. Any of those places would be very nice, and would give you a better sense of what Richmond is like away from the generic suburbs. Because the hotels you mention are downtown, it's probably best to use valet parking, so factor that in. All are walkable to nice places to eat.

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2. Re: Help with first-time visit to Richmond

There is two best options in my humble opinion and you already pick them. One is to stay in downtown and be able to see what it can offer: Riverwalk, Cary street, ext. The best place to stay here because it such a unique place is The Jefferson hotel. When you see it lobby you will hold your breath. Another stay on outskirts, may be closer to highway and Monticello. The best option probably West End of the city with Short Pump area mall. One of the best options is Hilton Short Pump where is plenty of restaurants around, next to highway 64 leading to Monticello. Another option is the Hyatt house which located in a middle of Short Pump mall.

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3. Re: Help with first-time visit to Richmond

The Jefferson is a gorgeous hotel and is an attraction in itself--they have a fantastic happy hour on weekdays. However, it's in kind of a weird area (I used to live a block away). There are several nice restaurants, but unless it's a first Friday, the "art district" can be very quiet. It's a very "authentic" neighborhood and by that I mean it is both really nice and really marginal. You're a ten minute walk from the VCU area, and maybe 15 from downtown. Setting yourself up there will not necessarily afford you a better jumping off point for Richmond, and if you aren't spending a lot of time in your hotel room, the Jefferson might be needlessly expensive. The Omni is a good spot if you want nightlife, and Shockoe slip is good if you do want to feel like you're really experiencing Richmond. Otherwise, just go for something affordable and try to avoid Short Pump.

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