Earned a free get away with the wife through business and could not have been happier with the hotel they chose for us, the Charlottesville Omni. The location is amazing. It sits at the beginning of a wonderful walking mall called Mainstreet that has restaurants, bars and shops. It was truly just a fun, relaxing and neat place to stroll, find dinner, have a drink and definately people watch.
The hotel itself was extremely clean with well updated rooms and common areas even though the hotel itself was probably built in the late 80's. The atrium is beautiful and the front desk staff was great. Maybe I'm just too much of a 3 star guy, but I thought the personalized wake-up calls which included the weather report was amazing! The bathroom was a bit cramped but was neat, refurbished with granite counters and very nice. The room also had a flat panel tv and was well appointed. The morning hot continetal breakfast was very nice, but I did not have to pay for it at around $12. They do serve free Starbucks in the lobby every morning and lemon and lime freshened ice water in the afternoon. And quiet honestly the lobby leather seats may have been the most comfortable seats I've ever just relaxed in. The hotel also is locatedon on the free downtown/UVA trolley. Take the full ride to get a feel of the town and campus but make sure to get off at the university sometime. Head to the rotunda (the kids were great and were very helpful with directions) and sign-up for the tour. You won't be dissapointed! Get back on the trolley when done and you'll be back at the hotel in less than 15 minutes.
We ate at several places in the Mainstreet area including the South Street Brewery. Good food and beer at a very good price but snobby almost disrespectful service. They are probably all UVA grad students about to rule the world, that aren't too happy to be finishing up their service industry career. However their beer sampler at $6 for 8 4oz beers was a great price! We also ate at the upscale Bar and Grille just a few steps from the Omni, again I didn't have to pay, but if you want a great steak and meal with fantastic service, this is probably the best (and most expensive) place on Mainstreet. Quite honestly the Mainstreet area has something for everyone. Including the ice cream shop that makes all their own ice cream which was very good!
We also at a place called the 12th Streert Brewery right on the trolley line. We had lunch and a beer there and the service and food were excellent.
Charlottesville itself is a great spot. Monticello is just a couple miles away, as well as Monroe's country place. If you go, you have to stop and have lunch at Michie Tavern. You'll have a great fried chicken lunch (all you can eat) ..try the stewed tomotoes it's worth it ! Then take a tour of the old tavern/inn and remind yourself how lucky you are to be at the Omni!!
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