We stayed two nights in July in the Katelyn Room, which is huge with a nicely appointed bathroom. The photographs on their website do not do it justice really. After the initial check-in where all information is provided, we were left in peace. A guide in the room also provides more suggestions for activities and restaurants etc. Susan and Jeff were always contactable, but not overbearing or intrusive, which is how we like it. Breakfast also was ideal for us and incredibly generous, vegetarian quiche, a giant fruit salad with a mix of berries, citrus, nectarine etc (not bulked out with melon as so often is the case), separate slices of melon, cereal choices, bread, muffins, preserves, muesli bars, boiled eggs, cheese, milk, yoghurt, coffee, hot water for tea etc . It was all laid out for us to help ourselves to as much as we liked.
Back to the room, the bed was very comfortable, there were chairs as well to relax in, and the airconditioning was effective but not noisy. Jeff's building skills are evident throughout the house with beautiful restoration and everything functioning as it should. There is also a lounge downstairs available to guests, but we did not make use of this.
It is a very short, level walk to the historic district and mall, and off street parking felt safe. We had no issues with noise at all. Regarding the less positive reviews, it is clear why those people marked the property down but equally the offering is set out on the website and clarified in the prompt correspondence with Susan when booking, so if you are looking for ever-present very chatty hosts, and a fixed hot breakfast with limited choice, then this is not the place for you. For us, Leathers was perfect and I certainly hope nothing changes so that if we are in Charlottesville again, we have this excellent, reasonably priced accommodation option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Urban Victorian B & B conveniently located in the Heart of Charlottesville VA. You will enjoy exploring all that Charlottesville has to offer from our central location! Located two blocks from the lively pedestrian mall in downtown Charlottesville and close to the University of Virginia, Monticello, John Paul Jones Arena, the Pavilion, the Paramount Theater. Walk to UVA, theaters, musical venues, and over 50 restaurants. The Inn is elegantly restored and comfortably decorated with period antiques and all the modern amenities of air-conditioning, wireless Internet, cable TV and more! The Leathers-Snyder House is a perfect setting for a small wedding, meeting, party or any intimate occasion! ... more less