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“What a budget hotel should be” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Excel Inn & Suites

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Excel Inn & Suites
Ranked #28 of 35 Hotels in Charlottesvill...
Jupiter, Florida
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a budget hotel should be”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

Nothing fancy. The rooms are small, but they are clean and comfortable and the employees were friendly and helpful. The heat worked fine. The train is noticeable, but not too bad. We walked to the Afghan restaurant nearby and had a great dinner.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

The 3 of us stayed March 5, 2014. The room was ice cold when we arrived. Immediately turned heat/ac unit on high heat. Left to give room time to warm. Came back 3 hrs later, room still not warm. No heat at all in bathroom. Heat unit finally got room warm. Did get a portable heater to go in bathroom. Noise from trains off and on all night plus noise from neighboring rooms sounded like bodies being slammed against the walls. Mattresses were worn out. We were there because 1 of our party had to be at hospital the next morning. I did inform reception desk at check in that we were there for that reason. We got a whole $4.00 discount. Really???? This room was $64 for 1 night and it was, by far, the most miserable night any of us have ever had in a motel.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Floyd, VA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

This is an older motel that has been well kept over the years and has a wonderfully friendly and helpful staff. I recently stayed with them while my wife had major surgery at the UVA Medical Center and received a special discount. Be sure and mention if you're a "hospital family". The room was always clean and it was nice to have the min-fridge and microwave. Now, if you're expecting something that will compare with the other hotels that cost 3-4 times as much, you're going to be a little disappointed (as most do that are that close to campus but for the price, this little place is hard to beat. The manager said they are planning to remodel the bathrooms this year (they did lack places to set or hang things).

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

The staff there are very friendly and helpful. Considering the price, the rooms are simple and clean. The one drawback is that the property is backed up against an active freight line. The trains move slowly by at night, and you can count the number of cars by the number of clanks as the cross the joint in the tracks. Take some Z-quill with you and you'll sleep through it.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Northern Virginia
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76 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

If you are interested in a cheap rate compared to other Charlottesville hotels that are close to the JPJ Arena and within walking distance from UVa campus, then this is for you. But you get what you pay for. Trade price and convenience with quality. The rooms are clean, but very small and spartan. The bathroom is especially small with no shelving or vanity space for anything. The shower did not generate more than a few minutes of hot water enough for just one shower. And you will hear the train rolling by your window about twice during the night.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dumfries, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

This is a bare minimum hotel and priced so. Don't expect posh for the minimal charge to stay. It is clean, decent, and has friendly staff. You get a microwave and refrigerator, so that was an unexpected bonus. Bring your shower bag, as you will get only a shampoo bottle and a bar of soap. Breakfast is meager, but ok. If you are staying for a few days, supplement from Harry Teets just down the road. That's what makes the fridge so great. It is wonderfully located and allows you to explore the college by foot. Many restaurants are within walking distance (including The Corner and a diner right across the street) and many more a short drive along HWY 29.

Aside from the train track behind the hotel, I have zero complaints. Would definitely recommend it for bargain travelers.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is not affected by the nightly running of trains.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Roanoke, Virginia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Great location--the property backs up to the Cavalier Marching Band's practice field and is an easy walk to Scott Stadium, JPJ and a nearby shopping center. Be aware, though, they jack the rates up on football game weekends (this past weekend was $188 per night with tax and had a 2-night minimum). The room was relatively clean but small; the bathroom had mismatched patches of tile from previous repairs; there was only 1 chair; the train track is just a few yards away; there wasn't even a box of tissues in the room; and while the desk clerks were nice it took 3 tries to get both our room keys to work. Long and short of it--this is a $70 per night hotel in a prime location.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Donna S
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Additional Information about Excel Inn & Suites

Property: Excel Inn & Suites
Address: 140 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1729 (Formerly Budget Inn)
Region: United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 35 Hotels in Charlottesvill...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Excel Inn & Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the University of Virginia, we at Excel Inn & Suites (formerly Budget Inn Charlottesville) welcome you to Charlottesville and Central Virginia! Our central location is ideal walking distance to University of Virginia (Rotunda, Grounds and The Corner), JPJ (John Paul Jones) Arena, Scott Stadium, Klockner Stadium and Barracks Road Shops and Dining. A short drive will place you at Monticello, Ash Lawn, Michie Tavern, Vineyards and Historic Downtown Mall. The University of Virginia Hospital and medical facilities are a short dive distance. Our Excel Inn & Suites is a SMOKE-FREE facility offering Standard and Suite room types. Complimentary to our guests...Hot Continental Breakfast w/ Waflles, Coffee and Computer Lounge. In room amenties include LDC TV w/ cable, USB charge station, free Local & Long Distance Calls (USA & Canada), Microwave / Fridge, Iron & Iron board, Safe and Hair Dryer. ... more   less 
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