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Where to Stay in Richmond
Richmond's diverse history can be seen throughout the city and surrounding region, but visitors wanting to make the most of the cultural offerings will want to stay near downtown Richmond. The beautiful architecture in the Virginia State Capitol will demand a few hours of your time. If you're looking to explore Richmond's older neighborhoods, check out Shockoe Bottom and Church Hill, which is home to the Historic St. John's Church.
Richmond Hotel Tips
Richmond only encompasses about 60 square miles, most of which is densely packed. There are great options throughout the area, but staying near Richmond's downtown will give you the most flexibility. So much of the city's attractions are right there, and the junction of Interstates 64 and 95 provide access to other offerings in the greater Richmond area.
Because of Richmond's proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the summers are humid and the winters are mild. Precipitation is fairly consistent throughout the year, but Richmond can get several inches of rainfall in the late summer.
Richmond Hotel Recommendations
The Jefferson Hotel is Richmond is steeped in history: American Tobacco Company founder Major Lewis Ginter created the Beaux Arts building. Architectural embellishments of several styles pepper the six-story hotel, which includes a limestone-and-brick facade, Renaissance-style balconies and faux-marble columns. The Richmond landmark even has a museum explaining its history. The amenities and services are just as impressive: two restaurants, a bar, an indoor pool, a health club, a business center, a salon, massages, babysitting and laundry service.
Visitors who want to make the most of Richmond's diverse neighborhoods will enjoy The Berkeley Hotel, conveniently located at the edge of the city's downtown and the historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood. The hotel is literally steps away from Richmond's Central Business District and a short walk from the scenic Jamestown riverwalk. When you're done exploring your surroundings, come back to the Berkeley to enjoy a meal at its award-winning restaurant. When you retire for the night to your spacious guestroom, you'll get a great view overlooking several historic Richmond neighborhoods.
Sleek and modern, Richmond's Crowne Plaza Hotel complements the quainter and more historic buildings downtown. The triangular, 16-story building features reflecting glass windows, providing some of the best views of Richmond and the river. Guests have multiple dining options, whether you're looking for a meal at the mezzanine-level Pavilion Cafe or light fare in the lobby-level Great Room. Additionally, visitors staying at the Crowne Plaza get access to an indoor pool, an exercise room, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a business center and laundry service.
No matter where you want to go or how you want to get there, Richmond makes it convenient for you. Many of the neighborhoods are quite walkable for the visitor to Richmond. Also, the Greater Richmond Transit Company serves the city but only some of the outlying suburbs. Greyhound offers intercity bus service in Richmond. As of December 2010, discount carrier Megabus offers direct service to Richmond from Washington D.C., Hampton Roads, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Richmond lies right at the junction of Interstates 64 and 95, so if you do have a car, you can take a day-trip to just about anywhere in Virginia you'd want to go.