Boutique Hotels in VA

by Mary Freeman

Virginia is not known for its boutique hotels, but a number are located around the state, especially in historic areas. Virginian boutique hotels are often opulent and design oriented, and tend to be larger than in other states in the U.S. A traditional American aesthetic pervades many of the hotels in the Old Dominion.

Suites at 249

Resting at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the historic district of Culpeper, Virginia, is Suites at 249, a boutique bed-and-breakfast hotel with a historic ambiance and luxury amenities. Each of the hotel's six rooms sports a different color palette, clean lines and intricate furnishings. Suites at 249 arranges upon-arrival refreshments for guests for a fee, including champagne, chocolates and even flower arrangements. The on-site spa offers deep-tissue and Swedish massages, pedicures and myofascial releases.

Hotel Palomar

Sweeping views of the Potomac River and the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, set the scene of the Hotel Palomar. Each guestroom and suite features modern, angular, clean furnishings and soft earth hues with dark brown and coral tones, accented with pops of primary colors. The hotel organizes limousine rides to and from the close-by airport, and the on-site concierge organizes trips to attractions in nearby Washington, D.C. The hotel spa offers massages, facial treatments, pedicures, manicures and body wraps.

Keswick Hall Hotel

Located in the historical area of Monticello in Charlottesville is the Keswick Hall Hotel. The guestrooms and suites -- all 48 of them -- feature Asian-influenced furnishing in green, gold and scarlet hues. However, the Virginian aesthetic is not lost in the hotel; selected Virginian morsels and tea are included as an in-room amenity, and a library of Virginian literature is available to all guests. Also on the grounds is an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, and equipment rental and golf lessons are available to guests of the hotel.

Craddock Terry Hotel

Once a shoe factory and now a boutique hotel, the Craddock Terry was built in the early 1900s. Today, the hotel includes reminders of its shoe making past, including the use of a wooden shoe box to contain guests' breakfast and a large red shoe logo affixed to the hotel's facade. Turn-of-the century antiques furnish many of the 44 rooms at the Craddock Terry. A small terrier acts as the hotel's official greeter and is a friend to everyone that passes through its doors.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.