Lodging in Fredericksburg, VA

by Edwin Thomas

Fredericksburg is a small city, but its location just west of I-95 in the middle of two of Virginia's largest urban areas gives it a disproportionate number of hotels. At least six motels and chain hotels are located within a half-mile of the I-95 exit alone, and beyond these are hotels and inns situated away from the highway and in the center of Fredericksburg.


The choice of lodgings in Fredericksburg might be heavily influenced by why a traveler is there. A tourist interested in Fredericksburg itself will want to stay in the 40-block historic district on the Rappahannock River, an area that dates to the early 18th century and was the site of a major Civil War battle. Fredericksburg also is 50 miles from both Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. Visitors planning a trip to either city will want to stay close to the I-95 exit, or perhaps the VRE commuter railway station.

Best Western Fredericksburg

For visitors planning on making the drive to Washington, the Northern Virginia suburbs or Richmond, the Best Western enjoys a solid location on the Plank Road (Route 3). The I-95 interchange is less than a quarter-mile from the hotel, and should patrons want to drive into historic Fredericksburg, they need only to follow Route 3 down to Dixon Street and turn left. The hotel is the type of mid-ranger one would expect from the Best Western chain, and is across the street from a Mexican restaurant.

Inn at the Olde Silk Mill

This reasonably priced, 30-room hotel is more than 80 years old, so the antique appointments such as the marble-top dressers and canopied beds suit it well. The inn also has something of the theatrical about it. According to Frommer's, it is a favorite of the Civil War re-enactors who always seem to be in and out of the Fredericksburg area for events in town or the area. The inn also hosts murder mystery parties, and groups of guests can arrange to schedule one for their own entertainment.

Richard Johnson Inn

Comprising a pair of conjoined 18th century brick houses, the Richard Johnson Inn is in the heart of the historic district and is Frommer's top-ranked hotel in the Fredericksburg area. In the fashion of so many small inns, each of the Richard Johnson's nine rooms are different, from The Old Town with its mural and single king bed to the Isabella Suite with its kitchenette and living room. The inn permits pets in the two rooms located off of the courtyard, although pets cannot be left unattended.