Charlottesville, an easy drive from both Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia’s capital, offers a wide array of motel accommodations for visitors. Whether you’re coming to visit the campus of the University of Virginia or nearby Monticello, you should be able to readily locate a motel property that offers the amenities you require at a price you can afford.
Courtyard by Marriott University/Medical Center
Located along the eastern edge of the University of Virginia campus, the Courtyard is an ideal choice for business travelers, according to Frommer’s. Rooms offer spacious desk/work areas and high-speed Internet access, and the motel serves up a hot breakfast buffet each morning and an evening reception with complimentary drinks and snacks Monday through Saturday. Recreational facilities include an indoor swimming pool and health club. Although the motel has no formal sit-down restaurant, it is located within walking distance of several eateries, including Basil Mediterranean Bistro, College Inn, Michael’s Bistro & Taphouse and Virginian.
Hampton Inn & Suites
This five-story, 100-unit motel lies close to Charlottesville’s free trolley line, making it easily accessible to downtown and the University of Virginia campus. Artwork depicting scenes of local interest decorate the walls of the motel’s two-story lobby. A large gas fireplace dominates the lobby area; guests who’d like a gas fireplace of their own can reserve one of the motel’s eight suites that are so equipped, according to Frommer’s. The motel has no restaurant but does serve a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning. Nearby restaurants include L’Etoile, Maya, Continental Divide, Grill Kabob House and Asian Express.
Holiday Inn University Area
Close to the UVA campus and about five miles from center-city Charlottesville, this seven-story, 170-unit motel is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. All of the motel’s rooms and suites feature microwave ovens, compact refrigerators and high-speed Internet access. Recreational facilities include an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Damon’s Sports Club Restaurant, located on site, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; children under the age of 12 eat for free.
Red Roof Inn
If you’re looking for plenty of amenities with a reasonable price tag, this motel should fit the bill nicely. Frommer’s reports that this Red Roof property is not only conveniently located but also offers accommodations that are “a cut above most other members of this inexpensive chain.” Right in the heart of Charlottesville’s Corner District, the seven-story, 135-unit motel is close to the UVA campus and downtown shopping. All rooms feature wireless Internet access, and pets can stay for no additional fee. Some units offer microwave ovens and mini-refrigerators. There is no on-site restaurant, but guests can walk to nearby eateries, including Jimmy Johns and the Mellow Mushroom.
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