Only a two-hour drive from Washington D.C., Richmond, Virginia, is the perfect weekend destination for interesting history, charming neighborhoods and streets, and beautiful natural scenery.

Richmond, though so close to Washington, D.C., was the capital of the Cconfederacy and feels like a completely different world than the urban, fast-paced lifestyle of the city. Here, you’ll enjoy visiting the museums, shopping in Carytown, grabbing a drink in Shockoe Bottom, and taking a walk along the James River. Here is Part One of your Richmond Weekend Guide: Where to Stay.

Omni Richmond Hotel

100 South 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 If location is important to you, and you enjoy quality hotels where you know what service to expect, check out the Omni Richmond Hotel. The hotel is located on a historic property and has an elegant contemporary vibe, boasting views of the James River. If you’re able to, get a room on a higher floor for the ultimate luxury experience. Right in the center of downtown Richmond, the hotel is equidistant from the popular neighborhoods of Carytown and Shockoe Bottom. When you step outside, you’re within walking distance of many high-rated cafés, restaurants, and bars. You’re also surrounded by history -- from the cobblestone streets to the row houses. For more information on the hotel amenities, visit their website here. [caption id="attachment_8903" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Richmond Courtesy of[/caption]

Linden Row Inn

100 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, 23219 Love Richmond’s history and want to experience as much as possible for yourself? Then you should reserve your stay at the Linden Row Inn. This is a historic property comprised of seven row houses that were built in the 1800s and have since been restored. The boutique inn will give you the “true Richmond” experience; it only has 70 rooms, all decorated in different styles. Read the full history of the hotel here. The Linden Row Inn is also centrally located in downtown Richmond, close to the state capitol and the Confederate museums. You can easily walk to many tourist attractions, and the hotel also offers an in-city shuttle within a two-mile radius for all their guests. You can get more information on what the hotel has to offer, here. [caption id="attachment_8904" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Richmond Courtesy of[/caption]

The Jefferson Hotel

101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220 The Jefferson Hotel is perfect for those that love architecture, famous people, and the glamour that a historic hotel can provide. It opened in 1895 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 for its distinct blends of architecture and its slew of prominent guests. In fact, 12 U.S. presidents have stayed at the hotel, as well as Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Make sure you stop to take pictures in the grand lobby and not miss the staircase, which was the inspiration for the movie Gone with the Wind. This hotel is also located in the downtown area next to shops, restaurants, and attractions. Get all the details on this beautiful hotel here. [caption id="attachment_8905" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Richmond Courtesy of[/caption]


Though not exactly a hotel, this is a great option for anyone looking to visit Richmond on a budget. For a weekend, you don’t really need a lot of room or amenities, as you’ll be spending most of your time outside exploring the city. There are many Airbnb options in Richmond for less than $100 a night, and often they’re in adorable historic buildings, getting you some of that same charm as a more expensive luxury hotel. Make sure you do the research as to where the Airbnb is actually located and confirm it’s in an easily accessible neighborhood that you like. [caption id="attachment_8906" align="aligncenter" width="639"]Richmond Courtesy of[/caption] With all these hotels, you’ll easily be able to experience Richmond and all the city has to offer! Stay tuned for Parts Two and Three of the Richmond Weekend Guide for tips on where to eat and drink, and best things to do. What do you think of visiting Richmond? Let us know in the comments below!

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