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We left Charlotte around 8am with our shortest drive yet, ~7 hours if straight through. The drive up I77 has been beautiful through the mountains but the kids had a rough morning, they were probably tired. We stopped for lunch in Roanoke Virginia and checked out the second biggest man made star and a great overlook of Roanoke valley! Afternoon has been better and less than 160 miles to Baltimore! So far 1610 miles + (we started the odometer in Brenham, TX) and 9 ...
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Around midnight I heard lots of yelling and exclamations. Shortly thereafter,Betsy walked in with the cash spilling out of her pocket. She was the big winner! The wives of the men, who I met the next weekend at a joint family camping trip, were all thrilled to have a woman beat their husbands. Several of them said, "you know, our husbands are really competitive." I just smiled and said, "you haven't met Betsy, have you?."
... in the Blue Ridge Mts. was to the top of "Old Rag" mountain. Ryan took us on this nine-mile loop. This was exactly the kind of hike that we know we won't be able to do probably some time in our 'nearish' future. It was at the outer limits for our quads and knees in terms of stamina. There was an extended section of climbing up, around, and under boulders at the top. You know other people think you are old when they keep offering ...
Wow, will our American history lessons, never cease? Today we went to Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. You all should know this place if you pick up a nickel and look at the "tails" side. This was the home of Thomas Jefferson and his family and his slave family. It is mostly original in terms of the structure, floors, furniture, books, windows, etc. As far as plantation/house tours ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Doubletree by Hilton Charlottesville
I have stayed in Hilton hotels for quite some time now. I must say that in the past, I haven't had the best experiences at this one. However, I have stayed at this hotel almost 3/4 of 2005 to this point. There have been tremendous improvements made to the place. As I read the others' reviews, I felt compelled to comment on some of the other users' remarks. First of all, you don't have to drive through the Sam's parking lot to get there, unless of course, you pass the Double Tree entrance. Second, in the times that I have stayed there (now & in the past), I have left my room several times with very expensive valuables (jewelry, laptops, wallet, etc.) in the open. Not once have I ever had anything stolen, even when they cleaned the room while I was gone. That must have been an isolated incident; which could happen in any hotel. Third, their rates have always been competitive, especially for the HIGH level of service I have received there in the recent few months. The bar/lounge on the 9th floor has come a long way since I stayed there last year. There is an older gentleman who works there in the A.M. who has a nice smile every time I visit. They have put a younger gentleman there at night that really seems to have a passion for helping people enjoy their visit and a strong interest in overall quality of the hotel. The housekeepers, though most don't speak too often, always smile or wave. When I come across maintenence men by the indoor pool or in the hall, they always have a great attitude towards their work.
Very good value for the price
I've been staying here for years and I can say that it's one of the best values in the Charlottesville area.
The location works well for me - up on a hill north of town overlooking Rt. 29 The rooms are a good size with large windows and a desk (it is a former hilton)
Try the crazy little Latin restaurant across the road for a good casual lunch. The hotel breakfast is well executed and the staff attentive. Overall a positive experience for the price - about $50 less than the Omni downtown with it's poor to indifferent service.
Under renovation but good
Stayed at the Doubletree October 5th - 7th, 2004 on a business trip. We had a 9th floor room which was spacious, very clean and updated with a brand new bed. This level also offered a concierage level room for breakfast and evening reception.
Other co-workers reported that some rooms on other floors had frayed wallpaper etc. but were overall good value.
The views of the mountains were beautiful from our room. Food was mediocre but that could have been the conference rather than the hotel's doing.
Note that if you are visiting downtown or UVA, this hotel is the fathest from there and the traffic can get very heavy.
We stayed at the Doubletree in July 2004. While our experience was not as bad as some reviewers, we did have to change rooms after we arrived because the first one we were given smelled like sour milk or vomit (not sure which). The staff responded quickly and helped move our stuff to another room - they even agreed that the room smelled awful. The location of this hotel was fine for us - Charlottesville is easy to get around. We had no problems getting to Monticello and the University. Because it is on the north side of Charlottesville it is actually the closest hotel to James Madison's Montpelier. I made the comment about the pool on the subject line because you walk by it on the way to the elevator to your room - it is a very nice indoor/outdoor pool. Incidently, it seems like most hotel elevators are agonizingly slow but the 2 elevators at the Doubletree got us to our floor as quick as any I've seen. There is a decent Latin restaurant diagonally across the highway from the hotel entry road call Pupusa Crazy.
If you're a corporate traveler looking for plush surroundings,brass handrails and shiny marble, this place is for you. For the rest of us vacation travelers with kids looking for something easy to locate with a decent view- skip this one. Hard to locate, thank goodness for internet maps!, you have to drive through a crowded Sam's Place parking lot to get there. The view, which I was looking forward to after driving over 300 miles, consisted of the parking lot next to the main entrance. The advertised outstanding view from the overpriced inhouse restaurant also consisted of staring at a dozen large overgrown trees growing next to the hotel- no view at all. The staff did seem nice and the pools (both indoor and outdoor) were very nice. Some remodeling was going on with noise being made both first thing in the morning and very late at night- both bad times for travelers. Charlottesville is a nice town-first time there-and wished we could stay longer. However it will be at a different hotel.
I absolutely loved the Doubletree. All of the staff here was wonderful! The rooms were very clean and accomadating. EVERYONE was so friendly and seemed to go out of their way to make you feel important. Any of the housekeeping staff that you passed in the hallways even stopped to ask how you were doing. One of the elevators was out of service while we were there, but even the mechanic who was repairing it, was very courteous. We will definitely stay here again, business or pleasure!
Unfortunately, we spent the night of April 15, 2004 at this hotel. My wife and I checked out early the next morning. An hour and a half down the road, 10 or 10:30 I realized that I had left my wristwatch on the bedside table. I called the hotel, explained my problem to the operator, who connected me to "housekeeping" who heard me tell them when I left, in what room I had stayed, where the watch was and what it looked like. They offered to send it to me. I thanked them and said that they needn't go to the trouble, if they would just secure the watch and hold it for me, as I could drive back through Charlottesville four days later, on the 19th. I was told that I could stop at the front desk and they would be able to help me. I asked if I would need to see a particular person, or be there at a particular time and was told "no, anyone will be able to help you."
Dissappointed with doubletree
Stayed in doubletree Charlottesville twice now but never again. First, the location is awful, right next to sams club and walmart, but miles away from UVa or Downtown. Secondly and more importantly, the fron staff is inept. Multiple problems with rooms, and service and credit cards and and over all feeling that they just didn't care. I've stayed at the omni. Better hotel and better location
A little disappointed
We stayed one night here in June, 2003, having gotten a discount rate through ... The motel was adequate, but not what we expected from the ad. One thing we expect is a spotless bathroom, and we had to wipe down the bathroom counter first of all, because it had several sticky rings left from the housekeeper's cleaner and/or pop can. We were given a room with a lovely view of the roof and air conditioning system (because we were discount customers?) There were guests bringing pet dogs in to stay overnight, which turned us off as well. Sorry to sound so negative--we do not consider ourselves fussy, but will choose another motel next time we visit Charlottesville.
Doubletree-even better than the Omni at a fraction of the price
Excellent facilities at a full service hotel. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Clean and beautifully decorated rooms. Conveniently located off US 29 near Sam's Club/Walmart and close to bagel shops, Krispy Kreme many full servfice restaurants and a shopping mall. Friendly and efficient staff. They were able to give us tips on local restaurants. We will DEFINITELY stay here again!