Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville
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Gave our room to someone else..
Traveling with my wife and 20 month old son we decided to split our
trip to my parents in half and stay in Charlottesville after we found this hotel that provided a suite. Booked the room 1 month+ in advance, checked in at 6:00PM - was greeted with "oh, this is the problem, we overbooked and gave your room away" nice way to explain it. They provided a free room (I would have rather paid the $250 for a good nights sleep) .
Hotel is nice a clean, breakfast was really good.
TV in the room has a bad menu system on it and the picture looks horrible no HD channels on a HDTV.
Nice Stay at the HGI Charlottesville
Just returned from a 1 night stay at the HGI Charlottesville. The hotel is easy to get to and is brand new. The room was as requested--2 queen beds, upper floor, near elevator. Even though we were near the elevator we never heard any noise from it.
Check in was quick and easy. Parking was plentiful and free. Our room was over looking a pond in the back and the Jefferson outpatient
hospital. The area was quiet and very convenient to the highway.
There is an Eckerd close by, as well as Applebee's and a grocery store. It was easy to get into town, and the hotel had nice printed directions to and from local attractions.
The business center provided computers with internet access which made it nice to keep up with things at home as well as print out maps
to our destinations.
The indoor pool was a nice place for our DD to get some exercise and have some fun. Towels were provided at the pool.
HGI also includes a refrigerator and microwave in the room which is a nice touch when traveling with a family. The bathroom was nice and had granite counters and the bowed shower curtain rod. Only downside is the vanity area is in the bathroom with the toilet and shower so two people getting ready at the same time could be difficult.
The room had a nicer color scheme than the first generation HGI. The beds were comfortable and the TV was a nice flat screen version with plenty of channels. A desk and easy chair round out the furniture in the room. The lighting was good, as was the storage space.
There is a restaurant available on site, but we didn't eat there. Some rate plans include breakfast; if you don't have it included with your room rate it is about $9 a person. There were cookies at the front desk when we checked in.
Check out was quick and easy from the room. This was a nice place to stay, and I would stay here again if we were ever in the area.
I stayed here for 7 nights. The hotel paid a lot of attention to details that just made the stay a little more pleasant. For example, the floor lamp could be turned on with your foot, the cremora for coffee was liquid instead of powder, duvet covers, etc. I was attending a course on the campus of UVA and therefore I used the shuttle daily. Much to my surprise, the service and drivers were always reliable.
The food at the restaurant was above average for a hotel restaurant. All of the hotel staff were friendly and courteous. If I return to the Charlottesville area, this hotel would be my first choice for lodging.
Went on a girls trip to Charlottesville and stayed here for the weekend. The newly built hotel is located right off of 250 about 10 minutes from the downtown mall area. The hotel offers free parking. Service was excellent from the moment we checked in. The friendly people behind the front desk remembered us throughtout our stay and always made a point to greet us and ask us how our stay was going. We stayed in a 1 bedroom evolution suite which was clean and spacious. The suite had a sitting room with a pull-out sofa, microwave, little fridge, flat screen tv and 1/2 bath, and the attached bedroom had a comfortable king-size bed, another flat screen tv and large bathroom. Ask for a room that faces the pond in the back. The back of the hotel has a nice sitting area that overlooks the pond and fountain. We spent one late afternoon sitting back there drinking wine and enjoying the weather. In terms of food, the hotel has a small restaurant that serves a full American breakfast with eggs, bacon, fruit, pastries, etc. and even makes omelettes to order. They also offer dinner in the evenings but we never ate there during our stay. The location of the hotel was accessible to the downtown mall area and many local wineries. Overall, we had a great experience at the Hilton Garden Inn and would definitely be back for another stay.
Better Than Home
Can you believe I stayed in a hotel in my own home town?
I had a house full of guests coming in for an Oyster Roast the same day I came down with a bad flu complete with nausea. My husband and daughter had the party under control so I opted to spend the night away. It was under $100. and I was able to get early check in. Every thing was great. Free Parking, Friendly Staff, new clean room, great business center, Great Breakfast! (my stomach had settled down by the next morning) and even a beautiful view. I was very comfortable even in my ill condition and I am very, very picky. I like my Tempur-Pedic foam mattress overlay and my just right Pacific Coast Down around pillow and usually pack them up and take them where ever I go. I was just too ill to lug all my stuff. I had studied the Hilton Garden Inn's and found out a lot of their locations have a Garden Sleep System Bed (They often call their Evolution Rooms). The King Bed has a similar type Foam topper to my one at home and it was even adjustable. I had trouble finding the adjustment controls on the side of the bed but the front desk helped me find it. Their pillows were down filled and just right. The TV was wonderful and the microwave and fridge were a blessing. The bath had a curved out shower rod, good strong water pressure in the shower, fluffy towels and adequate bath amenities. I was very impressed and I like places like The Jefferson in Richmond, VA, The Ritz at Tyson's Corner, VA (near DC), The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV and St Regis in Houston. Of course this little spot was no Ritz but it was a wonderful healing heavenly place for me to escape to.
I look forward to checking out other Hilton Garden Inns.
Wow. Book it while you can.
Beautiful, brand new property. Stayed for one night in March, 2007. Brightly lit, extremely clean property. I got a rate under $100 with AAA and wonder if that will remain as it becomes more popular. Free wireless internet. Refrigerators and microwaves in rooms. Movies in rooms if that interests you. Widescreen, plasma tvs in rooms. I was booked into a king room and the rooms were good size with larger than average bathrooms. Located on edge of town and very quiet. Open parking free of charge. Pantry available in lobby. Gym and business center.
Away from the city centre but not bad
My wife and I had decided togo away for the weekend and noticed this new Garden Inn had opened so decided to try it. Located just one minute off I-64 so ideal for those looking for a stop over from a long highway drive and it is situated in a new development overlooking a lake out the back. Overall rather pleasant.
As a Hilton HHonors Gold member I enquired about a room upgrade but was told the hotel was rather full and given two breakfast vouchers instead. Apparently there are only a handful of suites at this property so worth bearing in mind if you are Hilton Diamond/Gold and hoping for that larger rooms.
The room itself was pleasant, not huge, not pokey and we had the nice lake view over the back. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well.
We had the breakfast the following morning and the staff were great, frequent OJ and coffee/tea top ups and smiles all round. The food itself wasn't bad, a good selection of hot and cold options with chefs on hand to cook omelettes as desired.
Would I stay here again? Well the hotel is fine but we paid almost $160/night for a weekend which seemed a bit high. Then again hotels in Charlottesville are often in high demand with UVA games so maybe it wasn't all bad.
Let me just start by saying it is a really nice, clean brand new hotel. But there is nothing special. First the TV's are not HD they are just flat screen so the quality is horrible. Also they do not have room service for Breakfast at all. Now I will say the location is wonderful and the there is free high speed internet.
Now the bad part. We checked in, the lady at the front desk said we could have a late checkout that we had requested. We DID NOT tell her a time. She told us 2pm. Well our last day they called us at 11:15am and said that checkout was at 11AM. We kindly explained they had said 2pm, and she had said that they would never do that. We had called back and she argued saying over and over that they would never agree to that. Let me tell you when we left it was the same girl that checked us in. And as we were leaving we had made eye contact and she ran off into the back room. Well that showed us she knew she was wrong, but we had to be out by 12PM.
I am not saying don't stay here, but it's not worth the money. Go to the Holiday Inn farther down 64west and they treat you ten times better and the hotel does not lie to you about the amenities.
Really nice hotel!
We greatly enjoyed a 2-nights' stay over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We booked over the hotel website, and with a AAA discount were able to get a rate of just over $134 for a VERY LARGE 2-room king-bedroom suite.
The 2 rooms was important to us because our children are small and we like to have a separate room to stay up and watch TV after they're in bed for the night. (I find too often rooms with a pull-out sofa are billed as "suites" even if it's just one room; not so in this case.) The suite had a full bath off the bedroom that was HUGE--with a very large jacuzzi tub and separate shower. The living room (pull-out sofa for the kids) had a toilet/sink bathroom. There's also a little fridge and microwave.
The hotel I think is very new--everything was spotless and the bed was very comfortable. It has an indoor pool and a little exercise room--smallish, but perfectly fine for us. The indoor pool is always welcome when we travel with the kids. There is a little bar/restaurant that offers room service, although we did not use it. Our only complaint was that the pay-per-view wasn't working the first night. The free wireless Internet did work, though and we made a lot of use of that planning out our itineraries and checking resaurant reviews on our laptop. We didn't interact much with the staff, but they seemed pleasant when we did.
The hotel is in an office park--probably about a 10-minute drive from downtown (Mall area) of Charlottesville, so that was a downside. It is VERY far set back from the road, however, which made it very quiet, and our room looked out on a little manicured lake with a fountain, so it was a pleasant view. In the end, I didn't mind the drive we did, since the purpose of our trip this time was more to see the presidents' homes and a trip to Appomattox than the downtown area. You can pay for parking (which we did--$6 at the lot we used) if you go into town at night for dinner.
Great full-service hotel
The hotel is huge! Tons of space, meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant, and room service. Charlottesville doesn't have many full service hotels (I think the Omni and the Doubletree are the only other two), so it's nice to have a good one.
In terms of status, my Hilton Diamond status got me the two full breakfast coupons (with two kids eating for free), but no upgrade. I was told upon check-in that there just weren't any suites available (but they do have them).
The room was basic, but had a nice fridge. There's an indoor pool (another rarity in C'Ville) that wasn't very large, but it was nice and deep in parts (the kids loved it).
The breakfast was excellent with cooked-to-order items. It's also open for lunch and dinner, with a small bar. The lobby was well-maintained with two fireplaces and areas to relax in. There were some Christmas parties going on in the conference areas of the hotel, so I didn't have a chance to check them out.
The (not so) bad
Aside from not getting an upgrade to a suite (which, honestly, you can't count on anyway), the only bad part of this hotel is location. It's located East of town near the Martha Jefferson medical center. Within 1/4 a mile of the hotel are some shops and restaurants (Giant Foods, CVS, Aunt Sarah's Pancake House, Applebees, McD's, Taco Bell, etc. -- though if you want some good food, go to the Tip Top Diner ... you don't be disappointed). It's easy to get there hopping off I-64 (it's about 45 minutes to Richmond from there), but if you're going to the UVA Campus, it's a bit of a schlep (though, since it's Charlottesville, it's only a 10-minute drive, but there's some traffic on this route).
But if you don't mind driving, it's really not that bad of a location. Overall, I'd stay here again as it might be the nicest Hilton property in C'Ville.
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