Great full-service hotel A review of Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville
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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