Great Price, Location, Etc. A review of The English Inn
This hotel was a very pleasant one to stay in while spending a few days in Charlottesville. If you are looking for somewhere right in the historic district or right by the UVA campus, this probably isn't the best location (although it is a very short, easy drive to both areas); however, for me who spent a lot of my childhood near Charlottesville so knew where major shopping centers, backroads, etc. are, this was a very central and extremely accessible location. It is located right by one of the premium C-ville shopping centers, Barracks Road, but it is very quiet and has views of a nice wooded area (including some pretty mimosa trees).
I didn't want to stay in a big-name chain hotel for this trip, yet I wasn't willing or able to pay high prices for the more quaint locales. This was the perfect medium for my needs. With my AAA discount, the base price was about 82 dollars. As for the room we got for that price, it was decorated much like the nicer of the big chain hotels. Our room was more like a suite, so the foyer area was actually a little living room with its own tv and pull-out couch. There was also a little kitchenette area with a sink, fridge, and microwave. The tv in the bedroom area was a bit lacking in reception clarity, but that could've been solved by adjusting the cable (which I never bothered to do). The bathroom was roomier than most and the shower was great in that the water heated up very, very quickly and the pressure was excellent...plus the shower curtain rod was one of those that curves outward, so it appears to give you a little more room, which is always nice.
The common areas of the hotel were quite nice. The lobby was very beautiful with a sunken sitting area complete with fireplace (cutely decorated with christmas lights during our summer stay to look like there is a twinkling of fire in there), and the whole atmosphere is, indeed, that of an old English inn. By the desk there is an offering of mini-menus of the local restaurants, which was helpful. The complimentary breakfast was much more than most, with an assortment of really tasty hot food (I recommend the biscuits and gravy and the sausage links). There is also cereal, english muffins, bagels, toast, juices, etc. The only thing there that was lacking was the scrambled eggs...our first morning they were a little runny, the second morning they were a bit dry. There is a very nice looking indoor pool at the hotel as well, though we didn't get a chance to use it.
All in all, this was a very nice place to stay