Really nice hotel! A review of Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville
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.