Richmond Travel Guide


Killer View: The Jefferson Hotel

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  Site Where: 101 W Franklin St [map], Richmond, VA, United States, 23220
August 17, 2006 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Although there is technically a parking lot in view, this shot of Richmond's skyline from room 606 of the Jefferson Hotel is still killer. We wonder how much this view has changed since the hotel opened in 1895.

One of the only hotels to grab the AAA 5 diamond rating, pretty much anywhere you look in this hotel provides a killer view. So if you're stuck in Richmond, the tobacco capital might look better from up above.

Related Stories:
· Richmond City View from The Jefferson - Room 606 [Flickr]
· Jefferson Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]


An Airport Hotel That Makes You Go "Mmmm..."

Where: 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC, Canada
February 17, 2006 at 2:22 PM | by | ()

It's not that we think airport hotels are bad, it's just that they are serve a wham bam thank you mam kind of crowd. Nobody really sets out to go stay at an airport hotel

However, thanks to a generous tipster, we discovered that the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Airport has many happy guests.

The room was very nice, clean, bright, floor to ceiling windows(overlooking [airport terminal] gates), huge bathroom, 2 sinks, separate shower, jet tub, bathrobes, plush towels, marble....Next morning 5am wake up call and was out of the hotel and downstairs, 10 minute walk to domestic terminal to catch our 7am flight.

Additionally, we heard the hotel serves up a delicious burger which is probably well deserved after gross airplane food.

Related Stories:
·Fairmont Vancouver Airport reviews [TripAdvisor]


Stuffed Bear Beaten in Hotel Lobby

November 14, 2005 at 1:14 AM | by | ()

Fox is reporting on a hotel brawl involving a group of inebriated business men and a stuffed animal. Slow news day? However, this is right up our alley.

The Holiday Inn in Richmond Indiana made headlines last Wednesday when their inanimate 5 foot, well dressed stuffed bear named Oliver was kidnapped from his happy lobby den and beaten by "a pack of bear hating businessmen."

After viewing the bear's kidnap/beating on a security tape from the building's elevator chamber, employees managed to find the 5-foot teddy bear later that day.

As Oliver is indeed inanimate and lacks the ability to speak, it seems unlikely that the fight was provoked. Still, the hotel decided not to get the cops involved, possibly due to the general sentiment that the bear had been through enough.

Oliver returned to his post in the lobby, despite losing his eye. We are not sure whether this is an isolated incident, but stuffed animals in hotels world wide should remain vigilant.

Related Stories:
·   Hotel's Stuffed Bear Mascot Beaten [Fox News]
·   Hotel Takes Stuffed Bear's Beating in Stride [Palladium]


Virginia Is For Lovers... Of New Hotels

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  Site Where: 6531 W. Broad St [map], Richmond, VA, United States, 23230
July 28, 2005 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Virginia, you might have heard, is for lovers. Which means there's bound to be plenty of lovers trolling the hallways of the newest member of the InterContinental Hotel Group's chain - the Crowne Plaza Richmond West. Formerly the site of the Holiday Inn Richmond, the 282-room Crowne Plaza has been given a facelift, with new carpet in the lobby and artwork, as well as a brand-new computer center, so you can check your eBay bids while on vacation.

What's there to do in Richmond? Well, it is amusement park season and Paramount's Kings Dominion is only a few miles from the hotel. Why not ride some rolly-coasters without lining the pockets of that creepy Mr. Six guy? Seriously, that dude freaks us out.


Pooch Friendly at the Jefferson

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  Site Where: 101 West Franklin St. [map], Richmond, VA, United States, 23220
June 14, 2005 at 4:26 PM | by | ()

If you're a dog person, and many of you are, then you appreciate a hotel who treats your dog, just like you, as the guest.

The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia is just that hotel. A historic southern hotel- it opened in 1895 - is complete with a grand center staircase said to be the model for the famous one in Gone with the Wind.

Back to the dogs...upon arrival the front desk at The Jefferson offers you and your pup a tin of gourmet doggie "cookies" and immediately inquires whether a doggie bed will be needed. Woof! That makes a happy dog-owner.

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The Only Way to Fly: The Fairmont Vancouver Airport

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  Site Where: 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC, Canada, V7B 1X9
January 7, 2005 at 7:29 AM | by | ()

When I think airport hotel, I think "seen one, seen 'em all", chain establishments heavy on departure location but light on fun. Then there's the exception that proves the rule, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Talk about wanting to re-schedule your flight!

This hotel is clearly designed with the business traveler in mind, yet it avoids that staid, boardroom feel. Even in your suite you forget you're in an airport (not near,in), largely due to the soundproofing that shields you from roaring engines and sonic oomph. The ultra-modern lobby, bright restaurant and lively lounge allow the busiest among us to let our hair (and laptops) down. This place swings!

It's the thoughts that count. I like the self-service airport check-in kiosk in the hotel lobby, the idea that healthy in-flight meals are sold onsite, and the hand massages available in the terminal below. For a full treatment, the hotel features a spa.

Best of all, it's in Vancouver, where your wide window brings in the mountainous scope of the Pacific Northwest. This atmosphere is anything but runway, you'll be looking for excuses to layover here on future flights.