What We Love
- Unique yet understated design reflects the campus culture and local history
- Convenient access to downtown, just a mile away
- Free bikes, in kicky orange and complete with baskets, make for fun exploring
What To Know
- The hotel is just a minute's drive (or 15 minute walk) from the UVA campus
- Parking is available for a daily fee; there’s no self-parking
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Handsome, college-inspired digs with modern amenities just steps from the University of Virginia
Talk about too cool for school. It’s hard to top the beautifully curated style brimming from this 134-room property, located just steps from the University of Virginia. A former budget hotel, the space has been beautifully transformed, starting with the eye-catching lobby, which is anchored by a card catalog turned check-in desk that also houses a vintage train display. On the second floor a decked-out game room with ping-pong and shuffleboard tables and an outdoor television invites laid-back lounging. The airy rooms and suites, meanwhile, feature unique decor that makes clever references to UVA and Charlottesville culture, from a vintage print of a raven (Edgar Allan Poe once attended the university) to the Wahoo sculptures hanging above the beds, a wink to the popular nickname of the school’s teams. There’s even a rooftop restaurant, not to mention the Sheepdog coffee shop in the lobby, which offers La Colombe coffee and pressed juices from the Juice Laundry as well as cider donuts and artisanal breads, cheeses, and honey.
In the Area
A history lesson sure to delight wine lovers can be found along the nearby Monticello Wine Trail, which features some of the best vineyards in Virginia’s exploding wine industry. Grab a picnic lunch of local cheese and charcuterie at the Salt artisanal market; a fitting spot to start tasting is at Jefferson Vineyards, which traces its roots to 1774, when Thomas Jefferson got his start in winemaking. Other recommended stops among the 30 wineries include the eco-friendly Blenheim Vineyards, owned by musician Dave Matthews, and Stinson Vineyards, whose father-daughter team specializes in small production French-style wines.
How to Get There
I needed a hotel for the night for business that needed to be in the downtown area for a night and the Graduate was the perfect choice. Great location, nice price, clean comfy rooms, and all of staff was incredibly friendly. And a nice little cafe that I took advantage of. If the Omni & the small luxe boutique hotels aren't in your budget, Graduate is the perfect choice.
My sons both play for UVAs soccer team and I came to C’Ville to watch the match and catch up on how they were doing. I stayed at the Graduate and I’m so glad I did. They made me feel at home. Everyone wanted to know my name. They wanted to remember how I liked my coffee. They remembered I only like decafe in the room and they also knew I keep later hours and put me in a room where there was not much foot traffic in the morning. When I asked them about hiking, I was not only told the name of a good hike and how to get there, they advised me in detail of what they have discover to be the best way to enjoy so much about the trail itself and it made all the difference. I am grateful to all the friendly loving staff at the Graduate. They truly care about people.
Stayed there for 12 nights before getting into apartments. Nice room, good amnesties, lot of restaurants nearby, UVA health just on the corner. Like the place, large rooms, towel and beddings clean. Only issue I found was that they change bed sheets only after 3 nights even if you request. Some of housekeeping staff really bad while others are very good and hard working. One lady in housekeeping is really really very bad and don’t bother to clean your room or change bed sheets