The Berkeley Hotel
What We Love
- Free access to nearby Jamestown Center health club
- Sweet Pea Risotto (with parmesan and sautéed arugula) at the Dining Room
- Light fare and hand-crafted cocktails at Nightengales Lounge
- Solid-cherry furniture and Frette linens in guest rooms
What To Know
- Free WiFi and weekday newspapers
- Valet parking is available for $21 per night
- Pets under 25 lbs. are welcome for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Virginia is for Lovers, and the Berkeley Hotel — with cherry accents, oriental-style carpeting and leather-clad lounges — sets the mood. Named after Berkeley Castle in England, the intimate 55-room hotel brings a bit of European elegance to Virginia’s cobblestone district. The hotel’s farm-to-table dining room offers an upscale spot to anchor an evening, and the adjacent lounge’s light fare and libations make for a warm return after a night out. Guest rooms take a page out of Richmond’s old-time atmosphere blending coziness (read: Frette linens and terrycloth robes) with all the trimmings of a modern boutique hotel.
In the Area
Nestled on Cary Street a few steps from the capitol building, the Berkeley’s neighborhood was once known for groundbreaking industry. Today, posh bistros and trendy boutiques have replaced the tobacco factories, but cobblestone streets and historic facades remain. Walk-and-talk through 12 acres of landscaping at Capitol Square, past Jefferson-designed buildings and some of America’s earliest architecture. Admire Richmond’s workingman past at the Tobacco Company Restaurant over glazed pork tenderloin with whipped sweet potatoes. Wind things down at C’est le Vin, a wine bar and art gallery, for globally sourced vino and visuals.
How to Get There
this place was well with the price. it was clean and the staff very friendly and the location was perfect. I was very surprised by the size of the room. the only issue I had was because we were on the 2nd floor, we got a lot of noise from the bar across the street. because of the noise, I found it hard to fall asleep until well after the bar closed.
The Berkeley Hotel is located in downtown RVA in the heart of the Carey Street Corridor. Close to restaurants and sights this location is hard to beat. The hotel is small, staff friendly, rooms could use a little update but all in all a good value for all the positives this hotel offers.
Love this location so near restaurants and activities. Parking unless valet service is within budget can be a problem. It was a cold day and the front desk had a warm reception. Always loved the cobblestone streets, the nearly hidden canals and the Tobacco Company restaurant just across the street.
We obtained a deeply discounted price though Priceline but still occupied a top floor very quiet corner room without elevator or street noise. The room was large and the beds were small but comfortable and clean. There was no view from our room but I had not asked for one.
I loved the huge historic maps at the lobby level. But every wall seemed to be designed as a great backdrop to guest photos. The bust of Jefferson was a nice touch.
Checkout time was noon. Street overnight parking was over at 8 am, but then regular daily parking began so there was free parking until 10 am. We moved the car to a close new 2 hour site and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel. Prices were okay and it was not busy so we watched street activity and were out by noon.
I am writing to compliment Mr. Jaleen and his wait staff Veronica and chef Mika for the outstanding job everyone did with our Kappa League Annual retreat on Saturday, February 9, 2019. All of you were very friendly, helpful and professional throughout the hosting of the Kappa League Retreat. I want to especially thank Veronica and Mika for their wonderful attentiveness to our needs. Even though it was small, I knew the planning effort from Mr. Jaleen showed volumes of his efforts and character. The success showed in our meals, the atmosphere of the Berkeley and the socializing with everyone. We the members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. without a doubt was truly impressed. Please pass along to all involved in our success. Colonel (Retired) Al Cannon, USA, Reclamation Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Veronica provided excellent service by addressing the needs of are large party of fifteen. We were so impressed with our meal we summons the chef Mika, who's personality was just as delightful as her culinary skills. Thank you for providing a hospitable environment for our meeting.