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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We really enjoyed our stay at The Berkley this weekend. The location was perfect. The hotel is downtown and well connected to major streets which allowed us to get to all the attractions quickly. The best quality of this hotel, however, are the staff. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. We felt particularly thankful for Ms. Starlett who checked us in. Our room wasn't ready when we got there, however she was able to move and upgrade us to a larger room. This was amazing since we have a one-year old and she very much appreciated having the extra space to play and run-around. Starlett and the rest of the staff were professional and were able to help us with any questions and recommendations. Awesome stay!
We really enjoyed our stay. The location was perfect for exploring the food scene in Richmond and very accessible to highway. Walk to the Civil War museum along the canals. Richmond is a real jewel. So much to do....did I mention the food??
It's a very clean place. Great classic feel. Especially when the balcony door falls off its hinges. The bar also keeps classic hours "close before 10pm bedtime". Mattress hard as a rock. $169/night....thanks. Ever eaten a sweet doughnut that made your stomach sick afterward? Yeah, that's the Berkeley!