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
The Cobblestone Bar & Grill located in the lobby of The Berkeley Hotel was a great choice for dinner. We had an amazing server, Angela, who had a terrific dry sense of humor and was very attentive all evening. 3 of my work colleagues joined for dinner and we all had a good experience.
Food ... really terrific and special thanks to Angela and the chef for watching out for my allergy. The Blistered Broccolini appetizer was really out of this world ... excellent flavor profile and to be honest a terrific surprise as it is not what one would expect on the apps section of the menu. I had the Sweet Tea-yaki Salmon and it surely did not disappoint, I would order that again in a heartbeat.
One might wonder why I rated 4 out of 5 versus 5 considering all the compliments. I feel like the atmosphere was in need of a refresh. It was comfortable, but not worthy of a 5 rating.
Loved everything about this hotel from when we got there late at night and greeted with a warm welcome as we got out of our car and the young man graciously announced us inside before we even went in. Everyone was exceptionally nice and the ambiance of the hotel was wonderful! We ate breakfast and were so impressed with Shanisa and Jo who pampered us and made us feel like special guests. We highly recommend this hotel to everyone who values customer service and beautiful guest rooms.
My wife and i really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is so quiet! My salmon dinner was perfectly prepared. (I hate overcooked or dry salmon!) Great value for the money. When we return we will definitely stay here!
For the price a refrigerator in the room would have been nice. For a 4 star hotel I am not paying an x-tra 25.00 dollars to rent one overnight. Found ants in the bed. Desk clerk stated he was going to give us a discount about the ants but it did not reflect on the bill.
Our family traveled to Richmond as our daughter who has special needs had two doctor appt’s. We brought our therapy dog and we were all treated with great care and received excellent service. Valet parking was a wonderful service!