Where to Unwind in Virginia's Historic Capital City Richmond

Not only is Richmond the capital of the state of Virginia, it also happens to be one of the oldest and thus most historic cities in the United States. A place where history and the contemporary merge, Richmond has long been an attractive spot for visitors. On top of that, it has been named the best city by the river to live in. In case you haven’t been before, here’s a few ideas on where to stay, for any kind of budget.

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Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel

The Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center is for those who don’t want to break the bank to stay near the University of Richmond. The hotel is located about 8 miles from lively downtown but still within easy reach. The Country Club of Virginia, as well as the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and shopping facilities are nearby. Take advantage of the spa tub, newly renovated pool, or stick to your workout routine using the fitness room. Breakfast is complimentary.

Richmond Marriott

You cannot go wrong with a Marriott, in this case the Richmond Marriott, in the heart of the city, mixing Southern charm with classic design. Room rates start around $130 and include comfortable bedding, complimentary in-room coffee, nice city views, as well as free internet. Go for a dip in the indoor pool after having worked out in the basic fitness room. Grab your coffee at Starbucks in the lobby; finish your day off with a drink at the sports bar. The Science Museum of Virginia, Black History Museum, and Richmond CenterStage are within easy reach.

Omni Richmond

This very classic, elegant place will be the cherry on top of your stay, right in the historic Shockoe Slip district. Overlooking the scenic James River, the Omni Richmond Hotel’s spacious, tastefully designed rooms invite you to rest after a long day out. Expect excellent service. Get your energy boost with your in-room coffee, go relax by the pool, or get a dose of vitamin D on the outdoor sundeck. Pets are allowed at a surcharge. Benefit from the 24-hour room service, or squeeze in a quick workout at the fitness center.

Red Roof Inn

The Red Roof Inn Richmond South is a budget hotel with average rates of $75, but you get a lot for your buck. A modern welcoming interior, complimentary pet allowance, as well as free parking are only a few of the perks. Some rooms feature a fridge and microwave to save money on food; snacks are also available on-site and you can get your morning caffeine boost with free coffee in the lobby. Many eateries are a short drive away, and it takes you less than 15 minutes to reach downtown with its many museums, or arrive at National Battlefield Park.

Hyatt House Richmond-West

Hyatt House Richmond-West does not disappoint and is situated right in the Short Pump Town Center Mall with its many shopping and dining options. A light, modern, warm interior helps you feel at ease and recover after a long day of exploring the city. You can choose between standard rooms, studios, or even one-bedroom apartments, depending on your needs. Prices start at $110. Take advantage of complimentary breakfast to fuel your day, and relax in the hot tub, or get active at the 24-hour accessible fitness center.

This was written in collaboration with Hipmunk, in the course of their Hipmunk Boutique Hotels campaign, to bring you a variety of hotels all over the U.S.