Four-Star Hotel Within Walking Distance of Richmond’s State Capitol Building
In the historical Shockoe Slip neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, narrow cobblestone streets lead up to The Berkeley Hotel, named the Best Boutique Hotel in central Virginia by Virginia Living magazine. Its discreet awning and brick exterior help it blend in with its surroundings—old tobacco warehouses that have been converted into restaurants, shops, and swank condos. The Capitol Building is within walking distance, as is the James River canal walk, a mile-long stroll along a whitewater river that yields views of several historical statues and monuments.
Each suite and guest room looks out onto downtown Richmond. Stay in one of the terrace suites if you want a balcony overlooking the neighborhood’s restored warehouses, tight alleyways, and Renaissance-style fountain. High ceilings and solid-cherry furnishings add understated luxury to the rooms. Downstairs, in the award-winning Dining Room at The Berkeley Hotel, you can take in sweeping views of Shockoe Slip while sampling local fare such as crab cakes with lemon butter and roasted pork au jus with apples.
Richmond, Virginia: Historical Civil War City with Classic Architecture and Natural Beauty
Richmond is the capital of Virginia, but during the Civil War it also served as the capital of the short-lived Confederate States of America. A walk down Broad Street from Linden Row brings visitors to The Museum of the Confederacy, a modern gallery that recounts the period’s history and displays military artifacts such as Stonewall Jackson's forage cap and Robert E. Lee's field tent.
Eight miles north of the hotel, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden encompasses more than a dozen themed gardens on 40 meticulously cultivated acres. In the Healing Garden, medicinal plants and a granite mortar-and-pestle installation celebrate the restorative properties of botanicals. The Sunken Garden harks back to ancient Roman landscaping methods with a reflecting pool, beds of pastel blooms, and a togas-only dress code.
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