My top picks for where to stay in Richmond are:
Museum District B&B, 2811 Grove Ave.: This is a small, three-room, B&B located directly across from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast really good with excellent ingredients. The owner is a wealth of knowledge on where to eat, what to do and where to go. I recommend the Carriage House which is the former chauffeur’s quarters of the house.
The Jefferson Hotel: If you want luxury, this is the place for you. The hotel originally opened in 1895. After a fire in 1901, it reopened in 1902. After several years of decline, it closed and after a $34 million renovation it opened again in 1986. It became part of Historic Hotels, Inc. and was again totally remodeled in 1992.
Quirk Hotel, 201 W. Broad Street: This newer downtown hotel has a sleek, contemporary lobby, restaurant and gallery/shop. They also have a hip, rooftop bar. It has been featured in several recent publications. The building is of Italian Renaissance design and was built in 1916 for the J.B. Mosby and Co. Dry Goods Company. It was re-developed by the Quirk Gallery.
I am a big fan of the Graduate Hotel chain based in Chicago, which with a preppy stype, has a focus on University towns around the US. Since I was there, the new Graduate Richmond hotel has opened downtown near Virginia Commonwealth University. It has Brookfield, lobby cafe and Byrd House, a rooftop pool and bar along with contemporary rooms. I am anxious to stay there on my next trip!