200 South Street Inn Hotel

, Charlottesville, United States
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200 South Street Inn Hotel

, Charlottesville
200 South St - Charlottesville - Virginia - 22902 - United States 434-979-0200
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Historical Traveller Reviews of 200 South Street Inn Hotel

A property with character and exellent service in historic Charlottesville, VA

from RioGato
Excellent location and attentive service. This Inn has a nice personality and the feel of historic Charlottesville, VA.

Great Food, but needs attention

from TASNewYorkCIty
This is a warm, thoughtful, nice place. His was my first stay in over 30 years of travel to Charlottesville for UVA committee meetings.

The staff are all terriffic. Don't expect these UVA students however to turn up on time at 7 on a weekend and make your coffee. I planned on it in anticipation of a 745 AM meeting AFTER breakfast, and no one turned up until I left at 7.15 on a Saturday AM, January19. On Sunday though, team B was there on time and the hot java was good. There is a nice continental spread for breakfast, way above average.

The room was nice but my room had several problems. The floor lamp switch at eye level on the lamp was so abused and rickety that It seems to me ready to electrocute. There's no baffling on the windows which are almost floor to ceiling so the room was always cold (albeit a very cold weekend) . The electric heater sounded like an old noisy jet engine, and I don't think the filter has been changed recently. The gas fireplace did however save the day. The light in the bathroom fan/exhaust was out making a dim shower the order of the day, and the bath room heater did not work. These are easy maintenance items which if fixed would have made me feel very different about my stay.

The antiques are lovely, towels and sheets all clean and first rate, and the room was made up perfectly for my second night. I would stay here again but would put rubber lined pliers on the floor lamp, demand the light and heater be attended to, and would not plan on coffee until 8.

TAS, New York CIty

Certainly Charming, needs minor repairs, great location, friendly staff

from Becca_C
I've stayed at this property twice, last time was March 2007, in Room 1. They need to fix the showerhead in the bathroom, as it sprays over the shower curtain all over the wall, but we fixed that by throwing a washcoth over the opening. The decor was charming, check in was prompt and inviting. Parking is plentiful and it really is close to the Downtown mall which has endless dining and entertainment options. The first time I stayed here Fall of 2005, we stayed in Room 22, which had a large, updated bathroom with a great whirlpool.

Honestly, the AC unit wasn't working the best, it can be loud, so don't stay here when it's in the middle of the summer. The whole train situation is not something to get really worked up about, they don't come through the town constantly during the night. I think you'll only have 1 or 2 at the most come through a night.

All these negative reviews are coming from people with the expectations that you have staying at a place like the Omni. Guess what, you are NOT at the Omni, you are in a historic bed and breakfast. You will sacrifice a little convenience for charm. This place is great if you're having a girlfriend getaway or (as in my case for my first stay) if you're a UVA student looking to get away from your studies for a weekend.

In need of some TLC.....

from NorthernVABeachGirl
Our stay at 200 South Street was a big disappointment. As other posters have suggested, I think the photos on the website were airbrushed! The furniture in our room (9) was shabby and in disrepair-more like thrift shop than fine antiques! Additionally, the room was not very clean-mold in the bath, dust in corners. The air conditioning in the suite was OK, although not super cool, and the rest of the inn was too warm. The common areas were not tidy and the decor was not at all impressive. Overall, the inn's appearence was run down-peeling paint, dirty furniture on porch and just looked to be in of some TLC.

The young lady at the desk was friendly and the wine and cheese and breakfast were adequate, but I expected more for the price.

Although the location adjacent to the mall downtown is convienent, the inn is a poor value for the cost. We paid $275, for a room worth about $75! We will not be returning on our next trip to Charlottesville.
Management Response from VirginiaTallulah
We make every effort to represent our establishment in the most accurate way possible. We do not 'airbrush' our marketing materials nor do we mis-represent our Inn to our guests.

The decor of Suite 9 is certified and appraised Belgian antiques dating from the mid 17th century and corresponding to the houses construction and period. As to the rooms temperature we do offer additional fans and a/c units should a guest voice their discomfort and wish to have their space kept below room temperature.

We have since received our yearly exterior repainting which happens in early August. The furnishings mentioned have been replaced with some wonderful rocking chairs which guests have enjoyed throughly. We wish for our guests to have a pleasant stay with us, and we will continue to make every effort to ensure their comfort and happiness.


from MarylandSpringTravel
Just returned from a 2 night stay. Perfect location for Downtown, UVA and all historical sites in the Charlottesville area. Friendly staff, nice breakfast and wine/cheese early evening.

Compare with the Omni

from HD_Thoreau
I stayed at the Inn for one night in March 2007. It has a great location just 2 blocks from the mall. The reception people were very friendly. There was free parking. My room was in the annex and had nice old wood floors and decent space. It was reasonably clean. The tiny TV had poor reception, even though it had cable channels. The outside of the Inn clearly needs some new paint and has some rotted wood on the stairs.

A major problem was that at about 2:30 a.m., a long CSX freight train rolled through train tracks which are just behind the Inn. The noise was like an earthquake hit and woke me up out of my sleep. The train rumbling lasted for 5 or 10 mins. and then I went back to bed. Also, the A/C unit was quite noisy.

The morning breakfast was very nice and included fresh strawberries, melon, cereal, muffins, yogurt and a variety of breads.

Overall, I would certainly compare prices with the Omni which has an equally good location on the pedestrian mall. I might prefer to stay at the Inn again for the good atmosphere, but I would certainly look at the Omni for comparison.

Stay somewhere else

from teacherESL
As other reviewers have mentioned, the location of this inn is right next to the train tracks, and trains run during the night! In addition, my room was located next to a nightclub that was busy late into the night. The room I stayed in was very small and depressing. As others have mentioned, it wasn't very clean either. Save yourself a headache and stay somewhere else!
Management Response from VirginiaTallulah
"As other reviewers have mentioned, the location of this inn is right next to the train tracks, and trains run during the night!"

The train is on a schedule and location which is out of our control, however we do our best to minimize noise and impact to our guests. Additional landscaping has been put in to control the volume, complementing a large privacy fence already in place.

"In addition, my room was located next to a nightclub that was busy late into the night"
The restaurant down the street has been notified.

"The room I stayed in was very small and depressing."
We show each guest their room upon check in and make every effort and inquiry to ensure that they are happy. Had this guest voiced their displeasure we would have gladly upgraded them to a nicer room at no additional charge. We wish for nothing else than our guests happy and enjoyable stay at our property.

Faded grande dame in need of some care

from lisak12
Husband and I just returned from two nights at the South Street Inn. The location is outstanding -- less than two blocks from the pedestrian mall -- and the inn is furnished with lots of antiques and has beautiful old hardwood floors.

The South Street Inn is in need of some care. It consists of the main house and another next door, which looked like it needed some work from the outside -- peeling paint, etc.

We stayed in room #7 of the main house, with a king four-poster bed which was very comfortable. However, the bed covering was blue, the draperies were green and yellow and red, and the rug was red and blue -- nothing went together.

The drain in the bathtub/shower did not drain properly, and there was mold on the tile grout in the shower.

The doors would not stay closed on the armoire in the room.

The only sitting chair in the room was an old brown leather one, with a seat cushion shaped like a ski slope -- straight down -- so that if you tried to sit on it you slid right onto the floor.

The worst part was that the train tracks do indeed run directly behind the house. Trains went by -- loudly, and shaking the house -- around 6:30pm, around 10pm, and around 7:30 am. I was looking forward to sleeping in Sunday morning, but that was not to be.

The air conditioner in the room is loud. Fortunately it does cool the room well, but the common areas and main rooms of the house are uncomfortably warm at all times.

These are the kinds of problems that I might expect if I were paying $135 per night, but not at a price of $235.

The continental breakfast featured homemade pastries which were delicious, fresh squeezed orange juice, cereal, fruit, and excellent coffee. The wine and cheese offered in the evenings were basic, but fine.

We did look at some of the other rooms when we were there, and some of them were nicer than the one we stayed in -- particularly the ones with queen canopy beds and whirlpool tubs.

Next time I would prefer to stay at the Omni, which is an equally good location, right at the end of the pedestrian mall, and which we could have had for $145 per night.

Good Location - Not Worth the Price

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Inn appeared to be a charming B&B online with alot to offer. The pictures appeared great online....they must have airbrushed the photos! My boyfriend and I found it to have little to offer. The location was great but not worth $220 plus tax. The bed was the worst I have ever slept on! It must have been an antique from the 1800's as well. When we showered the entire room heated up causing us to be extremely overhead on a 90 degree day! It was as if there was no air conditioning at all!
Management Response from VirginiaTallulah
We are located in central downtown Charlottesville, and are the best accommodation to book for proximity to the downtown mall. The location and time of the railroad is beyond our control, however we do make other efforts to ensure guest comfort and peaceful rest, including a large privacy fence extra landscaping and insulation to protect against the possibility of disturbance.

Every effort is made to please our guests and we are more than happy to upgrade or move a guest should they have a problem with noise in the room, we ask each guest upon reservation if they have any special needs or requests. In this particular case we were not made aware of the issue until check out, and thus offered a gift certificate to the guest good for a weekend stay. Our guests happiness and satisfaction is our top priority.

sweet and charming, such a treat!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We loved our stay! We have friend that stay there every year and they recommended it to us for an anniversary trip. We had such a nice time there. They are not snobby at all like some B&B's we have stayed in before. The staff were friendly and they even gave us a free upgrade to one of the bigger rooms with the canopy bed and fireplaces.

Breakfast was continental but had some excellent homemade goodies, fresh melon and even fresh squeezed orange juice! There was always coffee, fruit and cookies out and the wine and cheese was a nice appetizer before walking only two blocks to a fabulous gourmet dinner.

I think that staying in a 150 year old home is much nicer experience than staying in a chain hotel. We loved the homey atmosphere and eclectic furnishings. And being able to walk in the historic district is a huge plus especially because Charlottesville has so many great restaurants. We spent the whole trip at the inn or in the downtown area so we didn't have to move the car from the parking lot until it was time to go home. Having a two day break from being stuck in traffic was so relaxing. Although on the next trip we will probably do some driviing so we can see some of wineries in the area and maybe go hiking up on the Blue Ridge. This part of Virginia is so beautiful that we can't wait to plan the next trip!

Free parking, free upgrade, free coffee, free cookies, free wine, free breakfast--as far as we are concerned, nothing else could have been better!

Top Local Tips for Charlottesville

Monticello It's pretty reasonably priced and if you haven't seen it, you're missing out!

Add a vineyard to your sightseeing We stopped at the Barboursville Vineyard on our way back to Washington. First we looked at the ruin of Gov. Barbours home and got an overview of the property. Then we did an extensive wine tasting and had an interesting tour of the wine making operation. They have the 1804 Inn and Palladio Restaurant on the property as well. We will definitely reserve in advance so that we can eat there in the future.

Some local art go to 2nd street gallery. Also go up to the University as they normally also have excellent shows on.


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  • Address: 200 South St - Charlottesville - Virginia - 22902 - United States
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