Small two story budget style hotel across the road from the Cavalier Inn. So great location for the University. Well lit for safety.
Its basic, but they have spent some money on making it more comfortable and the money was spent on important visible items. New microwave. Good size SANYO flat screen TV. Fridge. Room safe (that didn't work). Hairdryer and iron. Some new tile work in bathroom. Free Wi-Fi.
What I didn't like: Slowest Wi-Fi of all time – and intermittent connection. No in-room coffee service. TV remote desperately needed cleaning (God knows what was on it). A stain-hiding pattern for a carpet as well as the bed spread. Again, no telling what was hiding in those colors. Open closet. Very spartan walls. The walls, ceiling and floor looked from the 1950s. Very squeaky floors (wood), so lots of floor noise from above. Breakfast very basic (cereals, coffee and prepackaged bread items of some sort).
Budget means budget, so you must anticipate it won't be deluxe, but at $68 a night compared to the Cavalier Inn at about $10 less, it's rather steep for what you get.
I would always look for something else, but this was a last minute reservation adding an early night in Charlottesville due to anticipated snow moving in. Appeared to be the last hotel room near the University, so I was glad to have it.
There's noting wrong with it as long as you accept that it's a bottom of the line place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the University of Virginia, we at Excel Inn & Suites (formerly Budget Inn Charlottesville) welcome you to Charlottesville and Central Virginia! Our central location is ideal walking distance to University of Virginia (Rotunda, Grounds and The Corner), JPJ (John Paul Jones) Arena, Scott Stadium, Klockner Stadium and Barracks Road Shops and Dining. A short drive will place you at Monticello, Ash Lawn, Michie Tavern, Vineyards and Historic Downtown Mall. The University of Virginia Hospital and medical facilities are a short dive distance. Our Excel Inn & Suites is a SMOKE-FREE facility offering Standard and Suite room types. Complimentary to our guests...Hot Continental Breakfast w/ Waflles, Coffee and Computer Lounge. In room amenties include LDC TV w/ cable, USB charge station, free Local & Long Distance Calls (USA & Canada), Microwave / Fridge, Iron & Iron board, Safe and Hair Dryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Budget Hotel Charlottesville