This Boutique Hotel is One of Richmond, Virginia's Best Kept Secrets
Updated: Jul 1, 2022
The Linden Row Inn is famously one of the most historic hotels in Virginia and will have you in love with its old-world charm.
Thank you to Linden Row Inn for hosting me. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Linden Row Inn is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, (which is the capitol of Virginia) and is only about a 2-hour drive from Washington, DC. The hotel itself is in a great location and within walking distance to a lot of great shops restaurants, and even close to the waterfront. Parking at the hotel is doable, we easily found street parking in front of the hotel for free (and it was a Saturday night).
The Linden Row Inn building has been around since the early 1800s and over the years has been home to many famous residents including Edgar Allan Poe and more. In 1922, two of the original buildings were razed in order to make way for the Medical Arts Building, now known as Linden Towers. Mary Wingfield Scott, noted local architectural historian, saved the eight remaining houses from being razed in 1950. She later gave the property to the Historic Richmond Foundation in 1980. Linden Row was lovingly restored in 1988 as a full-service Inn. The original architecture was meticulously maintained and most of the rooms are furnished with authentic antique pieces from the middle and late 1800’s. Today, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by Savara Properties Inc. The property is regarded as the nation’s best surviving row of Greek revival architecture.
We stayed in the beautiful Mary Johnson Parlour Suite. One thing I love about this hotel is how intimate it is, every room is named after a prominent person from Richmond's past. Each of the 7 parlour room features 12' ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, gasolier lighting, sliding pocket doors, two inactive marble fireplaces, and access to the veranda, and granite bathrooms. The hotel also has Main House Rooms and Garden Rooms for a more budget-friendly option. Upon first stepping into the room my initials thoughts were "WOW". The room was even more spacious than I imagined and it felt like I stepped back in time with the decor.
The Living Room
This space was so spacious and featured 2 chairs, a couch, and a gorgeous ground to ceiling mirror. One of my favorite parts was the historic fireplace ( I don't believe works anymore), which is the original from when the row homes were built.
Once again, SO spacious! The bedroom space connects to the living room, but is separated by a pair of sliding doors so it feels like a separate room. The bed was very comfortable, which I don't say lightly. Usually when traveling to hotels, my biggest problem with beds is the pillows because I'm very particular- but both the mattress and the pillows were super comfortable and we got a great night's sleep!
The last space in the room was the bathroom, which is connected to the bedroom. Compared to the other two rooms, the bathroom is fairly small. But it has everything you could possibly need, so we had no complaints! It was also the only space in the room that was completely re-done with modern amenities.
Each Parlour Room had their own porch which overlooked the gorgeous outdoor patio space in the center of the hotel. There were two rocking chairs that met the old-charm aesthetic, and that I could imagine waking up and drinking a coffee at on a nice morning. The door from the porch leads you to a hallway where you will find the door to your room (the whole hallway is just for your room!).
The gorgeous property, made out of 7 row homes from the 1800s, is perfectly restored. I absolutely love how they kept the old-world charm, and think it made the property so unique. The front of the property is where you can see the individual homes, unfortunately you can't access that area. All of the rooms lead to the gorgeous patio in the center of the hotel which is known for hosting weddings, and events on a regular occasion. I absolutely loved everything about the property and how unique it was.
PARTERRE: The Hotel's Restaurant
During our stay, we checked out Parterre for both dinner and breakfast. Although a little expensive (not much more than other places in the area), we loved everything we ordered. For dinner, they serve an American with Southern influence dishes. I ordered a veggie burger, and Nate got Cajun Mac & Cheese, so they have something for everyone (and vegetarian dishes!). For breakfast, I ordered their French toast and Nate got an egg dish. Once again we were very pleased with everything we got, and I love how they had options for everyone even with a somewhat limited menu. If you do visit, make sure to sit outside because that it is the best part! The aesthetic is stunning and matches the old-world charm of the rest of the hotel.
Overall, I was blown away by this boutique hotel. From the aesthetic, to the staff, to the delicious restaurant, everything beat my expectations. If you are looking for a stay in Richmond, this has to be it! The location couldn't be better, the price is reasonable, and you will have such a unique experience. I definitely recommend The Linden Row Inn to anyone, and will for sure stay there again whenever I find myself in Richmond!