The Suite Life at a boutique historic hotel in Richmond, Virginia.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Wonder what it might be like to live in downtown Richmond, Virginia? How about what it might have been like to live there during the mid 1800s?
Get an answer to both questions by checking into the Mary Wingfield Scott Parlour Suite at Linden Row Inn.
The first impression upon opening the door is “Wow.” The word “spacious” doesn’t do justice to convey how big this collection of three rooms with 12-foot ceilings really is. If you were inclined to do cartwheels, there’d be enough space—just be careful not to bump into the antiques, collide into any of the floor-to-ceiling windows, or collapse against the fragile, custom-made wallpaper.
With an ambiance that says “apartment” more than “hotel,” feeling right at home comes naturally here.
Though each suite has one-of-a-kind style and décor, all boast a king bed, sitting room and private bathroom. The Mary Wingfield Scott parlor suite has wood floors, plaster molding, two chandeliers, two inactive marble fireplaces, access to a veranda, and a writing desk tucked into a bay window that overlooks the streets and sidewalks below, so you can tap into the hustle and bustle of the Monroe Ward district from the warmth and comfort of your own room. The location is within walking distance of several attractions (though, if you’re feeling lazy or the weather is less than ideal, you can get a free shuttle ride to anywhere within two miles of the Inn.)
Not that you’ll be eager to leave.
All Linden Row Inn guestrooms are filled with antiques and reproductions from the Victorian and Empire periods that are functional, sturdy enough to use, and comfortable. So kick back and relax or buckle down and get to work. There’s no compromise on modern amenities, including the recently-renovated spa-style granite bathrooms.
This mix of modern and antique gives a sense of straddling different time periods, underscoring that this space and locale would be comfortable and convenient in any era.
Linden Row was built in 1853 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The collection of Greek Revival row houses has a rich history: Edgar Allan Poe played in the private garden and later courted his first love there; during the Civil War it served as a meeting place for Confederate leaders; and for several years it was a prestigious girls’ school.
Book a stay to make it part of your personal history.
- 70 guest rooms, including 7 suites
- Complimentary high-speed Internet access
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Complimentary access to the YMCA (one block away)
- Complimentary 24-hour coffee and tea service
- Complimentary newspapers
- 100% non-smoking
- Valet parking with unlimited in/out privileges (7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily)
- Complimentary local shuttle service within 2 miles (7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily)
- Handicap-accessible rooms available
- Check-in at 3 p.m.; check-out by 11 a.m.
- Located in the historic Monroe Ward district of downtown Richmond, at the corner of 1st & Franklin Streets
- Located 15 minutes from the Richmond International Airport
- Odds of Encountering Children: Varies, but less likely than at a national hotel chain. Note that Linden Row Inn is a popular wedding venue.
Linden Row Inn
100 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
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