Among the inns in Charlottesville, Virginia, the South Street Inn stands out from the pack. Located in two historic buildings with a shared parking lot, this Charlottesville inn has an unbeatable location, friendly service and charming rooms.
South Street Inn History
The two buildings that make up this Charlottesville bed and breakfast in downtown date from the 19th century.
The main building was built in 1856 for the son of a friend of Thomas Jefferson who was the first librarian at the University of Virginia. You can’t throw a stick in this part of the world without finding some Jefferson connection.
When it was built, this building of the South Street Inn was the only house on the street. During later years this building had an interesting past as a girl’s school, brothel and a boarding house (not at the same time).
The second building was built in 1890 as a residence and then a boarding house.
15 Reasons To Pick South Street Inn Charlottesville
Why is 200 South Street Inn the best bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, Virginia?
- The delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at reception.
- A great continental breakfast with fresh squeezed juice, freshly baked breads, fruit etc. I’m not proud that I had extra helpings of the coffee cake slices.
- The coffee is organic and comes from a local store, Shenandoah Joe’s. No Starbucks swill served here.
- Wine, cheese and crackers in the library every evening is super civilised.
- You can eat your breakfast on the wide porch for a leisurely start to the day.
- Antique filled rooms give you a sense of stepping back in time (but with modern conveniences).
- The staff are super-friendly. For example, there is no elevator but they helped us with our bags to the top floor. There’s someone at reception until 9pm as well.
- Charlie and Chester, the cats from a couple of doors down, hang out at 200 South Street. They seem like very discerning cats.
- 200 South Street Inn Charlottesville has about 20+ rooms so it doesn’t feel like a small bed and breakfast where you are practically living with the owners. You get the anonymity of a larger establishment with the charm of a small bed and breakfast.
- Fabulous location in downtown Charlottesville within walking distance to the downtown pedestrianised mall.
- There’s a Farmers’ Market pretty much across the street from 200 South Street Inn every Saturday morning from April to December.
- There’s a parking lot for easy hassle-free parking.
- Really good, free Wi-Fi.
- As chichi as this bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, Virginia is, there are family rooms available.
- Kids will be fascinated with the freight trains that rumble past the back yard.
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