The Best Cheap Hotels in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in Charlottesville offers affordable stays near the University of Virginia
The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in Charlottesville offers affordable stays near the University of Virginia | Courtesy of Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA / Expedia
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13 May 2021

It’s easy to enjoy Charlottesville, Virginia, without blowing the budget on a place to sleep. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in the city, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Known as the home of US president Thomas Jefferson, charming Charlottesville is often named one of the best places to live in America for its quality of life, vibrant university campus and thriving cultural scene. Outdoorsy types will love the easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, for spectacular hikes, horse riding, and even skiing in winter. And if you’re watching the dollars, book one of the budget hotels below, some of which includemoney-saving freebies such as airport shuttles, breakfast and even freshly baked cookies.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA

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Bonus extras make this hotel, less than 2mi (3.2km) from the University of Virginia, a great deal for bargain hunters. All 87 rooms come with a microwave, coffee machine and fridge for preparing cheap snacks and include a free daily newspaper and hot breakfast. You can grab a free cookie from the lobby at any time and wind down each evening by the outdoor fire pit, or with a dip in the indoor pool.
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English Inn of Charlottesville

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Get a real sense of history at this elegant country inn, decorated in a traditional British style rather than the identikit décor of a major hotel chain. You can even enjoy traditional afternoon tea with a range of English teas and freshly baked treats each day. There are plenty of great rooms to choose if you’re staying a little longer in Charlottesville or travelling with a family, including one- and two-bedroom apartments, which each have full-size kitchens including dishwashers and fridges.
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Courtyard by Marriott Charlottesville

Chain Hotel
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Everything you need is close at hand if you’re travelling on company time at this hotel on Hillsdale Drive, close to many major offices. Rooms have ergonomic workstations and free high-speed wifi, while the on-site business center includes event spaces for meetings. When it’s time for a break, there’s a handy restaurant serving Starbucks coffee, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor pool, and the hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle.
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlottesville North

Chain Hotel
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Location is everything at this newly renovated hotel on Route 29, between the Shops at Stonefield and Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall. Those visiting the city for sports events, business or the university will find everything nearby, while tourists will love being close to Skyline Drives, award-winning wineries and the Historic Downtown Mall. Every room has a fridge and microwave, while breakfast and an airport shuttle are all included in the price.
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  • Staybridge Suites Charlottesville Airport

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    Don’t cram into a standard hotel room if you’re travelling with family or planning on staying a while. The spacious suites at this hotel come with a fully equipped kitchen – including a toaster, dishwasher, conventional oven and dining table – plus there’s a complimentary breakfast buffet, barbecue grills, evening reception three times a week, and a 24-hour on-site pantry so you’ll never go hungry. Elsewhere, there are on-site laundry facilities, a fitness center and heated indoor pool.
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    Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville

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    This Hilton hotel, on the east side of Charlottesville off the I-64, is just 0.5mi (0.8km) from the Martha Jefferson Hospital. There’s also a free shuttle bus if you want to get to Downtown or the University of Virginia, which are 10 minutes away. There’s no need to go anywhere when hunger strikes, though, as the all-day hotel restaurant offers cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner, plus room service if you want to dine in private.
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    Hyatt Place Charlottesville

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    Planning a Charlottesville city break? The Hyatt Place, on Bond Street, is right in the heart of the city, so restaurants, the theater and the Shops at Stonefield are all within walking distance, and it’s a doddle to drop your bags and head out on the town. Back at the hotel, there’s a 24-hour menu serving signature flatbreads, a bakery café for beers, wines and Starbucks, free breakfast and a 24-hour fitness center if you want to squeeze in a workout.
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    Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottesville - At the University

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    It couldn’t be easier to get to this hotel, in downtown Charlottesville, as there’s a free airport shuttle available, and it’s only a short walk from the city’s Amtrak station. It’s a great choice if you’re visiting the nearby University of Virginia too, while the shops and restaurants of Downtown Mall are on the doorstep. There’s also a fitness center, meeting rooms and free breakfast and parking.
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    Fairhaven Guesthouse

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    Don’t fancy a big-name hotel? This bed and breakfast, less than a mile from the city’s Historic Pedestrian Mall, offers a more intimate stay in a quiet, residential neighborhood. There are just three budget rooms with a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom, plus a screened-in porch and deck all guests can use. The guesthouse provides ingredients so you can whip up your own breakfast whenever it suits you, and it has a spacious backyard that accesses family-friendly Meade Park with its summer water park and playground.
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