#LaPresse: “The Graduate in Charlottesville: a hotel with character | Violaine Ballivy “

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The trouble is that it is not so easy to stay near campuses in order to continue the experiment: hotels are generally Rare in the neighborhood, or of signs whose main virtue is to offer beds clean and affordable, without great personality. There was a lack, therefore, that the The Graduate group set out to exploit by opening, since 2014, hotels close to the American university campuses that would stand out by their cachet and affordable prices.

In Charlottesville, a single street separates The Graduate Hotel from the beautiful university campus. The establishment opened two years ago, taking the place of a generic hotel: we renovated the premises in accordance with the philosophy of the company, that is to say with a lot of character and respecting the " Identity of the region. So there are not two identical Graduates: here we played with retro fiber and the colonial past rummaging through antique dealers to find some treasures, such as the wooden book binder in the reception, simply beautiful. In the rooms you will find checked prints, fishing trophies and antique furniture. We must love, of course, but we can not accuse the hotel of lacking personality.

All the Graduates have a large common room where everyone is welcome, a gathering place of the university community. Here, it occupies a large part of the ground floor, next to a small cafe open from early morning until late at night. There are large tables, perfect for studying, reading, lazing, under a giant portrait of Thomas Jefferson (it is truly everywhere in Charlottesville!) And this quotation, written in pink neon: "We are all students" We are all students). This is where you have to have breakfast – not included – if you want to stay in the hotel, but there are many other equally valuable options in the area.

In the evening you will enjoy more of the restaurant of the 9 e floor, the Heirloom, and its views of the city. We eat there without breaking the bank or over-enthusiastically, but some entries are interesting (the soup of ancestral tomatoes, among others) and the local products are well developed. The terrace is nice. For a more meticulous meal, one will go – on foot – to the Mall, the pedestrian area of ​​the city where most of the best tables have chosen to live.


The rooms are comfortable and well soundproofed. The bathrooms would have benefited from a small facelift but everything is very clean. We would have liked to have a swimming pool, because the mercury climbs quickly in Charlottesville, and this, from the spring.

In exchange, you can borrow free bicycles and explore the city and its surroundings: it has some beautiful bike paths. And then, prices are reasonable. Really: we would take more of this kind of chain of affordable hotels where we care about giving each establishment a character of its own rather than applying the same formula, regardless of the city.


Asking price for one night in May: 139 $ US for a basic room for two persons

Location: Just steps from the University of Charlottesville campus and 1.5 km from the pedestrian area.

Services: Free Internet, coffee shop on the ground floor, restaurant with terrace on the 9th floor, valet parking included with the room, bicycles available, games room.

We like: Prices, decoration, location, terrace.

We like less: The lack of swimming pool – it's hot in Charlottesville, summer! – and breakfast included.

A place to recommend for: couples and families who want to discover Charlottesville and, above all, its beautiful campus.

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