Disclosure: The Quirk Hotel provided a complimentary one-night stay + amenities. All opinions are my own.
The downtown area in Richmond, Virginia is like any other bustling metropolitan area. There is traffic, one-way streets, vacant buildings, and potholes, however, all of these are forgiven the moment you walk into the Quirk Hotel. The architecture of the building combined with the minimal color palette is (for lack of a better word), stunning.
Once a former department store, the owners of Quirk Hotel have successfully found a way to mix the old with the new, the ornate with the simple, and the quirky with the traditional. During my overnight stay in April, I found myself totally fascinated with the attention to detail.
The Quirk Hotel’s custom beds are made from the salvaged floor joists of the original building and the maple or pine hardwood floors are the original flooring from the J. B. Mosby department store days. As a lover of all things vintage, I was excited to see that this beautiful wood had been put to good use.
My room was clean and spacious and the large windows gave me a perfect view of the Richmond skyline. Since it was one of those nights where winter was trying to turn into spring, I headed to the rooftop to check out the bar.
There was plenty of seating and both the guests and staff were friendly and welcoming. As a storm rolled in, I took this shot of the sun setting behind the clouds.
It’s a nice view but it’s even more stunning at night.
After I explored the rooftop bar, I headed back to the lobby to take some photos and peek into the gift shop. The lobby flows directly into the dining area and this is where I discovered these beautiful columns. They reminded me of old European architecture.
The hotel’s restaurant, Maple and Pine, is right in the lobby and I love, love, love their seating arrangements. Is it Scandi? Art Deco? I call it Scandi cozy.
I really wanted to have a “Gone With the Wind” moment on these stairs (in the lobby) but I worried I’d fall and break something.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Yeah, totally not happening, lol.
Southern Living magazine recently named the Quirk Hotel as the fourth best hotel in the south (April 2018 issue). They used terms like “artsy” and “elevated interior design.” I have to agree with them.
Southern Living also mentioned that the Quirk Hotel is located in the “burgeoning Arts District” of Richmond. You know that old saying, “location, location, location?” The Quirk Hotel is in the perfect location for anyone who’s looking to explore what Richmond has to offer. Most attractions are within a five to fifteen-minute driving distance.
If you want to go shopping, head to nearby Carytown. If you like historical attractions, there’s the Canal Walk, Tredegar Iron Works, or Hollywood Cemetery. If the kids are feeling antsy, the Science Museum of Virginia is less than ten minutes away. The Quirk Hotel really is in the perfect location.
Since I live in Richmond, I skipped the local attractions and headed back to my room for some rest, relaxation and food. I ordered an Angus burger, salad, and dessert from Maple and Pine who delivered right to my room. The burger was delicious!
Since I couldn’t eat the whole burger, and my room contained a small fridge, I saved the leftovers for lunch the next day. After my belly was full, I enjoyed a nice long shower in the luxurious bathroom. Kudos to whoever selected Nest brand for the hotel’s toiletry products. They’ve always been a favorite of mine and they turn a simple shower into a spa experience.
When I woke up the next morning, I felt rested, refreshed, and energized. The bed was one of the most comfortable mattresses I’d ever slept on. Seriously. I didn’t want to leave but the fur crew at home was getting ready to riot if I didn’t return home.
I was so glad that I got to experience the Quirk Hotel. It’s a hotel I’d stay at again and it’s definitely one that I’d recommend (actress Kate Bosworth recently stayed there too).