A Review of Graduate Richmond + 5 Reasons You Should Book a Staycation

A Review of Graduate Richmond + 5 Reasons You Should Book a Staycation
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A Review of Graduate Richmond + 5 Reasons You Should Book a Staycation

Over my birthday, I had the immense pleasure of staycationing at the Graduate Richmond.  This hotel is located within the heart of Richmond, in the VCU district – close to … well, everything.  When we pulled up, valet kindly parked our car so we didn’t have to navigate city street parking.  We were given (the cutest) set of keys to our room – with Wesley Schultz on them (for anyone who doesn’t know, that’s the lead singer of The Lumineers, and he went to school in Richmond)!  The lobby greeted us with plush gingham chairs, velvet couches, and the best pattern mixing I’ve ever seen in my life. In fact, I could learn a thing or two from their decor!

Fun shadow boxes with spectacles and sunglasses hung above the tables by the elevator.  Chalkboard art kept your attention while waiting for the elevator bell to ding, and my personal favorite decoration? The rug that confused the daylights out of me with its backwards lettering, until I realized that the mirror on the ceiling decoded the phrase, “Things are looking up.”  So creative!

Upon entering our room, the first thing I noticed was the pleasant aroma.  Not sure if there was a wall plugin somewhere I couldn’t see or if they just clean with really great-smelling products, but it was incredibly comforting and homey.  We were given the “Graduate Corner King” room, with an inviting king-sized bed, velvet sleeper sofa, and a roomy working station (which I certainly took advantage of).

From punk rock band posters, to art of the American Foxhound (Virginia’s state dog), a sketch of Arthur Ashe, a rotary phone, and even a vibrant orange lounge chair, the decor was once again on point – just like the lobby.

We were kindly given access to Byrd House, the rooftop which seasonally provides a pool and bar to enjoy in comfortable weather.  While it’s not opened to the public until April, we got the opportunity to experience the view and a mini tour, and we cannot wait to come back for sunset drinks in the late spring!

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After a couple of photoshoots (read: a tornado of clothing throughout our room), we tiredly stumbled down to Brookfield, the lobby cafe, for a bite to eat and some coffee to bring us energy again.  I’ll admit, we weren’t expecting large portions, but when our fried chicken sandwiches came out, my goodness, we were impressed.  A direct quote from my fiancé: “It’s honestly the best fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever had.”  Coming from a foodie like Brandon, that’s a massive compliment.

Once we wrapped up our photoshoots and changed into comfortable clothing, we traipsed back down to Brookfield for “second supper.”  This consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup + a couple of drinks (the Long Island Iced Tea for Brandon and an Old-Fashioned for myself).  We were once again impressed with the serving size and the quality of the food.  We’re counting down our next date night when we can go back for more!

Back to our room we went, with some snacks in hand, to wind down and watch TV before being lulled off to sleep in our cozy bed.  In the morning, I took advantage of the full-sized shower products (you read that right: FULL. SIZED).  They smelled amazing and I felt like I was practically sparkling when I hopped out.  I had forgotten my hairdryer at home, but no worries – they had me covered with one right there under the bathroom sink.

While I got ready, Brandon went down to Brookfield again to bring us some breakfast.  I devoured my buttermilk biscuit sandwich, cheese danish the size of my head, and the best cold brew I’ve ever had.  This prepared me quite well for the rest of my day!  We checked out at 11am, and valet brought our car back around.  Not only was I impressed with the hotel itself, but from start to finish, I was floored by the staff and the incredible customer service.  Graduate Richmond is definitely a place where we will staycation again – soon!

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5 Reasons You Should Book a Staycation

  1. A staycation allows you to experience your city from a whole new perspective. I had never appreciated Richmond as much as I did the moment I saw it during sunset from our bedroom window at the Graduate.
  2. You’re not truly all that far from home, so if you forget something – you can just go get it. One of the most stressful things about a vacation is the worry that I’ll leave something important at home and be unable to retrieve it. A staycation takes away that stress!
  3. There’s no real “travel” involved, so you can skip the overwhelming plane, bus, train, or car experience. I love flying, but airports, security, Ubering from one place to the next, etc. – it can all get a bit overwhelming. Forget that with a staycation.
  4. Don’t worry about getting lost, since you’re in your hometown! We went out late at night to get cookies, and I knew exactly where to go and where each street led.  So comforting!
  5. You can be spontaneous! You won’t be spending as much or needing to use public transportation, so just pack a weekender bag and pop on over to the hotel to escape “reality” for a bit.

Book your staycation (or vacation) at the Graduate Richmond right now!

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Donna
    March 5, 2018 at 6:10 AM

    This place looks amazing and I sincerely need a staycation! I’m sold!

  • Reply
    lydia
    March 5, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    This post is making me want to go visit the Graduate Richmond right now! Ever since we stayed at the Graduate Hotel in Arizona, I have wanted to go back. Everything about their hotels just get me every time! Thanks for sharing this girl.. loving all the photos and hearing about what you did + all the yummy food.

    xo, Lydia

  • Reply
    Cathy
    March 5, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    What a cute hotel!! I’ll have to check it out!

    XOXO
    Cathy

  • Reply
    Anna English
    March 5, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    What a cozy spot! I love the chic and modern decor, so pretty!

  • Reply
    Taylor Aube
    March 5, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    This hotel looks so posh! I love the black and white details of the decor

  • Reply
    Shelby Back
    March 5, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    this hotel is seriously so cute! I’ve never been to richmond, but this hotel has me dying to make a trip!

    xo!
    Shelby

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    Oh to Be a Muse
    March 5, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    How fun are those balloons on the bed. This hotel looks so gorgeous. I love a good full sized shower when it comes to hotel stays.

  • Reply
    Deddeh
    March 5, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Omg girl, this hotel is so beautiful!! Happy belated birthday, can’t believe I missed it. Hope you had a great time beautiful.

  • Reply
    Delia
    March 5, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    OK your pics are amazing! This hotel looks incredible! Such a breath of fresh air from other boring hotels!

  • Reply
    maggie
    March 5, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    That places looks amazing and I love all of the balloons!!!

  • Reply
    cathclaire
    March 5, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    i ADORE how you did this post GF! <3 <3

    xo

    Cathclaire

  • Reply
    Nicole
    March 5, 2018 at 10:09 PM

    I love staycations too, I have one planned this spring right here in our hometown with the kiddos! Great post hun, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Azanique
    March 5, 2018 at 11:03 PM

    Okay, I need to visit! This place is so beautiful 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Reply
    Helen
    March 5, 2018 at 11:55 PM

    The place looks amazing. The furnitures are beautiful! I would love to visit this place one day!

  • Reply
    Kileen
    March 6, 2018 at 2:24 AM

    Love this post babe!! Staycations are the best, this post makes me want to book one right now!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  • Reply
    Nataly
    March 6, 2018 at 8:09 AM

    I love a good stacation and this hotel looks so fabulous! Thanks for sharing babe!

  • Reply
    Nicole Flint
    March 6, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    I love Richmond, VA! This hotel looks so amazing!

  • Reply
    Annette Dattilo
    March 6, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Staycations are the best. The hotel looks like it’s decorated with so much personality. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Ashley DTKAustin
    March 6, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Oh my gosh this place looks absolutely amazing!! I’ve never been to Richmond and might have to plan a trip soon!

  • Reply
    Lacey
    March 6, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Dying dying DEAD! This place is THE CUTEST EVER!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    March 6, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    From watching your stories, it looks like your stay was such a blast!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  • Reply
    stesha
    March 6, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    what a gorgeous hotel, and I absolutely love staycations!

    xo
    Stesha
    http://www.steshrose.com

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    Deborah
    March 6, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    What a great place for a staycation – I don’t live too far from Richmond (I’m in Washington, DC) so maybe I should book a room here for a weekend!

  • Reply
    adriana
    March 6, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    These pictures are the best! I love staycations, they’re so fun!

  • Reply
    Megan
    March 6, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    What a cool hotel! Will definitely have to keep this in mind next time I’m in Richmond.

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    March 6, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    I love Staycations! They’re so much fun, and I do love that if I forget something I can just go home and grab it! I also like traveling to a new city but it’s only an hour away but in the same state. Amazing pictures!

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    Denise Kokinis
    March 6, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    I seriously cannot even believe this is a hotel, this is such a cool looking spot! I love all the fabulous prints and colors in this place! I need a staycation, especially somewhere like this!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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    Stefanie
    March 6, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    This place looks so cool! You got some great snaps! We need to book a staycation there for sure, looked like you guys had a great time!

  • Reply
    Madeline
    March 6, 2018 at 9:59 PM

    Looks like a beautiful hotel! We have one in my town and I really want to do a staycation!

  • Reply
    Liz
    March 7, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    This looks like so much fun! What a cute hotel!

    Liz

  • Reply
    Laura
    March 7, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    I absolutely love the decor in this place!! Such a cool hotel!

    xo, Laura

  • Reply
    Morgan Klein
    March 8, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    This place looks amazing!! I just showed it to my boyfriend – I seriously want to go!!

  • Reply
    Betsy Burleson
    March 8, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    The decor!!!! Amazing. I need those gingham chairs 🙂
    I love staycations. You get to get away without all the messy travel!!
    Betsy

  • Reply
    Whit
    March 8, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    This place looks fabulous! Def a perfect staycation too book!

    Britt+Whit

  • Reply
    Ruthie Ridley
    March 8, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Wow! I want to stay here! The place is so posh and the food looks divine!!!

  • Reply
    Ada
    March 8, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    This hotel is just adorable. I love all of the decor and it sounds like you had such an amazing time.

  • Reply
    Bernice
    March 9, 2018 at 1:24 AM

    Oo every corner of this hotel is a different thing to make you interested! So many cool patterns, and pieces everywhere!

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2018/03/09/My-Mrs-Ring-And-My-Mrs-Ring-Box

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    Kristin
    March 11, 2018 at 11:44 PM

    I absolutely love your reasons for doing a staycation, and I wholeheartedly agree! Mark and I had the chance to visit Richmond for a potential job offer for him last year, and we just loved the city. I would love to go back to stay at Graduate!

  • Reply
    Steph
    March 12, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Staycations are the absolute best! Thanks so much for sharing.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

  • Reply
    Tonya Tardiff
    March 12, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    Staycations are a must and honestly always needed. Your birthday stay looked so fun!

  • Reply
    Gita
    March 16, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    This hotel looks super cute! The decor is definitely my style

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