satellite or cable TV
A black-and-white color scheme with bronze accents gives the Poe room an urban sensibility touched with a mid-century chic. It’s perfect for those who dream by day.
The Townsman is the newest concept in hotel accommodations. Instead of charging you for things you’ll never use, we’ve pared ourselves down to the essentials. Incredible locations. Beautiful rooms. Great prices. Once you book with us, we’ll give you a code that grants you access to the hotel and your room. After that, all you have to do is show up. No check-in. No hassles. Just a boutique hotel, steps from the places you most want to be.
Where are you located exactly?
We’re at 211 West Main Street, right on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall. The location can't be beat in the middle of the downtown action! We like to note to future guests that this is a popular area (especially on the weekends) and the noise level on the Downtown Mall may be higher particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Where do Townsman guests park?
One parking pass is emailed to each Townsman guest for The First and Market Parking Lot behind our event hall, Old Metropolitan Hall, which is a short block and a half away on the Downtown Mall. The front door to The Townsman is on the pedestrian mall adjacent to Downtown Grille. Guests must print their parking pass for use; Stay Charlottesville does not have an on-site office and The Townsman does not have a front desk.
How does the code work?
Our front door and the door to your room will feature a keypad into which you’ll enter your personal code. The code we give you when you book is given to no one else and only works for the duration of your stay.
What services do you offer?
What we offer is a room you’ll love in a downtown location that can’t be beat. To keep our prices where you want them, we don’t have an onsite staff, front desk, room service or amenities you may not need; but we do have Charlottesville’s downtown walking mall, restaurants, coffee shops, a movie theater, and local boutique shopping just steps away.
Do you have Internet access?
Yes! And it’s fast, so bring all your devices. The Wi-Fi code will be in your room.
Will there be a phone in my room?
We do not have phone service but the building does have good cell service, so bring your phone and stay connected.
On the second-floor landing you’ll find:
A refrigerator available to all guests
Complimentary bottles of water & coffee
Is there an elevator?
Like most of downtown Charlottesville’s most charming buildings, we are not equipped with an elevator. All of our rooms are walk-ups, accessed by the stairs.
Advance one night reservations are available Sunday - Thursday only.
Friday or Saturday nights may be booked for one night as soon as the Wednesday before a weekend. Note the rate for Fridays/Saturdays.
All guests of Stay Charlottesville receive exclusive access to Common House during your stay. Common House is a local membership based social club that offers a unique space to work, dine, and engage. There is a co-work space available during weekdays, a full service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a roof-top terrace with sweeping views of Charlottesville.
- A view overlooking the Downtown Mall
- Queen Bed
- Flat Screen TV with Apps/Local Channels
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Soap & Shampoo
- Second Floor across from the Meriwether Room
- Accessible by Stairs Only
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Reviewed: Nov 5, 2020
Winston Salem, US
Reviewed: Oct 26, 2020
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Locust Grove, US
Reviewed: Dec 5, 2019
Reviewed: Dec 3, 2019
Great location. Very clean and comfortable
Reviewed: Nov 13, 2019
Reviewed: Jul 19, 2019
I didnt have to interact in person with members of the team. The electronic interaction was excellent and efficient.Property
My stay was wonderful. The room was everything as advertised. I was not expecting to have so many things outside of staying there so close and accessible, which made it very convenient.
Reviewed: Jul 1, 2019
Didnt have to meet anyone face to face and it was awesome. Emails communicated everything clearly.Property
We stayed in the Poe room. The unhotel lives up to its moniker. We found the process from parking to checkout was very user friendly. Room was clean and quiet. Walk ability is second to none.
Reviewed: Jun 26, 2019
Everyone I spoke with was very pleasant and just knew how to take care of their customers.Property
It was an awesome stay, we were in the heart of the downtown mall, and it was great!
Huntington Beach, US
Reviewed: Jun 22, 2019
Great Location, Easy booking, Clear instructions, We loved it and would recommend this property
Reviewed: Jun 2, 2019
Very efficient method for booking and staying at a hotelProperty
Close to great dining
Reviewed: May 27, 2019
Reviewed: Jan 14, 2019
Brief but pleasant interaction with housekeeper; good email communicationsProperty
The Poe Room is a very comfortable, beautifully-designed accommodation: comfortable bed, good reading lights, beautiful bathroom, convenient device charging. The property is so convenient to downtown mall amenities. We especially enjoyed the complimentary guest membership at Common House.
Baton Rouge, US
Reviewed: Jan 7, 2019
Reviewed: Sep 3, 2018
Reviewed: Aug 31, 2018
Reviewed: Aug 8, 2018
We loved your property. There were 5 of us and we had 3 rooms. It was the perfect location. We will return on our next trip to Charlottesville.
McKees Rocks, US
Reviewed: Jul 30, 2018
Spring Grove, US
Reviewed: Jun 18, 2018
Reviewed: Jun 13, 2018
Reviewed: Jun 1, 2018
I thought it was the easiest check in ever. I actually really liked the parking... Directions were super clear.Property
I loved The Townsman! It's a unique concept and that is the reason I wanted to stay there. The location is great and I really enjoyed using the codes and not worrying about checking in and out. The directions were very clear! I loved my modern room and bed and television. The bathroom was lovely. I so enjoyed being right on the Downtown Mall and the parking was great. Keep those prices down... it's a great place to stay and a great getaway in a funky setting. I plan to stay there again and recommend it to others. Thanks for an enjoyable stay! Loved the tea and water bar. I like the late check out as well... Very smart!
Falls Church, US
Reviewed: Apr 12, 2018
Reviewed: Mar 1, 2018
I didn't actually interact with anyone, but the correspondence that I got by email was all very clear and concise.Property
We were in town for one night on business. The hotel was right around the corner from where our meetings were, so it was incredibly convenient. We took a train into Charlottesville from DC so we didn't get in until about 7:30pm that evening. Being able to access the property and our rooms without having to worry about being late or having to check in w/ a concierge was really helpful. It was pretty easy to find the entrance to the space, and once we got inside, we could tell immediately that it was a very nice place. The stairs leading up were warm and inviting and the place looked well taken care of. I was in the Poe room at the top of the first flight of stairs. It was so easy to access and I loved not having to worry about room keys or anything like that. It was also really lovely that just outside my room was a table with complimentary coffee and water. The room itself was lovely and definitely exceeded my expectations. There was plenty of space and everything was perfectly decorated and well maintained. The bathroom was amazing and the shower was the perfect way to start my day, after waking up in the incredibly comfortable bed. And on top of that, there was a massive television fully equipped with Netflix and Hulu. Overall, I had an amazing experience. To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect and I have to say that my time at the Townsman definitely exceeded anything that I could have imagined. I would definitely stay here again!
Reviewed: Feb 27, 2018
Reviewed: Dec 1, 2017