Dreamy Staycation for Two: Quirk Hotel, Richmond
It’s hard to predict what you will notice first when you set foot into the bright open lobby of Quirk Hotel. For me it was the vaulted ceilings supported by towering Italian Renaissance style columns. For you it might be the abundance of blush tones scattered throughout the lobby. Or perhaps your eyes will land on the vintage glass display case behind the brushed brass check-in desk, a fun nod to the building’s history. No matter what you end up taking in first, you’re sure to be in awe from the start.
Daniel and I decided to book a much-needed staycation to take a breath after our very busy spring. We both needed to step away from the never-ending list of home projects and we couldn’t have picked a better spot than Quirk Hotel.
Quirk Hotel makes the perfect destination because you really don’t need to leave the hotel to get everything you want and need. Before even making it to your room you are greeted by exquisite design and a deluge of top-notch amenities. The modern, feminine decor does a beautiful job of complementing and not competing with the original Italian Renaissance design of the 1916 building. Beyond the beautiful decor, the lobby alone boasts an espresso bar, an award winning restaurant, an impressive art gallery with a gift shop that will have you saying “one of everything, please,” AND a marble cocktail bar with prosecco on draft. Want some fresh air? Step into the bright courtyard off of the gallery shop or take the elevator from the dreamy lobby up to the rooftop for a more casual bar and impressive city views.
We were really impressed with the modern design and the furnishing in our hotel room. Our room had an abundance of natural light, a deliciously comfortable bed and the most adorable throw pillow. Unsurprisingly, the bathroom design was on point with an intricate metal and marble sink and a dreamy glass shower.
Our stay at Quirk Hotel also provided us with the opportunity see how our vocal and energetic Australian Shepherd, Chloe would do with a hotel stay. My confident little pup sauntered in like she owned the place, walked right up to the front desk, stood on her hind legs with her front paws on the counter as if to say- room for one, please. The hotel is staffed by dog lovers and Chloe was made to feel right at home with lots of ear scratches and high fives.
After checking in we kicked off our stay with cocktails and appetizers at the lobby bar and a delightful chat with the bartender, Brian. After enjoying one of their famous draft proseccos, we moved to a table for a dinner so good I decided to dedicate an entire post to the hotel’s restaurant, Maple & Pine.
We decided to take advantage of the beautiful spring evening after dinner and made our way up to the rooftop bar. Quirk Hotel is right in the middle of downtown so it’s the perfect spot to take in the breathtaking Richmond skyline. It was an absolutely perfect way to finish our evening.
If it isn’t already obvious, I would highly recommend Quirk Hotel for your next Richmond trip. In fact, I would highly recommend planning a trip to Richmond with a stay at Quirk Hotel. Thank you Quirk, for making our staycation such a pleasure!
↟ Great location! Close to amazing restaurants, art galleries and shops!
↟ Friendly and helpful staff
↟ Gift shop with ALL THE THINGS
↟ Award winning lobby restaurant- Maple and Pine
↟ Unique art throughout the hotel (our room even had information on the art in a bedside table book)
↟ White noise machine (this adorable little pink machine helped me sleep like a baby!)
↟ Very small showerhead with poor water pressure
↟ Other than a “pet in room” door hanging sign, Quirk didn’t have any pet supplies to offer like in room food dish and water dish
↟ No bathtub (this very well might not be a con to anyone else but since I don’t have a bathtub of my own, I always look forward to a soak when I travel)
After an extensive renovation, Quirk Hotel opened its doors in the fall of 2015. The owners of one of Richmond’s most beloved art galleries, Quirk Gallery, took a department store built in 1916 on Broad street and transformed it into the award winning space it is today.
The original Quirk Gallery is only a block away from the Hotel and is now Charm School Social Club, a delicious little ice cream shop. A few doors past Charm School you will find Ledbury, a bespoke men’s wear shop and Mod&Soul, my absolute favorite local women’s boutique. In fact, most of what I am wore for the duration of our stay I got from Mod & Soul. Head here to shop my suitcase!