Weekend getaway with our dog
Reviewed 8 July, 2021
The human guest’s review:
The Fairfield Inn North provided a good place to stay for a trip to Charlottesville over the July 4 weekend with our dog. The pet surcharge is relatively modest compared to other Charlottesville properties and we could leave the dog in the room unattended and uncrated. All the guests with dogs are placed in one corridor on the first floor, which had a robust canine presence our first night.
The hotel is up-to-date and relatively well-maintained, although we discovered a minor housekeeping issue in our room upon arrival. Amenities are what one would expect from a Fairfield Inn; the room was functional, the bed was comfortable, but the accomodations were neither plush nor especially spacious.
Charlottesville has a number of attractive, walkable neighborhoods. This hotel is not in one of them; it is adjacent to an eight-lane highway replete with strip malls, chain hotels, and national restaurant brands. The city’s largely moribund indoor shopping mall is within walking distance. (We walked there to get coffee,) Most area attractions are a five to 15-minute drive.
The perspective of Oswald, our dog:
Getting in and out of the room was easy for me: it was a short walk along the corridor to the humans’ car in the parking lot. While, as my human mentioned, the hotel is off a busy highway (which proved advantageous to the humans when they discovered on arrival that they forgot to pack my bowls and were able to find a pet store nearby), the entrance is on a side street and the property is shielded from most street noise. There was ample space (and grass) for my walks on the property, which includes the hotel, an adjacent supermarket, and a shuttered restaurant building. Charlottesville also boasts an extensive series of walking trails, some a short drive from the hotel, that my humans enjoyed taking me to; I would have preferred to go out for BBQ.
One night getaway
Reviewed 8 July, 2021
Checked in on Friday afternoon preceding July 4th weekend for a one-night stay in a king suite. The bed was comfortable, sheets and room were clean. Also used the pull-out sofabed, which was satisfactory. The staff was friendly and helpful. The outdoor pool area was very relaxing and pleasant. Very close to fun shopping on Bond street, and also to our favorite fast-food chicken restaurant Raising Cain's. It's definitely not a top of the line hotel, but we would stay here again. Also loved that you could walk to the Food Lion to pick up beverages and snacks. We did not take advantage of the included breakfast.
Not on par with other Fairfield's, weathered and worn
Reviewed 26 June, 2021
I give this property a borderline three stars based on our three night stay in May. I don't really care for Fairfield's in general due their tiny size and lack of amenities, but stayed here as other area hotels we've stayed at in the past were significantly higher priced (almost double or more) or unavailable during our stay.
The location is a bit odd and easily missed, even with a GPS as there is just a tiny sign on the road in this busy area. The hotel actually sits way down below from the main road, and you can't actually see it until you turn off and meander thru the parking lot of a former chain-looking defunct restaurant.
After checking in, we parked in the back of the hotel by the entrance which was close to our room. While trying to get the key to work at the back door entrance (which was the norm for others trying to enter as well), we noted the overflowing outdoor trash can of beer and liquor bottles suggesting a party had taken place. (At least they didn't litter, but the single trash can in the room was tiny and as there wasn't daily housekeeping there wasn't anywhere else to dump the trash.)
The one thing I will always remember about this hotel was the swivel chair that looked like it had been bought at a dumpy thrift shop. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the swivel chair by the desk was literally duct-taped together while the side and bottom of the chair were well work and ripped. The chair should have been discarded and a new chair put in use - how embarrassing is that for the hotel, but I'm not sure they cared. I put a towel over the chair to sit down the couple times I needed to sit by the desk and use my laptop. My parter wanted to wheel it all the way down the hall to the front desk and exchange it in front of the other people checking in, but I just wanted another room, which there weren't any others available.
The studio 'suite' like other Fairfield's was small and cramped. (Whoever designs these rooms for Marriott is trying to maximize space with odd room angles, and ledges, but it's just a crowded waste of space for one person, let alone two or more and it feels cheap with the furniture, towels and linens.
The king-sized bed just barely fits in the alcove partitioned for the bed, and there is only a foot of leg space to get to the closet beside the bed. The A/C was a bit noisy as well.
While this could describe other Fairfield's in size and shape, this one felt dirty and unkept, perhaps due to COVID and the lack of attention paid to the rooms except between guests checkout. It overall just seemed like there was not much care at all given to this property.
Fortunately we weren't in our rooms very much with touring and dining out, but next time I would definitely pay double and stay somewhere else. We are Marriott Platinum members and this was definitely not up to Marriott standards.
Sub par for Fairfield Property
Reviewed 20 June, 2021
Bathroom has a lot of mold and mildew visible (in the shower and on the walls). Contacted the front desk and was offered additional housekeeping. This is a health code violation! Was told they’d contact the GM and I received no communication after that. The toilet rocks on its base, and the TV satellite or cable connection does not work.
Not so great
Reviewed 13 June, 2021
Disappointed in our stay here. Was not acknowledged as a Marriott member and no upgrade offered. Guess I should have asked because the room was small and carpet was wet and room smelled musty. This is an older hotel and in need of some general maintenance..pool bottom dirty, stained ceiling tiles in lobby restroom, water pressure in room sink terrible and overgrown trees against the building. We asked front desk for a wine opener..was told last person didn't return it and we could buy one next door at food lion. Skipped breakfast as the only offerings were fruit, dry cereal and microwave food. Glad we only stayed 1 night.