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Chat Plus: Travel Tips for a Trip to Richmond

Sunday, February 8, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

I've lived in Virginia for more than five years and have never visited Richmond. I'd like to stay someplace cheap in order to save my money for more interesting things, so I'm looking for advice on both where to sleep and what to do.

Richmond has a wide variety of hotels in all price ranges. As you scroll through the booking sites, though, remember that it can be cost-effective to pay a little more for a downtown location: You'll save a lot on transportation. Look for hotels with complimentary breakfast and parking, and other amenities. The Holiday Inn Express Downtown (201 E. Cary St., 804-788-1600, http://www.ichotelsgroup.com; rooms from $89 a night), for example, has free breakfast, parking and Internet and is in walking distance of many popular attractions.

Also, try Priceline.com and Hotwire, Web sites that can help you score startlingly low rates at luxe properties. The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-370-9004, http://www.visit.richmond.com) has lists of hotels and things to do.

-- K.C.S.

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