Maury Place at Monument

3101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221
Innkeeper(s): Jeff Wells & Mac Pence
 
  • Introduction

    Maury Place at Monument is a luxury four room bed and breakfast located in Richmond, Virginia's Museum District.  Our neigborhool location is within walking distance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Carytown shopping district, and many great restaurants.  Our historic property, built in 1916, was fully renovated in 2008 to include every modern amenity for our guests.  Our Richmond VA bed and breakfast is the perfect lodging when enjoying Richmond's great civil war attractions, museums, shopping, and universities.

     

    We are honored to have been noted as one of Richmond's top five in-town getaways in the August issue of Richmond Magazine!

    All of the guestrooms at our bed and breakfast inn in Virginia feature the following amenities. Also, be sure to take a look at our room add-ons for some special touches. Located in the Monument Avenue Historic District of Richmond, Maury Place offers an alternative to luxury hotel accommodations for a relaxing vacation spot.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jeff Wells and Mac Pence for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests choose Maury Place at Monument in order to enjoy luxury accommodations in a historic B&B, located in a neighborhood location that is walking distance to museums, restaurants, and shopping.  Guests find our bed and breakfast to offer a unique escape featuring a fresh, modern, and open decor, large rooms, and the latest in modern amenities.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Maury Place at Monument offers the finest in luxury hospitality in a relaxed setting.  Guests enjoy an escape to a peaceful space, relaxing by our pool, on one of our private room balconies, or on our huge front porch.  Our B&B is the only lodging that overlooks Richmond's historic Monument Avenue.  Our inn is unique because of our Inn Dogs - Lucy and Chico, who are definitely one of a kind!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The #1 reason to visit Richmond is the incredible variety of things to do.  Richmond has historic sites dating back to the Revolutionary War, world class museums, top ranked sporting events, parks and gardens, wonderful restaurants, great theater, and one of the country's best shopping districts. Visitors will never run out of things to enjoy.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Many guests have stated that this was their best B&B experience ever.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Richmond has a thriving and accessible arts scene for almost every taste, including both visual arts and theater.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    (1) Spend a day enjoying the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the museum at the Virginia Historical Society, located side-by-side on Richmond's grand Boulevard
    (2) Visit the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, then proceed to stroll along Richmond's James River Canal Walk - and if there is time, walk up to Capitol Hill and tour the State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson
    (3) Head towards North Side, walk through Jackson Ward, then drive up to the world class display at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
    (4) Visit St. John's Church in Shockoe Bottom, site of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, then head back to Maury Place at Monument. Take a stroll along Monument Avenue, enjoy a complimentary glass of Virginia Wine on the front porch, and take a dip in the pool.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance of Maury Place at Monument are (1) world class museums, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Architectural Center, and the Virginia Science Museum, (2) the Carytown Shopping District, voted one of the country's 10 best shopping districts by Southern Living Magazine, (3) many fantastic restaurants, (4) the Richmond Triangle Players, one of Richmond's cutting edge theaters.  Monument Avenue is located right outside our front door, the only street in the U.S. to be named a Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places.  Both the Richmond Marathon and the Monument Avenue 10k run along Monument Avenue in front of Maury Place, and the annual Easter Parade is held on Monument Avenue, just a short walk away.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Richmond has a number of extraordinary and unique restaurants that could top any list of favorites.  A truly exceptional choice would be to dine at Amuse, a chic restaurant located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, featuring views of the museum's outdoor sculpture garden, followed by dessert at Bev's Ice Cream, featuring Richmond's best ice homemade cream!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Maury Place at Monument's website includes a full description of Richmond attractions.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Maury Place at Monument features four luxury guest rooms, each with private bath, and including two with private balconies, three with gas fireplaces, three with heated tile bathroom floors, and all with flat screen TV's.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, due to both the historic nature of our Inn and the experience we strive to offer all of our guests.  Pets visiting Richmond can enjoy the luxury lodging at Holiday Barn, Richmond's finest pet resort, located just 10 miles from Maury Place - just call (804) 672-2200 for a pet reservation.

  • Inn Offerings

    • Private en suite baths
    • Pamper yourself with our luxury bed and breakfast amenities
    • Flat-screen high definition televisions
    • Luxurious sheets and towels
    • Plush spa robes
    • Gilchrist and Soames toiletries
    • High-speed Internet access
    • Hair dryers
    • CD player/alarm clock
    • Air Conditioning with individual in-room climate control

    All guests will enjoy:

    Homemade gourmet breakfasts prepared with the freshest ingredients from local markets including gourmet teas, sausage or bacon from our neighborhood butcher, and herbs grown in our own gardens, all served on our finest china.

    • Morning newspaper
    • Complimentary wine from a Virginia Winery
    • Complimentary beverages and snacks available 24 hours per day
    • Coffee and tea available 24 hours per day
    • Concierge services
    • Off-street parking
    • Pool and Hot Tub
    • Carytown Discount Card - 10% discount when shopping at select Carytown Merchants

    In addition, each of our different rooms offers its own unique combination of luxury amenities. Three rooms offer working gas fireplaces, and two feature private balconies. Other amenities include heated tile floors, and individual climate control for both heat and A/C. Luxurious modern amenities accentuate the historic charm of our Richmond inn. Our lodging accommodations consist of four bright and spacious guest suites featuring beautiful maple floors, original fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, seating areas, and recently updated en suite bathrooms. Large windows provide these guestrooms with wonderful, natural light. As a guest at our B&B, you will enjoy the unique experience of staying in a home that has been present throughout so much of Richmond's rich history. Maury Place on Monument is centrally located to museums, area attractions, local universities, shopping, and downtown. Our neighborhood setting is within walking distance to great local restaurants and shopping.

  • Area Information

    Visitors to Richmond Virginia will find a wide array of attractions and activities to enjoy. Overlooking historic Monument Avenue, luxury bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument is the perfect place to stay while visiting.

    Richmond, Virginia is a city full of life, with a thriving theater and arts community, great restaurants and shopping, and world class museums. Visitors to Richmond can enjoy the spectacular Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, visit the newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, enjoy the James River while strolling down the Richmond Canal Walk, or view a NASCAR event under the lights at the Richmond International Raceway. Maury Place at Monument, a luxury bed and breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue, is centrally located in Richmond's Museum District, convenient to our city's many attractions. Maury Place at Monument is walking distance to many attractions, including two Richmond stage theaters, the Carytown Shopping District, and many local museums and restaurants.

    Richmond offers historical attractions spanning the four hundred years since the earliest English settlements until today. St. John's Church in Richmond is the site of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, leading to Virginia's entry into the Revolutionary War. Richmond has countless Civil War sites and attractions, including many Civil War Battlefields. Richmond's post-civil war neighborhood of Jackson Ward was a thriving center of culture and business among the newly freed African American community, and was known as the "Wall Street of Black America". A historic 1916 home overlooking Monument Avenue, Maury Place at Monument is convenient to all of Richmond's historic sites, and is walking distance to the Virginia Historical Society.

    Home to Virginia's government and four of its top universities, Richmond is in the center of Virginia's rich array of statewide attractions. Virginia offers the outdoor beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and Blue Ridge Mountains, the history of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Civil War sites, as well as world class universities, great wineries, and many other places to visit. Richmond Virginia bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument is centrally located, making it a perfect home base for travelers wishing to see Virginia's many attractions.

    Travelers to Virginia will find Richmond to be central to our state's many attractions, and luxury bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument to be the ideal lodging choice while visiting here. Virginia is a great place to visit, with rich history and culture, world class universities, vineyards, and natural beauty.

    Nearby Virginia Attractions:

    Richmond is just a short drive to the historic Jamestown Settlement, America's first permanent English settlement, and Revolutionary War sites in Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown.

    Virginia was the birthplace of eight U.S. Presidents, more than any other state. Richmond is within a day’s drive to the homes of several:

    • Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, www.mountvernon.org
    • Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson,www.monticello.org
    • Montpelier, home of James Madison,www.montpelier.org
    • Ash Lawn, home of James Monroe, www.ashlawnhighland.org
    • Berkeley Plantation, birthplace of William Henry Harrison
    • Sherwood Forest, home of John Tyler, www.sherwoodforest.org
    • Manse, birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, www.woodrowwilson.org

    Virginia’s wine industry is booming and has grown from six wineries in 1979 to over 200 wineries today. The number of wineries in Virginia has almost doubled since 2005, making Virginia our nation's fifth largest wine producer.

    Maury Place is proud to exclusively offer Virginia wines as our complimentary wine that we offer each guest, and in our wine and champagne packages. We would be happy to assist you in planning a day trip touring nearby vineyards.

  • The Innkeepers

    Jeff Wells was born in Virginia Beach, and graduated from Washington and Lee University and the UVA Law School. Jeff spent 19 years as an attorney for the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals before deciding to change careers and become an innkeeper. Mac Pence was born in Richmond, and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a third generation auto dealer, and owns the Pence Auto Mall in south Richmond. Mac and Jeff have been together since 1995, and held a marriage ceremony in their home in 1999. They were legally married in Boston in 2009.

    Jeff and Mac took several "aspiring innkeeper" seminars, and looked at locations in both Lexington, VA and Richmond before purchasing Maury Place in 2006. After two years of zoning approvals and renovation, they opened Maury Place at Monument on October 31, 2008.

  • Virginia Green Lodging

    Maury Place at Monument is certified as a "Virginia Green Lodging" by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. We make every effort to providing sustainable and eco-friendly accommodations with the same or higher level of service and amenities that you would expect to find at any hotel. We understand the importance of being environmentally friendly and hope our efforts will lead others to live in a way that will benefit the world in which we live.

    Here are some of the practices that you will find during your stay at Maury Place:

    • Optional linen change service in guestrooms
    • Offering recycling opportunities to guests
    • Recycling of soaps and shampoos
    • Practicing water and energy conservation
    • Preventative maintenance of drips and leaks
    • High efficiency HVAC using natural gas and individual thermostats
    • EnergyStar appliances
    • Insulation and storm windows
    • Minimization of impervious surfaces
    • Lawn areas replaced with low maintenance beds
    • Use of native vegetation
    • Use of glasses, dishware, metal cutlery, and cloth napkins instead of disposables
    • Paper, cardboard, can, bottle, and newspaper recycling
    • Newspaper and magazines in library rather than automatically delivered to the room
    • Use of environmentally friendly cleaners
    • Effective food inventory management
    • Water efficient washers
    • Energy efficient dryers
    • Environmentally friendly detergents with minimal use of bleach
    • Purchase of energy efficient equipment
    • Extensive use of electronic documents and records
    • Purchasing from local vendors with commitment to the environment
    • Preventative maintenance on all vehicles and equipment
    • Reuse or donation of unused materials
    • Reused building materials (original flooring, doors, fixtures, and other materials)


    In addition, we offer our guests the opportunity to help us with our environmental efforts. Guests who use our re-fillable Maury Place water bottles in place of our complimentary bottled water will receive $5 off their stay as a "thank you" for participating in our green efforts. The Maury Place water bottles are free, and are for our guests to keep. Returning guests can bring their Maury Place water bottle and continue to receive $5 savings.

  • Guest Comments

    "Everything was perfect! Donna is the ultimate hostess and she took good care of us. Thank you!" - Jeanne from Leesburg, VA

    "We loved our visit to this new found gem! As luxurious as the B&B is, the friendly, kind and "Martha Stewart" like Donna was the added bonus to our stay! Great breakfasts each day and she's well informed on everything we needed. I can't wait to return. Thank you to Donna & the team here for making our stay exceptional. / p.s.- loved the china- what an elegant touch." - Wanda and Patrick, Blackwood NJ

    "A "girls' weekend" in historic Richmond. We would have been happy to just stay at the inn all day long. Everything was spotless, beautifully decorated, and Donna, the host, could not have been more welcoming or hospitable. What a treat to get away and have someone wait on us! I also appreciated the toiletries in the bathroom, which were in wide-mouth bottles that made for easy dispensing of contents. The heated tile floor in the bathroom was heavenly! Maury Place was the best lodging experience I have had. Highly recommended!" - Jean and Beth, Leesburg VA

    "The place was beautiful, the food was excellent, and the owners/staff were very attentive to all guests' needs. Thanks for the great experience. I can't recommend your B&B highly enough." - Andy from Richmond

    "We stayed in the Pathfinder Suite this weekend. It was fabulous!" - Mark and Mary from Maryland

    "Thank you an incredibly wonderful experience at your beautiful home. It has been years since we’ve stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, and yours was the best we had ever experienced. The house was like stepping back into history, the breakfasts were delicious, and the attention to detail was truly amazing. We appreciated the advice on sights to see, the restaurant suggestions and the good maps and directions as we planned each day. Spending each morning discussing Richmond’s rich history was informative and helped bring context to the many houses, battlefields and museums we visited. Your suggestion for a tour guide was excellent as well, walking the battlefields with him made the silent forests literally “come alive”. I am so glad we have our “Maury Place” wine glasses so that we can toast your success each time we use them. There is so much to see in Virginia, we will be back.
    Warm Regards, Jane from California"

  • The History

    Built in 1916, our Richmond Virginia historic home has been preserved with almost 100% of its original structure, architectural detail, and floorplan. Moreover, the property is protected by 13 pages of historic easements that prevent changes without the approval of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, ensuring its historic preservation in the future.

    Originally built for Addie Sturdevant, a single woman who may never have lived here, the home was owned until the 1970's by the family of Dr. Weitzel, one of Richmond's first pediatricians, who built the duplex next door for his practice in 1928. The current innkeepers are the fourth owners, having renovated the property in 2008 to be a bed and breakfast.

    The renovation updated all of the electrical, plumbing, bathrooms, and HVAC, as well as finishing the third floor for innkeeper's quarters. One bathroom was added (Fontaine Suite), so that each room has an en suite bath. The kitchen was remodeled, while retaining the original tile floor and subway tile on the walls. Renovations were performed by general contractor Franko Lafratta, with assistance from architect Joe Yates and interior designer Ellen Norris of Caryatid Interiors.

  • Directions

    Maury Place is in the middle of historic Richmond and is convenient to just about any site in the city. Richmond’s famous Monument Avenue, the only street in the nation designated a National Historic Landmark, is just a few steps out our front door. This beautiful street was recently designated by the American Planning Association as one of America’s top ten streets! Located in Richmond's "Museum District", we are within walking distance to some of Virginia’s best museums: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the Science Museum of Virginia, and the Virginia Center for Architecture. Carytown, Richmond’s unique shopping district featuring eclectic shops and restaurants of every description, is also just a short stroll away. Downtown Richmond, the Museum of the Confederacy, the Civil War Museum, Hollywood Cemetery, historic Church Hill, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University are all within a five or ten-minute drive.

    By Car:

    From the North:

    1. Take I-95 South to Exit 79, “195 South/to Powhite Parkway”
    2. Stay in the left lane and immediately exit left to “195 South/Powhite Parkway”
    3. Merge into the right lane, and take the first exit, “Broad Street/Hamilton Street”
    4. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right to merge onto Hamilton Street
    5. Proceed in the center lane to the stoplight at Broad Street
    6. Cross Broad Street and proceed to the next stoplight at Monument Avenue
    7. Turn left on to Monument Avenue
    8. Take the fourth right on to Cleveland Street
    9. Proceed to the stop sign at Cleveland and West Franklin Streets
    10. Turn left on to West Franklin Street
    11. You will see Maury Place, 3101 West Franklin Street, on the right on the corner of West Franklin and Belmont Streets
    12. To park, turn right on Belmont Street along side Maury Place, take the next right and you will see our off-street parking directly behind Maury Place

    From the South:

    1. Take I-95 North to Exit 74-A, “Downtown Expressway/I-195”
    2. You will proceed on a “spaghetti-like” ramp through Downtown Richmond
    3. Stay left and follow the signs for the Downtown Expressway
    4. You will come to a toll plaza for a toll of 70 cents
    5. After proceeding through the toll plaza, merge to the right
    6. Follow signs “I-195 North to I-64 and I-95, Charlottesville/Washington”
    7. Take the “Patterson Avenue/Grove Avenue” exit to the right
    8. At the end of the exit ramp, proceed to the left to the “Yield” sign at Thompson Street
    9. Merge left on to Thompson Street
    10. After the third stoplight, take the second right on to West Franklin Street
    11. Proceed on West Franklin Street to the fifth right at Belmont Street
    12. You will see Maury Place on your right at 3101 West Franklin Street and the Maury Statue on your left
    13. To park, turn right on to Belmont Street along side Maury Place, take the next right and you will see our off-street parking directly behind Maury Place

    From the West:

    1. Take I-64 East to Exit 186, “I-195 South, Laburnum Avenue To Powhite Parkway”
    2. Follow the signage to merge onto I-195 South/Downtown Expressway
    3. As you merge onto I-195 South, get in the right lane
    4. Take the “Broad Street/Hamilton Street” exit
    5. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right to merge onto Hamilton Street
    6. Proceed in the center lane to the stoplight at Broad Street
    7. Cross Broad Street and proceed to the next stoplight at Monument Avenue
    8. Turn left on to Monument Avenue
    9. Take the fourth right on to Cleveland Street
    10. Proceed to the stop sign at Cleveland and West Franklin Streets
    11. Turn left on to West Franklin Street
    12. You will see Maury Place, 3101 West Franklin Street, on the right on the corner of West Franklin and Belmont Streets
    13. To park, turn right on to Belmont Street along side Maury Place, take the next right and you will see our off-street parking directly behind Maury Place

    From the East (also from Richmond International Airport):

    1. Take I-64 West, and as you approach Downtown Richmond, stay to the right, remaining on I-64 West
    2. Follow signage “I-64 West/I-95 North to Charlottesville/ Washington”
    3. Take Exit 79, “I-64 West/ I-195 South To Powhite Parkway/ Charlottesville”
    4. Stay in the left lane as you exit and immediately take Exit 186 to the left, “I-195 South/Powhite Parkway”
    5. Merge into the right lane and take the next exit, “Broad Street/Hamilton Street”
    6. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right to merge onto Hamilton Street
    7. Proceed in the center lane to the stoplight at Broad Street
    8. Cross Broad Street and proceed to the next stoplight at Monument Avenue
    9. Turn left on to Monument Avenue
    10. Take the fourth right on to Cleveland Street
    11. Proceed to the stop sign at Cleveland and West Franklin Streets
    12. Turn left on to West Franklin Street
    13. You will see Maury Place, 3101 West Franklin, on the right on the corner of West Franklin and Belmont Streets
    14. To park, turn right on to Belmont Street along side Maury Place, take the next right and you will see our off-street parking directly behind Maury Place

    Parking: Free private off-street parking directly behind Maury Place is provided for all of our guests. The parking is located off of the alley behind Maury Place between Belmont and Cleveland Streets. Limited garage parking is available for an additional fee at guest request.

    By Plane:

    We are about a 20-minute drive from the Richmond International Airport, which is served by AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, Skybus, United, and US Airways. From the Richmond International Airport, follow the directions above “From the East.” We are approximately a 2-hour drive from Dulles International or Reagan International airports in Washington, D.C.

    By Train:

    We are about at 10-minute drive from the Richmond Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Road. From that train station:

    1. Turn left on Staples Mill Road as you exit the station parking lot
    2. Proceed through 12 stoplights (approximately 3 miles) on Staples Mill Road to Monument Avenue
    3. Turn left on to Monument Avenue
    4. Go through 5 stoplights
    5. After fifth stoplight, take the second right on to Cleveland Street
    6. Proceed to the stop sign at Cleveland and West Franklin Streets
    7. Turn left on to West Franklin
    8. You will see Maury Place, 3101 West Franklin, on the right on the corner of West Franklin and Belmont Streets
    9. To park, turn right on to Belmont Street along side Maury Place, take the first right and you will see our off-street parking directly behind Maury Place

    Richmond is centrally located on Amtrak lines from Miami to New York, from Charlotte to New York, and from Newport News to Boston. Travel between downtown Washington, D.C. and Richmond by Amtrak is convenient and accessible.