Graduate Richmond

4.0 star property
4-star hotel with restaurant, near Virginia Commonwealth University
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Graduate Richmond

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Rooftop terrace
Seasonal outdoor pool, sun loungers
Point of interest
Premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served

Overview of Graduate Richmond


Very Good

Property highlights

  • Pet friendly
  • Pool
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
The price is $177
Price available on 10/2/2023
301 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Main amenities
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Breakfast available
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Valet parking
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Meeting rooms
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Arcade/game room
Feel at home
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Blackout drapes/curtains

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed (Graduate Queen)

  • 264 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds (Graduate Queen Queen)

  • 300 sq ft
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Queen Beds

Suite, 1 King Bed (Graduate King Suite)

  • 570 sq ft
  • City view
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 King Bed

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Corner (Graduate Deluxe Corner King Accessibl)

  • 360 sq ft
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed

Suite, Multiple Beds, 2 Bathrooms (Graduate Family Suite)

  • 570 sq ft
  • City view
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 King Bed and 2 Twin Beds

Standard Room, 1 King Bed (Graduate King)

  • 300 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible (Graduate King Accessible)

  • 290 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Corner (Graduate Deluxe Corner King)

  • 360 sq ft
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Richmond
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - 4 min walk
  • Broad Street - 1 min drive
  • Altria Theater - 1 min drive
  • Greater Richmond Convention Center - 2 min drive
  • Carytown - 4 min drive
  • Richmond Raceway - 11 min drive
  • University of Richmond - 11 min drive
  • Short Pump Town Center - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Richmond Intl. Airport (RIC) - 14 min drive
  • Richmond Staples Mill Road Station - 12 min drive
  • Ashland Station - 22 min drive
  • Richmond Main Street Station - 24 min walk


  • The Patio Thai - 8 min walk
  • Jimmy John's - 3 min walk
  • NuVegan Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Domino's Pizza - 4 min walk
  • Triple Crossing Brewery - 7 min walk

About this property

Graduate Richmond

Graduate Richmond features a rooftop terrace and puts you within a 5-minute walk of Virginia Commonwealth University. Guests can take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool or grab a bite to eat at Brookfield, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This upscale hotel also features a bar/lounge, a 24-hour fitness center, and a fitness center. The pool and overall property condition get good marks from fellow travelers.


English, Spanish


Sustainability practices

Housekeeping on request
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 205 rooms
  • Arranged over 16 floors


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 21
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only, 2 total, up to 75 lbs per pet)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Pets must be supervised
  • Food and water bowls available


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Onsite valet parking (USD 32 per day; includes in/out privileges)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

What to do

  • Pool table

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Pool loungers


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1972
  • ATM/banking
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Arcade/game room


  • Braille/raised signage
  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Closed captioned TV
  • Wheelchair-width doorways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Pool hoist on site

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • IPod docking station
  • 42-inch TV
  • Premium cable channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (on request)
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Desk chair

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Brookfield - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare.
Byrd House - This restaurant serves dinner and light fare. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Resort fee: USD 29 per accommodation, per night
  • Resort fee inclusions:
    • Additional inclusions
    • Bicycle storage
    • Fitness center access
    • In-room bottled water
    • In-room coffee

Optional extras

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 3.00–6.00 per person
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 25 (subject to availability)

Renovations and closures

The following facilities are closed seasonally each year. They will be closed from September 14 to May 15:
  • Swimming pool


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 75 per pet, per stay


  • Valet parking costs USD 32 per day with in/out privileges

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • The seasonal pool is open from May to September


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.
This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Graduate Richmond Hotel
Graduate Richmond Hotel
Graduate Richmond Richmond
Graduate Richmond Hotel Richmond

Frequently asked questions

Does Graduate Richmond offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Graduate Richmond does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Graduate Richmond?
As of Sep 29, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Graduate Richmond on Oct 2, 2023 start from $177, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is there a pool at Graduate Richmond?
Yes, there's a seasonal outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Graduate Richmond?
Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 total and maximum weight of 75 lbs per pet. There's a charge of USD 75 per pet, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees. Food and water bowls are available.
Is parking offered on site at Graduate Richmond?
Yes. Valet parking costs USD 32 per day.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Graduate Richmond?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 25 (subject to availability).
What is there to do at Graduate Richmond and nearby?
Graduate Richmond has a seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center, as well as an arcade.
Are there restaurants at or near Graduate Richmond?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant, Brookfield.
What's the area around Graduate Richmond like?
Graduate Richmond is in Downtown Richmond, a short 4-minute walk from Virginia Commonwealth University and 3 minutes' walk from Broad Street.



Very Good




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Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very Good

Solo 1-night stay - primo service at the roof bar!
I was a little disappointed at some small things in the room. It just needs an update. To explain further, there were no drinking glasses, just two paper coffee cups, no ice bucket or microwave. The fitted sheet was a little ripped, the chair was missing a button and the headboard was pealing. All that said, the two ladies at the rooftop bar were absolutely fantastic and they were running so hard on a busy night, all with a smile. If I return to this hotel, Asia and Quay would be the reason to return.
Trista, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Not what we expected
The room was very nice but the bathroom was sorely lacking. We had only 2 face cloths and 2 bath towels, not towel bar and NO SHOWER curtain. After one shower the bathroom was drenched and we had to use a face cloth to dry our hands after using the toilet. I had requested handicap accessible, I didn’t realize that handicap people don’t need to wash their hands or use a very slippery wet bathroom after a shower. We did enjoy the rooftop deck and bar so at least we received something after paying $32 for parking.
Scott, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Gregory, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Loved our stay
The Graduate is a fun boutique hotel experience. I love the different themes through each one and the overall vibe. It was comfortable and clean with an updated modern feel. The breakfast spot inside the hotel was a bit pricey, as well as the fact they only offer valet parking. The rooftop bar view was great. The pool could have been cleaner. Overall I would book again and was a much better option than most choices in the area for a bit more money.
1-night trip with friends
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4/10 Fair

Not great
The location near VCU is great, however, the hotel staff was not helpful & the cleanliness of the room was unacceptable (there was dog pee on the floor). I was on the 5th floor and the nearest ice machine was on the 9th floor. It was a holiday weekend and the pool was being fixed. Considering the cost per night, I expected more.
2-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

Great Decor, Terrible Service
We’ve stayed at this property numerous times because of its affordability, location, and the amount of space you get for the price is great. However, this will be out last stay. The decor in the lobby is very nice, and aesthetically, it hits the mark as a “hip” hotel. The service is where things are severely lacking. This time upon check in we were put in a room that the door was falling off the hinges, the fan in the bathroom made an insanely loud noise, and the AC had a thick layer of disgusting dust on it. Once we complained, we were moved, but no offer of a coupon, discounted cafe credit, nothing. We noticed after day 1, our room Was not serviced. We asked at the front desk, they said we needed to ask for it (no one told us this when we checked in), so we told them we want service. Over the next three days, we were never serviced. I called downstairs to request toilet paper, it never came. Next, every time I’ve been here (4-5) there is something wrong with the pool; this time was the same. No pool for the duration of the stay. Even if it was open, they have really missed the mark there as well - no loungers, no shade - great pool that never works. The patio of the cafe downstairs has chairs with no cushions, which it’s designed to have, they are incredibly uncomfortable without. Management apparently thinks that’s ok. It’s unfortunate, it could be a great place to stay, but the lack of service and appreciation of customers make it terrible.
4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Rooftop in Richmond
Rooftop pool and dining area really nice. Valet parking.
Rachel, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Michael, 1-night business trip
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6/10 Good

Renee, 1-night family trip
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