Richmond is endearingly referred to as “The Hipster City.” The Quirk embraces and celebrates this identity by creating the first hip boutique hotel in the city’s vibrant arts district. At The Quirk, you feel as if you’re in the chicest gallery that your most in-the-know friend told you about months ago. The hotel has a relaxed yet artful vibe making it the perfect place to spend the weekend when visiting Richmond. The hotel is also perfect for a quick pop in to to do some work and sip on a cup of the Quirk blend coffee brewed specially for the hotel.
The owners of the hotel, Katie and Ted Uprock, are gallery owners, and naturally the hotel is a jewel-box of unique and eclectic pieces. Guestroom walls are washed in shades of Millennial pink (actually a Benjamin Moore paint called “Love and Happiness”) and egg-shell and furniture throughout the property is upholstered in sumptuous velvet in shades of emerald, gold and walnut. The design is whimsical yet sophisticated… and mostly, it’s inspiring.
The hotel, which is located in a historic Italian Renaissance building and former department store has been converted into 75 guestrooms and 4 suites all of which feature original high ceilings, wooden arches, and wrought-iron details. Beds have been crafted out of woodwork from the original structure by local artisans and wood-workers. If you’ve ever wanted to sleep in an art gallery, check into any room at The Quirk where even the most minute details serve an artful yet utilitarian purpose.
Formerly of the Inn at Little Washington, Chef David Dunlap (a favorite of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds) is at the helm of Maple & Pine inside Quirk which has a focus on seasonal cuisine and local purveyors. Flavors are rich, bold and robust.
The arts scene in Richmond, like a fine wine, just keeps on getting better with age. When in Richmond, be sure to gallery-hop, visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and scope out a few of the cute coffee shops.
From the Susie Gaunch piece “The Pile” which features un-recycled coffee cup lids from nearby cafes to the glass rooftop bar, this place was made to be grammed.