First off, if you are looking for 5 star accommodations, with gym, spa, golf course, etc. you will be sorely disappointed. This is a country inn built in the 1700s, given by Thomas Jefferson to his daughter as a wedding gift. It was originally on 100 acres - now much smaller -- but the grounds are gorgeous - lush, green, expansive. It has been remodeled and retrofitted for our modern needs -- but still -- no safe in the room, no full length mirror, no elevator, etc.
All that said, we had a wonderful stay for 3 days - the last leg of our trip before flying home to the west coast -- we had been wanting to see Monticello for a long time, and Clifton Inn is about 10 minutes away. The public rooms are beautiful -- "architectural digest" perfect and the food is excellent -- small plates -- you can have dinner in the beautiful and intimate restaurant, or on the veranda or patio, both of which overlook the gorgeous grounds. A tea time is offered every day with coffee/tea/ sweets - as is complimentary breakfast - both included in the price of the room. The staff is great -- will go out of their way to help with anything you need.
Our room was lovely - we stayed in room 4, the Martha Jefferson room. Very comfortable, spotlessly clean, bright and sunny, fantastic shower -- the best I've experienced anywhere - and again, it overlooked the beautiful grounds.
This is a wonderful getaway for a romantic weekend -- and I understand that it is a great wedding place as well. Would definitely recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clifton, a luxury hotel member of Relais & Châteaux, puts guests in the best of both worlds with the intimacy of small inns and exquisite comforts of world-class hotels. A spectacular 100-acre setting in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The best fine dining on the Charlottesville restaurant scene. World-class service. The list goes on and on. Clifton memories are here for the making. Consider yourself cordially invited to make some of your own. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clifton Hotel Charlottesville
- Country Inn Charlottesville
- Charlottesville Country Inn