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1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
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#6 of 40 hotels in Charlottesville
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Internationally renowned The Clifton, named the "Best Hotel in Charlottesville," and one of USA Today's "10 best Southern fine dining restaurants," boasts 20 stunning guest suites and the Restaurant 1799. Restaurant 1799's seasonal menus highlight dishes showcasing local ingredients—with many sourced from our own Chef’s garden—to create food that is distinctive to the Mid-Atlantic region. Relax by the fireplace with a specialty cocktail, escape to the wine cellar for a private dining experience, or enjoy casual a la carte dining on the veranda. Each reservation includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills just 7 miles east of downtown and 5 miles from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the dramatic infinity edge pool, miles of walking trails, and lakefront views make Clifton the most desired hotel, dining, and special event choice in Charlottesville.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and 1 more
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Paul T wrote a review Jul 26
Vienna, Virginia20 contributions6 helpful votes
The Clifton Inn was as we expected. Plenty of charm and reeking of history. The staff were courteous and willing to assisting us in whatever we asked for. The Jefferson room was clean and well maintained and the shower was great, although the bathroom was a little small. Few things were missing like an ice bucket and the TV description was misstated as a "Smart" TV. The service in the dinning room was a little slow and the menu was limited due to the participation in "Restaurant Week". The lighting around the grounds was pleasing although there was limited night lighting around the pool during times of operation which presented a hazard. Gazebo Lighting was lacking and there was definitely a lack of expertise as to how to turn on the lights. However overall a pleasant stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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joe-d wrote a review Jul 23
mnta464 contributions178 helpful votes
As true believers in the importance of first impressions and interactions, we enthusiastically give Clifton the highest possible grade A. And that "A" started with Ann, lead concierge, who from first email contact through to departure after four fabulous days was/is the embodiment of hospitality, professionalism, cheerfulness and assistance. Ann - and the entire Clifton team - exemplified the "guest comes first and foremost" in both words and deeds. We stayed in the Livery - Shadwell suite - which was as clean and comfortable as one would desire....especially after a full day of exploring the area's multiple attractions. Our dinner on eve of departure was enjoyed on the Library - first class ambience and cuisine. My wife rated her salmon entree A+ as I did the pork tenderloin. Our server Rebecca went above and beyond to make the dinner a special one. And then there were the crackers. The Clifton chef has a recipe for one of the most taste-full crackers you will ever receive. Totally different from anything we have ever cracked into. No kidding! All successful hotels start with the staff, and we have to give major kudos to the two Michaels, Chris, captain of a great bar area, Eric, Charlie, Emily, Meghan (sp.) and all the rest. We were so pleased with the visit that we have booked a return for later in 2021. Thanks again, "A+" Ann and team!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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mhhZC16 wrote a review Jul 19
Zion Crossroads, Virginia149 contributions23 helpful votes
My husband and I enjoyed our Restaurant Week dinner at the 1799 restaurant at The Clifton yesterday evening. His duck liver mousse appetizer was sublime; my pork tenderloin entree with grits was cooked perfectly and well seasoned. My husband’s dessert—-dark chocolate torte with blackberries and creme fraiche ice cream was a chocolate lover’s delight. The wine list is impressive. Our server, Caroline, was attentive and responsive. So glad we’re “local.”
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
cperkinsrus wrote a review Jul 17
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Return guest, love the property. Great location and staff! Brought the girls this time and they loved the pool. Nice that it is open until late, we were able to sneak out for some night swimming. Highly Reccomened!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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cswcoughlin wrote a review Jul 12
Clifton, Virginia1 contribution
Great location for being able to travel from the city to quiet retreat for evening. Able to walk around property with relaxing atmosphere. Poolside is fabulous and nice to have lunch there. Very picturesque. Love all the seating areas. Would love to have 2 beds in a room as friends like to travel together in separate beds.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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$165 - $327 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Clifton
Which popular attractions are close to The Clifton?
Nearby attractions include Cville Escape Room (4.8 miles), The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio (4.0 miles), and Saunders-Monticello Trail (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Clifton?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Clifton?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Clifton?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Clifton?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Clifton?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fleurie Restaurant, Sultan Kebab, and Hamiltons' at First & Main.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Clifton?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at The Clifton?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Clifton offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Clifton?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Turkish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Clifton?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio (4.0 miles), Monticello (3.2 miles), and Mulberry Row (3.0 miles).