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Clifton Inn
Ranked #18 of 35 Hotels in Charlottesvill...
Certificate of Excellence
Annapolis, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Perfect Escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

Having heard and read about Clifton Inn over the years, I decided last minute to overnight in Charlottesville and called the day of. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect overnight - traveling solo. If with my tall husband, the room would have never worked - for me, it was perfect (realizing they paired me with the small cozy room since I WAS a single). From the attention to detail - personalization of notes, little touches here and there, to the history that takes you back in time. The grounds are diverse and beautiful. The greeting, warmth and attention you get with the staff is over the top. Thank you Emily and Ann (hope you had fun in Annapolis!). My meals were delicous and so fresh with locally sourced ingredients. Both the Inn and Restaurant should be recognized with Virginia Green Travel - since they are doing so much already!
And ... how many place does the GM walk you out to the car carrying your luggage?
I'll be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lynne F
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NC
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40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

I have to say I had read many of the reviews of Clifton Inn, and was a little worried by the negative ones. I booked the Thomas Mann Randolph room for one night for me and my husband. From the moment we walked in the front door, we were welcomed and made to feel right at home. We got a lovely tour and were told the history of the Inn. Our hostess was very gracious and helpful and we were shown to our room. We had a lovely fruit plate waiting for us and a sweet note to welcome us. The room was wonderful, large and the bed was very comfy. The bath with the soaking tub and walk in shower was perfect. Plenty of hot water, soft robes, towels and everything we needed. We had afternoon tea, which was wonderful. We relaxed in our room, walked on the grounds and then went for dinner. We had the 4 course dinner for $62 which is quite reasonable. The food was exceptional, our waitress was very attentive and sweet and it was the perfect way to end the day. We had a wonderful nights sleep. The pool was closed for service so we did not get to enjoy that. It was a great experience overall.

Room Tip: No fitness center, did not use spa.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jackie O
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Virginia
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107 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

Some strong pros and cons here. I have dined here several times and THREE times the check has been wrong, in their favor. the last time was this past week by about $40.00. They charge by the number of courses you order and the last two times they have charged us for more courses than we ordered (or had). So, be aware. But the chef is very good and the food tends to be interesting and tasty. I have only stayed overnight once, and it was a very comfortable, pleasant room with nice bedding and sitting area, and we enjoyed the infinity pool. The service tends to be slow and rather uneven, though, and the grounds could stand some manicuring, so in some ways it is a bit overpriced and overhyped.

Room Tip: The Blue Ridge room has a very nice sitting area. However, it does share a wall with the dining roo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank brooklands22
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Thank you for being so positive about our Chef and his cuisine. We are all big fans here as well, so we are pleased that you appreciate. Also that you enjoyed the comfortable bedrooms and the other services and amenities that we offer such as the infinity pool.

We have reached out to the reviewer, but have not yet heard back and hope soon we will. We are utterly appalled that the wrong bill has been presented on three occasions. That is no way to run a restaurant and we know it. We have put in stringent steps to ensure that this inevitable human error never happens again by installing both manual and computer double checks and "safety nets."

We honestly do appreciate all feedback, it sounds like really old world weary cliché, but here we really do act on feedback.

Niall Reid

General Manager
The Clifton Inn
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

So this was a very special weekend for me and I needed everything to go right. While the proposal prior to arriving didn't go exactly as planned (I hear they never do), the Clifton Inn was close to perfect. Its age and elegance were perfect, and even walking into the room after driving through Northern VA traffic on a friday evening to get there, it was nice coming into a warm and welcoming room. The music playing and the complementary wine were a great touch.

The only thing that keeps it from getting a perfect would have been if they had someone at the front to help unload the bags and valet the car. That would have put this place over the top. The views were simple but elegant, the rooms were dated (the place was built back in the 1700's) but restored and well maintained. The service was excellent as was the selection of the wine.

If it wasn't soo expensive we would probably frequent there more (price is probably another reason why it wasn't 5 across the board). We had breakfast there each morning and it was great, simple selection of standard choices but every tasty. Dinner was great as well very nice experience. It was in February so the fires going in the fire place during breakfast was a nice touch.

My Fiance couldn't stop saying good things about the place and would love to go back, after the wedding and some saving we probably will. Overall great experience no major complaints, a great starting overall.

Pros: Great ambiance, Landscape is beautiful, Rooms warm and inviting, Bathroom was great, Parting gifts were great, and Wine (we bought a bottle as well)

Cons: A little pricy but great value, no valet service (I am sure if asked they could have provided..but for a prefect score you don't have to ask for things)

Room Tip: Don't know what room we had but which ever one it was it was pretty big, I think the biggest one...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Phil J
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Barnegat, New Jersey
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48 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

This historic inn is part of the French Relais & Chateaux system and is just beautiful. My niece was married on site and spent several days before and after the wedding there. The inn is so quaint and well appointed that I would not hesitate to stay here! The infinity pool on the grounds was beautiful as were the grounds themselves.
The rooms all had period furniture mixed with modern luxuries such as a surround sound system, flat screen televisions and beautiful walk-in glass showers with shower heads to cleanse us from all directions!
The meals, including the wedding reception meal, were delicious and well-prepared. The staff was attentive to every need of the bridal party and the guests.
The location is within 5 minutes of Monticello and the property is very quiet and wooded.
I would most certainly stay here if I were in the area again--absolutely loved it!

Room Tip: There are a coupole of 'out buildings'/cottages which may offer more solitude for those not...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Madame44
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Richmond, Virginia
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100 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is the 2nd year in a row that my husband and I have taken a weekend to spend at the Clfton to celebrate our anniversary. The staff is amazing. The honeymoon suite is spectacular, which we stayed in last year. This year we stayed in one of the suites facing the lake which was so beautiful, quiet and peaceful. The rooms are very much the essence of Charlottesville, bringing you back to the days of Thomas Jefferson. Each room come with complimentary Meidera wine which was the wine drank over special occasions during that era. Thomas Jefferson toasted the signing of the delcaration of independence with it and it is probably my favorite part of staying there. The only thing I would say is that the restaurant at the Clifton is overpriced and not as good as it should be for the money spent. Charlottesville is filled with amazing restaurants and there is so much to do there. Love, Love, Love the Clifton. Can't wait to go back next year.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 6GRTKDS
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Alexandria, Virginia
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128 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

First off, I visited Clifton many years ago. It was a lovely country inn. Three years ago, we went to a wedding there which was stunningly beautiful. Needing a one night break, my husband and I went back and found Clifton to be even more beautiful. The grounds are impeccible.
Sunning ourselves by the elegant infinity pool, we were interupted by a nice young girl bearing a tray of iced tea and goodies at 4 pm. Tiny biscuits, fruit, lemon curd. The pool has the most decadent water proof "beds" you can float in and gaze at the sky.
Dinner was the best part. While other reviewers have complained about the tiny portions, think of this as modern "cuisine minceur." You can choose as many plates as you wish. Each bite was full of fresh flavor and a true gourmet experience. Tempura mushrooms, fresh cured charcuterie, cheeses, a creamy avocado soup as an amuse buche, beet salad, heirloom tomatoes the size of blueberries, tuna tartare, squash agnoloti to die for, a braised pork, and the most delicious grilled rib eye steak. Yes, this is no Olive Garden and the prices are actually quite reasonable. Our server Pam had worked at the Inn at Little Washington and she was so funny and great natured.
We stayed in the Lewis Meriweather room which was perfect; comfortable bed, cool and sweet smelling, fabulous shower and interesting antiques.
Breakfast was french brioche toast and the most tantalizing sausages.
This was indeed 24 hours of pampered bliss and yes it does come at a cost, but you're worth it.
No wonder this has earned the inclusion as a Relaix & Chateau property. Clifton exudes an old worldy but modern, European charm without the language barrier.
Service is outstanding. Clifton just keeps getting better year after year and with it's new young chef who grows his own herbs and vegetables the fare is attracting national attention.
I just wished I lived in Charlottesville so I could go more often. But turning out of the gravel circular driveway, hearing the soft bird calls and smelling the lavendar, we knew we'd be back.
Thank you to everyone for such a memorable stay.

Room Tip: They are all good.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Clifton Inn
Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
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Location: United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Charlottesvill...
#9 Romantic Hotel in Charlottesvill...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clifton Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The internationally renowned Clifton Inn, named the "Best Hotel in Charlottesville," and one of USA Today''s "10 best Southern fine dining restaurants" boasts 17 stunning guest suites and five unique dining venues. Relax by the fireplace with a speciality cocktail, escape to the wine cellar for a private dining experience, or enjoy casual a la carte dining on the veranda. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills just 7 miles east of downtown, the dramatic infinity edge pool, miles of walking trails, and lake front views make Clifton the most desired hotel, dining, and special event choice in Charlottesville. ... more   less 
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