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“Restful Retreat” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Clifton Inn
Ranked #20 of 35 Hotels in Charlottesvill...
Certificate of Excellence
California
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39 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Restful Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2008

We'd been driving around and sightseeing for a week so were pleasantly amazed by the retreat at Clifton. We stayed in the "Collina Farm" which is a short walk across the grounds and through the woods. Restful view of lake. Gracious, friendly staff provided tennis racquets. Pool was very refreshing and although jacuzzi jets were not working, the soaking tub was perfectly restorative. Our teens loved the historic touches. Breakfast was a luxury, as was afternoon tea overlooking the grounds. It's not that often that an historic property is so well maintained and welcoming. Good value with August special rates.

  • Liked — Historic feel; comfort; restorative.
  • Disliked — Restaurant is very high-end, a "splurge"
  • Stayed August 2008, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Wordjourneys
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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NC
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2008

The inn is pleasant and has a professional staff, and is in a great location for visiting the local historical sites, but the rooms are greatly overpriced for the quality of the accommodations--and that's not counting the 18% service fee automatically added on. The inn serves dinner where the food is good, but in terms of quality and quantity, their dinner was the most overpriced meal of our lives, and we have traveled quite a bit in the US and Europe--and once again that's not counting the 18% gratuity that's automatically added on.
We stayed in the expensive Monticello Suite. The AC was unable to lower the temperature below 80F in the afternoon and evening, and we had to kill several wasps in the rooms. In summary the inn was a serious disappointment, especially since we had anticipated visiting it for years.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Very poor value for the money
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Repsey
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Falls Church, VA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2008

We went to the Clifton to have our wedding and stay for a few nights to kick off our honeymoon. I felt really compelled to write a review because my husband seems to think most people only write a review when they want to complain.

Overall, we had a great experience. The staff was friendly and were always ready to help when they could. The property is gorgeous as well.

However, there were several things that surprised me, especially given the price of the room. Lights that did not work, the jacuzzi was broken, and the path to the room was not well lit.

So, for the price I was disappointed, but I think it's a great place with a lot of potential.

  • Liked — the friendly staff
  • Disliked — needs some work
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank MrandMrsDonahue
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Woodstock, Georgia
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2008

The most lovely stay I have ever experienced. The staff exhibited the highest level of subtle, professional service. They were attentive to everything, without being intrusive. The grounds themselves were lovely - the perfect genteel surroundings.

I had a room in the Carriage House - the Merriwether Suite - and I highly recommend it. It is a tribute to say that I came back early from a day trip so that I could have afternoon tea.

Highly recommend - my stay there was better than what I have experienced at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia, both because of the surroundings and because of the friendly, professional staff.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — Everything was perfect
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank MdmWoof
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WV
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2007

We stayed at the Inn for one night in late December. The Inn was quiet and located in a lovely part of Virginia with horse farms and wineries. We booked a low cost suite in an out-building and when we return will try a different room in the main house or another building. The room was nicely furnished but reminded us of former slave quarters. The heater did not work and despite being set to above 70 degrees stayed at 54 degrees. The bathroom was "interesting". Very little space for items (make-up, curling iron, shaver) on a pedestal sink and only a single person can fit in the area at a time. The shower has a narrow opening so a sidewise entry is advised if you carry some weight. The shower was old and had layers of black mold inside. It was unappetizing for a Chateau and Relais. I'm assuming these rooms were not part of the qualification for the rating. The room is stocked with amenities(sherry & port), a fireplace (unlit), and a very nice bed.

The welcome was genuine and the service was outstanding. They do allow children so be prepared for some noise. Our dinner was excellent. The menu allows you to construct a 3-5 course tasting menu in any order. The wine list is decent. Breakfast was also well-prepared and begins with homemade rolls and coffee cake. Service is attentive.

We'd return and try a different room. The Inn is located near all the president's homes and close to Charlottesville for shopping.

  • Liked — Food and service
  • Disliked — Room
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank PatWV
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California
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57 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2007

The Clifton is a worthy member of the Relais and Chateaux network. The main house is a gracious, columned country house that has been furnished with fine post-modern furniture and done with a European flair. One is made to feel welcome upon arrival and throughout the stay. The staff seem to be well trained in the kind of service I associate with European country houses- seemingly effortless, graciousness. There were lots of "nice touches" that serve to distinguish good from excellent.

Our room was one of the four less expensive "white suites" in an out building. It wasn't terribly large or luxurious in the classic sense, but rather stylish and chic in a post-modern sense with all the amenities you could ask for. Be aware that if you choose one of these suites you will share the deck with the three others. In retrospect we wish we had chosen the honeymoon cottage because it is a single unit off by itself. That said, we have no complaints about the Keswick suite in which we stayed.

The restaurant's food and service were superb. The cuisine is international contemporary fare that compares very favorably with fine restaurants in any sophisticated city. It is special occasion dining. The service is professional, relaxed and readily available.

The Clifton made our trip to Monticello and Montpelier more special. We recommend it highly. The premium over other Charlottesville options was well worth it.

  • Liked — it was stylish.
  • Disliked — shower
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Tom2592
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new york
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2007

wonderful inn and excellent restaurant but the outdoor grounds were not kept up - dead plants and shrubs all over and not once did we see any work being done. we stayed in the carriage house which looked cute from a distance but upon entering there we cigarette butts on the patio and inside the drapes had missing pins and were really sloppy. There were three lamps which weren't working and we just thought they should really have management oversee the rooms once in a while to make sure they measure up to the high price tag they charge ($395. per night weekdays). Overall, the staff was very nice and the location was great but they definitely need some major improvement.

  • Liked — large space
  • Disliked — sloppy and not cared for
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank NewYorkMarie
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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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Clifton Hotel Charlottesville
Country Inn Charlottesville
Charlottesville Country Inn

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