The Inn at Darden offers a local on-grounds, University of Virginia (UVA), Jefferson-era experience for Charlottesville visitors. Located near the Darden School of Business (100 Darden Boulevard Charlottesville, VA, 22903), The Inn at Darden is yet another trip-back-in-time encounter (Charlotteville things to do history) for which the Charlottesville area is known.
The red brick exterior and multiple white porticos of the Inn at Darden exude Jeffersonian style, and support this sense of stepping back in time. According to The Inn at Darden website all other features of the 177-room hotel, however, are quite modern, including pillow-top queen beds, microwaves and refrigerators in every room. Other standard hotel features include a 3:00 p.m. check-in and an 11:00 a.m. check-out time, as well as complimentary wi-fi and nearby garage parking with hang-tag. Guests register at The Gatehouse, which serves as the hotel lobby of The Inn at Darden.
Three dining options are available on-grounds at The Inn at Darden. The Abbot Center Dining Room (open 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; dinner by reservation only) offers a buffet breakfast, American and International entrees, or meals-to-go. Between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Café 67 located in Saunders Hall servers a lighter fare of sandwiches, sushi, pizza and coffee. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sloney’s Pub at Darden offers drinks and light snacks; check with The Gatehouse to confirm seasonal operation hours. And of course there are all the other Charlottesville restaurants.
The Inn at Darden mainly serves as housing for executive level trainings that occur year-round at the Darden School of Business. However, when available, rooms are rented to the general public (online reservations).
Location is yet another perk. From the Darden Business School and The Inn at Darden, walking is a great way to breathe-in the essence of Charlottesville, the small city’s natural piedmont beauty coupled with a metropolitan-university-town sensibility. Walk among the vibrancy of Charlottesville and it’s people that are drawn to live there.
If walking doesn’t appeal, the bus routes on and around UVA camps are surprisingly robust (see route map). Read more about bus services, and parking, at UVA or see the current bus service schedule . UVA is also a participating member with ZipCars, an auto membership that allows online reservation of short-term car rentals. Typically there are ZipCars located near the UVA Chapel and Alderman Library on McCormick Road.
Why stay on-grounds at the University of Virginia when visiting Charlottesville? Why not? Nightly fees at The Inn at Darden are comparable to local hotels, starting around $135 a night. Charlottesville, Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia will be forever entwined; what better way to truly experience the heart of Charlottesville?
At The Inn at Darden, early mornings rouse to the sound of happy students walking to class; it is almost as if an air of education, inspiration and youthful promise permeates the Darden School of Business campus. Take a trip back in time on your next visit to Charlottesville; stay at The Inn at Darden, and encounter first-hand a piece of Charlottesville history, and the legacy of Thomas Jefferson.
Enjoy this article? Subscribe and receive email alerts when new articles are available.