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“Charming.”
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Clifton Inn
Ranked #21 of 35 Hotels in Charlottesvill...
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Aston Rowant, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Charming.”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

So close to Monticello and a five minute drive to the famous Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah valley, this beautiful house and stables/cottages were a delight. The restaurant served great food and wine, but also came up with a delicious light snack when we were overwhelmed by American food! The staff were super friendly, engaged and knowledgeable, and the gardens had a classy pool and jacuzzi which blended perfectly into the surroundings (no dayglow blue - beautiful slate).
I can highly recommend this place for a proper rest.

  • Stayed May 2014
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Debs,

We really appreciate your gracious comments and I will certainly be sharing these with the team here, after all, its a team effort. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review.

We hope that you will return in the near future.

Niall Reid
General Manager
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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We stayed at Clifton inn while visiting Charlottesville. The hotel grounds are beautiful. Birds can be heard singing while sitting on comfortable verandas. The room was large delightfully decorated, bed unbelievably comfortable. Service was smooth & efficient. Excellent advice for touring. Dining was first class we were sad to leave.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
We were very sorry to hear that you were sad to leave, so we all hope that you will come back soon !
We really enjoyed having you stay with us and look forward to it.

Niall Reid
General Manager
The Clifton Inn
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Thurmont, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 17 May 2014

For second year in a row servers in dining room did not know how to serve and clear. For an upscale restaurant this should not happen.

We could hear someone snoring in the next room overnight !

For a property that should get an above average rating, it needs to improve.

Room Tip: honeymoon cottage most likely the best in all respects
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
We appreciate the feedback from all guests, as it helps make us better.

We will be sharing this with our Management Team and be taking corrective action where possible.

Niall Reid
General Manager
Clifton Inn
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Palmyra, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We recently celebrated our 30th anniversary at the Clifton and the staff could not have been nicer. We were welcomed to our beautiful room with fresh fruit and a card, had afternoon tea with fresh baked scones, then took a stroll down to the private lake. Enjoyed an excellent dinner with the best fresh roasted asparagus I have ever eaten while watching the sunset over the mountains from the terrace. It was so nice to relax in our cozy historical room while enjoying the comforts of cable TV, a fluffy duvet, and a large shower with great water pressure. Finished our trip with delicious cinnamon rolls at the continental breakfast. All this and only about 10 minutes from Charlottesville!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Absolutely delighted that Pam that Pam appreciated the cozy room, great staff, the grounds with the private lake, the wonderful views and the best dinner she has ever had amongst other things.

Unfortunately, we cannot take credit for the sunset, but we can certainly pretend tat we organized this.

We hope that Pam will return in the near future.

Niall Reid
General Manager
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

My husband and I stayed at Clifton Inn as part of our 1st anniversary trip. We like to try Relais & Chateaux restaurants and hotels. We were not disappointed. We were upgraded to the Honeymoon Cottage. It was very quaint. The bed was SO comfortable! The inn and the grounds are absolutely lovely. The lawn/back patio is the perfect area to have a glass of wine. We enjoyed being able to walk to dinner without having to drive back into town. We will undoubtedly stay at Clifton Inn again on our next trip to Charlottesville (and there will be another trip to Charlottesville hopefully soon)!

Room Tip: The Honeymoon Cottage is quaint. I like that it was a separate building. It was comfortable, and m...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
We are very happy to hear that MaegUT07 enjoyed some of the lovely features of Clifton Inn such as the gorgeous grounds and the charming rooms, enjoying the fact that there is everything to do here such as a swimming pool, walks and history all in one setting without having to drive.

We look forward to welcoming her back in the near future.
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Shenandoah Valley VA
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Wonderful setting and small facility but lacked the luxuriousness I associate with Relais & Chateaux properties like the Inn at Little Washington. Cumbersome size suite, no TV in the bedroom, a waiter who never check water-level during the meal. I was hoping for an over the top experience and did not have one. Fine dinner menu - kudos to the chef.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dashmaster
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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Thank you for commenting so positively on our fine dinner menu, our wonderful setting and the intimacy of our facility. We agree that the Chef provides a wonderful dinner and the views from the deck are beautiful

One of the joys of Relais Chateau properties is their variety and diversity. We agree that we are different from The Inn at Little Washington and we celebrate this. We feel that Clifton has its own unique understated charm. We have consciously placed all of our televisions in the living room of our suites.

Once again thank you for your review. It may sound like a world weary cliche, but here we do genuinely listen to our guest feedback and this will certainly be shared with the team at Clifton Inn. 

We do hope that you will make plans to return again soon.

Niall Reid
General Manager
Clifton Inn
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Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2014

We had an excellent time at the Clifton Inn. We went for two nights and were unexpectedly upgraded into the luxurious Monticello suite. The first night we enjoyed a delicious 4-course meal, including a great scallops, and a very good duck confit. We were constantly overwhelmed by the friendly and professional service. At dinner, my wife ordered a drink, which she thought was too sweet, and without her even saying anything, the waitress noticed and asked the bartender to make her another one. The manager and staff were very knowledgeable about nearby wineries and restaurants to visit. This was one of the best places we have stayed in, not only in the Charlottesville area, but in greater DC. We have recommended it to our friends and will hope to go back soon!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Clifton Inn
Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
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Region: 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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