UVA – Inn at Darden

When making plans for a college visit, always check if there is an on-campus option. Often student run, such a venue provides a more accurate flavor of the region than one of the ubiquitous McHotels that dot the countryside. In the former category is the delightful Inn at Darden located next to the UVA’s Darden School of Business, on the edge of the University of Virginia campus.

We rolled into town at the tail end of leaf peeping season, but the crystal blue sky and warm sun provided an ideal weekend. We spent most of the time outdoors touring Charlottesville, so we had no time to partake of the Inn’s fitness center or expansive meeting and event facilities.

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The rooms at the Inn are neither spacious nor cluttered, but feature traditional Jeffersonian décor and modern amenities. The beds were comfortable, and the service staff was friendly.

Add the Inn at Darden to the list of great on-campus venues for travellers.



Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.