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The Clifton Inn

Charlottesville , VA
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LOCATION

1296 Clifton Inn Drive
Charlottesville, VA US 22911 (map)

PHONE

434-971-1800

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ABOUT US

Charlottesville weddings simply don't get any better than Clifton. Just ask our brides and grooms. We handle your dreams with care and deliver them with style. Looking for the perfect... Read more
Charlottesville weddings simply don't get any better than Clifton. Just ask our brides and grooms. We handle your dreams with care and deliver them with style. Looking for the perfect Virginia destination wedding? Let Clifton become your home-away-from-home for the week-end and treat your guests to an experience they'll never forget. We can host weddings of up to 200 guests and handle all the details, from the minute the ink is dry on the invitations to the moment you ride off into your new life together. Let our event professionals guide you from proposal to party and beyond, and luxuriate in the warmth, comfort and elegance of this internationnally acclaimed Charlottesville luxury hotel.

Please contact our Group Sales department at 434-971-1800 or by email at khoy@thecliftoninn.com to discuss options and pricing. Read less
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Wendi
Wedding:
3/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fantastic. Couldn't ask for a more stress free and fun wedding. The venue was stunning. The staff were exceptionally warm and inviting, greeting me and my finance by our first names; and the food was world class. They made you feel like you were the only ones at the Inn to be attended to. My wedding day was perfect. Thank you Clifton.
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Private User
Wedding:
3/23/2014
4.9/5.0
The Clifton Inn was the most magical and stress-free venue for our wedding. Kaitlyn Hoy was our wedding planner, and she took care of everything. We arrived, dropped off the decorations, and when I showed up at the ceremony it was perfect. The food was beyond delicious (go with the family-style meal. It's fun for the guests and lets everyone try all of the fantastic dishes), and the setting was beautiful and romantic. If I could do the whole thing over, I would pick the Clifton Inn every time.
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Natalie
Wedding:
1/25/2014
4.8/5.0
I chose the Clifton Inn as my venue from afar, since I was living in France at the time, but I'm really pleased with my choice. The wedding coordinator there, Kaitlyn, was excellent and always answered all of my 1.2 million questions quickly and thoroughly.

We took advantage of the Winter Wedding Special where we got all 17 rooms for both Friday and Saturday nights for the price of 1 night, at a very attractive rate which saved us a considerable amount of money. If they keep this promotion in the future, it's definitely worth considering and having a lovely winter wedding like ours!

The food was excellent (we chose Family Style dinner for the wedding in order to have three choices of main dish instead of just one choice if we had gone with a plated, served dinner). The waitstaff was great too, especially a server named Anthony who did not work at the wedding Saturday night but served several of my family members and friends on Friday night. They were really impressed by him.

The rooms were also great, albeit a bit drafty. We were married in January during a pretty unusual cold snap in the region, so that's probably why. The only issue that arose concerning the rooms was a hot water problem in one of the main house rooms that my aunt and uncle were in, and Clifton actually ended up comping their room, which was appreciated.

The only disappointment we had was that we were told that the DJ had to be finished by 11 PM due to noise ordinances and there really wasn't any way around it, but in the end we used the Clifton speaker system and our iPod to play a playlist from 11 PM until about 2 AM. So it was a workaround, but we would have preferred for the DJ to stay of course.

All in all, it was a magical evening and we got nothing but compliments from everyone!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Clifton Inn made our wedding a dream and personal to us. Every step of the planning process was easy - the event coordinator (Kaitlyn) was very responsive and fun to work with. In general, the Inn was incredibly flexible and willing to meet our special requests (e.g. certain food and drink). I also felt we were getting a good value, particularly considering the quality of the food, and were not being overcharged for anything simply because it was a wedding or because it was specially arranged for us. The food the entire weekend, but most importantly the reception dinner, was incredible (many of our guests complimented it!); definitely not your typical bland wedding fare. The staff is all very kind, personable, and professional. The day-of was seamless, even as the staff calmly and quickly rearranged the setup due to rain. The Inn is elegant but welcoming and made us feel like our wedding was important to them, not "just another wedding".

We enjoyed a stay at the Inn prior to our wedding and it will now always be extra special to us. We definitely plan to go back, as do some of our wedding guests because they were so impressed by everything!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.3/5.0
Our wedding weekend at the Clifton Inn was practically perfect. The grounds were gorgeous. The food was delicious. The accommodations were lovely. And the “Wedding Team” was on-top of its game. Everything went to plan all weekend, and our guests felt incredibly special. Clifton’s wedding director, Kaitlyn, was a delight – She was professional, responsive, and incredibly organized. (We definitely give her 5-Stars on all of the above categories!) Her team did a wonderful job of coordinating the wedding setup, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and breakdown. They also did a few subtle things - like leave a piece of wedding cake in our suite, so we could actually enjoy it on our wedding night - that we absolutely appreciated. Overall, we were incredibly satisfied with our experience at Clifton, and we will definitely go back to celebrate our anniversary in the future!

Our one piece of constructive feedback to Clifton is that we felt a lack of continuity during the planning process. We worked with four different contacts over fourteen months and had to communicate a lot of our wedding details to the Clifton team multiple times. This caused a few hiccups and frustrations along the way, but once Kaitlyn took over as our wedding coordinator, everything went VERY smoothly.
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Erik
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with our recent wedding at Clifton. We rented it out for the whole weekend, and it was gorgeous! Everyone commented how lovely the rooms were--and the Carriage House, where we stayed, was amazing! We ate multiple meals catered by Clifton, and they were all delicious. My aunt from England even commented that their tea was some of the best she'd ever had--and this was coming from a woman who has tea on a regular basis! Now, I know that every bride is trying to stick to a budget, so I will comment on that, because we feel that Clifton really respected the budgetary parameters that we discussed at the outset. Our budget had to be stretched to make Clifton work, but to their credit, they were very flexible. We picked a weekend in their low season, when they had a deal that the rooms were free for a night. They've had this deal for the past 2 years, so hopefully they'll continue to offer it, because it is a real bargain! Their website will always have their current promotions, so it's worth a look. Even if that promotion disappears or isn't right for you, they may have something else. We also made some other adjustments, like having a reception lunch instead of a dinner. This worked out great--I would heartily recommend this option, with the caveat that lunch portions are smaller, so keep that in mind as you build the meal. If you want a place where your whole family and bridal party can relax together, Clifton is an excellent choice. It is incredibly elegant, but the staff was very gracious and gladly welcomed our down-to-earth family, which included several small children and a dog. Kaitlyn, the wedding coordinator, joined the staff about halfway through our wedding planning process. What a gem! She was very responsive and detail-oriented. I should mention that we got passed around a bit in the beginning before they got Kaitlyn, and we weren't really impressed with her predecessor. But, things immediately improved with Kaitlyn.
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Leslie
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Not only was the Clifton's food amazing, but the venue and service was perfect. If you have alot of family coming from out of town, the Clifton is the perfect place for your wedding. All of my wedding party and several of my family members from out of town stayed at the Clifton and we were able to celebrate the entire weekend, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception, and day after brunch in one place. The service was excellent and they were really willing to work with me through the whole process to ensure that my wedding weekend was perfect! The price may be more than some other venues, but the quality of what you get is definitely worth it!
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Alexis
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely top notch. From soup to nuts, Clifton handled our wedding with kid gloves and incredible hospitality. Defne was more than an onsite wedding coordinator, she was undoubtedly part of our wedding. The food was great, the service was on point, and the venue is just breathtaking.

We want to get married there again & again!
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Chrissy
Wedding:
12/19/2011
4.4/5.0
When I first visited The Clifton Inn I feel in love with the beauty of the Inn. It captures historic antique meets modern pieces beautifully. I had a winter weekday destination wedding and was on a tight budget. Clifton Inn was able to work with me to have a reasonably priced wedding.

During my first visit I met with one of their sales employees, Brigette. I had met with another wedding venue that day and Bri was so friendly, sincere, and enthusiastic. Bri had great ideas for our big day and we were able to ask her questions. After meeting my sister and I contacted her through email and phone to ask other various questions.

My second trip to The Clifton Inn my now husband and I booked for the venue. We didn't book or reserve any rooms yet because we were not worried about any events going on. Sadly, there was a wedding on Saturday that we didn't find out till later on so our guests could not stay there Saturday- Monday. We did reserve a few rooms Sunday night. Some of my friends had a tough time making the reservations when they called. One time someone said "we don't have a wedding for that day." However, they were finally able to book those rooms.

The next time I visited the Clifton Inn my sister and I met with the wedding coordinator Melissa. We didn't get the warm and fuzzy feeling that Bri gave us. Melissa was professional but we didn't feel as excited as before. Some of the things that Bri said was possible Melissa said they couldn't do. A few weeks later we received an email from Bri that she was no longer working for The Clifton Inn and I was really bummed out.

Over the last final weeks we contacted Melissa through phone and email. My sister who was supposed to be my planner was really busy and played phone tag with Melissa for two weeks. I was finally able to contact her and ask her the million questions I had which she was able to answer. We were able to negotiate on food as well as make decisions on beer and wine. I thought that we had decided that only beer, wine, and mimosas were to be served so when we received the bill I was not psyched that guests had ordered things that we didn't decide on. Not sure if it was because Bri didn't pass that information along or if we were not vocal enough.

The day of the wedding the Clifton Inn team was able to set up the decor that we brought as well as set out the name tags. It looked fantastic as well as the cake that I emailed a photo idea of. I had asked Melissa if she would be there the day of the wedding to keep us and the guests on time and she shared that she might only be there in the morning but her coworker Stacey would be there. We arrived on time for the brunch and sat down. The food was delicious as well as the wine they helped us select. However, we never were greeted by Melissa, Stacey, or anyone else on The Clifton team. I was really confused on who was in charge and who was going to keep us on schedule. Needless to say we were over schedule and had like twenty minutes of dancing towards the end at which we were hoping for a bit longer. I did email Melissa that evening to see where they were and she said she was there but didn't want to interrupt me when I was having conversations with our guests. I understand that but my husband and I didn't feel special or welcomed. We kinda felt like we were the poor couple that couldn't afford a wedding there. The night of the wedding I was thinking that our room would of had a note like congratulations new husband and wife or something but nope. I guess I was hoping for a more special treatment.

Overall the wedding day was beautiful and I still recommend someone to get married at The Clifton Inn because the food and service from the wait staff was awesome. The cake was also delicious and very reasonably priced. There is also a deal right now for winter weddings that I wish we could of had.
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.3/5.0
Amazing food, excellent service, wonderful, wonderful venue! Highly recommended.
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Ethan
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.7/5.0
The Clifton Inn is a beautiful and perfect venue. We encountered some issues with the reservation desk, but management (Nial) did everything he could to fix it. Having Melissa there as a wedding planner is also well worth money. You get the Inn for the weekend, which allows you to host a ceremony at 2 pm or 4 pm (versus 6 pm at a vineyard - believe me, I was in grad school with an almost two year engagement and visited every possible site outside of private homes).

By far the best food in Charlottesville (although our rehearsal dinner catered by Orzo Kitchen is a very very close second).
And, they allowed me to exchange the dessert bar for a credit to use toward my wedding cake. The cake was gorgeous, custom made and tasted delicious!

And, at the end of the day, a far better value then any of the vineyards, especially considering that they allow you to use multiple wines, beer, and liquor (the vineyards won't let you bring in liquor).

They recommend the Carriage House for the bride, but I would recommend the suite above the kitchen (large bathroom and you can get downstairs without being seen if you are having your ceremony there).

And, if you have a complex set up for the Inn (you are required to guarantee that the Inn will be rented and most brides put their bridal party in the Inn), be prepared to be proactive and on the phone with Melissa or Eric (reservation desk) often. We had a partially subsidized set-up with different rates for each room (the groom's father agreed to help us by doing a partial subsidy) and Clifton's system was not prepared to handle this. I do believe that we were unique in our issues though, and at the end of the day, Clifton was gorgeous, the food was perfect, and the day was as smooth as can be.

Final note - the current planner/contact is Melissa McCombs.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue

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