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While Charlottesville feels like a small town, there are plenty of places to stay — whether you want a historic bed and breakfast or a grand resort. Our top pick for the best places to stay in Charlottesville is Keswick Hall at Monticello. The 600-acre estate sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and features 48 unique and modern guest rooms. Inside the rooms, you’ll find plush furniture, club chairs, Aubusson rugs and canopied four-poster beds. And as a guest of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, you’ll have access to the members-only Keswick Hall, allowing you to enjoy the indoor/outdoor pool, tennis courts, spa services and 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course.
We also like The Boar’s Head. This beautiful resort finished an extensive renovation in March 2012, bringing the rooms up to speed with modern amenities while retaining their charm with antique furnishings and unique décor. Plus, The Boar's Head comes with one of the best restaurants in town: Old Mill Room.
Omni Charlottesville Hotel, located on the pedestrian-only Historic Downtown Mall, is a good option within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Guest rooms offer views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and historic Charlottesville. The traditional guest rooms are outfitted in a relaxing palette of yellow and green, with a few different shades mixed in.
With just 17 rooms, the Relais & Chateaux Clifton Inn is both charming and intimate. The inn boasts a beautiful plantation house set on 100 acres, allowing you to revel in Charlottesville’s natural surroundings. And like a traditional inn should, Clifton Inn serves daily afternoon tea, which is included in your room rate. The restaurant is exquisite and the setting is even better.
Just 11 miles outside Charlottesville is the picturesque Cedar Spring Inn & Spa. Considering that the property was originally built as a private home, it’s no surprise that there are just five guest rooms. But these are gorgeous rooms — with king-sized beds, spacious bathrooms, patios and fireplaces.