Get Away: Kimpton’s The Forum Hotel

Heading down to Charlottesville? Stay in style at this new, Jeffersonian-style hotel on UVA's campus.
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The Forum Hotel in Charlottesville (Photo by Melody Robbins)

Opened in April on the University of Virginia campus, Kimpton’s The Forum Hotel is a study in both Jeffersonian-era architecture and state-of-the-art design. Its parklike setting, tucked between UVA’s law and business schools, includes a serene 5-acre botanical garden complete with an amphitheater, waterfall, bridges and walking paths with native and global-themed plantings. 

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“The Case Study” library (Photo by Cris Molina)

Inside, the contemporary decor includes plenty of cozy seating areas. The navy-blue-walled library room, “The Case Study,” has cognac-colored leather sofas, a long working table and built-in shelves displaying a selection of intriguing books, including Annie Leibovitz’s Wonderland.

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A guest room at The Forum Hotel (Photo by Cris Molina)

The hotel’s 198 guest rooms and 10 suites feature comfortable beds and a chair (or sofa), minibar with local treats, yoga mat and an LED smart TV. If you neglected to pack something, a “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” list includes everything from a cellphone charger to a curling or straightening iron, lint rollers and more.

Complimentary coffee and tea are served each morning in the lobby living room (or enjoy your cup from a plump-cushioned chair on the adjacent balconies overlooking the gardens).

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(Photo by Melody Robbins)

Don’t miss social hour, held each evening, for a glass of wine or beer and a savory snack (complimentary). The hotel’s craft beer bar, The Good Sport, serves brews and a delicious smashburger. Birch & Bloom, a steak and seafood restaurant, offers seasonal menus that draw from Virginia’s orchards, vineyards and farms.

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The Good Sport, a craft beer and sports bar (Photo by Cris Molina)

While dogs are tolerated at many hotels, The Forum all-out welcomes them, with plenty of space for pooches in the outdoor dining areas, plus an in-room dog bed, food and water bowls (no extra charge) and complimentary dog treats for the duration of your stay. Order a “barkuterie” board at Pups on the Patio night (Mondays).

Rates begin at $289 per night and include the complimentary use of bikes, binoculars and bird-watching materials. 

Kimpton’s The Forum Hotel, 540 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia; 434-365-2600

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