New hotel at Darden Business School halfway complete

There have been a series of new hotels constructed in the area within the last few years to satisfy demand for those who seek to travel to the area. Many visitors who come here have some ties to the University of Virginia and two new hotels in the works will cater directly to those people.

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants will operate a new hotel under construction at the UVA Darden School of Business which will replace the UVA Inn at Darden with 199 rooms in a five-story structure with around 11,500 square feet of meeting space and a ballroom large enough to accommodate up to 425 guests. 

UVA Today reported last week that the project is about halfway completed. Here’s a quote from the article. 

“The hotel will be open to all,” said Ashley Williams, CEO and chief learning officer of Darden’s executive education, lifelong learning and non-degree programs. “Everyone from the Darden, UVA and local communities and guests visiting from out of town will be welcome, and the property will be a great place to stay, dine, drink at the pub and bar, or host an event.

The hotel at Darden is expected to open in the spring of 2023, according to the project website.

The University of Virginia is also planning on a 215-room hotel and conference center to be built in the Emmet-Ivy Corridor. The Board of Visitors approved the 223,000 square foot project in March 2021. The designer is Deborah Berke Partners

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