Kimpton to Open First On-Campus Hotel at UVA Darden School of Business

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Luxury & Lifestyle Collection, is set to open a stunning 199-room on-campus hotel at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Spring 2023.

Owned by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation, the hotel will be the first-of-its-kind for the brand and offer quality guest service, robust food and beverage programming, and picturesque indoor and outdoor spaces.

The five-stories tall hotel will feature two unique onsite restaurant and bar concepts inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region, including a lively taproom and restaurant on the ground floor with a spacious outdoor terrace. A well-appointed wine cellar will also be available for meetings and private dinners.

The Kimpton Design team, Looney & Associates, Beleco Design and Cooper Carry will be collaborating to design an exterior silhouette in the Jeffersonian style of architecture, which pays homage to the university’s prestigious history, traditions, and commitment to the community.

According to Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton, the company is delighted to have partnered with the Darden School Foundation on this monumental first for the brand.

“We have found kindred spirits with the team at the Foundation as well as the entire University of Virginia community. We’re a brand known for our constant pursuit to create meaningful human connections, and we know that’s been a pinnacle for the University of Virginia and Darden community since its founding. We have exciting things in store, and we’re eagerly counting down to next spring semester.”