UVA Inn at Darden and Conference Center for Lifelong Learning

One of the many experiences that binds students, alumni and community members alike is a stay at the Inn at Darden. Though the current inn has served the community well, the School has grown and changed since the inn was built several decades ago. The current facility no longer meets the growing needs of the School as a home base in Charlottesville for our many guests:

  • Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning clients
  • Executive MBA and Master of Science in business analytics students during residencies
  • Prospective students
  • MBA employers
  • Alumni and other guests

Generous donors can support the completion of a world-class resource for the greater Darden and UVA communities for those important stakeholders and distinguished guests from around the world.

Raising the Bar in a Competitive Landscape

Many peer schools have recently opened new, state-of-the-art facilities. Darden has long set the bar with its distinguished Grounds, and to elevate its MBA and Executive Education experience, it must also elevate its inn, conference spaces and other facilities — which have not been upgraded in 25 years — to a new level.

The new inn and conference center will create an unparalleled community experience to ensure that visitors’ first impression of the School is an inspiring one. The facility will feature:

  • 199 hotel rooms
  • A conference center of up to 12,000 square feet, including a ballroom of up to 6,500 square feet
  • A destination restaurant
  • A coffee shop

Adjacent to the inn and conference center is the beautifully designed five-acre arboretum and botanical gardens — a natural green space that will connect the Darden Grounds, UVA School of Law Grounds and the Rivanna Trail.

Offering an outstanding hospitality, education and conference experience is essential to Darden’s academic mission to deliver transformational learning experiences for Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning participants and full-time MBA and Executive MBA students. The new, cutting-edge hotel and conference center will dramatically increase programming opportunities for lifelong learning.

Bill Utt (MBA ’84), chair of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees Grounds, Hospitality and Technology Committee

The UVA Inn at Darden and Conference Center for Lifelong Learning will completely transform how Darden supports the community to ensure it remains a top-ranked business school.

Bill Utt (MBA ’84), chair of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees Grounds, Hospitality and Technology Committee
Member of the Powered by Purpose Campaign Cabinet
Featured Spaces
Academic Spaces
Additional Spaces
Naming Opportunities
Inn and Conference Center for Lifelong Learning
Featured Spaces
Conference Center for Executive Education and Lifelong Learning $5 million
Hotel Lobby and Bar – RESERVED $5 million
Arboretum Board Room – RESERVED $3 million
L'Orangerie and Terrace $2.5 million
Pub – RESERVED $2.5 million
Ballroom $2 million
Academic Spaces
The Library $1 million
Tiered Classroom – RESERVED $750,000
Flat Classrooms (3) $500,000 each
Outdoor Spaces
Penthouse Terrace $1 million
International Edibles Garden $250,000
L'Orangerie Garden $250,000
Event and Meeting Spaces
The Meeting Courtyard/Conference Event Lawn $1 million
Conference Center Meeting Salons (3) $500,000 each
Event Terraces (2) – RESERVED $200,000 each
Arrival Points
Arboretum Level Lobby and Colonnades $1 million
Ballroom Pre-function Lobby $500,000
The Foyer $500,000
Main Arrival Bridge – Primary Design $250,000
Main Arrival Bridge – Stones at Each End $250,000
Bricks at Colonnade Entrance (299) $5,000 each
Private Dining Room – RESERVED $500,000
Wine Cellar – RESERVED $500,000
Hospitality Suite – RESERVED $250,000
Indoor Bridge Lounge $125,000
Residential Wing Alcove Lounges (6) $75,000 each
Guest Rooms and Suites
Hotel Suites (Larger) (6) – 1 RESERVED $200,000 each
Hotel Suites (Smaller) (5) $100,000 each
Hotel Rooms (188) $25,000 each

*All naming and naming levels subject to UVA approval

For more information on the UVA Inn at Darden and Conference Center for Lifelong Learning, please contact Interim Vice President for Advancement Samantha Hartog at [email protected] or +1-434-982-2151.

Be a part of Darden’s fulcrum moment.