Riverdale Inn

1521 Riverside Avenue , Jacksonville, FL 32204 USA (Show map)


In Jacksonville at the turn of the century, 50 mansions lined Riverside Avenue in an area known as "The Row". Today, only two of these fabled homes remain. The Riverdale Inn is one of them. For those that desire a nightcap, the "Gum Bunch Pub" is available for beverages. With all the available amenities of the Riverdale Inn, your stay will be a memorable experience



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Wonderful Stay

4.2 on February 01, 2017

Fantastic, nicely updated old manse. Friendly, and warm. Would much rather stay here than a hotel. Rooms are period furnished but there's no lack of modern amenities.

A comfortable stay in a charming Inn

4.2 on January 25, 2017

The Riverdale Inn, located just minutes from the Cummer Museum and Gardens, exudes the charm of a 19th Century townhouse and although the noise from the street nearby is a bit irksome, the room, bed and bathroom are immensely comfortable. (I stayed in Room 5, St. John.) The staff and owners are incredibly friendly and the breakfast, without exception, always delicious.

Made our Christmas.

5 on January 11, 2017

We love it here. Our third year staying here. And very excited to hear about the addition of mini fridges and coffee makers in the rooms! Can't wait til our next stay.

Charming Inn, Great Location

5 on January 07, 2017

We stayed for 5 nights over New Years. The inn was charming and very clean. We stayed in the Windsor Room on the 3rd floor. Room was large, king size bed that slept so good. The bed had a pillow top on it and it was very plush. The bathroom was large, 2 person jetted tub, large walk in shower, with good water pressure. The room was very clean and comfortable. Just outside our room was a sitting area tucked away in a little nook with a comfortable couch and large chair where I would have coffee and read. Breakfast was very good each day. They have a menu where you have a choice, eggs, bacon, cheese grits, toast and fruit. Then there are several omelettes to choose from. Plain and blueberry pancakes. Plain of pecan waffles with bacon. Couple of days we shared omelettes and pancakes and waffles. They have oj and coffee that were very good also. The staff was great, they would engage in conversation and would help anyway they could. The location was great for us. The inn was within walking distance of the 5 points area. Shops, restaurants, grocery store etc. all around that area. Our favorite restaurant was Blacksheep. Great stay, would definitely go back!!!!!!

Quiet Hideaway close to the centre of town and restaurants

5 on January 06, 2017

A great place to stay, with plenty of character. Good breakfast with lots of choices The hosts were very helpful and suggested places to visit and to eat. It is close to restaurants and shops in 5 Points -so very convenient.

Wonder Stay for New Year's

5 on January 05, 2017

Fantastic property. Great location. Walked to everything...Publix, resturants, parks, and shops. Loved feeding the ducks at the park. Room was very spacious. Stayed in Gilmore-9. Will be back next time we are in Jax.

Spending time in historic Avondale/Riverside!

5 on January 02, 2017

Our stay at the Riverdale Inn was everything we hoped it would be! We booked #3 Margarets Window for two nights. The room was bright, cheery and well appointed. The hosts were very friendly and made you feel like you were part of their family! The breakfast was outstanding both days! I would recommend staying here if you like to be walking distance to shopping and dining at Five Points. Also, take a driving tour of homes with historical charm in the area.......


5 on December 29, 2016

This was our second visit to the Riverdale Inn and as before it was very relaxing. The staff is helpful but not overbearing. The rooms are very nice and the breakfast was delicious. The Inn is located in a quaint part of Jacksonville where you can walk to restaurants, bars, coffee shops and movie theater.

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4.4 on November 30, 2016

Building was beautiful and the breakfast had many choices and was great/ especially the waffles and pan cakes. Best of all, was the staff. Very friendly and knowledgeable about area.

Riverdale Inn - a delight!

5 on November 25, 2016

Our stay at the Riverdale Inn last weekend was wonderful. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed, there is an onsite Pub and sitting room with fireplace and the outdoor spaces are lovely. The Inn is within 3 short blocks of a vibrant district called Five Points - great restaurants, bars and a nice park and museum all there! Publix and Starbucks are within 2 blocks as well. We loved it!

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Rooms & Rates


This beautiful corner room features large wrap around windows that overlook Riverside Avenue and the treetops of Lancaster Street. Pale yellow walls accent the original heart of pine flooring, antique oriental rug, crown molding, custom draperies, turn of the century armoire and king sized four poster Bernhardt iron bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Park Suite-2

Our most spacious and elegant room, the Park Suite is perfect for a romantic getaway or a relaxing escape from a hectic workday. The room features original heart of pine floors complimented by a one of a kind Persian rug, spectacular crown molding, hand made window treatments, antique secretary desk, marble topped wardrobe and king sized four poster iron bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Margarets Window-3

Once a porch used by the Kelly family to bask in the afternoon sun, Margaret's Window is a charming spot to make your temporary home. Seven windows surround you, allowing you to gaze upon the open sky. The pale yellow walls and original heart of pine floors join together with streaming natural light, making this quaint room undeniably cheerful.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Take a step onto the original heart of pine floors in the shades of sage green that complement the Spanish moss hanging just outside your window. You'll be enveloped as you lay upon the elegant king sized bed with antique velvet tufted headboard. Sit upon the hand woven Oriental rug and enjoy the gentle glow of an original fireplace. The room features period furnishings, including an exquisite tiger maple gentleman’s chest and secretary desk. Soak the day away in the large oak rimmed claw foot tub, which doubles as a shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

St. Johns-5

Deep red tones and toile accents, along with original heart of pine floors, await you in this elegant corner room. Two large windows frame the unique bed, it’s headboard crafted from a one hundred year old door. Two additional windows allow you to lose yourself among the swaying palms and live oaks of Riverside Avenue while relaxing on an original built-in upholstered window seat. Custom draperies, Persian rug and delightful rocking chair complete the refined décor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Wind the staircase to the third floor, pass under an exquisite 19th century crystal chandelier, and arrive at Bishopgate’s door. This airy corner room is a favorite of our guests. Awash with natural light, a palette of soft colors and an almost surreal quiet, the Bishopgate is as peaceful as it is charming.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Oak Room-7

Feel like you are on top of the world or, at the very least, within the walls of a whimsical tree house in this thir floor charmer. Aptly titled, The Oak Room looks out upon an ancient live oak covered in delicate Spanish moss, gently illuminated when evening falls. A gabled ceiling, original heart of pine floors and a color palette of sage green and soft yellow contribute to the room's earthy appeal. Open the large dormer window and the enjoy breezes from the nearby St. John’s River.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Windsor Suite-8

Escape to this tranquil hideaway for an excursion you won't soon forget. Encompassing half of the top floor, the Windsor Suite offers a level of privacy suited for both romance and solitude alike. Architectual details such as original heart of pine floors, gabled ceiling and dormer windows pay tribute to Jacksonville's rich history. The spacious bathroom features a large tiled walk-in shower, a pedestal sink and a two person jacuzzi tub with picture window overlooking the stately palms of Riverside Avenue. An adjacent sitting area, just outside the entryway, completes the Windsor Suite. This cozy alcove with floor to ceiling windows, comfortable couch and game table with chess board is a great spot for lively conversation or quiet reflection

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Gilmore - 9

The Gilmore is an intimate space meant for sharing. The Riverdale’s Carriage House was once home to the Kelly family’s cherished steeds along with the elaborate coaches they would pilot. Today, this restored Queen Anne style bungalow welcomes travelers from all over the world. The quaint room features queen bed, an large bathroom and a private entryway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The larger of the two rooms located in the inn’s carriage house, a picturesque building teeming with historical significance, the Lancaster is private retreat all your own. The carriage house’s rare double jerkin-head cross gable roof has the distinction of being the only known to exist in Jacksonville and among the few left in Florida. Just steps away from all the historic district has to offer, this ground level room is both spacious and comfortable. Ideal for extended stays, the Lancaster comes complete with a small refrigerator and microwave.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Coach House Quarters

Three room apartment with full kitchen located on second floor of the Coach House. Two Queen beds and full bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $285 - $285

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Location Type



Jacksonville, FL (JAX) 12 miles

Directions to property:

Directions to the Riverdale Inn from the North Take I-95 South towards downtown Take Union Street Exit (353B exit is on left side) Make a Right onto Jefferson Street, which becomes Riverside Avenue. Go approximately 1 mile. The Riverdale Inn will be on the Left, between Lomax and Lancaster Streets. Directions to the Riverdale Inn from the South Take I-95 North towards downtown Cross the Fuller Warren Bridge and get into right lane Take Park Street exit Follow ramp to the stoplight Make a Left onto Park Street Go approximately 2 blocks to Riverplace - Make a Left Go approximately 4 blocks to Riverside Avenue Make a Right onto Riverside Avenue The Riverdale Inn will be approximately 2 blocks up on the Left. Directions to the Riverdale Inn from the East or West Take I-10 to the Stockton Street exit Take Stockton Street to Riverside Avenue Make a Left onto Riverside Avenue Go approximately ¼ mile – when you go around the sharp curve at Memorial Park look for the Riverdale Inn on the Right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Apartment

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3 to 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes No cribs.. Pack and Play available.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required No large breeds.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: None unless more then seven room nights booked. Please inquiry or see website for further explanation.
  • Cancellations: See policy on website riverdaleinn.com as cancellation fee does apply
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  • Time Served: 7:30 to 9
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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