Dinsmore Boutique Inn

1211 W Main St , Charlottesville, VA 22903-2823 USA (Show map)

About

We invite you to visit the re-imagined Dinsmore, a nine room boutique inn at Charlottesville's best address. An extensive 2017 renovation of this historic property is complete, offering three additional guest rooms and an experience that is elevated at every turn. The new Dinsmore offers elegant, thoughtful interior design that incorporates modern touches, while maintaining the integrity of this historic Virginia property. The main Federal-style townhouse was built by Thomas Jefferson's master builder, James Dinsmore, who famously built Monticello and numerous other important historic buildings in the early 19th century. The second townhouse was constructed in 1835, the same time the newly chartered University of Virginia was being built, and incorporates the same materials that were used to build the academical village down the street. Today, the Dinsmore Boutique Inn stands as a singular property in Charlottesville, a touchstone of meticulously preserved 19th century architectecture set among an array of 21st century midtown structures. The exterior features Virginia granite hardscapes, wrought iron fencing, and a brick staircase through an archway leading to rear terraces. Step inside the inn and discover heart pine floors, original casework and mantles and lead glass parlor doors. Located on Main St in midtown Charlottesville, the Dinsmore is one block from the Univ of Va and walking distance to dozens of restaurants, shops and day spas. Free parking is provided.

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Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Awesome; great value

5 on July 07, 2017

Perfect place for a trip to Charlottesville. Hosts were so nice; made a beautiful breakfast and coffee in the morning. Location is perfect and the price is very reasonable.


The Dinsmore House Inn was the highlight of our visit to Charlottesville

4.8 on November 23, 2014

The Dinsmore House Inn was fantastic, and a wonderful value--if you want to soak in the history of Charlottesville and stay in a place contemporary with the time of Thomas Jefferson, this is the place. It is historic, but completely restored and well-appointed. We stayed in a HUGE, lovely room (the Dinsmore Room) which, despite being located on the street, was quiet. Most of the wedding party for the wedding we were attending stayed here, as well, and all raved. Nice breakfast, warm and charming hosts, wine and cheese in the pm (and cookies!). Top location on the Corner, near campus and restaurants, and super-easy access to the highways (avoid Main Street traffic headed toward UVA, and instead head toward downtown, or snake past the hospital toward Jefferson Park Ave). We walked to the downtown mall, and enjoyed a wonderful Saturday morning farmers market. Free, gated parking in the parking garage for the adjacent Marriot. We payed maybe $50 more per night to stay here than the rate at the Hampton Inn up the street, and scored covered parking, home-cooked breakfast, and a truly special experience. Thanks, John and Mary!


Wonderful Stay

5 on September 09, 2014

My husband and I spent three nights at the Dinsmore House and were beyond impressed by the hospitality and the coziness of this lovely inn. The breakfast and snacks provided were also above expectation. The inn is within walking distance of the many restaurants and shops on the UVa "corner." Overall, a wonderful experience.


Great Southern Hospitality

3.8 on July 20, 2014

We spent two nights here at the start of our vacation in Virginia. Dinsmore House was built in 1817 and the old house has survived and nestles in the middle of more modern development. The present owners bought it and converted it into a b&b which has been operating since 2003. We had a great stay here. The room we had was comfortable and well appointed. There's a Hospitality Hour every day between 4 pm and 6 pm when you can chat with fellow guests over a glass of wine and for us as British visitors that sort of chance to meet with and talk to other guests is a key reason why we prefer US b&b's to anonymous hotels. Breakfasts were plentiful and delicious - especially the signature Eggs Dinsmore. Dinsmore House is located close to the University of Virginia campus - the campus is very interesting and it's well worth talking a stroll around it. There are a good number of places to have dinner close by. We walked up towards the campus and found plenty of choice. It seemed to us that the restaurants located in the other direction - towards downtown - are further away but there's a free shuttle trolley that operates every 15 minutes (though the Sunday service is less frequent and ends before 6 pm.). Our visit was during the university vacation and I should think the area - and restaurants - is significantly busier in term time. There's free parking for Dinsmore guests in the garage of the Marriott hotel next door and that's a real bonus Prior to booking we'd noticed one or two negative comments on Trip Advisor but we didn't have any similar experiences - our experience was 100% positive. It's true that Ryan and Denise, the innkeepers don't live on site but we've encountered similar arrangements at other US b&b's and it's never been a problem. .During our visit at least one of them was on duty at the key times - check-in/Hospitality Hour and morning breakfast. There is a resident manager. We would certainly stay at Dinsmore House again.


A Wonderful Experience!

5 on March 10, 2014

My wife & I spent the night for our anniversary, and were very pleased with this B&B experience. The staff was very nice, and Ryan's hospitality in particular was outstanding. The location of this B&B is ideal, close to the old downtown and school. The breakfast was magnificent. I can see why the Dinsmore house is so popular and felt lucky to have found them. I'd recommend this to anyone.


Wonderful Stay

5 on November 07, 2013

The Dinsmore House B&B staff was wonderful! Enjoyed a glass of wine and Kiersten great company. She was a delight! They gave me a free upgrade because a better room was available. The Veranda Room was lovely, and had the most comfortable bed! Was able to purchase discount tickets to Monticello from Inn. Wonderful time visiting Monticello! Thank you.


Sinfully good breakfast!

4.4 on August 23, 2013

Fantastic B&B with a rich history. But the highlight was the French toast "cake" served for breakfast. Amazing! Other delights included a wine hour and a small birthday gift from the hostess waiting for me in our room.


Excellent.

4.0 on November 16, 2011

We have reserved our second visit this year. We have never been more pleased. McLeans


A Great Place

5 on November 11, 2011

They gave us a free upgrade because a better room was available. They also provided a special menu due to food allergies we have.


Excellent Stay

5 on November 07, 2011

Perfect location, great room, good bathroom, excellent wi-fi, delicious breakfast. The perfect stay!


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Rooms & Rates

Room 8 - Jefferson Suite

Mr. Jefferson himself would appreciate this roomy suite. The sitting room was designed with comfort in mind, providing a perfect place to read a book or share conversation with friends. The bedroom features an inviting king-sized canopy bed. Depending on which of the four windows guests look out, they are provided with views of Main Street or the courtyard. A third person can sleep on the fold-out sofa in the sitting room (additional $25 charge for third person). Note: There is a steep flight of stairs to this second-floor room.

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

Nightly Rate: $209 - $409

Room 5 - Dinsmore

We named this room (and the inn) after Thomas Jefferson's master builder, James Dinsmore. The original master bedroom in the main building, the Dinsmore Room is the largest in the inn. The bathroom features an antique clawfoot soaking tub and a modern shower. This room can accommodate a third person on a fold out sofa. There is a $25 charge for third person in a room. This is a second floor room, and second floor is accessed by stair.

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

Nightly Rate: $209 - $409

Room 1 - Madison

With 10-foot ceilings the Madison Room is large, bright and airy. The king-sized bed is welcoming and plush. The bathroom has a shower (no tub). The Madison Room is on the back of the main house on the second floor, accessed by a flight of stairs in the main foyer.

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

Nightly Rate: $209 - $409

Room 6 - Virginia

The Virginia Room is one of two first-floor rooms at the inn. It is located in the attached townhouse, and the private entrance for the Virginia Room is 40 feet from the main house of the inn. The room features a king-sized bed and a large custom shower with a rain head. The Virginia Room can accommodate two guests, and there is one step up into the room.

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

Nightly Rate: $199 - $389

Room 9 - Monroe

This room provides a true Charlottesville feel, overlooking a Church, Main Street and the courtyard. The room has a queen-sized bed and an alcove with a large leather desk.The Monroe is a second floor room and there is a steep single flight of stairs to access the room. The bathroom has a shower and this room is right next door to the Jefferson Suite, if you are travelling with friends. The Monroe is located in the attached townhouse (built in 1835) and the entrance for the room is 60 feet from the main entrance of the inn.

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

Nightly Rate: $199 - $389

Room 7 - Veranda

The Veranda is the only guest room with a private porch that overlooks the courtyard. One of two first-floor rooms in the inn, the Veranda is accessed by a staircase on the back of the adjoining townhouse. The Veranda has a king bed and the bathroom has a shower This room connects to the Virginia Room, if you are travelling with friends or family. Weather permitting, guests may enjoy a private breakfast on the porch, for an additional fee.

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

Nightly Rate: $199 - $389

Room 3 - Library Loft

This room was originally a study off the main hall of the second floor. It has been converted into a two-level loft suite, with sitting room and a bedroom accessed by an en suite staircase. The sitting room and full bathroom are on the second level of the main house. The loft bedroom with exposed brick and vaulted ceilings is on the third floor, and there is a half bathroom beside the large fanlight window that overlooks the University Corner.

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

Nightly Rate: $209 - $449

Room 2 - Meriwether

A new room added to the Dinsmore as part of the 2017 renovation, Meriwether is a second floor room with a king bed and a private balcony. The large bathroom has a tile shower and an antique clawfoot tub. Meriwether is a second floor room, accessed by a staircase in the foyer of the main building. The balcony is rear facing and has a bistro set for enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

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

Nightly Rate: $209 - $409

Room 4 - Monticello

Monticello is a new guest room added as part of the 2017 Dinsmore renovation. The room has a king bed and a private balcony that overlooks West Main St in midtown Charlotteville. The large bathroom has a tile shower and an antique clawfoot tub. The balcony features a bistro set for enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine, a story above the sidewalk cafe below. The Monticello Room is a second floor room, accessed by a staircase in the foyer of the original 1822 main building.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $399

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Location

Location Type

Near University, Downtown, Mountains, Wine country

Airport

Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle) 11 miles

Directions to property:

From Rt. 29S follow Emmett Street to left on University Avenue. Travel approximately 1 mile. Dinsmore House is located on the left at 1211 West Main Street, between University Baptist Church and the Marriot Courtyard. From I64 take the 5th St exit and follow signs to Charlottesville. Take a left on Main Street. Travel approx half a mile. Dinsmore House is located on the right at 1211 West Main Street, between University Baptist Church and the Marriot Courtyard.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Monticello, University of Virginia, Ash Lawn, Montpelier, Historic Downtown, Wineries, Craft Breweries, Farmer's Market, Shopping, Dozens of Restaurants, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Parking, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4-7pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Courtyard and porch only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 8 yrs and up
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night required stay on weekends March-November
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required to reserve room. One night deposit at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations: Unless otherwise stated, our cancellation policy is two weeks notice. If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so anytime before the date two weeks prior to your stay. No shows or less than the above notices will result in a charge equal to the total amount of your stay. Cancellations outside the two-week cancellation window incur a $30 service charge. You may cancel your reservation via email or phone. Please note that your reservation is not cancelled until you receive a cancellation number.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Anita Severn

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:00am to 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian In-Room Breakfast Farm Basket for $30. Please inquire by phone or email.


Signature Dish

Peach Creme Brulee French Toast
A flavorful dish that uses braided Challah bread from a local bakery, and is topped with fresh fruit and a peach reduction. Served with thick-cut bacon and a local granola/fruit/yogurt parfait.


Recipes

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