Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Luxury & Lifestyle Collection, has announced the name of its first on-campus hotel, The Forum Hotel at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Opening spring 2023 on the Grounds of the Darden School, The Forum Hotel will reflect the vibrant atmosphere and purpose-driven culture of the Darden community by creating a dynamic meeting place for students, alumni, faculty and guests. We’re excited to welcome our participants to learn, connect and stay with us at the new home for Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming, featuring outdoor learning and reflection spaces, state-of-the-art classroom and meeting spaces, and world-class hospitality.

The Forum Hotel Kimpton Darden Gardens & Arboretum

The arboretum and botanical gardens will include water features, access to the Rivanna Trail, an outdoor classroom and new meeting locations.

The Forum Hotel Kimpton Darden Tiered Classroom

State-of-the-art tiered classroom space

Unique Learning Environment

Together, the new indoor and outdoor spaces will strengthen Darden’s Charlottesville Grounds as among the best and most beautiful in the world, providing a unique learning environment and community gathering space.

Anchored by the five-acre arboretum and gardens, the area surrounding the hotel will provide opportunities for outdoor education, collaboration and contemplative spaces for wellness as part of Darden’s commitment to a healthy, sustainable work and educational environment.

Graciously appointed interiors will provide the perfect framework for participants and clients to gather, explore and learn. Facility amenities will include tiered and flat classrooms, a 6,000+ square-foot ballroom, library and additional meeting spaces, operational year-round.

The Forum Hotel Kimpton Darden Guest Room

Interior of guest room

The Forum Hotel Kimpton Darden Lobby Vestibule

Interior Vestibule to Welcome Guests

The Forum Hotel Kimpton Darden Library


World-Class Accommodations & Hospitality

The Forum Hotel will stand as a five-story, new-build hotel featuring 198 sophisticated guest rooms and ten suites with sweeping views.

Enjoy access to all of the hotel’s perks during your stay, including morning coffee and tea service, on-site fitness center, restaurant, taproom and large outdoor terrace.

Learn more about the new hotel and everything it has to offer our participants, guests and friends.

EELL participants will enjoy The Forum Hotel as part of their program experience.