Riverdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

1521 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Innkeeper(s): Daniel Waln
  • Introduction

    The Riverdale Inn -  Jacksonville, Florida

    In Jacksonville at the turn of the century, fifty mansions lined Riverside Avenue in an area known as "The Row". Only two of these fabulous mansions remain, and the newly renovated and refurbished Riverdale Inn is one of them.

    The Riverdale Inn in Jacksonville, Florida is located near the heart of the city in an area of town called Riverside. Our inn features 10 luxury rooms with private bath, Wi-Fi, telephones for local calls, cable television, and air conditioning for your comfort.

    The Riverdale Inn -  Kitchen


    For the business traveler, the pleasure of a home away from home atmosphere where the comforts are a forgone conclusion is a truly wonderful gift. Our comfortable guest rooms and full or continental breakfast, as well an on-site laundry are pleasing options. Our Pub is a full service bar serving your favorite beverage.

    We offer a corporate discounted rate for business travelers during mid week. We reserve the right to change the room assignment for another room of equal or greater value. Please request corporate rate at time of booking.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Daniel Waln for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Weekend getaways and Business travelers during the week for the local business (we are in a large city).

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Known for hospitality. The inn is unique as we have a full bar for just our guests. We like the easy laid back atmosphere.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Jacksonville is a large city but still has the small town friendly attitude.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    When someone says they really feel welcome and at home.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Historic area with nice parks along the river and good restaurants.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    What they should do ask the innkeeper for suggestions. We listen and try to match guest to what they would like to do not what WE like to do.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance is a dozen restaurants, two parks (one with view of the river), art gallery, and various shops in the Five Points area.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    My favorite restaurant is Marker 52 for fine dining and Mojo barbeque when I have to have ribs.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Go to my website - I list various websites that you can visit.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 10 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, but with restrictions on large breeds. 

  • Activities

    The Riverdale Inn -   activities

    5 Blocks or less

    • Cummer Art & Gardens
    • 5 Points Shopping and Restaurants
    • Riverwalk
    • Memorial Park
    • Riverside Park
    • Starbucks
    • Publix

    1/2 Mile or less

    • Saint Vincent's Medical Center
    • Avondale Shopping and Restaurants

    The Riverdale Inn -  Jacksonville, Florida city skyline

    1 Mile or less

    • Baptist Medical Center Downtown

    2 Miles or less

    • San Marco Theatre
    • Jacksonville Landing
  • Amenities

    The Riverdale Inn -  parlor

    For those that desire a nightcap, the private "Gum Bunch Pub" is available for your favorite beverages. In addition, a full hardy breakfast is provided every morning for our guests. We are located within walking distance of Memorial Park, 5 points shopping, Publix Supermarket, Starbucks and great restaurants.

    • Each room is equipped with telephone with dial 9 access to the local area. Toll calls are blocked and a prepaid long distance access card is available for purchase at the front desk. The prepaid access card will allow overseas calls.
    • All rooms are equipped with hardwired access to the internet for high-speed connection (shared 3 megabit DSL-Extreme). In addition, wireless internet connection is available through out the Inn at no additional charge. The wireless connection is encrypted therefore ask for the pass code to access from the Innkeeper.
    • Fax machine available at front desk. Outgoing fax is an additional charge.
    • Private meeting room (seats up to 30) is available between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM (Monday through Saturday) for a room charge of $150. Let us know at least one week or earlier prior to the event to prevent scheduling conflicts. Light refreshments are soft drinks, bottle water, and cookies are available at $10 per person.
    • Projector Screen is available at no additional charge based on availability.
  • We Are Conveniently Located Near

    • Times-Union for the Performing Arts Center
    • Prime Osborn Convention Center
    • Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
    • Five Points Area with unique shops
    • Alltel Stadium
    • Golf
    • Ritz Theater
    • Jacksonville Landing
    • Riverside Historic District
    • Avondale Historic District
    • Cummer Art & Gardens
    • Museum of Modern Art
  • History

    The Riverdale Inn -  history

    During its heyday, the Riverdale Inn was one of 50 mansions that lined Riverside Avenue in an area known as 'The Row.' Today, sadly, only two of these fabulous mansions remain. The Riverdale Inn, newly renovated and refurbished, is one of them.

    The mansion was built in 1901 by William Kelly, a wealthy turpentine baron who was one of a powerful group of men known as The Gum Bunch, so called because of the commodity they dealt in. The mansion reflects its previous owner's wealth and good taste in the solid heart of pine floors, wainscoting, crown moldings and the original painted shingle façade that is still as enduring today as it was the day it was put in place. The spacious, bright rooms with their wide windows, for the most part still glazed with the original beveled glass, reflect the graciousness of the era in which the house was built.

    The elegant staircase that winds up to the third floor, has a small intimate landing on each level that lets guests enjoy a glimpse of gracious guest chambers all with the original heart of pine floors, some with fireplaces with the original tile, and all decorated in a style reminiscent of the turn of the century. Each guest chamber has window and bed treatments created especially for that room, private bathrooms, luxury robes, a comfortable chair for relaxing and of course all the up-to-date amenities of our modern world.

    Outside, shingled pillars draw the eye to the front of the grand mansion. The Shingle Style originated in the seacoast towns of New England towards the end of the Victorian Era, and became a popular alternative to the exuberance of the Queen Anne Style. This style emphasized the exterior surface of the building which was usually uniformly covered with stained shingles. The porch posts and roof dormers were sometimes covered with shingles as well. The roof eaves found in the Shingle Style were usually abbreviated, however, some examples found in Riverside and Avondale contain broad overhangs in response to the Florida sun. Two fine examples of the Shingle Style in the district include 1521 Riverside Avenue and 2799 Riverside Avenue.

    The façade welcomes visitors as they step off the hand placed brick walkway past the landscaped front garden onto a dark red porch that says 'Welcome'! At the back of the house, an extensive wooden deck has been added and chairs and umbrellas add a cheerful jaunty look. The deck overlooks the herb gardens and carriage house that has a double jerkin-head cross gable roof, considered to be one of the rarest roofs in Jacksonville. Today, looking at the old mansion, one can only reflect on its endurance throughout the years and be thankful for the master craftsmen of the day who certainly knew how to build a house that would stand for a century or more.