The 301-acre historic area of Williamsburg, Virginia -- once the seat of government in Colonial America -- was restored in the early 20th century and operates as a living history museum. The area features a variety of period shops, restaurants and attractions, as well as accommodations that range from the elegant Williamsburg Inn to the one-of-a-kind Colonial houses to the affordable Williamsburg Lodge. Guests of any Williamsburg lodging may use the facilities at any other Williamsburg property.
The Williamsburg Inn
The Williamsburg Inn is the most deluxe of the accommodations run by Colonial Williamsburg. Built in 1937 and renovated in 2001, this elegant hotel offers 62 guest rooms and suites, all with high-speed Internet access, marble bathrooms and English Regency-style furnishings. The Williamsburg Inn also boasts clay tennis courts, a spring-fed outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center and spa. For meals, guests choose from the formal Regency Room for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, or the more casual Terrace Room for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
The Williamsburg Lodge is located one block from the historic area and is made up of 323 guest rooms in eight buildings, all connected by brick walkways. Guest rooms were all renovated in 2007 and vary in size and amenities. Some feature original hardwood floors, fireplaces, and patios and balconies with wooden rocking chairs. Guests of the Williamsburg Lodge enjoy the property's outdoor swimming pool and the Lodge Restaurant, which serves American cuisine and a popular Friday night seafood buffet.
The 200-room Governor's Inn is located just three blocks from the historic area. The most affordable of the Colonial Williamsburg accommodations, this property has an outdoor swimming pool. Although the Governor's Inn does not have a full-service restaurant, it is within walking distance of several eateries and offers a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.
Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites
Located adjacent to the Williamsburg Visitors Center, about three blocks from the historic area, the 300-room Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites offers an array of activities as well as larger accommodations, ideal for families. Suites at this property feature a separate living area with small refrigerators, microwave ovens, wet bars and sleeper sofas. Facilities include a miniature golf course, bike rentals and an outdoor swimming pool. Although this hotel does not have a full-service restaurant, it serves a continental breakfast buffet each morning. A free shuttle whisks guests to the historic area.
Providence Hall, located near the Williamsburg Inn about two blocks from the historic area, offers 75 guest rooms nestled in a wooded setting. All units have a private patio or balcony from which to enjoy the nature view, and feature contemporary design with Asian accents. Facilities at Providence Hall include an outdoor swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts.
Colonial Williamsburg offers a unique opportunity to stay in an actual restored 18th-century home or one of the replica homes within the restored area. These 26 units vary from a small room within a tavern to a free-standing, 16-room house. Amenities vary, but include such things as wood-burning fireplaces and canopy beds. All units have full, private baths.
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