Williamsburg Area Motels

by Ellen Falconetti
An autumn day in Colonial Williamsburg

An autumn day in Colonial Williamsburg

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Along with Jamestown and Yorktown, Williamsburg makes up what is known as Virginia's Historic Triangle. Colonial Williamsburg, a combination of historic restoration and reconstruction, attracts 4 million visitors a year. They come to discover what life was like on the eve of the American Revolution while exploring 500 buildings over 301 acres. The work of Williamsburg's 3,500 archaeologists, researchers, historians and interpreters is supported by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which owns a variety of hotels and motels to suit different budgets. All income from these hotels supports the foundation's educational efforts in the historic area.

The Governor's Inn

This is the budget option of the hotels owned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It's a mid-1960s, brick motel with most rooms reached directly from outdoors. The inn is a few blocks from the Historic Area. Accommodation is basic and the hotel has no restaurant, but a continental breakfast, free wireless Internet and free parking are included in the rate. Hotel guests are eligible for discount passes to the attraction as well as preferred restaurant reservations in the Historic Area and other benefits. Frommer's points out that this hotel is near the Williamsburg Transportation Center and trains pass during the night.

Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites

This moderately priced, family-oriented hotel is next to the Visitor Center. Both rooms and suites are suitable for families with children. Rooms, arranged motel-style around a u-shaped courtyard, have two full-size beds and a lounge chair that converts to a single bed. Suites have living rooms with queen-size sofa beds, separate king master bedrooms and small kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers. A continental, buffet breakfast is included and the hotel has a family-style restaurant.

The Williamsburg Inn

Frommer's calls the Williamsburg Inn "one of the nation's most distinguished hotels." Opened in 1937, Colonial Williamsburg's top hotel has played host to international heads of state, U.S. presidents, queens of the screen such as Shirley Temple and even the Queen of England. The inn, a white-brick, Regency-style building, is meant to convey the impression of staying in a gracious Virginia mansion. Rooms are spacious, with Regency period-style furnishings and marble bathrooms. The hotel has a Regency restaurant for fine dining, a terrace where afternoon tea is served and a cocktail bar. The Williamsburg Inn is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Hotels of America.

The Fife and Drum Inn

The Fife and Drum is the only privately owned hotel in Williamsburg's Historic Area. Located in one of the Merchant's Square buildings, it is close to the center of Colonial Williamsburg and across the street from William and Mary College. The couple who run the Fife and Drum are Williamsburg natives and descendants of William Hitchens who built the house the inn now occupies. In keeping with this inn's emphasis on Southern-style hospitality, Fife and Drum includes a lavish buffet of breakfast casseroles in its moderate rates.


  • The Governor's Inn; 506 North Henry Street; Williamsburg VA 23185; 757-253-2277
  • Williamsburg Woodlands; 105 Visitor Center Drive; Williamsburg VA 23185; 757-253-2277
  • Williamsburg Inn; 136 East Francis Street; Williamsburg VA 23185; 757-253-2277
  • The Fife and Drum Inn: Contact

About the Author

Ellen Falconetti has written professionally since 1981. Her work has appeared in major newspapers in England and the U.S.A. as well as on a variety of websites and mobile media. Falconetti specializes in travel, lifestyle, telecoms and technology. She has Bachelor of Science in speech and journalism from Syracuse University and a master's degree in creative writing from a British university.

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