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Governor's Inn - Colonial Williamsburg
506 North Henry Street, PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187   |  
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Ranked #39 of 78 hotels in Williamsburg
Oxford, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Reserved for 5 days, left after 1”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I'm not that fussy, really, but after one night in this place I just had to get out. This is an old-style motel from the 1950s and they're all the same: door in the corner, two beds, desk with chair you trip over at night, bathroom at the rear. The window A/C unit was so loud it was like sitting in an airplane when it came on; the rest of the time the room was stuffy. The walls are paper-thin; I could hear all the conversations around our room. There was a used bar of soap in the shower. The toilet valve didn't seal properly. The blanket on the bed actually had many threadbare parts. The bed was hard as a rock, as were the pillows. Outside, the stairs were crumbling and there's no elevator.

The good news is that when I went to check out the next morning, the young lady at the desk was incisive enough to figure out why we were leaving-- I was just going to say our plans had changed and move to one of many better hotels for the same price in the area-- but she was gently persistent and sent us to the nearby Woodlands Hotel, which belongs to the same Colonial Williamsburg franchise but is a real cut above the Governors Inn, and she made sure we didn't pay any more than we would have at the GI.

I chose the GI thinking it would be within walking distance of the meeting I was attending at Colonial Williamsburg, but it's not, and there is apparently no shuttle service as there is from the Woodlands Hotel. This place is way below the salt and needs to be razed and rebuilt. For the $95/night quoted, you can stay instead at one of the other chain hotels along Bypass Road, which is where all the restaurants are. Colonial Williamsburg should be ashamed to keep this dive open.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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kent, wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Just what we needed for a family of four with no real interest in hanging out at the hotel (although there is a pool)
Breakfast was decent - nothing fancy, but clean and complete. Same goes for the rooms - You get a discount at Oxonian Williamsburg by staying here and for us that made the $10 more per night MORE than worth it. We did have a bit of fun trying to check in after 11 pm - you have to find your way to another inn, but the customer service has been spectacular!!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Vilnius
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Don't know if it still works , but then it was one of the places from Colonial Williamsburg hotels with the discount tickets on the entrance to the Revolutionary City . Rooms looked old , breakfast poor , bud good location and price .Coffe maker , big beds clean linen , hot water what else do you need .

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bealeton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Spend 2 nights,Staff very friendly,room clean,typical hotel room at a real good price,no complaints.Free breakfast is lacking,not worth wasting your time.Lots of good pancake houses very close.Great location.Close to everything.Will go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It’s in a good location, right between the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and Colonial Williamsburg itself. My room was clean, comfortable and warm since it was a cold night. The shower was clean and had plenty of holders (4) for soap and shampoo. The wi-fi was good. The television and the heater worked fine. There’s a good continental breakfast.
The building might be considered a little old, however, it is well maintained. The walkways along the rooms are well lit at night and it's only a short walk to a soda or ice machine. The staff was very friendly and so was the hotel mascott cat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Easy to locate and in walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg.staff was friendly and helped with directions. Adequate breakfast in am to get started on a day of touring the area.
This Inn is not open all winter so check availablity when planning your trip.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Roanoke, Virginia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Hotel that emphasizes value, not frills. Generally clean and comfortable, although this time less so (dim in-room lighting, not quite as squeaky clean although still very acceptable). Breakfast area is busy--try going upstairs for more space and a calmer atmosphere. Walkable to Merchant's Square for dining, shopping. Close to Amtrak station as well. Closed in off-season, so call ahead. We're repeat visitors and will likely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 506 North Henry Street, PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187
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Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. Family-oriented Low-rise Motor Inn located downtown, 3 blocks from restored area & College of William & Mary. ... more   less 
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