The Governor's Inn is definitely a budget motel. I use the word 'motel' purposefully as the room doors open right to the parking lot area.
Pros: The front desk staff was super nice, even late at night when we checked in (10pm). Our room was clean. We had enough towels. 3 out of 4 lamps worked in the room. It had a coffee maker. Parking was ample. It was easy walking distance down North Henry St to the Historic Area. You do receive some kind of discount on passes to Colonial Williamsburg. Can't tell you much more about it as we already had passes with us. Can't comment on the free continental breakfast as we skipped that.
Why we bothered to stay here in the first place: We paid just $64 (that's $59 and tax) for a weekend night, a special they are running in September.
Cons: Oh dear, the beds. So uncomfortable. Luckily we were exhausted from a full day of fun in Busch Gardens so sleep was not much of a problem. But these mattresses are b-a-s-i-c. Springs, a cover = bed. If you are getting to the point in life where a bad bed means a bad day ahead, this is not a good choice of hotel for you. And each room is 2 double beds only. That's the only choice they have at the Gov. Inn.
The decor is clean but outdated. Don't expect to be charmed by its "colonial nature". It is a motel. Period. The coffee for the coffee makers is pretty heinous. I recommend bringing your own and brewing it in your room. The room smells kind of institutional. Bring a nice scented candle to combat that.
In summary: great choice for saving money when the timing is right. Holiday rates seem to be $99 to $105 last I checked. Other than its location, I think this is way too much money for what you get. Perhaps it is just a sign of the times, but I'd try pretty hard to do better than the Gov for $100/night.
As an alternative to the budget Gov. Inn, I would recommend the Best Western Patrick Henry. It is also walking distance from the Historic Area (just a few blocks from Christiana Campbell's). Beds much more comfortable. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs which are darn nice after a long day of walking. It may be a few dollars more but, in my opinion, worth it in the realm of budget hotels. I do not work for Best Western ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel, the Governor's Inn is a low-rise motor inn located in the heart of Williamsburg, just 3 blocks from the restored area, Merchant's Square shopping district, the College of William & Mary, and a short ride from Revolutionary City. It offers comfortable, economy accommodations and features an outdoor family-style pool, complimentary continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a business center, and discounted admission tickets to programs and events in the historic area. Guests at the Governor's Inn have access to unlimited use of our shuttle buses which run at regularly scheduled intervals from the Visitors Center (near the Woodlands Hotel & Suites) and operate throughout the historic area. Travel info: easy access to I-64; 20 minutes to Williamsburg/Newport News International airport; 5 minutes to Amtrak train station ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Governor`s Inn - Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Williamsburg
- Governors Hotel Williamsburg
- Governor Inn Williamsburg