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Williamsburg Inn
136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185   |  
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Ranked #1 of 78 hotels in Williamsburg
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“Expensive but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Stayed in a junior suite with bedroom view of garden.
Room was nice and spacious. Bathroom was fantastic and amenities lovely.
All staff were friendly and the service was great.
Superb location for exploring the beautiful historic city of Williamsburg.
My only criticism was the bed which was far too soft and concave

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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22 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Absolutely the best place to stay. Wonderful and gracious staff, beautiful rooms. great food...
when having breakfast ask to sit in Lucy's section.. she is a charm. But then all the staff at WI are incredible. Hey, great rooms, great food, wonderfull, entertaining and educational Williamsburg right outside the door... put it on your list.
PS If you don't enjoy yourself here, then stay home and don't tarvel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southeastern Pennsylvania
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26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A beautiful and well maintained/manicured property, extremely helpful staff, exceptionally clean and comfortable... The Williamsburg Inn is the best this area has to offer by far. Colonial Williamsburg's flagship hotel, it dates back to 1937 and it still reflects life at a more genteel and civilized time. There was a small hiccup at check-in involving the rate I was going to be charged. I was there for Colonial Williamsburg business. My rate was supposed to reflect this. At check-in I was told, by a relatively new, young, front-desk man. He processed my check-in at top rack-rate... which was almost 4 times higher than the rate I had been promised. Upon my protestation his reply was, "Sir, this IS the Inn." A Manager subsequently resolved it... partially. It was fully-resolved in the days that followed... so much so... upon check-out I was surprised to learn that my room charges had not been reduced... they had been covered, comped, cleared in total. I have always maintained, in the world of customer services... when a service provider screws up.... it is an opportunity for them to make it worse OR perform, what i call a "customer-miracle" and win the customer for life. This is not only a first-class, luxury property... It is a SMARTLY managed property. (Um... the young fellow who checked me in needs a little guidance.)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beltsville, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed 5 nights. It was pricey, but we got tickets to CWF buildings. We also got a gift card $100 to spend at the CWF stores; of course we spent a lot more! Breakfast at the main building was very good. The grits are course ground and spectacular. I asked our server to get me the name of the supplier. He did - we ordered a 5 lb. bag to use at home and have gone thru at least 1/2 since early October.

The spa was nice, I purchased a facial and the the young lady who gave me the facial was very good; however, she picked out several products she felt I would like. I choked when I saw the prices! Then again, this is the Williamsburg Inn!!!

The Doormen at the main building are absolutely delightful. I had a good time coming/going with them opening both doors for me :) They were gracious and charming.

We have been visiting Williamsburg for many years. They tore down our favorite wing in the Lodge, and it has gotten very 'corporate', but it is still a wonderful place to visit. We will continue coming to Williamsburg and will request Providence Hall.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pond at Providence Hall. This is a short walk from the main Inn buil...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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New Hope, PA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Williamsburg Inn is a traditional, beautiful hotel adjacent to the colonial area in Williamsburg, Virginia. Its strengths are the stately grounds and buildings as well as the lovely staff. The setting just cannot be beat. The town is a tourist zone but this one is sheltered by its location well set off a lovely street in the downtown.

Our rooms in Providence Hall were large and very comfortable with a pull out sofa bed and plenty of room to spread out.

My only complaint or suggestion would be to have a traditional tea or cocktail hour for a reasonable price or even free as something needs to be distinguish classic hotels from the encroaching chains which have really narrowed the service and amenity gaps over the last two or three decades.

Room Tip: Providence Hall for room size. The main building for traditional decor and if you can afford it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Naperville
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Stayed here with a group of 12 friends. Location is wonderful as all the historical sites as well as the restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance. The rooms are filled with antiques and quite large as is the bar/lobby area. Service in the bar area was quick and there is space for a large group which is not always true. Caution would be not to dine here as service was not what you would expect at dinner or breakfast and the food is not exceptional either.Another odd note was that we ordered wine in the bar but could not get the same wine with our dinner- odd.

Room Tip: Book ahead as they are always busy during season.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed in one of the colonial houses on the main street and it was just fantastic. We went 4th of July week so the weather was unbelievably hot and staying right on main street made it so easy to get to our room and hide from the heat for a little while. The room itself was filled with antiques and really made you feel like you were in colonial times. It is true what others are saying about the bathroom etc being old and outdated but that's what this is all about - making you feel like you are in colonial times. I really thought it was very quaint. Everything worked fine and the beds were very comfortable. In addition the staff at this hotel were very friendly and helpful. This was our first visit here and we will definitely go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Williamsburg
#1 Romantic Hotel in Williamsburg
#8 Business Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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Gracious Country Estate-style Inn situated in heart of historic district. ... more   less 
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