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“Pre Christmas get away” 5 of 5 stars
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Williamsburg Inn
136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185   |  
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Ranked #1 of 79 Hotels in Williamsburg
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Oriental, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Pre Christmas get away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

Two couples spent 5 nights at the Inn. Great rooms. Included breakfast buffet huge! They greet you with "welcome home" and it feels like it. Fire crackling in the main lobby, cozy nooks all over the inn wonderful to chat and plan the day.

Comfortable beds, paper at your door. Dinning room is world class.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Timonium, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We kick-started the holidays by spending four days in Williamsburg the first week of December--our third visit to the Inn. Because we called too late to get into the Inn proper, we had a room in Providence Hall, the building adjacent to the Inn. It was very nice--spacious, quiet, and very clean, with an excellent view of the pond. The proximity to the historic area is wonderful--one block--and we enjoyed all the amenities of the Inn's major building. Breakfasts and dinner were served in the Regency Room; lunch in the Tavern Room--all with excellent food and service.

  • Stayed December 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The Williamsburg Inn has everything you might remember about true full-service luxury properties: outstanding location; over-sized tasteful and timeless rooms; warm, welcoming and efficient staff; huge tasteful baths with separate showers; old-style public rooms; traditional fine dining; concierge services to enhance your stay and, yes, a true universal desire to exceed your expectations.

This is not nouveau-riche luxury the reviewer sees every day in South Beach and from time to time globally. This is old-money luxury, and if that level of decorum and understated ambiance appeals to you, enjoy it at the Williamsburg Inn, for it is becoming rarer in a world of glitzy, over-the-top, wretched-excess expressions of wealth. The Williamsburg Inn is a "class act," pure and simple.

As you enter your room, the entire design comforts you with something warm and familiar, not cold and sterile like many formula hotel rooms. The standard room is well oversized, similar to a suite without a dividing wall, with several windows overlooking the grounds. The bath is two rooms, the first with two vanities and a two-person tub, the second being the toilet and large shower stall. Separate bathroom heating controls allow you to exit your bath or shower to a comfortable temperature. The furniture, decorating and fixtures are spotless and in excellent condition.

Perhaps a drawback for a few is the smaller LCD TV viewable from the sitting area or the bed, stored in a large armoire. Everything is traditional style, and there are plenty of independent lighting fixtures to create a mood or level of functionality. Bedding comfort is superior, if a bit soft. Bed linens are fine, however the most obvious room drawback is the bath linen, small and reminiscent of a dorm or gym. This is an inexplicable inconsistency, especially when you see the two thick bathrobes in the closet.

Whether this is your first visit or the umpteenth return (and many return annually), the concierge on duty is outstanding in helpfulness and can-do attitude, without any stuffiness or hesitation waiting for a gratuity. (Sure, they will accept a token of appreciation, if you so choose.) As you comfortably sit at their desks, they take as much time as needed and are equipped with maps, brochures and, most valuable of all, experienced opinions. Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown have a plethora of worthwhile activities, so they can help you set priorities and make all your reservations for concerts, dining, tours and other special events.

The staff of doormen, bellmen, hostesses, wait staff, maids and housekeeping, room service and on and on was born with a smile and pleasant lilt to their voices. It is hard to walk the property without being warmly greeted and being given that "I feel special" feeling. The only exception was the front desk staff which lacked the warmth and gregariousness of the other 95% of employees. While generally adequate, they were relatively indifferent to officious.

There is golf and a spa which the reviewer did not experience. The grounds, like all of Colonial Williamsburg, are exceptional. Lastly, and perhaps the distinct advantage of the Williamsburg Inn, is the location right on the edge of the colonial area, within 5-15 minute walking distance of most buildings and sites with the exception of the visitor center. For that you catch the shuttle bus which stops within a block and a half.

The Williamsburg Inn is one of the world's great properties. While the Inn has standard luxury resort facilities, the unique features of Colonial Williamsburg create a rare gem which should not be missed in one's lifetime.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Bristol, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

The service was great, the staff very helpful but the room itself and some of the common areas could have been a bit cleaner and more polished. I am not saying the place was unclean but it could have used a "spit shine". Overall great stay, a good fun place for a long weekend.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

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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Saratoga Springs, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
49 helpful votes 49 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Williamsburg
#1 Romantic Hotel in Williamsburg
#1 Spa Hotel in Williamsburg
#3 Business Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gracious Country Estate-style Inn situated in heart of historic district. Experience true luxury at the Williamsburg Inn. While you might not be a Rockefeller, we'll treat you like one with our attention to detail and gracious southern hospitality. The Williamsburg Inn features a selection of unique rooms in an unforgettable setting, just steps from the Revolutionary City. Enjoy access to world-class dining, recreation, and spa amenities in addition to admission ticket discounts and exclusive guest-only offerings. ... more   less 
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