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“Rockfeller did it right” 5 of 5 stars
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Williamsburg Inn
136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185   |  
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“Rockfeller did it right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

In 1937, John D. Rockefeller Jr. built the Williamsburg Inn, a five-star hotel adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary. It is one of the nation's most distinguished hotels that has been host to U.S. presidents and heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1957 for Jamestown's 350th anniversary and in 2007 for Jamestown's 400th anniversary. It has a wonderful dining room, the Regency Room, three excellent golf courses and easy access to Colonial Williamsburg. The nearby Colonial Parkway provides short drives to historic Jamestown (west) and Yorktown (east). And the James River plantations, including Shirley and Berkeley and Sherwood Forest and Westover, are on Route 5 on the road to Richmond. For the second time in the last few years, we stayed in the same room, just off the main lobby. You can't ask for better bathroom facilities, including a huge shower and jacuzzi bath. Sleeping in the king-sized bed was an endorsement for relaxation at its best. Breakfast and dinner in the Regency Room was a plus, everything you would expect of a five-star resort. From the moment we arrived and were greeted at the front door by the bellmen (more than one) who took care of our luggage, we were wrapped in hospitality. The staff makes you feel like you are member of the Queen's entourage. When I asked a question of the concierge, she had the answer as quickly as it took me to walk from her office to my room. When you spend a lot of money for three days at a five-star hotel, you feel you are entitled to good service. And the Williamsburg Inn never disappoints.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

First of all, this hotel is beautiful. Its old and has an antique beauty to it. Its also in a prime location, literally walking distance to colonial Williamsburg, towns and shops, and the College of William and Mary. But the service really is what stood out to me. The concierge was friendly and helped us plan a personalized schedule for the day. She also gave us discounts to a number of different things, including admisson tickets and carriage rides. The dinner and breakfast staff was very caring and when I had on a slevless dress, a waitress brought over a shawl for me to borrow. All in all, a very lovley, comfortable hotel that I look forward to satying at again!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 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 Reviewed July 28, 2013

We cannot say enough good about this place. It exceeded our expectations. The rooms are elegantly decorated with added touches that excel beyond compare. You will not be disappointed as it is so convenient to Historic Williamsburg and the hotel staff go above and beyond to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was our second visit and stay at the Inn. The ambience and the service are second to none. The staff go well above and beyond in every way possible. Truly a delightful place in every way. The surrounding historical area is amazing. The staff are very knowledgeable with the history.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I really enjoyed staying at the historic Williamsburg Inn. It's located in the center of the historic area, so you can walk to everything. The check in process and conceirge are very knowledgable which is very helpful considering how many reinactments, performances and things to do there are in Williamsburg!
We stayed in a fabulous one-bedroom suite on the first floor that overlooked the patio and golf course. Very spacious and had two fireplaces! The bathroom was enormous with a separate tub and shower also very spacious. I really enjoyed this little home away from home for a weekend.
The breakfast buffet at the Inn is also outstanding.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Horrible hotel. One day they never even bothered to clean our room- we left in there morning and came back at night and beds not made, garbage not emptied. I called front desk to be told htat housekeeping was gone for the night- sorry. There were bugs in the bathroom and the room smelled musty. I would NOT recomend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We spent four days in the Williamsburg-Yorktown-Jamestown triangle and used the Williamsburg Inn as the home base. Very nice cozy hotel in a great location, very close to the Revolutionary city and to Yorktown/Jamestown attractions. The rooms are lovely, the staff was courteous and helpful and overall a great experience

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 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
#7 Business Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gracious Country Estate-style Inn situated in heart of historic district. ... more   less 
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