It’s hard to top excellent! Our stay was the best ever in Williamsburg (and I’ve been travelling there for more than thirty years). We were welcomed as if we were old and dear friends. Fred gave us the keys to our room, provided the “need to know” information, and allowed us to settle in. We stayed in the Thomas Jefferson room. We had all the things we required. The bed was very comfortable and felt great after a day of walking. The inn’s location is perfect. It sits just off the campus of the College of William and Mary and a short block away from Richmond Road (Rt. 60). The neighborhood is very quiet and you feel quite safe. The on-street parking (permit provided by the innkeepers) is no worry because there is very little traffic. It is also an advantage to be able to leave your car and walk to the restored area. The property is well maintained and fits the colonial setting providing additional charm. My wife and I truly enjoyed the variety in the gardens, although she was disappointed at missing the gardenias which hadn’t yet bloomed. The sitting room, where wine and baked goods are served in the afternoon was filled with many interesting items to look at or read while you take a short break. It was a delight to page through the books and magazines that were there.
Breakfast, served from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, is an event all to itself. Jane and Fred make you feel as if you are in the home of close friends. They quickly learn what you like and make certain you are completely satisfied. The meal begins with fresh fruit. Juice is offered, and even blended if you like. The egg dishes, (my favorite), served with bacon or sausage, were superb. I would love to know how Jane prepares them with such consistency. The other offering is the day’s variety of pancakes or French toast; also served with bacon or sausage. I only recall hearing praises for these items as well. The breakfast table allows you to converse with the other guests, and there is no rush to clear the dining room.
The private bathroom was exceptional for a bed-and-breakfast inn. I’m embarrassed to admit that I liked their towels better that the ones at home. The shower was a pleasant change as well. My wife, who is a touch claustrophobic, found the shower a bit small, but managed okay. Having a refrigerator in the room was also an unexpected surprise. The television, another room item not typically found in B & B’s, allowed me to check the weather for the next day’s adventure.
Fred and Jane were both very knowledgable regarding sites, restaurants, and local attractions; they helped us make important decisions about where to spend our days. While I have used Trip Advisor on many occasions, this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. May the streak of excellence remain unbroken! Without hesitation, this will be my first choice for accommodations in Williamsburg on future trips.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bentley Manor Inn is a charming classic brick colonial in the heart of historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The Inn combines traditional decor and craftsmanship with the modern conveniences guests have come to expect. Guests’ chambers offer light, airy rooms, all with private baths. Capture the timeless essence of Colonial Williamsburg with an unforgettable stay at the Bentley Manor Inn! ... more less