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“Charming, romantic, quaint! (read: NOT meant to be modern)” 5 of 5 stars
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Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23815   |  
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Ranked #12 of 26 Williamsburg B&B and Inns
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Charming, romantic, quaint! (read: NOT meant to be modern)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Our experience at the Colonial houses was nothing short of exceptional! The only down fall being the fact we weren't visited by ghosts! We booked this expecting it to be authentic, quaint, romantic and special, and it DID NOT disappoint!! We arrived around 6 pm on a Saturday (Please note that most attractions/houses/town close at 5!!) and were greeted warmly and professionally at the front desk (and were surprised by the grandness of the Williamsburg Inn, this will be our next stay!). The staff was kind enough to entertain our questions about the area, the local hauntings and even to move our house to one more suited to our needs, The Orrwell house. The bellman then jumped on his bike, while we jumped in our car, and followed him to our house. He walked us through the entire property aquainting us to the house, answering questions and accomdating any of our needs. He was fantastic, we told him where we had dinner reservations (the Fat Cannary, A MUST!) and he told us to call the front desk and let them know when we were ready, and they would transport us there, which they did, AND back, what a great perk! We spent the rest of our evening roaming the grounds, it was quiet, peaceful, a tad spooky and romantic all at once! The house itself was plainly decorated (umm colonial?!), but comfortable. It was creeky, and had low ceilings and antique furntiure, all of which we assumed knowing was a 'Colonial House'.The house was a tad musty (again, it was built in 1750) so if you suffer from allergies or asthma you may want to rethink this. The bathroom was fine (and much larger then the BnB we stayed in the previous night). If you're looking for deluxe, lavish accomidations, the houses are not for you! They are fun, different, and a great way get in the spirit of visiting Colonial Williamsburg. We commented several times at what a great location this would be for a wedding, the Colonial houses a unique and authentic place for your guests to stay! We will be back and recommend these to fun couples, families and travelers!

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed in the Orrell House, which is very near the Williamsburg Inn. The house was charming, with a living room and 1/2 bath downstairs and bedroom and full bath upstairs. The location was fantastic. We could easily take full advantage of the Inn while having a very comfortable house of our own a very short walk away. The only reason I don't give this five stars is because the mechanical systems of the property (plumbing, wiring, air-conditioning) are all in quite poor shape. I imagine they were last updated around the time Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and it shows. Otherwise, this was excellent.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed at the Market Square Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg on July 4th, 2013. This whole experience was remarkable and one trip that will rate one of the top trips of our lifetime. If you are a history buff and patriotic, this is an incredible place to spend several days. Market Square Tavern is located right in the middle of the historic village and when we walked out our door, we were transported, back to the 18th century. The tavern we stayed at was also used by Thomas Jefferson while he studied law. Our room was cozy, even with two twin beds, and the fixtures were authentic reproductions, right down to the locks on the doors. The authentic dramas that took place in the town and the fireworks across the street from us on the green were fantastic. The staff and service were excellent and we were able to park right behind our tavern. Looking forward to returning during the Christmas season!

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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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San Francisco Bay Area
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Our experience echoed those of most of the other reviewers. Staying in one of these homes or tavern rooms immerses you in the ambience of Colonial Williamsburg. Our room in the Market Square Tavern was very spacious, clean and tidy, with a modern bathroom. The bed was very comfortable, and the tavern was very quiet. The central location is excellent. And you can't avoid the history - Thomas Jefferson lived in this very building while studying law.

Contrary to a previous review, you can choose your room, I think you just have to do so well in advance (almost a year ahead for us). After studying the floor plans and reading TripAdvisor reviews, I requested and received an upstairs room overlooking Duke of Gloucester Street. If you get a chance, don't pass up the opportunity to stay in one of these homes or tavern rooms.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

The Robert Carter Kitchen is right on the Palace Green! We would stop back throughout the day for a cold drink and a restroom break! What a luxury to be able to do that on a hot summer day! 3 words! Location, location, location!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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eastern US
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96 reviews 96 reviews
95 hotel reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed at the Brick House Tavern for a couple of nights in May 2013. The location on the main boulevard is fantastic: walk out the front door and you're in the heart of colonial Williamsburg. Staying here adds to the feeling of stepping back in time.

The room was quite small, but for the most part we didn't mind. The room would be a bit too small and lacked a seating area, so I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time inside. We were in an upper room, and the shower was wedged in under the roofline. I'm not the largest person, but I was still pretty cramped in the shower. But, we didn't expect a large, modern room, so we can't really complain.

We checked in at the Williamsburg Inn, which is about a quarter mile away from where our room was. The Williamsburg Inn is a very upscale resort, but they didn't have their act together.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We visited Williamsburg in June 2013 as part of a tour of Virginia.

It was our second time staying in the Colonial Houses, and I had requested and been allocated the Robert Orell Kitchen, which is a charming little cottage with a living room, bedroom and two bathrooms in its own grounds. It also has the benefit of being right at the bottom of the Williamsburg Inn drive, which makes it handy for breakfast!

I find the call centre of Historic Williamsburg (with whom I booked a house) a little hit and miss as they refuse to tell you in advance what property you will be staying in, but I did get my request. Thankfully, once I’d booked, people who stay in the Colonial Houses have the same privileges as guests at the Williamsburg Inn (the poshest hotel in the group), so you benefit from the concierge service, room service, housekeeping, breakfasts etc. I can’t emphasise how helpful the inn staff and the concierge in particular is. We were so impressed by Dora Lynn Hornatt, who facilitated our entire trip via emails between the UK and the US and my requirements were not simple – in addition to restaurant reservations, I also wanted theatre tickets, concert tickets, carriage rides and a spa trip. All done perfectly.

We love Colonial Williamsburg and love to immerse ourselves in the historic atmosphere there. We were a five minute walk from Duke of Gloucester street, which meant we were quiet at night. I love walking through the streets and taking in the atmosphere.

We had good meals at all four of the taverns, although my favourite was the Kings Head. Make sure you try one of their punches! We also had a good meal at the Regency Room in the Williamsburg Inn, which is excellent fine dining and a knowledgeable sommelier!

There is so much to see in the historic triangle, but perhaps my favourite trip was to Berkley Plantation up the James River Road, where we had a picnic on our last day in beautiful British style country gardens.

My only complaint was that the aircon in the cottage is rather old and was certainly noisy and ineffective in the upstairs room. It could do with replacing. It wasn't helped by a radiator going full blast in the upstairs bathroom when it was 35c outside, but maintinence sorted it out on the same day.

Overall, the experience has to be done rather than described. We can’t wait to go back!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 23815
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authentic reproductions of colonial houses with 18th century antique furnishings, set in historic area. Authentic period reproductions such as a canopy bed and a crackling fire in the hearth. Stay in the heart of the Revolutionary City with all the comforts of home. Enjoy access to dining, recreation, and spa amenities in addition to admission ticket discounts and exclusive guest-only offerings. ... more   less 
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