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Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast

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501 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3537
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#14 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Williamsburg
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We welcome you as our guests at Colonial Capital Bed & Breakfast, a prominent Colonial Revival Inn (c. 1926) In the heart of the Architectural Preservation District. We'll be your home in Williamsburg while you fill your days experiencing our three outdoor living museums: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown and while enjoying the thrills and spills found at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. All are just minutes from your Williamsburg accommodations. Antique furnishings and oriental rugs throughout the house create a rich blend of warmth, style and comfort. Our classic plantation parlor offers a perfect setting for relaxing conversation with friends, new and old. On cold winter evenings the parlor's wood burning fireplace blazes, while in the heat of summer our Inn is air conditioned for your comfort. The screened side porch, patio and deck provide out-of-doors pleasures. Each day tea and wine are offered as a welcome afternoon or evening refreshment. Also we recommend you visiting inkeeper, David Everett's DoG Street Pub, Blue Talon Bistro, The Trellis Restaurant and BlackBird Bakery.
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Bobcat Arnold wrote a review Sep 2022
Palm Harbor, Florida4 contributions4 helpful votes
The Colonial Capital B&B is located across the street from William and Mary College in an area with unique restaurants serving not only colonial fare but also delicious tapas and other creative cuisines. The Colonial Capital is within walking distance to the Colonial Williamsburg village. The owner, Kathryn, is a super hostess! Her breakfasts were delicious, varied, and plentiful and she offers discounted tickets to the CW village. The home was well appointed and comfortable. We truly enjoyed our time at the Colonial Capital B&B!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Lois A wrote a review Dec 2021
Fredericksburg, Virginia134 contributions65 helpful votes
Great place to stay in Williamsburg! It was very cozy! Did not hear sounds from other rooms. Owner was great and easy to work with. Breakfast was AWESOME. Directly across the street from William and Mary.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Shari L wrote a review Aug 2021
New York4 contributions3 helpful votes
Be aware that this proprietor will not return $1270 to us for our reservation for the William and Mary graduation of 2020 that was cancelled due to covid. The graduation is scheduled for Oct 8-10, 2021 but they are booked and Kathryn Tawes won't return $1270.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Kathryn Tawes, Owner at Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast
Responded Aug 9, 2021
In response to this review, I would like to begin by correcting Ms. Leipzig; her reservation was originally booked on February 2018. Because she had been a guest of my bed and breakfast before, I did not take a deposit from her until September 2019 for the very sought-after and very distant future reservation. This reservation has been held for nearly three years all while knowing that this reservation was non-cancelable. Unlike nearly every other B&B in this town, I have a liberal cancellation policy that was in place before I bought this business. There are only three times a year, Grand Illumination, W&M Graduation Weekend and W&M Homecoming, that a reservation is not cancellable and it is clearly printed on every reservation confirmation. A policy to which Ms. Leipzig was apprised of when she initially booked two rooms of the house and then later expanded to the whole house for her upcoming festivities. (It should be known that I own and operate a four guest room B&B that by virtue of its size can create a very precarious business model, particularly with regard to cancellations, and COVID placed it in a fragile situation that left the business decimated with little to no business for more than a year. This is lost business that can never be recovered. To explain where the current dilemma was created, W&M announced another attempt to have an in-person commencement ceremony on the same weekend as the 2021 W&M Homecoming. I have long been booked with a regular group that comes every year for this occasion. None of us could have foreseen this crash of a pile-up that occurred as a result, and I have been trying to solve it in a multitude of ways ever since. In an interest to be fair, not only did I defer her reservation numerous times to the dates she requested, including the continuous offer for her or her son to come anytime in the future to utilize their deposit--- significantly, I only ever charged her the deposit! Legally, I could have taken the entire amount of the stay that she had long held, nonetheless, I split the difference with her and only took the original deposit as we have all experienced COVID. On the subject of what she was charged... Her 50% deposit did not experience the price changes that would come later, nor did she encounter the current additional charge of $25.00/night that is now attached to those events (hundreds of dollars less than a hotel would up-charge for such occasions, I might add). She actually was charged less than the families with graduates in 2019, because I did her the favor of letting her get-a-jump on all the would-be competition clamoring for a place to stay at graduation. As the closest B&B to the stadium, it is a reservation I could fill hundreds of times on those high holy days, if I had the rooms. The effort that I made to appease this customer did not stop at charging her only half of what I could have legally taken from the start, and continually deferring her stay with an open ended ability to use her deposit in the future, I actually called a friend of mine that has a luxury home on the water in Kingsmill to see if she would house them for graduation weekend--- to which my friend agreed to do! While some may feel that is an odd offer, my friend is a retired W&M law professor who often takes in visiting dignitaries for the university, or for her neighborhood's LPGA event, etc. Ms. Leipzig reported that she already had another place to stay. Ms. Leipzig even had the audacity to ask me to contact all the guests that are booked for the joint weekend of 2020 Graduation-redo/Homecoming 2021 and tell her plight of wanting a room for her son's graduation. Ms. Leipzig simply wants it all. After verbally mowing over me at volumes beyond impolite, not allowing me to reach punctuation of a single sentence attempted, promising a lawsuit and ruination on social media, I no longer feel inspired to offer her anything. Kathryn Tawes Owner, Colonial Capital B&B
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harripats wrote a review Feb 2021
London, United Kingdom43 contributions20 helpful votes
We have just returned from a long weekend at Colonial Capital B n B, and couldn’t wait to write a review. It is the perfect place to stay, completely charming in every way. The house itself has a real sense of history, is very comfortable, and the location (only a 5-10 min walk to restaurants and Colonial Williamsburg) is ideal. And with only five rooms, it feels so personal, just as a b n b should be. It is the owner Kathryn that makes the place that little bit more special as well; she is so accommodating (letting us check in late), welcoming, and a total delight to chat to. And as others have mentioned, her homemade breakfasts are delicious! We hope to return, and won’t stay anywhere else.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Matthew G wrote a review Feb 2020
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We stayed at this adorable B and B during Williamsburg's off season and got so lucky with the weather. A short walk to Colonial Williamsburg, downtown shops and restaurants, and William and Mary. Kathryn was so pleasant and her restaurant recommendations were spot on. She made my husband and I exactly what we requested for breakfast since it happened to be my birthday that weekend 😁. She also made a beautiful flower bouquet and chocolate covered strawberries for the occasion. The house was lovely, with the expected quaint things for a 1926 house...door knobs for people much shorter than us, skeleton keys, smaller bathrooms, and flowered wallpaper. Always room for repairs here and there, but that is also to be expected of homes from those times. Anyhow, a great stay and we will be returning!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Michael H wrote a review Feb 2020
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This intimate B&B is very conveniently located just off campus and only a 5 minute walk from colonial Williamsburg. The house itself is lovely and Kathryn, the host, is very gracious. We thoroughly enjoyed her homemade breakfasts and appreciated our daily chats with her and the other guests. We were kindly allowed a late checkout to help us make the most of our last day in Williamsburg. The James room was very comfy, and water, coffee, tea, and snacks were always available to us downstairs. Overall, a very enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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563gayr wrote a review Nov 2019
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We recently spent two nights at the Colonial Capital B & B and would not recommend this B & B. The bed was comfortable, the location was good, and the owner was pleasant. The breakfasts were okay but nothing noteworthy. We had great difficulty locking and unlocking our room, the ceiling fan did not work, and we had no maid service, although daily maid service is noted on the website. In addition, if you have any mobility issues, DONOT stay in the York room with the claw-footed tub. It is difficult to get into and out of and slippery.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Kathryn T, Owner at Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast
Responded Dec 1, 2019
I am also disappointed.  Happiness and contentedness with every aspect of a guest's stay is of the utmost importance to me.  Sadly, I expected these reviews from these guests, and I am so sorry for their dissatisfaction.  These two couples, my most recent reviews, that arrived together, and left without saying goodbye (thus, the review expectation) with the exception of the one husband who came to register the complaint with his goodbye, about not having had their two rooms serviced on the singular day that it could have been serviced, Thanksgiving.  The second night they stayed was followed by their exit day.  So to be clear, only one day was missed being serviced.  Normally, at breakfast I ask as a reminder if anyone should need their room serviced.  I guess, in my haste to get home to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family, I mistakenly did not ask. The others staying at my B&B had been addressed.  Apparently, and admittedly, I neglected telling them on their arrival, as is my usual procedure, that they would need to let me know at breakfast if they wanted their rooms serviced that day.  Upon learning of my failure I apologized profusely, and it could not have been more heartfelt.  I am miserable when any guest ever has cause to complain, and you truly cannot be everything to everyone, errors do happen in life and I am a one-woman show with ability to be as fallible as the least of us.  This incident bothered me the rest of the day and continues to do so.  I believe this gentlemen recognized my sincerity and he seemed to be somewhat appeased as he left to join the others.  I just wish I had been given the opportunity to address them all (I was prevented from walking out to the cars to speak with the others), and it was my intention to write them a letter of apology as soon as possible, but they have wasted no time giving me a less than generous review.  Nor did they call me to tell me that they had returned to the B&B needing towels.  I would have been back over to the B&B in a flash, and they would have had whatever they needed, holiday or not!  Believe me, it would have cost me less time, less effort and less damage than these two harmful reviews, if given the chance to rectify my mistake.  After all, is it not the towels and the service that is desired, or is more important to have cause to complain and harshly criticize, knowing that you will cost me dearly?    I have learned through experience that the overwhelming majority of guests do not actually want service of any kind. Usually maid service is refused unless they are staying long enough to have trashed removed, towels replaced, etc. I do not go into anyone's room without permission unless it is an emergency.  Typically, towels are reused when guests are staying only two nights because most people have the desire to participate in the "Green Movement." However, guests are always able to have new towels and rooms refreshed.   It does give cause to wonder if they found me to be "pleasant", and the "bed comfortable" and the "location" is the best B&B in town with the closest proximity to Colonial Williamsburg, Merchant Square and the College of W&M of all the B&B's on Richmond Road and Jamestown Road.  Even the fellow who was assigned as spokesperson for the foursome actually finished our discussion by saying, "Well, you are a Bed & Breakfast, and the bed was very comfortable and the breakfasts were really good (although the crust on a quiche was not to my standard--- awful really).  I hope you all can forgive me for failing to make the bed, change the towels, take out the trash, and replace the toiletries and water bottles that one time. As for the other add-on issues mentioned:  This is a house from 1926, the skeleton keys to the bedrooms are not as easy as a modern key; I agree.  But I have never seen anyone struggle with them so.  I am sorry.  You saw me open them with little effort, but they are a thing of the past, regardless.  It is on my list of things to replace, as I told you a deadbolt will be the next home-improvement, coming soon.  They have just worn out.  I do have to say though, the guests staying in them before and after you did not and are not having the same issue.  Nevertheless... Most enjoy the charming yet antique aspects of this older home, such as the skeleton keys and claw-footed tubs, and so on.  I do have two rooms with stand-up showers only and I often recommend those for older customers, or those with infirmities, i.e., knee replacements, etc.  I have had all the tubs resurfaced and I included a textured slip-proof finish.  Actually, the ongoing grocery list of improvements is extensive, tens of thousands of dollars have I spent attempting to repair and replace everything in need and will continue to do so.  I guess saying you should have seen this place when I bought it is not helpful.   I do not ask my guests to review me, so I do not have as many as I could, and have many in various places.  The reviews that I do have are all very positive; I have been fortunate.  I have only ever had one negative review and that was very long ago, and she and her boyfriend were ridiculously wrong, so I did not respond. You are not wrong; you did not receive maid service that one day; my apologies. My best to you all... Kathryn Tawes Owner, Colonial Capital Bed & Breakfast    
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ligal47 wrote a review Nov 2019
Cary, North Carolina12 contributions10 helpful votes
Just came back from Williamsburg VA and chose to stay at the Colonial Capital B and B due to its great reviews.First the positives about the B and B. Breakfast was very nice, the beds were very comfortable and the location is near the entrance to Colonial Williamsburg. (About a 10 minute walk). Now the concerns. The B and B is a little run down. The keys to our room were broken. Really no biggie but a little frustrating. The disturbing part of the stay was that our room was not cleaned or bed made up on a daily basis. After a day of sightseeing we came back to an uncleaned room, no fresh towels and a bed that was not made. My husband questioned why the room was not cleaned and was told by the owner that they do not clean rooms on a daily basis unless requested by the guest. This was not told to us prior to our stay and that policy was not listed anywhere. We stay at many B and Bs and have never experienced a policy like that before. The owner needs to make sure that the policy is told to her guests ahead of time. It is not an inexpensive B and B so not cleaning the rooms or making the beds up daily is surprising.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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P Adams wrote a review Oct 2019
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After doing hours of research on places to stay in Williamsburg, we selected the Colonial Capital and we were so glad we did. On our arrival, Kathryn our host, was so welcoming , even taking time to give us ideas for dinner that evening. The common areas, grounds and our room were beautiful. The location is an easy walk to CW, shops and dining. It's also just a short drive to many plantations. ( don't miss Shirley Plantation and Winery!) The breakfasts were amazing.Eggs Bennedict with asparagus, glorious French Toast and the best grits ever! Make sure you try everything. If you enjoy great dinners, don't miss The Fat Canary.....book early and enjoy the scallops. Thank you Kathryn …. we will see you again!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Gingernut wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom79 contributions76 helpful votes
This was my second visit to Williamsburg (which everyone should visit!), but the first time I'd stayed with Kathryn at the Colonial Capital B & B. This was about as far away from any B & B I'd stayed in before as possible. The house itself is amazing, the rooms beautifully furnished, and right on the doorstep if Colonial Williamsburg. The real jewel though is Kathryn and her hospitality. Not only does she have an array of snacks for you to help yourself to with every type of tea and coffee imaginable, but her breakfasts are to die for. Everything is prepared and cooked fresh, and tastes amazing. Our fellow guests were entertaining and we struggled to get out to do sightseeing as it was such fun. Cant recomnend highly enough.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Which popular attractions are close to Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Silver Hand Meadery (0.7 miles), Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum (0.7 miles), and DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (0.7 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Fat Canary, Rick's Cheese Steak, and Amber Ox Public House.
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Yes, Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Williamsburg.
Are pets allowed at Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colonial Williamsburg (0.9 miles), Bassett Hall (1.4 miles), and George Wythe House (0.6 miles).