Regarded among the world’s greatest inns, the Williamsburg Inn is the crown jewel of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels, offering luxurious accommodations adjacent to the country’s most celebrated live interactive history museum. For many, the Inn is a destination in itself. Its whitewashed brick exterior, pediments, arches and columns highlight its neoclassical design, while the interiors effortlessly create the ambience of a comfortable Southern country estate. Gourmet dining, a spring-fed pool, clay tennis courts, award-winning golf courses, and a full-service spa complete with fitness center offer a memorable resort experience. Enjoy afternoon tea by the fire, dine on the Social Terrace, a new patio extension to the Williamsburg Inn’s main lobby that provides 7,000 square feet of premier outdoor space.
The hotel was built in 1937 by John D. Rockefeller Jr., who wanted to provide the region with a world-class, European-style hotel that provided “only the finest” for his guests. In 2001 the Williamsburg Inn would surpass even Rockefeller’s aspirations; it underwent an extensive restoration, encompassing every aspect of its interior—the original furniture designed specially for this hotel has been refinished and reupholstered, chandeliers brilliantly refurbished and a new tearoom and bar lounge have been incorporated into the first floor, along with modest alterations to the Regency Room. Each of the 62 guest rooms and suites has been significantly enlarged to include elaborate marble baths. This careful evolution has resulted in a truly rare property, one that reflects three distinct centuries of style: 19th-century Regency decor, the 20th-century heritage of the original building and 21st-century amenities.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has even visited Colonial Williamsburg on two occasions, with much fanfare. The first was in 1957, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city, while the second was exactly 50 years later, in 2007, to celebrate the 400th anniversary. On both occassions, she stayed in the Williamsburg Inn.
In 2017, Williamsburg Inn was awarded the exclusive AAA Five Diamond rating.
Williamsburg Inn, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 1994, dates back to 1937.