A royal Virginia residence

48 Rooms / 14 Suites

John D. Rockefeller Jr. opened Williamsburg Inn in 1937, as Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg was being restored to its 18th-century era. Situated across the street from the historic downtown, the hotel is steeped in the Regency style of early-19th-century England with large columns, iron railings and a portico entrance, a contrast to the predominantly simple colonial architecture of Williamsburg.

It’s designed to be more like a cozy country residence rather than a hotel. The lobby resembles an oversized, sprawling living room with multiple sitting areas. The inn boasts the fine-dining Rockefeller Room, casual Terrace Room restaurant, Restoration Bar and a library. Walk from the inn’s back terrace to The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a swim in the indoor or outdoor pools, a workout in the gym or, of course, a relaxing treatment (such as the 17th-century Detoxifying Herbal Wrap and Hot Stone Massage Spa Experience, which supposedly borrows period healing methods). Adjacent to the spa is The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which is home to three golf courses and an Audubon sanctuary.

All of these features have attracted a lengthy list of notable guests, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1957 and again in 2007. The inn also hosted the 1983 International Summit of Industrialized Nations, which brought together President Ronald Reagan and other world leaders. And celebrities such as Shirley Temple, Salvador Dalí and Betty White have frequented the inn as well.

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