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March 21, 2016

The Williamsburg Inn, Beloved by Royalty and Revolutionaries, Returns to Greet a New Generation

The jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels re-opens following its most extensive renovation since 2001, offers grand new vistas and comforts

The historic Williamsburg Inn has reopened following its most extensive renovation in 15 years, honoring John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s standards of classic elegance and charm while introducing spectacular new aesthetic details, tasteful modern amenities and a thoughtful redesign of guests’ welcoming hospitality to create a captivating luxury experience in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

Guests and visitors to the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels receive a welcome from doormen in top hats and tails. A new seated check-in features complimentary sparkling wine, water or cider and petit French macarons, while a lobby beverage bar offers in-house guests complementary coffee, espresso drinks, tea and hot chocolate 24 hours a day.

A manager and bellhop personally escort guests to their rooms. There they will find Millcreek Furniture armoires custom designed by Colonial Williamsburg and featuring interior automatic LED lighting, 40-inch flat screen televisions, Bose radios and Bartech Minibars with an assortment of beverages for purchase, plus a separate compartment for guests’ personal items.

An enhanced turn-down amenity includes an ice-chilled Pallini Peachcello cordial presented on a porcelain tray atop a custom-made silk taffeta covered pillow along with three flavors of Dean & Deluca chocolates.

“The Williamsburg Inn honors our mission of preservation while maintaining Mr. Rockefeller’s high standards of guest comfort,” said Florencio Ferrao, Colonial Williamsburg vice president of hospitality. “Today’s guests seek the same high level of sophistication in a relaxed atmosphere, and I’m confident that our unique new offerings strike the perfect balance.”

Colonial Williamsburg’s founding benefactor, Rockefeller conceived the Williamsburg Inn and with his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, closely oversaw its design, construction and furnishing for its 1937 opening. Its scale and 19th-century Regency architectural style were chosen to contrast and complement the colonial architecture of the neighboring Historic Area.
Rooms offer views of the Historic Area, gardens and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Spacious guest bathrooms feature twin marble vanities, Italian marble-enclosed bathtubs and showers. Amenities such as 24-hour room service and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity satisfy the 21st-century traveler’s needs.

In the Regency Room, the Williamsburg Inn’s award-winning culinary team offers delights served in contemporary elegance, while the Terrace Room and Restoration Bar provide less formal settings to enjoy superbly prepared fare and cocktails. Afternoon tea is served seasonally.

Along with golf, the Williamsburg Inn offers guests a variety of recreational offerings including tennis on eight courts, lawn bowling, biking, croquet, swimming pools and The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg.

Inn guests have included Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip – in 1957 and again in 2007 – Sir Winston Churchill, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Salvador Dali, Robin Williams, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Betty White and Tom Hanks.

The Williamsburg Inn is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America and Leading Hotels of the World. All of its revenues support the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs.

Additional information and reservations are available by visiting or by calling 855-296-6627.

Media Contact:
Joe Straw
757- 220-7280