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Set in the gorgeous, park-like surroundings of Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Inn is one of the most exquisite hotels on the Eastern Seaboard--from its beautiful, colonnaded entrance and impressive grand lobby to its luxurious rooms and fine dining venues. This impressive luxury hotel was recently recognized for its excellence with the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating.
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The honor places the Williamsburg Inn in truly elite company, as barely 0.4 percent of nearly 59,000 AAA-approved hotels have received Five Diamond distinction. It’s the perfect laurel for a destination first realized by famed industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. some 80 years ago.
Guest rooms and suites at the Williamsburg Inn have always been superb, but following recent extensive upgrades to the historic landmark, they are even more impressive. The handsome Inn Deluxe rooms and Junior Suites are tastefully appointed with décor that brings together Colonial-era design and contemporary tastes, from lacquered wooden credenzas to beautifully upholstered chairs. A trio of marquee suites pays homage to luminaries who have stayed at the inn over the decades. The Churchill Suite commemorates a visit by the iconic British prime minister in the 1940s. The Queen’s Suite harkens back to two later stays by Queen Elizabeth II. And, of course, the Rockefeller Suite pays homage to benefactor Rockefeller and his wife, Abby. All rooms and suites feature modern amenities, including complimentary WiFi.
Dining options at the Williamsburg Inn are among the finest in the entire Virginia Tidewater region, including signature fine-dining restaurant the Rockefeller Room. Served in a visually striking setting defined by elegant Regency style, the menu is a tribute to the evolution of American cuisine, including standout dishes like Virginia crab cakes with English cucumber remoulade; Tangier Island oysters with caramelized lemon-Champagne sabayon; and a heritage pork chop with leeks and forest mushrooms.
For one of the liveliest, most convivial scenes in Colonial Williamsburg, guests congregate at the 7,000-square-foot Social Terrace for al fresco small plates and craft cocktails. The terrace offers magnificent views of the hotel grounds, including the award-winning Golden Horseshoe golf course. Back inside the hotel, the welcoming Restoration Bar offers a full array of handcrafted cocktails and fine liquors, wines and beers; and the charming Terrace and Goodwin Rooms serve casual contemporary dishes in relaxed yet sophisticated settings.
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The Williamsburg Inn offers an expansive range of athletic and wellness activities. Swimmers are thrilled by its two outdoor pools. Guests receive preferred reservations at the Williamsburg Inn Tennis Club and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. At the golf club, guests can play on 45 walkable holes across three stunning courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones. For workouts, the Spa at Colonial Williamsburg features an indoor pool, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center. The spa also offers an extensive range of rejuvenating services, from hot stone massages to body scrubs.
Other deluxe highlights of the Williamsburg Inn include complimentary valet services and sparkling wine at check-in. And to top everything off, guests can also purchase discount admission tickets and passes to the attractions at historic Colonial Williamsburg.
Williamsburg Inn, 136 Francis St. E, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 1-855-233-1437, www.colonialwilliamsburghotels.com
About AAA Diamond Properties
AAA Four and Five Diamond properties represent the best of the best. Of the nearly 28,000 hotels that AAA reviews each year, just 5.9 percent are rated as Four Diamond properties. Five Diamonds are awarded to even fewer properties—just 0.4 percent.
What distinguishes these elite few? AAA members can rest assured that any AAA Approved hotel will be satisfactory, but a AAA Four or Five Diamond property will be extra special, with inviting public spaces, superior guest rooms, upscale décor and linens, and extensive amenities. Onsite restaurants will offer high quality food in appealing surroundings, and service will be exceptional, from the front desk to the bellhop to the concierge.
Choosing a AAA Four or Five Diamond lodging guarantees AAA members that their hotel will be much more than a place to sleep at night. It will be a cherished part of their vacation memories.
This hotel was originally featured in the 4 and 5 Diamond Section in the March/April 2017 digital version of AAA World.