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October 20, 2011

Colonial Houses, Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge Receive 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have selected three official Colonial Williamsburg hotels for its 2011 “Best of the World” list. The Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging ranked #1 in the category of the top 50 small hotels in the United States, while readers selected the Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge among the top resorts in the mainland U.S.

Condé Nast Traveler readers voted on hotels in several categories, with scoring based on rooms, facilities, location, service and cuisine. The awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the hotels they visited in the past year. The complete list appears in the November issue of the magazine. This marks the first time the Williamsburg Lodge has been included in the rankings. The Lodge was renovated and expanded in 2007.

“We are delighted our guests have expressed enthusiasm for the experience of lodging in authentic period accommodations where citizens of the Revolution once lodged,” said John Hallowell, Colonial Williamsburg’s president of hospitality. “The Colonial Houses offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the 18th century while enjoying 21st-century amenities, dining, shopping and cultural events.”

In 1938, two original houses in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area opened as guest accommodations – the Quarter, an original building thought to have been used to house indentured servants or slaves, and the Orrell House, purchased by John Orrell around 1800. The James City County records of this house were destroyed during the Civil War. Both are located on Francis Street at the entrance to the Williamsburg Inn.

Today, the Colonial Houses offer 75 guest accommodations in 26 “houses,” some as small as one room and others as large as 16 rooms. Multiple rooms can be combined within a house to accommodate parties of up to 32. Furnished with authentic period reproductions and antiques, each Colonial House has a unique story and appeal of its own and offers a rare way to experience the restored revolutionary capital of Virginia.

The Williamsburg Inn, the landmark property conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and opened in April 1937, remains today the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels. Guided by the Inn’s rich history and strong sense of place, and led by a team of architects, craftsmen and artisans faithful to Mr. Rockefeller’s original vision, the Inn’s meticulous renovation in 2001 brought refreshed vibrancy and elegance to the Inn, which marks its 75th anniversary in 2012.

At the folk-art inspired Williamsburg Lodge, the ambience of a Southern family home prevails. One of the two original hotels opened by John D. Rockefeller Jr., the property now consists of eight buildings, interconnected by sheltered walkways. Rooms are large and comfortably accommodate families. From the original blue stone floors to the cypress accents and reproduction folk art, in every nook and expanse, the Lodge tells the story of its Virginia setting and the history of the colonial capital Rockefeller restored.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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