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December 20, 2011

Condé Nast Traveler Names Colonial Houses to 2012 Gold List

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has recognized Colonial Williamsburg’s Colonial Houses – Historic Lodging on its 2012 “Gold List” of the world’s best places to stay. The Colonial Houses scored 96.8, the third highest score of all hotels in the United States. Only one other hotel in Virginia – Keswick Hall in Charlottesville – was named to the magazine’s 18th annual list of the top 511 hotels, resorts and cruise lines. The list was announced in the magazine’s January 2012 issue.

In its November 2011 issue, readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine selected the Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging #1 in the Readers Choice Award category of the top 50 small hotels in the United States for its 2011 “Best of the World” list.

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 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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