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November 30, 2004

Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center part of $100 million renovation at CW

A dramatic renovation, restoration and expansion of the acclaimed Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, located in the former colonial capital of Williamsburg, Va., now is underway. When complete, the facility will offer leisure and conference guests a generous helping of fine Southern hospitality and impeccable service as well as the following special amenities:

  • 323 attractively appointed guest rooms (a total increase of 136 rooms) in the all-new, Federal-style East Guest Houses and North Guest Houses as well as the renovated Tazewell Wing, South Wing and main building complete with its original lobby;
  • an all-new, state-of-the-art conference center with 45,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space (an increase of 15,000 square feet);
  • a 12,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 7,000-square-foot junior ballroom, 31 meeting rooms and four outdoor function areas; and
  • a dramatic new restaurant featuring the best of regional cuisine.

    Originally opened in 1939 to provide comfortable accommodations for travelers to the historic town, the Williamsburg Lodge is one of the original Colonial Williamsburg hotels, constructed under the guidance of John D. Rockefeller Jr., the founder and first benefactor of the town’s restoration. The first phase of the Lodge renovation began in March 2004 and the project is due to be complete in Fall 2006. This latest renovation caps more than $100 million in improvements at Colonial Williamsburg hotels and resort properties since 2000, including an extensive renovation of the world-renowned Williamsburg Inn and the 2001 debut of the all new, 300-room Woodlands Hotels & Suites.

    Two highly respected architectural firms are working on the Lodge project: Culpepper, McAuliffe and Meadows Inc. (CMMI) of Atlanta, Ga., which is noted for its hospitality focus and conference centerdesign expertise; and Glavé and Holmes Architects of Richmond, Va., which was involved with the impressive renovation of the Kimball Theatre and the new 30,000 square foot College Corner retail building in Merchants Square, in the heart of downtown Williamsburg.

    In addition to the Lodge renovation, a new luxury spa will be conveniently located between the elegant Williamsburg Inn and the expanded Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, just a chip shot away from the award-winning Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The spa will offer a full range of personal care services from massages, facials, manicures and pedicures to rejuvenating body treatments. A new, cutting-edge health evaluation center located nearby will offer lifestyle counseling for men and women, and the most advanced diagnostic services available.

    John T. Hallowell, president of Colonial Williamsburg’s Hospitality Group, notes that the Lodge renovation significantly enhances the stature of Colonial Williamsburg’s hospitality properties. “Colonial Williamsburg clearly offers one of the finest resorts in America,” Hallowell said. “This is a historic time for our organization, which prides itself on a long-standing dedication to preserving and presenting the first, formative chapter in America’s history.”

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    Sophia Hart
    (757) 220-7272

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