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June 5, 2003

Recently Renovated Williamsburg Inn Selected for Membership in the Leading Small Hotels of the World

The Williamsburg Inn, the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, has been selected for membership in The Leading Small Hotels of the World.

The Inn, which opened in 1937 and was designed under the direction of John D. Rockefeller Jr., recently completed a meticulous, one-year renovation of its public areas and 62 guest rooms. Designed as a classic Regency-period Virginia country estate, the Inn has hosted royalty, heads of state and celebrities from all over the world.

The Leading Small Hotels of the World is a brand extension of The Leading Hotels of the World, dedicated to the interests of luxury hotels and resorts with 100 or fewer guest accommodations. Leading Small Hotels was founded three years ago to represent distinctive hotels that offer highly individualized experiences and personalized service.

Hotels selected for membership include some of the most prestigious small properties in the world, including One Aldwych in London, the Lancaster in Paris and Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles.

“We are very proud about the Williamsburg Inn becoming a member of Leading Small Hotels,” said general manager, Clyde Min. “Our historic property has a unique sense of place and an incomparable heritage that complements the impressive roster of The Leading Small Hotels of the World.”

The Leading Hotels of the World is the premier luxury marketing organization representing 400 of the world’s foremost luxury hotels. Headquartered in New York City, the company maintains a network of 18 regional offices in key cities around the world.

The Williamsburg Inn also is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia, known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum. Its subsidiary, the Colonial Williamsburg Company, operates five hotels, two conference centers, 11 restaurants including four historic dining taverns and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club with Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones courses. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information and reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at

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