June 24, 2005
Renovated rooms open at the Williamsburg Lodge
Tazewell Hall, the first completed portion of the Williamsburg Lodge renovation and restoration, now is open to guests. In addition, two new guest houses – Ashby and CustisGuest Houses – with 30 rooms apiece, are scheduled to open on July 1.
To ensure more visitors can enjoy the casual, comfortable setting of the Williamsburg Lodge, the total number of guest rooms will be 323, which matches its earlier capacity. Fine Southern hospitality and tradition complement interiors furnished with reproduction furniture and arts and crafts from local artists. Enhanced state-of-the-art technology coexists unobtrusively providing each guest room with wireless capabilities, cordless phone, television with DVD player, radio, in-room safe, coffee maker, refrigerator, iron and ironing board and reading lights.
First opened to guests in 1939, as a way to encourage travelers to visit 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. While the current renovation project proceeds, guest registration has been moved temporarily to the former Craft House at the Williamsburg Inn.
Remaining sensitive to its surroundings and respectful of its historic setting, the renovation will provide spacious, contemporary conference facilities on a par with the best in the country. A new conference center will feature 45,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space — an increase of 9,000 square feet from the existing center -- with two ballrooms, additional flexible meeting rooms and outdoor function areas. The Lodge renovation will be completed in the Fall of 2006.
Directly across the street from the Lodge, a stand-alone spa and fitness facility located in the former Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Museum will come on line in 2006.
Completion of the Williamsburg Lodge renovation and the construction of the new spa will cap a major investment in additions and restorations at Colonial Williamsburg hotel and resort properties since the start of 2000. The world-renowned Williamsburg Inn underwent a recent extensive renovation, while the Woodlands Hotels & Suites made its debut in 2001. When completed, the total number of guest rooms in Colonial Williamsburg hotel properties will be 1,070.
Two respected architectural firms are working on the Lodge project: