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February 2, 2007

Williamsburg Lodge reopens with 323 guest rooms, dining, lounge, gift shop and 45,000 square feet of conference space

The acclaimed Williamsburg Lodge is now fully operational, with the lobby, registration area, gift shop, restaurant, bar/lounge and all guest rooms open as of January 2007. The Lodge renovation, restoration and expansion project began nearly three years ago and caps more than $220 million in improvements at Colonial Williamsburg facilities since 2000, including an extensive renovation of the world-renowned Williamsburg Inn and the 2001 debut of the all-new, 300-room Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

The all-new conference center at the Williamsburg Lodge opened in September 2006, while restoration of the main building continued through the end of that year. The updated and enhanced facility offers Colonial Williamsburg’s leisure and conference guests a generous helping of Southern hospitality, impeccable service and special amenities, including:

  • 323 attractively appointed guest rooms (126 rooms in all-new, Federal-style Guesthouses) as well as the renovated Tazewell Hall, South Hall and Main Building with its original cypress-paneled lobby; fireplace and lounge;
  • an all-new conference center with 45,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space (an increase of 15,000 square feet);
  • a 12,000-square-foot ballroom and a 7,000-square-foot ballroom, 28 meeting rooms and four outdoor function areas;
  • retail space offering Colonial Williamsburg licensed merchandise, hand-made specialty gifts from Virginia artists and craftsmen, and sundries;
  • a dramatic new restaurant featuring the best of regional cuisine.

    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.

    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.”

    Two highly regarded architectural firms worked on the Lodge project: Culpepper, McAuliffe and Meaders Inc. (CMMI) of Atlanta, Ga., which is noted for its hospitality focus and conference center design expertise; and Glavé and Holmes Architects of Richmond, Va., the firm involved with the renovation of Williamsburg’s historic Williamsburg Theatre, now 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, an all-new full-service spa, on track to be fully operational by mid-spring, is conveniently located between the Williamsburg Inn and the expanded Williamsburg Lodge, and directly adjacent to the award-winning Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg occupies the renovated brick building that formerly housed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, which moved to a new location opening Feb. 3. The spa sits beside a formal rose garden and fountain and is reached by way of a wisteria-covered brick pathway. The spa will offer a full range of personal care services from beauty treatments in a conservatory salon to rejuvenating wellness services, whirlpool, private lounges, steam room, sauna, fitness, men’s and women’s locker rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and spa cuisine prepared by Colonial Williamsburg culinary staff.

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown
    (757) 220-7280

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