The Best Hotels in Williamsburg for Every Traveler

The Williamsburg Inn offers incredible amenities just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg
The Williamsburg Inn offers incredible amenities just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg | © ZealPhotography / Alamy Stock Photo
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1 January 2021

Williamsburg, Virginia, is a destination for those wanting to explore Colonial-era America, as well as take in more modern delights such as golf courses and amusement parks. Accommodations range from high-end resorts to quaint historical rooms and cottages right in town. Here are the best.

King's Creek Plantation

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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King’s Creek is a modern take on plantation living, close to family attractions such as Busch Gardens. This luxe gated resort community offers one- to four-bedroom houses where you can enjoy an amenity-filled vacation with all the comforts of your own home. There are several swimming pools, an indoor aquatic center, whirlpools and saunas. Get in shape at the fitness center, play basketball or tennis, take your little ones to the playground or jog on trails through the rolling hills dotted with trees. Hungry? Grab a burger or pizza at Shorty’s at the Creek. They deliver for free, too.

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Williamsburg Inn

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
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The Williamsburg Inn brings you the elegance of yesteryear with modern amenities and touches you would expect in a top-rated hotel. Rooms include the themed Churchill and Rockefeller suites. The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is available for golf enthusiasts; others will opt to amble through the beautifully landscaped grounds and laze by one of the indoor or outdoor pools. A shuttle will take you around historic Williamsburg. After all that sightseeing, book an appointment at the spa, where you can experience a signature treatment and indulge in the steam rooms and whirlpool.

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The Colonial Houses

Boutique Hotel
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For an authentic Colonial-era stay book one of The Colonial Houses, a collection of period getaways right in Williamsburg itself. Sleep in a room over a tavern, reserve an authentic 18th-century home or even stay in a quaint repurposed laundry building. These guest houses and historic buildings each have a unique history, plus you’ll have access to spa and golf facilities such as those offered by the Williamsburg Inn.

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The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts

Boutique Hotel
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The Historic Powhatan Resort is located on 256 woodland acres (103ha) in historic Williamsburg. Anchored by a beautifully restored 1735 manor house, the resort offers one- to four-bedroom accommodations. Each has a kitchen and Colonial-era touches, including a fireplace. When not exploring, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for recreation at the indoor pool and sauna; playing tennis, racquetball and mini-golf; or pushing your little ones on the swings at the playground. Dining options include the casual Powhatan Bar & Grille and a coffee shop.

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Kingsmill Resort

Independent Hotel
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The Kingsmill, an award-winning golf-centric resort, is set on the lovely James River and offers luxurious accommodations and three golf courses. The waterside locale offers the opportunity to try your hand at fishing or simply to hangout on the dock. Also offered are tennis, an outdoor pool with lazy river, clubhouse and full-service waterfront spa. The kids’ program keeps family members aged five to 12 busy with activities such as seashell collecting, and arts and crafts. Accommodations include cottages right on the river, as well as condos and hotel-type rooms.

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Wedmore Place

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Wedmore Place is an elegant family-run winery with upscale rooms and suites decorated with antiques and historical reproductions. You’ll enjoy touring the vineyards and taking in the sights of Williamsburg, before relaxing in front of your fireplace (only available in selected rooms) with views of the beautiful 50-acre (20ha) property. The Gabriel Archer Tavern offers healthy farm-to-table cuisine including Chesapeake crab cakes and pork chops. And, of course, you’ll want to take advantage of expert advice on wine pairings.

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  • Cedars of Williamsburg Bed & Breakfast

    Bed and Breakfast
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    Walkable to Colonial Williamsburg, this B&B is housed in a lovely three-story Georgian-style home with manicured gardens. Families and couples will enjoy the 11 rooms in the main house or the quaint private two-room cottage. The sumptuous multi-course breakfasts offer a different entrée each day. You’ll go home raving about their cooking, including French toast topped with local berries, and biscuits smothered in country sausage gravy. They are very willing to cook for those with special diets or allergies, too.

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    The Fife and Drum Inn

    Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    This lovely B&B is conveniently located in downtown Williamsburg between the Historic Area and the College of William & Mary (two-blocks away). You’ll be staying right on Merchants Square with excellent dining options and lots of local shops nearby. There are nine rooms, all uniquely decorated, with hotel-type amenities. In the morning enjoy the breakfast buffet in the lobby offering hot drinks, juices, muffins, cereal, fruit and hard-boiled eggs.

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    War Hill Inn

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Independent Hotel
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    This B&B offers both private cottages and rooms in a two-story manor constructed in the style of a historical country home. Pine floors and heavy wooden beams hark back, yet it’s a modern building with all the comforts and conveniences a traveler will want, such as air conditioning and private baths. Enjoy views of the working farm and know you’re within short driving distance of city attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg.

    Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Independent Hotel
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    Both Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary are within walking distance of Magnolia Manor. You’ll enjoy comfortable rooms in this three-story brick manor house, which are furnished in a Colonial style with romantic touches such as four-poster beds and, in some, a flickering fireplace. Relax in a homey environment without giving up modern touches such as air conditioning, luxurious mattresses, in-room fridges and wifi. Enjoy a full breakfast each morning by the fireplace in the elegant dining room.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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