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Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg
Ranked #14 of 73 Hotels in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 September 2011

My husband and I decided to take a trip to Williamsburg last fall- he had booked the trip as the Autumn Stories package, which includes historical passes, a ghost tour, and a 100$ gift card, for use at the restaurants and gift shops (all WONDERFUL! We dined at the King's Tavern, on the patio... the lights were incredible, and the food was delicious).

Originally, we were supposed to stay at the tavern, but upon learning that it was my first trip to Williamsburg, we received a complimentary upgrade to the bottom floor of the Lightfoot Tenement.

On top of giving us the authentic experience we sought at the tavern, the Lightfoot Tenement is spacious, romantic, and gorgeous. It comes with a fireplace, canopy bed, and a very quaint, small garden off the back.

However... I should warn you, I'm pretty sure it comes with something else as well.

We had a couple of strange experiences at the Tenement, that I've never had anywhere else, and didn't even believe in up to that point. Everyday we spent there, we were locked into different rooms.... at different times of the day... through different doors... some that didn't have locks... We had to call management twice! But it gets kind of weirder.

There was no one above us in the tenement, and there is an outside door, that is also locked. The second day we were there, around ten AM, we heard someone running up and down the stairs... LOUDLY, for about ten minutes. When we finally opened the door, the noise stopped, and the hall was empty.

I don't know if anyone else has had experiences there, but that was ours: harmless, but creepy irregardless. We asked the guide on the ghost tour, who has heard other stories about the house... However, if I had the option to stay there again, I would in a heartbeat! By far the best place I have ever stayed in! I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a little company.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

I've been staying at the Colonial Houses for over 30 years and have always found it a superb experience, far and away one of the best travel experiences ever. No need to drive, everything is in easy walking distance or accessible by the excellent bus system. Tremendously relaxing!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Staying in the colonial houses is really a wonderful, one of a kind experience. It's really very neat to stay in one of these historical houses and get a better feel for what the colonial era was like. Kids who've been studing colonial times in school just absolutely love it. If you get lucky, you'll also get a house with a little yard and/or garden, which is just lovely. We got the first floor of the George Jackson house. It's a little to one end of the historical district, so not convenient to stuff by the Palace and Merchant's Square, but terrifically convenient for stuff at the Capitol and Christiana Campbell's Tavern. The suite had a lovely bedroom, small sitting room with a sofa bed, and a tiny tiny bathroom. Also had access to a larger parlor across the hall. Little noisy being right on Francis Street. But wonderful colonial atmosphere. The downsides? The buildings are kind of old and musty. Our daughter, who is quite allergic to dust, got a couple of bad nosebleeds and we had to cut our visit short. The bathroom is tiny and old. But, I think you have to stay in these colonial houses once. It's a lovely experience. (BTW, the staff at the Inn couldn't have been nicer and more helpful in arranging our itinerary and activities, and couldn't have been more accomodating when we decided to cut the visit short and head home early after the second bad nosebleed).

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

My daughter attended the Teacher's Institute and stayed in Brick House Tavern for the first 7 days while I stayed at Governor's Inn. Both places were nice.....but the Best part of the trip was staying at Market Square Tavern for the last 2 nights of our trip. We had an upstairs room facing Chowning's Tavern (which happens to be our favorite)! We had a queen size canopy bed which was very comfortable. The room was huge, with a large walk-in closet. Downstairs was a large communal room that looked like a library with large leather chairs, bookcases, and a beautiful fireplace. The Market Square Tavern was absolutely beautiful and worth every penny.....in fact we are thinking about staying there again during the holidays. I wholly recommend spending the extra dollars to experience staying there!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Our family (mom, dad, and 2 teens -15 yr old and 17 yr old) stayed in the George Jackson House. The property is located next to Christina Campbell's Restaurant. The Colonial Williamsburg Shuttle stops in front of the house, we didn't use it as we found everything within walking distance. We had the lower level of the house which included a sitting room with sofa bed and large bedroom with canopy queen bed. While we were there, temperatures in Williamsburg soared to 100 degrees. Thankfully, our rooms were nice and cool (which my husband loved - the kids and I wished we had brought sweatshirts!) It was so convenient to come back to the house during the day and "chill". We attended the late activities, therefore a short walk back to the house was great. It's very close to the Capital House of Burgess - the location of several evening shows. This house would be fabulous for 2 families - up to 8 people. There is a common kitchen and dining/game room on the first floor. We would love to come back in fall! The only con - the bathroom - - slow drains, dripping faucets. Nevertheless, we were very happy with our accommodations and would stay here again. Yes, you can definitely find cheaper rates at the lodge - but this was a neat experience.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 136 E Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4271
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Region: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 73 Hotels in Williamsburg
Price Range: €158 - €218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg 3*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authentic reproductions of colonial houses with 18th century antique furnishings, set in historic area. Authentic period reproductions such as a canopy bed and a crackling fire in the hearth. Stay in the heart of the Revolutionary City with all the comforts of home. Enjoy access to dining, recreation, and spa amenities in addition to admission ticket discounts and exclusive guest-only offerings. ... more   less 
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