Best Family Friendly Hotels in Williamsburg, Virginia
The Classic, Deluxe Williamsburg Inn
The Classic, Deluxe Williamsburg Inn
Colonial furnishings in the Spa at the Williamsburg Inn
Colonial furnishings in the Spa at the Williamsburg Inn
Costumed Brothers in Arms parade at Colonial Williamsburg
Guest Room at the Williamsburg Lodge

For a colonial multi-generational getaway, select from one of Colonial Williamsburg’s official hotels or review other Williamsburg area family-friendly lodging in the Historic Triangle of southern Virginia.  Although there are numerous hotels and motels in Williamsburg to accommodate the more than 500,000 annual visitors, there are six official Colonial Williamsburg properties with special perks.

They all have convenient access to the 45-hole Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, various dining and shopping options, Historic Area, Art Museums and more.  We like to recommend them because many of the educational programs of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation are subsidized by your hotel bills, but also because guests enjoy exclusive tours, special prices on tickets to attractions and special activities for children.

For complete information on the area’s attractions, visit the Colonial Williamsburg website, or call 800/HISTORY or 757/229-1000.

Colonial Williamsburg Official Hotels

Note that all the official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels can be booked through a travel agent or at Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, where discount packages also include area attractions.

Williamsburg Inn
136 E. Francis St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757/220-7978
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This 5-star hotel is one of the nation’s most distinguished, award-winning properties. Originally conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. as the centerpiece of his historic village, it has hosted heads-of-state (including Queen Elizabeth who has stayed on-site twice), internationally recognized actors, politicians, and an impressive roster of repeat guests since 1937. Decorated in 19th-century Regency decor with many antiques and reproductions, the facilities include five restaurants and lounges, plus two outdoor pools. Newly renovated suites (the entire hotel was refurbished in April 2017), include the Queen’s, Churchill and Rockefeller themed suites; overall, suites range in size from 500 to 600-square-feet. While being the area’s most lavish hotel, it maintains a quiet elegance befitting a comfortable Virginia country estate — a posh style that will thrill older kids. Note that the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg will complete renovations in July 2017, in plenty of time for the Christmas peak season.

Griffin Hotel
136 E. Francis St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 
757/220-7978
$$$
Formerly called Providence Hall, the Griffin Hotel was built near the Chickahominy River in Virginia’s New Kent County, and remains a secluded location by a pond just outside Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, near the Williamsburg Inn. A modern, condo-style annex to the Williamsburg Inn, elegantly decorated with oriental accents, this property offers luxury service and accommodations with more space for families. There are adjoining rooms, handicap accessible rooms, tennis and golf on-site, and access to the Inn’s pools and other facilities. Reunion groups will enjoy the complimentary coffee lounge.

Colonial Houses and Taverns
136 E. Francis St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757/220-7978
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Experience authentic colonial life as you immerse yourselves in the times by sleeping in one of Colonial Williamsburg’s restored historic buildings. FTF families have told us how special this experience is. The accommodations offer modern amenities to guests who choose these authentic dwellings decorated with recreated furniture and accessories. Nearby, four Historic Taverns serve contemporary menus in an 18th-century setting, surrounding diners with strolling musicians, storytellers, and characters of the past. The taverns are open on a rotating schedule for lunch and dinner.

Williamsburg Lodge
136 E. Francis St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757/220-7976
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Fully renovated, the lodge offers quality service in a distinctive, comfortable and relaxed environment that features pieces from Colonial Williamsburg’s folk art collection. Original blue stone floors and cypress paneling have been restored to add elements of the original 1939 Lodge. Decorated with handcrafted country furniture in the American Folk Art style, the facilities include restaurants (known for good ole’ Southern cooking) and indoor and outdoor pools.

Woodlands Hotel and Suites
105 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757/220-7960
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This red brick family haven boasts 300 rooms and is one of the historic park’s value properties. Conveniently located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center within walking distance of the sights, it has many recreational choices, such as mini-golf, shuffleboard, table tennis, bike rentals, and swimming… when the history gets to be too much. Most suites offer a lounging room with queen sofabed, desk, minifridge, microwave, sink, and coffeemaker plus a separate master bedroom with a king-size bed and second TV. Standard double rooms feature two full-size beds, a sitting area with desk, and a comfortable lounge chair (convertible to a single bed). Woodlands has its own laundromat too.

Governor’s Inn
506 North Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757-220-7940
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A motel offering Colonial Williamsburg quality at economical rates, it is most popular in summer. Families will find comfortable accommodations, an outdoor swimming pool, free use of the recreational facilities of the nearby Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, and a continental breakfast included in the room rate. Downsides: It’s three blocks from the Historic Area and has no dining facilities.

Other Williamsburg Area Lodging: Resorts and B&Bs

There are a few more properties to note. The award-winning Kingsmill Resort and Conference Center (1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185; 757/253-1703) offers luxurious accommodations in a resort setting. Expect first-class service, two championship golf courses, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools and a sports club. Interesting note: this is the place President Barack Obama chose to prepare for his second debate during the 2012 elections. Check the Kingsmill Resort site for family packages when school’s out, during summer breaks and over the very colorful winter holidays.

For a touch of traditional colonial hospitality there are many bed & breakfast accommodations. Examples include the Colonial Capital Bed & Breakfast at 501 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 (757-645-4525) and the Jasmine Plantation Bed and Breakfast at 4500 N. Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, VA 23140 (800/NEW-KENT; 804/966-9836). It’s located between Richmond and Williamsburg and is popular for local weddings.

The Association of Williamsburg Hotels and Motels is the official reservations center for over 75 properties (such as Best Western, Hampton Inn, Days Inn) and many independent hotels, motels and B&Bs in the area. Contact them for more information and reservations, as well as tickets to attractions, either online or by calling 757/220-3330. 

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