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Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, Virginia

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
136 E. Francis St.
Williamsburg , Virginia
Tel: 800 447 8679 (toll-free)
Tel: 757 220 7978's insider take:

Opened in 1937, the self-proclaimed "crown jewel" of Colonial Williamsburg hotels looks like a Southern mansion from the outside but is outfitted in full English Regency regalia inside, just as the town's latter-day founding father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., ordered. In fact, they're not fibbing with that marketing slogan—this is far and away the top place to stay, especially since all cobwebs and threadbare patches of the 62 rooms were removed in 2001. If you want to play the lead roles in the Colonial drama, the main building is where to get into character. If you'd rather escape the history at night, go for the annex. There's also the 43-room Providence Hall House, which, though it trumpets its executive privacy, is not particularly distinguished. Main house and annex share the great facilities along with the other hotels: gym, tennis courts, 45 holes of golf, and a substantial freestanding spa that opened in July 2007. Queen Elizabeth II stayed here in 2007, 50 years after her first visit. We wonder if she noticed any difference.

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