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Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia

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310 S. England St.
Williamsburg , Virginia
Tel: 800 447 8679 (toll-free)
Tel: 757 229 1000, x4008's insider take:

Along with the premium Williamsburg Inn, this big—323 rooms—faux-Colonial complex was part of the original plan of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Now that the management has completed a several-year improvement scheme, it's also safe to stay at. The style here is more of-the-people than at the patrician inn, with furnishings from the Williamsburg furniture collection (made by 55 licensed manufacturers—and you, too, can buy it!). Pencil-post beds and rattan McGuire desks and chairs have been mainstays in the rooms for years, while some of the lamps, rugs, and artwork are copies of pieces from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Further cross-marketing opportunities are created by the sofa, pillow, and curtain fabrics, all of which you can buy from Merchants Square (but it's OK—remember, this is an educational nonprofit). Pre-renovation cypress walls, wooden floors, wing chairs, and Thomas Moser rockers remain intact.

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