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12 Top-Rated Resorts in Williamsburg, VA

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Jul 27, 2020

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The Williamsburg area is filled with resort options for all styles of travelers but caters especially well to families, with top-rated resorts in numerous budget brackets and varying room styles - including plenty of choices with multiple bedrooms and kitchens. Travelers without kids, however, won't be lacking in sleeping options with a number of romantic and golf-focused properties that will appeal to couples or friends traveling together.

Some of the resorts, like the luxury Williamsburg Inn, which has hosted Queen Elizabeth II on more than one occasion, are located within walking distance of the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area, one of the world's top living history museums.

While many other properties, like the good-value Wyndham Governor's Green and upmarket Kingsmill Resort, are under a 15-minute drive away from the sights of Williamsburg. These resorts are also close to the area's other major attraction, Busch Gardens, which is located about five miles south of the historic area.

Although Williamsburg can be visited year-round, it gets cold in winter and can often be gray as well. Summers are the most popular time to visit, but these get quite hot and muggy. Spring and fall are our favorite times to check out Williamsburg. In the fall, the changing colors of the leaves make the historic area especially photogenic, while spring sees blooming flowers and fewer crowds.

Explore the accommodation options with our list of the best resorts in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Williamsburg Inn

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Photo Source: Williamsburg Inn

The Williamsburg Inn is the kind of place that hosts royalty, and Queen Elizabeth II slept here on more than one official visit to the US. The opulent rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with antique-style furnishings, comfortable beds with high-end linens and marble bathrooms.

The service is outstanding here, and a number of daily activities are on offer. Beyond the rooms, grab dinner at the on-site Rockefeller Room, which serves Southern-style cooking, or the more casual Terrace Room. There is also a full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, fitness center, and swimming pool.

Accommodation: Williamsburg Inn

2. Kingsmill Resort

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Photo Source: Kingsmill Resort

Right on the James River, Kingsmill Resort is a luxe golf resort that offers a variety of clean and comfortable room options, including family-friendly condo choices that come with separate living areas and full kitchens. Additionally, all rooms have appealing decor, private balconies, quality linens, and extras like work desks.

The property runs a free shuttle to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. Other on-site amenities include beautiful grounds, two 18-hole golf courses, multiple restaurants, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a spa, and fitness center.

There are also four restaurants on the grounds. These include The Mill, which is a coffee shop and bakery that does hearty sandwiches as well as home-made ice-cream that the kids are sure to love.

Accommodation: Kingsmill Resort

3. Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony

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Photo Source: Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony

Located about seven miles from Colonial Williamsburg in the private resort community of Ford's Colony, Marriott's Manor Club features attractively furnished rooms and swanky villas. The latter are a great choice if you're traveling with the family as they come with full kitchens, fireplaces, plenty of living space, and washer/dryers.

Away from the rooms, amenities include multiple swimming pools, 54 holes of championship golf on a variety of courses, and the Bistro 1699 restaurant, which serves modern American cuisine. There is also a coffee and snack shop on-site.

Accommodation: Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony

4. Wedmore Place

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Photo Source: Wedmore Place

Wedmore Place is a gorgeous country inn located amid 300 acres of pine forests and vine-cloaked fields. It is a special place that sees plenty of repeat guests who return for the elegant, European-themed rooms and suites, which are individually decorated in different color schemes and feature antique furnishings and fireplaces.

The suites are even more posh, with hand-painted murals, separate sitting rooms, and Jacuzzi tubs in the well-appointed bathrooms. There are two restaurants on-site, one of which offers an included continental breakfast. Both feature locally sourced produce and fresh and flavorful dishes. There is also an outdoor pool and fitness center on the grounds.

Accommodation: Wedmore Place

5. Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg

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Photo Source: Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg

Located right in Colonial Williamsburg, within walking distance of everything, Colonial Houses offer period 18th-century lodging in some 26 different houses that range in size from one bedroom to as many as 16 rooms for large groups. And despite resembling another era from a historic decor perspective, these guesthouses still come with modern amenities, like Wi-Fi.

Breakfast is included in your rate here, and there are a multiple dining options for lunch and dinner in the historic town itself. The resort also has a few swimming pools, spa facilities, and tennis courts.

If you golf, there are stay-and-play packages on three courses, including Spotswood Course if you just want to play nine holes.

Accommodation: Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg

6. Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection

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Photo Source: Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection

In the historic part of Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection sits on a leafy street and has a charming yesteryear Americana ambience. The elegant rooms and suites feature Revolutionary Era meets folk art decor, with lamps painted by hand and 18th-century coverlet-style bedspreads.

Two on-site restaurants serve American fare with an emphasis on Southern cooking. Other amenities include two swimming pools (one indoor, one out), an exercise room, business center, and easy access to multiple golf courses and the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg.

Accommodation: Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection

7. Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg

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Photo Source: Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg

Woodlands Hotel & Suites in Colonial Williamsburg is a solid pick for families. It's a good-value property just a few minutes' walk from the visitor center. The rooms and suites are simply furnished but are clean and comfortable and come with mini-fridges and coffee makers. Suites add pullout sofa beds, as well as microwaves and dining areas.

Parking is free, as is a daily continental breakfast and there is also an outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, and tennis courts. For kids, there is a splash park, playground, and even a mini-golf course.

Accommodation: Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg

8. Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort

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Photo Source: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort

About a 10-minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort is another favorite family pick, especially if you're looking for space to spread out.

There are 68 uniquely decorated rooms and suites in various sizes and bed configurations, including two-bedroom suites with separate living space, full kitchens, washer/dryers, flat-screen TVs, Jacuzzi tubs, and free Wi-Fi. There is no restaurant on-site, but you'll find a swimming pool, barbecue grills, a fitness center, and business center on the grounds.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort

9. Wyndham Governor's Green

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Photo Source: Wyndham Governor's Green

Wyndham Governor's Green is another resort choice located just a short drive from Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. It is popular with families as it features large one- and two-bedroom suites with living and dining spaces, full kitchens, and washers and dryers in each. Some of the units also feature whirlpool tubs and balconies.

Away from the rooms, amenities include multiple swimming pools and hot tubs, a kids' playground, spa services, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Service is responsive, and the Wi-Fi and parking are free.

Accommodation: Wyndham Governor's Green

10. The Historic Powhatan Resort

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Photo Source: The Historic Powhatan Resort

Located on 256 forested acres, the Historic Powhatan Resort is set in a lovely restored manor house dating back to 1735. The colonial-era property features large, comfortable one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartment-style suites with plenty of space for the entire family. Even the one-bedroom units are large and come with separate sleeper sofas for the kids and full-sized kitchens.

Amenities at Powhatan include an American restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers casual, family-friendly dining and a well-rounded menu with everything from pasta to burgers. There is also a coffee shop on the grounds.

For activities, take a dip in one of the swimming pools, play a round of mini golf, or work out in the gym.

Accommodation: The Historic Powhatan Resort

11. Wyndham Kingsgate

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Photo Source: Wyndham Kingsgate

The Wyndham Kingsgate features one- and two-bedroom suites in colonial-era style with modern amenities, like Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds. A good pick for families, rooms can sleep between four and six guests, thanks to pullout sleeper sofas in the living areas, and have at least a kitchenette (some have full kitchens) as well as a washer/dryer.

The two-bedroom suites also come with private balconies. On-site amenities include a movie theater, mini-golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs, and a workout room.

Accommodation: Wyndham Kingsgate

12. Great Wolf Lodge

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Photo Source: Great Wolf Lodge

Located about a 10-minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg, Great Wolf Lodge is a laid-back resort that is popular with families for its many kid-focused amenities. These include a water park with a mix of slip-and-slide rides and slides, a wave pool, and hot springs. Hotel guests get free admission to the park, and the public can buy a day pass.

Back on dry land are more activities, including mini-golf, bowling, and arcade games.

The accommodation is in rustic, comfortable, and clean suites with pullout couches in the living areas, as well as flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Some also feature Jacuzzi tubs, private balconies, and fireplaces, as well as themed sleeping spaces for children.

Accommodation: Great Wolf Lodge

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