Welcome to an almost daily peek at our beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia which includes the "Historic Triangle" consisting of Colonial Williamsburg -the world’s largest living history museum- Yorktown and Jamestown.

June 17, 2010

Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

The Williamsburg Inn was John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s vision of luxury accomodations in Colonial Williamsburg.  It was completed in 1937, taking about one year.  With the success of Colonial Williamsburg, a 301 acre living museum, visitors were beginning to come to the area; many friends of Rockefellers.  The rooms were luxurious and comfortable with the feel of a country estate.  The Inn was the first hotel in America to have central air conditioning.

The Inn has played host to world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip –
in 1957 and again in 2007 – Sir Winston Churchill, General Dwight Eisenhower, President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, Emperor Hirohito of Japan. In 1983, the Inn was the site of the historic International Summit of Industrialized Nations, hosted by President Ronald Reagan, the summit brought together eight world leaders: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada; Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany; President Francois Mitterrand of France; Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone of Japan; Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain; Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani of Italy; and President Gaston Thorn of the European Community.  Other notable guests include Shirley Temple, Christopher Plummer, Bill Cosby, Tom Selleck, Jane Pauley, Garry Trudeau, John Travolta, Al Roker, Willard Scott and Matt Lauer.

The Inn is located immediately adjacent to the historic district.


Anonymous said...

The guest book must bee interesting reading ;-)

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a grand place to stay on a vacation there! I wonder if the rooms are filled with antiques? I keep smiling every time I hear the colonial music on your blog!

lewi14 said...

It must be an interesting place. All these important guests... I think, it's not a low-budget hotel ;)

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