and Conference Center; Adding 130 Guest Rooms
and Luxury Spa
|WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 19, 2004 -- Colonial
Williamsburg has announced plans for a dramatic renovation and restoration
of its acclaimed Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, located in the
former colonial capital of Virginia. When complete, the facility
will feature 130 new guest rooms for a total of 323, an all-new, larger
conference center and new restaurant. Directly across the street,
a stand-alone luxury spa and leading edge health evaluation center will
come on line in late 2005.
“With what we’ve already completed and what we will be accomplishing with the Williamsburg Lodge, Colonial Williamsburg offers one of the finest resorts in America,” Hallowell said. “This is a historic time for a property, and an organization, that always has been dedicated to preserving and presenting the first, formative chapter in America’s history.”
Opened to guests in 1939, as a way to encourage travelers to visit the historic town, the Williamsburg Lodge is one of the original Colonial Williamsburg hotels, constructed under the guidance of John D. Rockefeller Jr., the founder and first benefactor of the town’s restoration. The first phase of the Lodge renovation is set to begin this month without interruption to ongoing business, while the entire project is scheduled to be complete in late 2006.
The luxury spa and health evaluation center will be located between the elegant Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, and just a chip shot from the award-winning Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The new spa represents Colonial Williamsburg’s entry into the increasingly popular U.S. spa industry. The separate new health evaluation center, meanwhile, will offer the most advanced diagnostic services and lifestyle counseling for men and women and is designed to help contribute to a guest’s overall well-being.
Remaining sensitive to its surroundings and respectful of its historic setting, the renovation will provide the Williamsburg Lodge with spacious, contemporary conference facilities on par with the best in the country. When completed, the brand-new conference center will feature 45,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space - an increase of 9,000 square feet from the existing center, with a significantly larger ballroom, and additional meeting rooms and outdoor function areas.
To ensure more visitors can enjoy the casual, warm and comfortable setting of the Williamsburg Lodge, the number of guest rooms will be expanded from 264 to 323. Federal-style, guesthouse wings will offer leisure and conference guests fine Southern tradition and hospitality. When completed, the total number of guest rooms in Colonial Williamsburg hotel properties will be 1,107.
Ever committed to maintaining the historic integrity of the property, however, not all of Colonial Williamsburg’s renovations have necessarily involved expanded numbers. The recent renovation of the historic main building of the Williamsburg Inn, originally opened in April 1937, actually reduced the number of rooms from 95 to 62 allowing for larger guest rooms and suites.
With the new renovation, the Lodge’s main building will remain, serving as a cornerstone to the architectural plan. While the South and Tazewell wings will be preserved, the main façade will be restored to its original concept.
Yet another significant aspect of the renovation will feature a dramatic new restaurant that will offer a menu accenting the region’s bounty from sea and land as well as superior guest service. This new restaurant will complement the nine other dining options at Colonial Williamsburg, including four colonial dining taverns, the elegant Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn, and the two grills at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
Two respected architectural firms are working on the Lodge project:
Public Relations Manager
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
|Also See:||The Williamsburg Inn Undergoing Year-long Renovation to Retain the Quality Rockefeller Envisioned / Jan 2001|
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|The Colonial Williamsburg Company Opens the Woodlands Hotel & Suites, Part of 5 Year $100 million Improvement Program / Aug 2001|