We spent two nights at the Fife & Drum. This is a small boutique hotel on the second floor of an early 20th century building. Unlike all of the other B & B type inns in Williamsburg, this one is located right in the historic area just a few paces from Colonial Williamsburg and only a short walk from several excellent restaurants. This fact alone makes it a good choice for a Williamsburg stay. Free parking is ample, and is located about 100 yards away behind the innkeeper's house. The innkeeper is a native of Williamsburg and was very helpful in giving us the scoop on what's most interesting in the colonial restoration area (definitely try to catch the Patrick Henry speech---very worthwhile!)
Even though it's right in the middle of the Merchants Square commercial area, our room was very quiet at night. The room itself was fine, but had some drawbacks---the sink was on the other side of the bedroom from the bathroom which creates some inconvenience. Also, the TV was so small that it was difficult to see from the bed (with prices of flat screen TV's being so low these days, they should consider an upgrade). The wood floors looked original, and overall the room exudes history.
Breakfast is free, but just average, with thin bacon and a small selection of other items. It's served in a large breakfast room. The stairs up to the hotel are very steep, but the innkeeper will help you with your luggage, but only if he's on site. This is another potential issue, as the office closes after 5PM, and your key is left outside in an envelope after that time. So if you arrive after 5, you'll have to navigate the steep steps with your luggage and will not get any type of orientation to the hotel and your room. However, the innkeeper lives just a block away, and is supposedly available 24/7 if there are any issues with your room, etc. These issues for us might have been more prominent if it weren't for the great location which makes doing Colonial Williamsburg so much more convenient.
All of the rooms seem to be quiet, as the commercial area (shops) pretty much closes down at night...
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