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Fife & Drum Inn
Ranked #1 of 22 Williamsburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Stayed here for my wedding weekend - the room was gorgeous and spacious and the B&B perfect for wedding prep. Location is perfect for walking to the college and restaurants. Will definitely go back!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

On our recent visit to Williamsburg, my wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the Fife & Drum Inn for five nights. Billy and Sharon are the innkeepers and, along with their housekeeper Rhonda, are some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Billy greeted us and took the giant piece of luggage into the Inn for us - Thank you! We then sat down with Sharon and she gave us advice on what to see in Colonial Williamsburg and what were the good places to dine or have a cocktail. Very nice lady. We stayed in the Cedars Suite and our room was very large and we have no complaints. Rhonda kept the room very clean and when she saw us, she always greeted us with a smile. Billy and Sharon always kept lemonade out during those hot days we were there, which was nice and tea is also available anytime you want to make a cup. Oh, almost forgot chips and cookies are also available anytime you want something to snack on. Generally, we sometimes skip out on breakfast whenever we stay at a B&B or Inn, even if it is provided, but not this time. The breakfast was excellent everyday. Breakfast casseroles were served everyday along with fruit, biscuits, bacon and granola. Yum! The Fife and Drum is located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg so you don't have that far to walk. You also have a coffee shop, Aromas, and diner, Retros, to your left as you step out the door of the Fife and Drum. In closing, my wife and I would like to thank Billy, Sharon and Rhonda for making our stay a memorable one. I can say without a doubt, we will be back to Williamsburg and when we do, we will stay at the wonderful Fife and Drum Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

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.

Room Tip: All of the rooms seem to be quiet, as the commercial area (shops) pretty much closes down at night...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We loved our weekend stay at the Fife and Drum Inn. The innkeepers were very welcoming and helpful. The room was very comfortable and well-appointed. The inn could not be more convenient and was within walking distance to everything we wanted to see in the historic district. We arrived on Amtrak from the northeast and only had to walk 2 blocks from the railroad station to the hotel, so no rental car was needed. Breakfast was very good and I would definitely stay again if I return to Williamsburg.

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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Great place to stay. Billy is very knowledgable about the area and the breakfast is very good.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

Billy welcomed us with a tour of the Inn. We had reserved the Cedars Suite, it was very nice, the King Size bed was very comfortable, the Bathroom was very nice, up to date. There was a small tv in the room, which was fine. We had a little sitting area, that led out to the Balcony. The only negative I can say is the View from the Balcony is to the back alley, cars and trashcan. So we didn't use the Balcony at all. Our breakfast in the morning was delicious, blue berry french toast, fruit, bacon etc. The Inn is near the Merchants Shops, and walking distance to colonial Williamsburg.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

I was in Williamsburg on business and wanted a place proximate to the law school. The Fife & Drum was exactly what I wanted: convenient to all downtown locations, good accomodations and not a traditional motel by the highway. Great breakfast. Friendly host. Comfortable room.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Address: 441 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3619
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Region: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Williamsburg
Price Range: £150 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fife & Drum Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Williamsburg's only downtown lodging. The Fife & Drum is adjacent to the shops and restaurants of Merchants Square and just a short walk from the heart of historic Colonial Williamsburg. William & Mary, the country's second chartered college, is across the street. ... more   less 
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