Colonial Williamsburg has shuttered Governor’s Inn, a budget hotel the foundation has operated since 1985.
“Colonial Williamsburg no longer considers the hotel a strategic asset related to its core educational mission and is evaluating its options for the property,” foundation spokesman Joe Straw said in an email Thursday. He didn’t elaborate on what options were under consideration.
The seasonal hotel is closed for the winter and will remain closed. People with pending reservations at the hotel will be moved at no cost to the Woodlands Hotel and Suites, Straw said.
While the hotel has 200 rooms, the foundation operated 128 when the hotel closed for the season, he said.
The hotel is at 506 N. Henry St. The parcel the hotel sits on consists of about 5 acres. The land and improvements are valued at $5.1 million, according to the city’s online property records.
The hotel was built in 1964 and Colonial Williamsburg bought the parcel for $2.2 million in 1985, according to online property records.
The announcement comes just a couple months after the foundation announced in December the permanent closing of three retail stores in the Historic Area.
Those stores were the Colonial Williamsburg Post Office, the Colonial Nursery and the Mary Dickinson Shop, according to a December news release.
Colonial Williamsburg Post Office items — such as stationary, prints and books — were planned to be sold at the Prentis Store moving forward. Items previously sold at the Mary Dickinson Shop, which offered period womenswear, were planned to be sold at Tarpley, Thompson and Co.
The foundation announced the Colonial Nursery store would close, and items were planned to be sold from the Market House starting in January. The Colonial Nursery continues to operate as a historic interpretation site.
When Colonial Williamsburg announced those closures, it also noted the ongoing seasonal shutdown of Governor’s Inn, but made no mention of a permanent closing. At that time, the hotel was set to remain closed through March 14.
Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, firstname.lastname@example.org, @jajacobs_