I splurged and rented a night at The Quarter House in Colonial Williamsburg! We spent one night at “The Quarter” which is on the corner of the road leading to the Williamsburg Inn. It looks very small from the outside but the 800 square feet inside is designed very smartly. Thirty feet from our house and you are on Duke of Gloucester street which is the heart of everything in Colonial Williamsburg.
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How Staying in The Colonial Houses Can Save You Money
Enjoy access to recreation, dining, and spa amenities, and receive up to 2 complimentary Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets when you book direct. Single day tickets are generally $46.99 so to get two of them free is a nice perk.
While there is free parking available at the Museum the park right off of Duke of Gloucester Street is not free. But with your housing you get free parking in some of the most convenient places in the area. We were able to park in the carpark of the adjoining Inn and that was very close by. During the day when we were wandering about the Colonial area we were able to leave our car there for easy access which was very nice.
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The Quarter House Colonial Williamsburg
The Quarter is a lovely place to stay and the location is the biggest benefit. Out the back window and while sitting on the back porch you have a lovely view of the Williamsburg Inn (not to mention a really good sized back yard!
Downstairs there is a living room with lovely furnishings. There’s a small black bar fridge in a cabinet and Keurig. For safety reasons they do not have microwaves in the colonial houses. There is plenty of seating and a hidden tv (for those who happen to be traveling with their boyfriend during the NCAA tournament and he wants to watch). A lovely covered fireplace sits on the side and beautiful artwork compliments the feel of everything.
The downstairs bedroom, off the living room, has a very nice canopied bed and the decent sized bathroom that can be accessed from either bedroom or living room. The shower is over the bath. The toilet is in a separate little cubicle in the bathroom for privacy.
Upstairs the second bedroom has two twin beds. I was fine being 5’4″ in the room but anyone over about 5’8″ would really struggle. I was particularly pleased I did not hit my head when I woke up in the morning.
I will be honest if it had not been so much hassle to drag my stuff downstairs to shower I would have gone downstairs. Tight isn’t even a word you can use for the shower upstairs. It’s a handheld and you can not really stand under it so you just hold it around. It gets the job done but if you unwind after a long day by taking a shower you won’t relax in this one! There was plenty of hot water though and good water pressure.
How To Save Money on Your Housing
The easiest way to get a bargain on your housing is honestly not to stay in the Colonial Houses. They are expensive because you are paying for the novelty and location. If you are looking online you will discover a wide variety of hotel chains on Richmond Road and the surrounding areas that are within a very reasonable driving distance. There are very few AirBNB in the area because of the college and the Colonial Williamsburg workers so I have always found hotels to be the best options.
But if you want to stay in the Colonial Housing there are a few ways to save:
1- The less popular the time of year the cheaper the housing. If you check the rates the weekend of the Grand Illumination or 4th of July your frugal head might explode. We did a Sunday into Monday to bring the cost down.
2- Watch Black Friday/Cyber Monday- I got our deal on Cyber Monday. It was 50% off the normal price any days from January – March. So I got them for the very end of March in hopes the weather would be warmer (it was not).
3- Look for perks. Sometimes there are packages that go with golfing trips, extra tickets or show tickets. Just keep an eye out to try to pad the deal a little bit.
A Frugal Chick’s Thoughts
A stay in a Colonial House may be a once or twice in a lifetime experience. I am finishing up my first year as an annual passholder and hope to have many more posts about how to really maximize a Colonial Williamsburg visit so I’m not spilling details about food or entertainment yet.
If you are a history buff or love the peace of the area I would recommend ponying up the money. Otherwise there are plenty of reasonable accommodations nearby that will make your trip much more economical.