Colonial Williamsburg The Williamsburg Lodge Hotel
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Colonial Williamsburg The Williamsburg Lodge Hotel
No Lobbyfrom Mom45
Wonderful time in Colonial Williamsburg!from Time2GoNow
Williamsburg Lodge -from A TripAdvisor Member
t worry about the construction - this hotel is Great!from michellecmc
I was a bit hestitant to book the only moderate on-site hotel available, Williamsburg Lodge, after being warned by the Colonial Williamsburg phone staff of the construction. They assured me that the construction would not interfere with my stay, but who hasn't heard that line before.
I decided to book our room in the brand new East Wing of the Lodge figuring it would be better than the Tazwell Wing that had been "renovated." Not knowing what the renovated rooms look like, I can tell you the East Wing rooms are lovely. Our room contained two queen poster beds, a small dresser, desk, leather covered wing back chair, wooden rocker, small game table, and amoire which had small safe, refriderator, and TV. Sound like a lot for one room...? Maybe just a bit, but it was decorated lovely and totally in the historic theme.
The bathroom was equally as nice, large with more ammenities than you'd find at other hotels in this price range including plush white robes, a large towel hamper, full sized in-room coffee maker (no mini four cup maker!) and more.
The room also has a door that goes to a small patio outside with another set of wooden rockers and small table into a pretty landscaped area.
The construction was obvious, but unless you plan to hang out directly outside your room during the day when they are working it will not interrupt your stay in the least.
The only other inconvienances were that the front desk is actually across the street in another building and the continental breakfast provided is located in the Tazwell wing. The front desk issue only came in to play when we couldn't find our way to room (though we were so close to it, it would've bit us). We had checked in earlier in the day and given very good directions, that I had forgotten, to the room. We called the front desk for directions and they had a bit of a time understanding where we were and where our room was. Had we been in the same building I am sure they would've sent someone right over to help us. The continental breakfast is located in the Tazwell wing and meant a bit of a hike over there from the East Wing. There is no seating for breakfast as it is grab-and-go so if you forget something it would be another hike back. It was well stocked though with better than some continental fare including individually cello-wrapped pastries, several types of juices and Dole fruit bowls among other things.
We didn't use the outdoor pool area, which was also across the street which I believe is part of the WB Inn.
There was ample underground parking and the hotel is just a short block to the just about the middle of the CW area, though there is a bus shuttle stop just outside the hotel.
Take advantage of the low construction rates on this hotel, I'm sure they will go up once the construction is complete.
Excellent stay at the lodgefrom norma_jean
t stay againfrom LikeToTravel709
I did not realized how bad it was until we went back after our dinner. We heard of loud traffic noise. I complained to the front desk, I was told it would stop after 9:00 P.M.. Boy, it was wrong. We did not wish to move at late consider my kids were tired.
The next morning, I called to say I would like to move to another room. I was told no more room available, but I can pay more to move to Williamsburg Inn. Then, I talked with the manager. She was polite but said the same - you can move if you prefer to pay more. But my husband did not wish to drive home.
Sum it all - it is way too much money for that motel (you can't call it hotel). It is worst than motel. Buyers beware, do not stay there. The only good about this MOTEL is - it is close to historical sites. But I prefer to drive next time.
Williamsburg Lodge *Newly Constructed Phase*from jqtrip06
Be Warned - Not as Advertised!from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked through Travelocity whose description (presumably provided by the hotel because it's the same on several different travel websites) states, "Relax at the Williamsburg Lodge where the surrounds are casual, warm and very comfortable with a distinctive southern tradition ...... Amenities include on-site dining, shopping and golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club as well as shuttle service, fitness and spa services, recreational activities and more." There's also a photo of a very pleasant looking garden.
The reality was somewhat different. The Lodge itself was a construction site and not accessible at all, and Reception was in another building across the road, adjacent to the Williamsburg Inn. Effectively, all we had was a motel room in a square block which was next to the road on 2 sides and the construction site on the other 2 sides. There was no guest directory in the room to give information on hotel facilities - when I phoned Reception to ask about this they said the new version hadn't yet been produced but I could phone them with any questions. How can you ask about facilities you don't know exist? I like to be able to browse through the directory and see what's available. It would not be difficult for them to produce a couple of typed sheets as a temporary directory, but I suspect they haven't done this because it would simply highlight the lack of facilities.
Security was non-existent, anyone could walk in from the street and there's not even the usual reception area you would have in other motels so there are no staff around. There were supposed to be Bell Services staff in the underground car park but in 3 days we didn't see them. The Reception area across the road is not within sight of the building and was not manned 24 hours a day. Williamsburg is not an inner city and perhaps they don't feel security is an issue - but it doesn't take much to put key-card locks on the outer doors to limit access.
As a motel room, it was pleasant enough and handy for walking into Williamsburg. But it does not deserve the AAA 3 Diamond rating listed by any stretch of the imagination, it is more the 1 Diamond, ie "essential, no-frills accommodation". The room could meet the 2 Diamond standard except for the "typically at moderate prices" criteria, because I do not consider $149.00 a night a moderate price for such a motel. (Our 3 previous nights were spent in a 3 Diamond property in Arlington where not only did the room have superior facilities - better air/heat system, refrigerator and microwave, comfortable easy chair - but the hotel had 24 hour front desk, dining room and lounge bar, fitness facilities, secure access to the car park and to the elevators from the car park, and all for $89.00 per night.)
Personally I believe the Williamsburg Lodge should not be operating while this major construction project is ongoing, but if nothing else they should be warning potential guests of the disruption and lack of facilities so you can make an informed decision.
We would happily visit Williamsburg again but would not recommend any of the 'official' Foundation hotels as the company appears to have little consideration for their customers, only for their accountant.
Desperately in need of Refurbishmentfrom LoveAllThingsDisney
Very nice experiencefrom Be-Well-415
Top Local Tips for Williamsburg
Go to Jamestown and Yorktown Plan a majority of your touring around Jamestown and Yorktown, it is the most interactive sites and holds the kids' interest best. Colonial Williamsburg in general I found a bit disappointing, thankfully it was not meant to be the highlight of our vacation. Just be aware that there is a privately run Yorktown and a Federal run Yorktown facility (where battlefields are), both were very interesting and not far apart.
CONCERT Check in the local church if they are holding any organ concerts. We went to one which was lit by candles and superb. If we had not asked we would not have known about this.
Reservations Make evening dinner reservations at the taverns well in advance for a truly enjoyable time.
Other names for Colonial Williamsburg The Williamsburg Lodge Hotel
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- Address: 310 South England Street - Williamsburg - Virginia - 23185 - United States
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