Colonial Williamsburg The Williamsburg Lodge Hotel

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3 star

Rooms: 240

310 South England Street - Williamsburg - Virginia - 23185 - United States | 757 229 1000
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No Lobby

from Mom45
The Williamsburg Lodge is lovely; however, right now they are undergoing a major renovation and the place is a construction site. There is no lobby or lounge or gift shop right now. You check in at the old Craft House by the Williamsburg Inn which is not so bad but you have to park twice and we did not have anyone offer to help with luggage. The hot water heater broke while we were there and we could not take showers. They did offer to let us take a shower off site at one of the Colonial Houses but they were pretty relaxed about the whole thing which sort of bothered me since we were paying $300 a night. After we complained, they did take $75 off of the room. If I was going to stay in Colonial Williamsburg right now and didn't want to pay the prices at the Williamsburg Inn, a Colonial House is the way to go. They are always charming and fun and less expensive.

Wonderful time in Colonial Williamsburg!

from Time2GoNow
We recently stayed in Colonial Williamsburg for our Thankgsgiving vacation, 11/19 - 11/24/05. Upon our arrival in the late afternoon, we ate at Chowning's Tavern and met a couple staying in one of the colonial houses. We decided to see if we could change our existing reservations at the Embassy Suites to the Colonial resort. We were assisted by Lesley at the Williamsburg Lodge and she was able to set us up in a double queen room for the following three nights ($47 less per night). She also called the Embassy Suites to cancel our existing reservations. We checked in the following morning and were pleasantly surprised with the room size. (We were expecting a much smaller room.) We had an inside courtyard room in Tazewell Hall. The room was extremely clean, colorful, included two sinks and a nice balcony with rocking chairs. The only drawback to this hotel is the lack of a central lobby. The buildings seem to be set up like dorm halls. The only nearby restaurant/lounge is across the street at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The other drawback is the elevator (or lack of during busy times). Other than that, no complaints! The bell staff (J.R. in particular) were wonderful and accommodating. J.R. provided us with transportation to and from dinner -- a great service especially when cold and rainy! We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at The King's Arms Tavern. We cannot say enough about the professionalism and courtesy by all employees at Colonial Williamsburg. We travel a lot, but rarely come across this many dedicated employees. This vacation was made wonderful by all the great people we met.

Williamsburg Lodge -

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Williamsburg Lodge from August 6th through the 14th with our 15 and 12 year old and were very happy. We booked the Revolution package through Colonial Williamsburg and got a rate substantially less than was quoted on the Busch site for the same type of package (two week tix good for unlimited visits, parking, etc. to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens and Water Country). We had a brand new room in the Curtis Wing and while we missed having a restaurant, etc. in our own hotel, we felt like the location of the Lodge, newness of the room, etc. made up for it. Most of our days were split between Colonial Williamsburg which we loved walking out our door to, and the amusement parks. The construction was a complete nonissue for us and didn't bother us at all -- it all took place behind plywood walls away from us. We did go into the Tazwell Wing to get coffee, etc. in the morning and the hallways and rooms there did not seem as nice as the new ones -- no surprise given that ours was just a few weeks old. Overall we loved everything and are planning a trip back -- and we would definitely stay at the Lodge again!

t worry about the construction - this hotel is Great!

from michellecmc
With a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, July 28, 2005 planned I considered my options for hotels. The "on-site" Colonial Williamsburg hotels (WB Inn, WB Lodge, etc.) offer a $29 length of stay ticket (for the arrival day thru your depature date) and FREE kids tickets. On a side note, one of the CW phone staff was quite helpful in letting me know that this special rate was better than booking a complete package with other WB attractions.

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 lodge

from norma_jean
My husband and I spent a Saturday night in the Tazewell Building of the lodge. The room has been renovated with up to date carpeting, bedding, wallpaper, window treatments and bathroom fixtures. Everything was in perfect condition. After checking in at the temporary reception desk, the receptionist radioed the bell hop in the underground parking garage, who greeted us by name, carried our luggage and generally gave us an orientation to the building and nearby facilities. Our room was very quiet and the bed comfortable. There is currently no restaurant but they have provided a "Grab and Go" breakfast bar with coffee, tea, breads and cereals. It was very convenient to walk to the historic area. Our daughter and her fiance arrived about 9 PM to pick up her wedding dress for the next day's event and she was allowed to park in the underground lot and was given directions for choosing the proper elevator. All in all we had a great experience and would highly recommend the Lodge.

t stay again

from LikeToTravel709
My family went to Williamsburg for the first time. We liked the idea of staying within walking distance to the historical sites. And we do not have money to stay at Williamsburg Inn. For $149, we thought it should be a decent hotel to stay. When I booked the hotel, I was told the room would be very quiet. Boy, when I got there, the front desk gave me a room that is just above a busy street and next to the stairs.

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
On July 2, 2005, my family and I stayed at the newly constructed rooms at the Williamsburg Lodge. The rooms were beautifully appointed with a different story told in each building. We stayed in the building that told the story of Martha Washington's life. The room included two very comfortable queen size beds, large window overlooking the courtyard, works station with chair, rocking chair, and another comfortable leather seat in the corner by the window. The bathroom was very nice with a marble counter, comfortable shower, and efficient in every way. The ammenities included were coffeemaker and tea, complimentary continental breakfast in the main building (older, newly rennovated), and walking distance to the Colonial Williamsburg area. There is also a bus stop at the hotel, in which buses frequent for pickup throughout the entire Colonial Williamsburg area. The hotel is definitely a must when visiting the Colonial Williamsburg area. REQUEST THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ROOMS and YOU WILL LOVE THE ROOMS. The other type of room available is a king with a sofa sleeper.

Be Warned - Not as Advertised!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Williamsburg Lodge for 3 nights at the beginning of May and were seriously disappointed.

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 Refurbishment

from LoveAllThingsDisney
What a terrible place! My husband & I went to Williamsburg over the July 16 - 18 weekend and always thought it would be fun to stay in the Colonial area. Because we didn't want to pay $415 per night at the newly refurbished Williamsburg Inn (yes, $415 per night!!), we thought we'd try the Lodge and assumed it would be very nice since it was $195 per night. WRONG!! The paint was peeling, the floors creaked, there was an empty old light socket in the middle of the ceiling, the bathroom was smelly, old, stained, peeling, rotting, just plain yucky. While in the very comfortable lounge (obviously already re-done) one afternoon we heard the waitress ask someone how their room was, evidently it's a 'known' that it's not the best. Colonial Williamsburg's got nerve charging that much for such a crummy place - we'll never stay there again, which is a shame because it probably will be nice once the renovations are completed. I guess the final straw was when we checked out and no one asked "How was your stay?"........Guess they knew what our answer would be. Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn - it's a great place and costs less!

Very nice experience

from Be-Well-415
Our family recently returned from spending the July 4th weekend in the Williamsburg area. Our room was in the Taziwell wing of the Lodge - nicely appointed rooms, large comfortable beds, very clean. We were given an interior room, so we had a balcony with two rocking chairs overlooking the large, nicely landscaped interior courtyard. Every morning we awoke to a chorus of birds singing - quite nice. The free parking in the garage underneath was very convenient. Our plan included bounce passes to Historic Williamsburg, Water Country and Busch Gardens. We also had use of the pool at the Horseshoe Golf Club across the street. Our plan did not include meals. The price, for what we got, was very fair. Obviously you can stay at less expensive places, but for the ambiance and proximity to the historic area (within a half block walking distance), we were very happy with our choice. The only downside is, that at the current time, the Taziwell is not connected to the main part of the lodge, due to construction. This did not present a problem, except for the downpour of rain one of the afternoons. But the nicest part of the stay was the friendly staff. The concierge was superb - she had great ideas for eating. During the afternoon downpour mentioned earlier, I happenend to be in the main lobby. The bell hop actually drove me to our room - dropping me off in the basement garage where I easily hopped an elevator to our room. We would definitely stay there again.

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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