Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites

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Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites

2 star

Rooms: 300

102 Visitor Center Drive - Williamsburg - Virginia - 23185 - United States | 757 220 7960
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Good Value, Given Tourist Location

from stixvelo
This was our second stay at the Woodlands. We once stayed over the July 4 holiday, when Williamsburg was crawling with tourists. This time, the atmosphere was much more relaxed.
The hotel is located at the Visitor Center, which makes taking advantage of Colonial Willaimsburg very easy. And the Visitor Center itself is very impressive.
As other reviewers have indicated, the Woodland is done is "upcsale woodsy", with open post and beam construction. The lobby and breakfast area are very welcoming, including the fireplace. The rooms, however, and cramped, especially for a family of 4 six footers.
Hussars, the restauarant, has undistinguished, overrated food. Do not eat there unless you are too exhausted from sightseeing.
Cyclists and runners -- thw Woodlands is located just off Colonial Parkway leading to both Yorktown and Jamestown. It is a great area to cycle and run.
Overall, I felt that we received a good value at the Woodlands on both occasions.

New Woodlands--Nice but not the same atmosphere

from hmeschoolr
We just got back from a 2-day stay at the new Woodlands Hotel. I'll start by saying if you liked the old atmosphere this is somewhat different. The lobby interior is modern-rustic. I liked the charm of the old Woodlands better with its "old national park lodge kind of feel." The rooms now are typical run-of-the-mill with normal accomadations.

The complementary breakfast was sufficient and appreciated. It was nice not to have to go off-property or pay. With 4 children that is a plus! We found the breakfast area to be large enough. With 6 people we found immediate seating both days even though the room seemed quite full. As mentioned earlier the selection is rather limited with sweet rolls, cereal, fruit, milk, juices, coffee, boiled eggs, toast and bagels.

The on-site restaurant "Hazzah!" was convenient but over priced with typically dull tourist fare. Go off-property if you have the energy but at least you won't starve if you don't.

This is a good place to stay with children. They still have the putt-putt golf course, tether ball, badmitton set, new play ground and outdoor swimming pool. The putt-putt course is not highly maintained but it's free and gives the kiddos something to do. Mine enjoyed playing over and over again.

And finally, the convenience of the visitor center and shuttle bus service was a huge plus for us. No problems encountered there.

My only real complaint is that the gift shop would not honor a price they had posted in the store.

Ditch the Woodlands Hotel and all the Restaurants

from kandedela
We just returned from our trip, and the biggest warning I have is about the Restaurants and the Woodlands Hotel. We had a pretty bad but still very expensive lunch at Shield's, the atmosphere is awful because you get a number, go find a table, and then come back and carry your own food to your table. You have to spend about $10.00 per person but you still don't get served and there are plastic utensils, it was pretty bad! The gumbo was decent, I'd just get that or the soup, or better yet, just grab a cookie in there and go. We shared a cheese and sausage plate which was $20.00. There was processed green dye cheddar on the plate, a sliver of brie, a wedge or two of sausage, some grapes, and that was about it.
Chowning's is a place to be avoided, it was dirty inside and out, the food was so bad, I can't warn against it enough! The corn chowder had canned corn in it, or was it canned milk? It was terrible. The serving size was maybe 1/2 cup for something like $4.50. The beer is $4.50 for a tap beer. They were making everyone wait outside for an hour or more, but when we got in there the whole room was empty upstairs, it was like they were just short staffed. The waitress was CLUELESS!!! I'm serious, she must have been on drugs.
Woodlands....avoid the double full bed rooms if at all possible unless you have only two people, and ask for foam for the beds. It compares to a Super 8 and you have to walk a mile to get to your room. It's very spread out. Get a room close to the lobby if possible, and get the king suite, it's only a few dollars more and totally worth it. The full beds are blue ticking, the cheapest, most uncomfortable bed I've ever seen! I didn't know they made beds that uncomfortable anymore, the last time I saw one was in the 60's in my grandmother's spare room, or my husband's grandmother's spare room. It seems to be a style that hasn't been made since the 40's. If you ask for foam, the queen pull out sofa is tolerable for a child or young teen. The Super 8 is close by and looked pretty good, but I've never been able to stay in one, I can stomach a decent hotel but not that. The advantage of Woodlands is you are right by the Visitors Center and shuttle bus, but I'm not sure it is worth it. We got a package that included tickets for all the days we were there for about $165.00 a night. We had three kids with us, they let us have a king suite even though it was against fire code when I told them I couldn't sleep in that bad blue ticking double bed again. What a silly fire code, the king suite is twice as big as the two doubles room! I wanted the king suite from the beginning but they wouldn't give it to me until I told them I was going to go to another hotel. The Williamsburg Hotel seemed very nice when I went in there to check out the dining room, but it also gave me the feeling of a rip off, especially in the dining room, where you can pay $15.00 for a (probably) bad salad. There was one woman at the desk, and she ignored me as long as possible, which was a long time.
My advice is to stay off the property in a nice hotel with an indoor pool if you have children, and eat off the property at all times except for a cookie at Shield's and some cheese purchased from the Cheese Shop (heaven for any foodie). That's all folks! P.S. The pizza at Hazzah is bad.

nice place

from Bones57
The rooms were clean and hotel was in close proximity to colonial williamsburg. I stayed in a suite with a refrigerator, microwave and pull out couch. I would recommend this to families.

A great choice when visiting Colonial Williamsburg

from macjack
Last June (04) our family of four stayed at the Woodlands, and we couldn't have been happier with our choice of hotel. Since we were most interested in visiting the historic area, the hotel's location right next to the park couldn't have been more convenient. And, if you're not up for the short walk, you are right next to the free shuttle bus stop. The pool area was very nice, and great for cooling down after a hot humid day of sight-seeing! We enjoyed the continental breakfast more than we usually do- the addition of biscuits and ham were a nice touch! This is also an ideal spot for families with young children, not just because of the proximity to the historic district, but because of the many activities on the grounds, including a playgound area.
We found the concierge and desk staff to be extremely helpful. Our only complaint was with the cleaning staff, who seemed a bit surlier than normal.
The rooms were nicely appointed, although nothing fancy. We were very comfortable. Best of all, for staying in a Foundation Hotel, you get a discount on Williamsburg attractions!

Would stay again

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed there over Christmas with our baby and young daughter.

The front desk was excellent; extremely helpful and courteous. It was very happy to fulfill any request (crib, extra toiletries, etc.). Our room was very clean; the fridge and microwave were spotless. The location can't be beat; it's a 10 minute walk to the historic center. The shuttles are also convenient. The morning breakfast was standard continental, but the variety of milks, fruits, and yogurts stood out. The hotel also has screened and certified babysitters available (we paid $12/hr for two kids).

The downside was the awful bedding. The mattress was far too stiff for me and the pillows were far beyond their useful lives. My spouse didn't notice anything wrong with them, though.

Great value right next to Colonial Williamsburg

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed with our three children at the Woodlands in late November, 2004. The rooms were immaculate and nicely decorated. Also, the rooms can accommodate five people, rather than the usual four. The staff was outstanding! The hotel is within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg and guests receive discounted tickets, which made it an even better value for our family of five. We thought it was a very pleasant and safe environment and an excellent value. I would definitely stay there again!

Convenient Place To Stay

from jeralde
A church group of 28 (mostly seniors) stayed two nights (Oct 3 & 4). The only problem we encountered was incorrect information regarding the shuttle service. Whether this was the fault of the shuttle service itself or the hotel, I don't know.

Everyone was pleased with their rooms and the location to Colonial Williamsburg. Some took the shuttle and some took the short walk to the district.

The only flaw was our luncheon at the King's Arms Tavern. Granted, we were a large group; but we were very disappointed at the quality of the food. The menu was basically a tasteless hamburger in an egually tasteless bun. The meal cost $15 per person was wasn't even close to worth the money.

I suggest eating at the Merchants Square next to the historic district; which has some nice shops as well.

Colonial Williamsburg

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Woodland Hotel and Suites in April 2004. The room was small for 5 people (and this is the only hotel on the property that can accomadate a family of 5 per their phone reservations). I researched this trip online for quite awhile and I'm not sure the package I got beat my own research. The telephone reservation operator was really helpful, especially in reserving 2 'night' programs ("Cry Freedom" and the Milita Program). The employees were in character and very educational. The hotel seemed overpriced-it was hard to tell what was being charged for what due to a confusing billing process. I'd go again but stay 'off property'. It was thrilling to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers.

Surprising!

from dwirthwein
After a fairly disappointing previous stay at the classic, but in-need-of-a-renovation (at that time) Williamsburg Inn, 4 years ago, my wife, 8 year old daughter and I decided we'd save the $200 a night and take our chances on the new addition to the Williamsburg hotel family, the Woodlands, for our July 2004 trip. Just got back a few days ago - and were VERY pleased overall with the stay.

After having read several reviews a bit critical of the hotel's quallity and staff and even the lack of seating (not true!) in the free breakfast area, I didn't know what to expect upon arriving. What I DID know, however, was the $165/night suite price we had been quoted for our stay wasn't all that much more than most Marriott/Hilton types in the area - so, we chose convenience (next to Visitor's Center) and went with this location. Glad we did.

Now, first off, in the real world, this is no $165 a night hotel - more like a $100/night one... However, in "tourist land" - things aren't as they should be - so $165 it is - and there are no real complaints. (Note - originally booked at a rate of $185 - but site ran a special for a few days about three weeks before arrival. Regular rooms (non-suites) were $140-$149 during that same period).

Its rooms are somewhat equivalent to the quality of a SpringHill Suites or Hampton Suites location - though more the size and layout of a Doubletree or Embassy Suites location. This is no Ritz-Carlton, but certainly no Days Inn, either - at least in the suites. Lobby and halls and exterior are nothing special - but fine, all the same. Pool was especially nice and clean. No theming of any sort (no lodge-look, etc...) seen in architecture of hotel....

My daughter loved having her own pull-out Queen sofa bed w/TV in "her" (sitting room) part of the suite (couch/two chairs/desk). Microwave and refrigerator - as well as a second sink - are between the sitting and sleeping rooms, across from the roomy bathroom. (Tub was especially wide - making it easy to take a shower without having the shower curtain interfere, as they so often do in (in narrow tubs) in hotel rooms these days. Nice toiletry/soap items in bathroom). Nice pine/pine look/painted furniture was a departure fromt dark wood look of so many hotel rooms. King bed was quite comfortable - and bedroom had another chair, too...

Though I'm (sorry!) usually not a "free breakfast" fan at hotels (yuckly frozen croissants, bagels and danish, etc... are the norm... I'd rather PAY!) - this breakfast offered some of the usual suspects, but also fruit cups, giant bananas and apples, several choices of yogurt - and more. Seating area, which another reader noted as too small - had 25 tables inside - and another 10 or so outside... Huge for this type of arrangement. Hardly small, unless everyone in the hotel showed up at once - and then, it's FREE. (Actuallyl, the hotel offered "to go" trays to take items back to rooms. Great idea...)

Parking at hotel is free - in either two gated lots on the front of the hotel - or a large, ungated, rear area. Visitor's Center, just 100 yards or so away from hotel entrance. Tickets, souvenirs and limited refreshments can be bought there. And - most importantly - visitors can board a bus for a quick 2-3 minute ride to the main historic area stop (and, at night, the bus takes you to to more stops, including restaurants and the main shopping area...)

We'd happily stay at this location again. Overall, it offered nice, fairly-priced (for the area) accomodations - and is close to the historic area (so you can go car-less, if you choose). Lots of familes.

Top Local Tips for Williamsburg

visiting historic sites Start out early in the day, especially if you are visiting in the Summer. It tends to get very hot, by the afternoon you will definitely want to be at the pool

touring start out early in the day, it tends to get very hot, by the afternoon you will want to be back at the pool cooling down

As soon as you get there . . . . My suggestion would be that as soon as you arrive, get your hands on a weekly brochure they publish it's called "this week." They are available at the visitor's center and at hotels. It lists what's going on - every day that week - that way, you don't waste half a day trying to figure what to to do when.

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  • Address: 102 Visitor Center Drive - Williamsburg - Virginia - 23185 - United States
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