Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites
Good Value, Given Tourist Locationfrom stixvelo
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 atmospherefrom hmeschoolr
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 Restaurantsfrom kandedela
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 placefrom Bones57
A great choice when visiting Colonial Williamsburgfrom macjack
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 againfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Williamsburgfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Convenient Place To Stayfrom jeralde
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 Williamsburgfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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.
Other names for Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites
- woodlands hotel colonial williamsburg
- Address: 102 Visitor Center Drive - Williamsburg - Virginia - 23185 - United States
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