Governor's Inn - Colonial Williamsburg
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Refrigerator in room
- Outdoor pool
- Non-smoking hotel
- Microwave in room
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Historical Traveler Reviews Governor's Inn - Colonial Williamsburg
What a let down
we have stayed at this hotel in the oast and found it a quiet retreat. This time it was not quiet or clean and in dire need of an updating. The carpet was soiled and old the paint was blistered and peeling in the bath area. the room attentant must have been blind or lazy we found hair in the tub paper wrappers from toilet paper on the floor and mold in the grout around the tub - in a few words a dump- not up to Colonial Williamsburg normal standards.
What a let down, yuk!
I just came home from a vacation in Williamsburg,Va. Before leaving, I did a lot of checking on the internet to find a decent hotel that would be in walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. I had narrowed the search down to the Patrick Henry Inn and the Governors Inn which was actulally a bit more expensive but still a low price hotel. Anyhow, the Governors Inn is part of the Williamsburg complex...so they claim! You sure couldn't tell that from the location which was not in Colonial Williamsburg and a good long walk to the village. The hotel was a mess. The room was disgustingly filthy! You wouldn't dare sit in the bath tub and it was horrible to walk barefoot on the carpets. The amenities are actually located at a hotel that you have to drive to, which is very inconvenient and unlikely that very many people would bother to do that. I saw the Patrick Henry Inn and felt bad as it was much closer to Colonial Williamsburg and looked like a much nicer place even from the exterior. The Governors Inn is undergoing a makeover, but, when I booked my reservation, I read that it had already been rennovated, which is part of why I chose it. I thought I would at least get a newly decorated room and not some junky, smelly, dirty room! Don't stay there, there are a lot of hotels in Williamsburg that you could stay in without reservations that are much nicer and cleaner, also less expensive. As far as I'm concered, they should have given me my money back. It was one of the worst places I have ever stayed. I hope this helps someone else have a better vacation. This is not a nice place to stay.
My husband and I decided at the last minute to visit Williamsburg on Thanksgiving night after visiting nearby relatives. I called central reservations for a room and was told that only the Governor's Inn was available for $98 a night. We chose an official Williamsburg property assuming that the accommodations would be at least adequate and the motel was advertised as recently refurbished.Although I told the reservations clerk that we would be arriving late, we were not told that the check-in office would be closed at 9:00 pm. We arrived at 9:10 and found a note on the door directing us to call the Williamsburg lodge main desk. When we did we were told to drive to the lodge to pick up our key. We did and drove back to our room. When I flipped on the light switch at the door nothing happened so I had to grope my way to a lamp. We discovered that the lamp operated by the door switch had no bulb. When we pulled back the cover on the bed we discovered what apparently was once a blanket but now was a threadbare rag. The sheets were stained. The carpet had not been vacuumed, there were dust bunnies in the night stand, and trash on the floor. When my husband went to dispose of the slug he found crawling across the carpet, he found that the toilet did not work properly. We tried to call the desk to complain but the phone was dead.We then drove back to the Williamsburg lodge to check out and get our money back. We were given the choice of staying at the Cascade motel, an old facility that is not even advertised on their website. We went to look at the room and although it appeared to have not been updated since the 1960's, it was at least clean and we stayed there.It appeared to us the the Williamsburg organization was just stuffing people into whatever normally unused and substandard rooms they had, charging full price and not warning patrons of what they were getting.We certainly won't be staying there again.
Don't stay here. For the price and advertisement the Govenor's Inn falls well short of any reasonable expectation of an accommodation connected with Colonial Williamsburg. The Govenor's Inn leaves a bad taste about Colonial Williamsburg. Had to stay one night then moved to a Hampton Inn.
Colonial Williamsburg should either bring this place up to a respectable level or close the Govenor's Inn.
Ok, but not great
The first night I called to see about ordering movies as advertised on the TV. The remote didn't work and maintenance never showed up as was promised. The front desk closes at 11pm and you have to call another hotel for anything after that time. The breakfast was fine when they had the items. Bagels, but were out of creamcheese, cereal, but no milk, no knives or forks, etc. We were in the back building and our room has not been refurbished in a long time. It was clean, but kinda dingy. My wife bought air fresheners to combat the mildewish smell. We will go back to W'burg, but will not stay there; we'll pay the little extra to stay somewhere better.
Very pleased, friendly people, good continental breakfast
Very pleased, friendly staff, good Continental breakfast.
Sono rimasto molto soddisfatto: pesonale cordiale, colazione continentale buona
Sono rimasto molto soddisfatto: pesonale cordiale, colazione continentale buona.
We spent 1 night here on our way to virginia beach and found the place to be really dirty. Our room had big chunks of ceiling falling in and the bathroom and bed wer filthy and full of hair. the floor and tub were so dirty I did not even want my kids in the room. We left in a hurry the next morning, refusing to eat our free continental breakfast for fear of it being as unsanitary as the room.
Pass this one over
Would not stay their again,Next door to Amtrak Station ,Trains wake you up at night. Hotel has alot of age on it,only positive was was free shuttle service to different points around town. No bar ,serves continental breakfast.
There has to be a better deal
There are so many attractive motels in Williamsburg, I have to believe one of them would've been more enjoyable than the Governor's Inn. This is a stripped down, well worn, bargain basement motel. Not unlivable, but I've stayed in many discount chain motels that were more pleasantly appointed for a similar price.
I would've gladly paid the bit of money I saved on admission tickets to stay somewhere a little more appealing.
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