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June 9 (Day 40) Williamsburg, VA We arrived in Williamsburg to beautiful weather and wonderful accommodations at the Williamsburg Inn. Williamsburg is the Revolutionary War-period city and seat of colonial government for the fledgling United States. We strolled the streets admiring the beautifully restored and maintained structures. Eighty-eight …
"I panicked because I woke up at 0555" Dorte about the morning of "No you were a good leader. You checked in and were like don't blow me off cause it has to be done" Julia. Semi back handed compliment I think, about my leadership day "Kelsi and Kathy. K squared. You stay on the ward over lunch to cover the nurses in the day room" Christian about the lunch ...
"The strap of my new shoes fell out while I was walking to the dining hall" Sarah to Grace "She enjoys small children" Leadership ESAP practice quiz question "Well I'm not putting her with the four year old. And I put her with the fifteen year old post op because she can defend herself" Amanda about the reasoning behind why she chose this answer. Lots of ...
"Keepin it real" Professor Campbell talking about sex after cardiac procedures. "My brother was the paradigm of perfect. Still is. Which I loved" AA "He told me I passed out by eight pm and forgot all the conversations" AA "My wife remembers everything. Which is great" AA "Do you want to come to our room to learn K pop dance moves" Margaret and ...
"Where you going?" Caitlyn when I was trying to go back to hospital but made a wrong turn "Thank you for being here and taking care of Patient" Doug after successful clinical day "Thank you for taking care of me" Patient "Open the box" attitude from Newcomb server "I've got lots of vital signs to do" attitude from PCA. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Keswick Hall
Not quite 5 points
Spent 1 night at Keswick Hall in March 2005. Beautiful hotel with the best restaurant (Fosset's) I have come across in the US. Afternoon tea a welcome extra and good quality. Forgive a Brit for saying this but the best cup of tea on our trip!
The only reason I have not given 5 'stars' is the poor reception. As another reviewer has reported, don't expect any asistance with your bags on arrival. We carried several heavy cases from the car without an offer of assistance. Eventually, the receptionist woke from her boredom to ask if we needed a hand. Not good enough at these prices.
Brunch at Fossett's
I recently had the pleasure of dining at your fine establishment on Sunday, 12-26-04 for your brunch with my son and his family. It was absolutely the finest place I've ever dined and the food and service were excellent. I'd love to come back in the spring when the grounds and trees are at their best. Thanks again for treating us like royalty.
I took my husband here this past weekend (Nov.12-14) for his 35th bday and was so disappointed considering what I was charged for the room. We used to live in Cville and had always heard great things about Keswick. Based on website pictures and reviews I read, I was expecting a luxurious, well-maintained room (I picked a mid-level room - the state room), and instead felt like I was staying in grandma's attic. I knew this hotel was once owned by Sir Ashley and I'm not opposed to floral fabrics, but the room decor was just a little on the shabby side. There were three dormer windows and literally probably was the attic so I can understand the decorating challenges due to wall space, but it still was a little odd to have the bed in the middle of the room and not against the wall. The t.v. was also set on a drape table in the corner and looked pretty lame. We appreciated the music motif the room had with antique musical instruments on the wall, but the fabrics and bedding really were not luxury hotel quality. The carpet and certain upholstered pieces were stained as well. The slipcovers on some chairs didn't even look like they fit. Our bathroom was big but not as great as I hoped. We had trouble with the shower/tub draining during the shower - you would stand in 2 inches of water during a shower. It drained after you got out so I know we had the drain open. We told the front desk the first night, but it never got better.
A Lovely Evening
Just a short review to express our total enjoyment with an outstanding meal we had at Keswick. The ambiance, presentation, service, wine and of course the multi-course meal itself, were all wonderful and made for an evening that we will long remember.
I surprised my Mom with a one night stay at Keswick for her 61st birthday. I was very excited that they were a pet-friendly hotel since we were traveling with my yorkie. (They did treat him like royalty) We had such great expectations, and when we drove up, it was breathtaking-the grounds and house were gorgeous. Our amazement stopped there! The reception confused us with someone else, and offered us a room with a "view" (which was a patio walled in by lattice) that had an awful musty smell. I refused the room, and after my persistence they showed us 2 other small rooms on the 2nd floor. I chose one with a very nice view of the golf course. I happen to be in the interior design business and was very excited to see the home where Laura Ashley lived, but our room was so run down we were shocked! Chipped paint on walls, stains on the carpet, broken terrace doors, unclean bathroom...yuck! The air conditioning was not cooling, and we went to sleep sweating, right after seeing a ROACH crawl across our floor!!!! Needless to say I had a chat with management in the morning, and as expected they were very accomodating. I was impressed with how well the management handled the situation, and they said they were going up to inspect our room and put it "out of order" until repairs were made. I felt so sorry for my Mom, who did not get the birthday surprise she deserved, and we would not return unless we discovered MAJOR changes had been made. It is a shame to see such a beautiful place not given the attention it deserves.
My husband and I stayed at Keswick Hall in April, 2004, and had a lovely time. The staff was helpful and polite. We first were put in a beautifully decorated room, but it overlooked the parking lot. We requested a room overlooking the golf course and mountains, and they cleaned a room and graciously moved us. It was too cold to swim but the infinity pool is beautiful and we plan to come back in warmer weather.
My husband and I travel throughout the world a great deal and spent Valentine's Day at the Keswick. I have to disagree with all the other reviews on a number of issues. One said that the hotel may be the best in the US and the world....that is ridiculous. The other said that it is terrible....also ridiculous. We are very particular and have been to many 5 star hotels around the world....the Keswick is by no means in this class but it was very nice and the service was excellent. Both the front desk and the valet were always very pleasant and could not do enough for us....Our dinner was superb with excellent service. Our room was very nice, very clean with exceptional views of the Virginia countryside and the infinity pool......Everyone has their own tastes and opinions and not everyone has stayed at 5 star hotels so cannot compare. But this is a lovely getaway within the US and not many in Virginia can compare. It can by no means compare to the luxury hotels in Europe or NY.
My wife and I have been to Keswick Hall many times. We use to go about every month for a quick romantic get-a-way before Orient Express Hotels purchased the property from Sir. Ashley. On our first return since Orient Express bought the property we had the following problems: