Williamsburg Hospitality House
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Salutations from Williamsburg, VA! We have been having an amazing time just walking around the settlements and peering in buildings here and there. We arrived Saturday (11/10) and set up camp and cleaned ourselves up a bit before finally heading into town. We walked around as everything was closing up and actually quite enjoyed it that way. There weren't as many people which as a result ...
The Jefferson Lab was found shortly after the Department of Energy and employs over 675 people. The Department of Energy was created on August 4, 1977, a few years after the 1973 Oil Crisis. The Department was signed in by Jimmy Carter in an initiative to help the energy crisis that came up several times throughout his career. The Department ...
... of Independence. Oh, and Robert E. Lee was born here as well! Just down the road from Stratford Hall is the birthplace of George Washington. The home burned to the ground in the 1790's and the National Park that is located here holds a historically incorrect version of the home. You see, on the bicentennial of our first Presidents birthday some good ...
The American Revolution started with...shall I say....a tea party. The battle fought in Yorktown was the turning point for the American Revolutionary War. It was here, British General Corwallis surrendered to General George Washington with a little help from the French! The rest is history.
The Historic Yorktown Center is like a miniature England. It's time for the tour out with the National Park ...
... say more... I will have to leave this as is. This is something you might have to experience for yourself, just like Disneyland!!!
To continue with my tradition, I must stop by a nearby College of William and Mary - one of the oldest public universities in the U.S. Here was once home to 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence and 3 U.S. Presidents. It's a must visit whenever in Williamsburg.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Williamsburg Hospitality House
Average for Williamsburg
We have been frequent visitors to Williamsburg over the past 4 years and had heard nice compliments on this hotel. This was the first time that we stayed here, mainly because the rate was as low as we had seen here. Upon arrival, we had the misfortune of arriving with a bus load of guests. The hotel does not have a process for checking in large groups, so mayhem in the lobby was apparent. It took over twenty minutes to check-in. Parking, as frequently described here, was a nightmare. Low ceilings, confusing traffic directions, and large support pillars made parking a stressful ordeal. The room was nicely appointed with colonial-type motif -- nice wallpaper, nice colors. The room was clean. The problem occured as we prepared to sleep. The room would not cool down. When we had the temperature turned down, but to no avail. The a/c fan was very noisy at higher speeds, but it did not help. The result was a sleepless night. Not a good experience. The convenience of the location is NOT a reason to stay here.
We are frequent visitors to the area; but had waited to make reservations for the Jamestown Celebration, and found this online. We stayed from May 10 through May 15, 2007. The location is wonderful, with just a short walk to Merchants Square, and easy access to all surrounding areas. That said, we must comment on a couple of things. The garage is a nice feature, but the low ceilings and giant concrete pillars with very tight spaces is a challenge - I have a big white scrape on one back fender. The mattress on our bed was AWFUL - we both were glad to leave, since sleep was difficult and our backs suffered from it. And finally, we got to participate in an unplanned fire drill at 4 am. The alarms went off, and we headed for the stairs with another couple (no one that we knew previously). We followed the exit signs which led us straight down to the garage, where the steel doors had gone down, and there was no obvious way out. We all felt some concern that we were now locked in there, but the door we had come from was still unlocked, so we started back up the stairs, found another door at a landing, which led outside to a bush, which we crashed through. After standing outside in the rain, watching the fire trucks, we were allowed back in (no explanations given); got back to bed, when the alarms went off again. As soon as we got some clothes on and opened the door, the alarms stopped. Back in bed; ten minutes later - alarms! Called the desk - were told they were working on it; and we should ignore it. Three more times, then it stopped. The next morning, we went to the front desk, and told the desk guy about the confusion trying to get out; he didn't write down anything, or ask our names, but did promise to "mention the staircase problem" to the manager when he got there. No apology for the confusion and extra alarms all night. Scary.
Nettes Hotel, großes Zimmer
Mein Mann und ich haben unseren Aufenthalt im Hospitality House genossen. Das Zimmer war groß und sauber. Das Abendessen im 415 Grill auf dem Gelände war ausgezeichnet. Unser einziges Problem war das Parken: Wir haben einen Geländewagen mittlerer Größe und es gab nur begrenzt Parkplätze für größere Fahrzeuge. In der Garage und auf dem Parkplatz gab es keine Plätze mehr, daher mussten wir lange herumfahren, bis uns das Hotelpersonal einen Parkplatz auf dem Busparkplatz zuwies. Ansonsten hatten wir keine Probleme.
Falls wir nochmal nach Williamsburg kommen werden wir wieder hier übernachten.
Nice hotel, big room
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The room was large and it was clean. We also really enjoyed dinner at the 415 Grill on the premises, an excellent dinner. The only problem we had was with parking. We had a medium size SUV and there was limited parking for larger vehicles. They ran out of spaces in their garage and outside parking lot, we drove around for a long time until the hotel staff told us to park in the spots reserved for buses. Other than that we had no problems. We would stay here again if we ever returned to Williamsburg.
Lovely Hotel and Excellent Location
We wound up staying here unexpectedly (and very fortunately) due to problems at Embassy Suites (our original reservations - see separate reveiw for this). Based on our six day stay at the Hospitality House, this hotel merits a much better review than those previously submitted! We had a King Bed room facing an inner courtyard affording a nice view with flowers, etc. The room was beautifully furnished and decorated and was of a good size, albeit not a suite. The AC was central with individual room control and maintained a very comfortable temperature with no noise.
I had to call the hotel prior to our visit to correct our arrival and departure dates (the error was on Embassy Suites side). The hotel was very responsive and our room requests were honored. I suggest that you make reservations by calling the hotel as their website only lists Double-Double rooms while King rooms are also available.
We were fortunate to have Breakfast (a large buffet) included in our room rate, but this may not be the normal case (again, check with the hotel directly).
As other reviews stated, the hotel is located in a lovely area across from W&M campus, and about a ten minute walk (less if you walk fast) to Merchants Square. We ate at the hotel twice and were impressed with the food and service; prices were reasonable. The adjoining taverns and delis (e.g. Green Leafy) were college oriented - Green Leafy food was great but noise level very high.
Finally, our experience with the management was very positive and quite different from the problems encountered by other reviewers. Overall, this may be one of the best lodging options at Williamsburg, provided you can negotiate a lower rate (e.g., AAA) and ideally including the Breakfast Buffet.
Problems with the Williamsburg Hospitality House
This hotel is far overpriced for what it had to offer. I know some people would
say location is everything, but it just couldn't compensate for all of the
problems. Also, there are a multitude of quality hotels not even 5 minutes
away that had much better rates.
The ceiling in our room was very low even though we were on the 2nd floor. This
became very pronounced when entering the tiny bathroom, which was so small that
the door barely cleared the toilet when it opened.
The next biggest problem was that you could hear absolutely everything going on
in the hallway all day long. The walls are also fairly thin. We could hear the
televisions (and conversations) from adjacent rooms. The hallways were very
long and the elevators were not in convenient locations. Also, only certain
elevators would go to necessary floors...which were on opposite ends of the
hall, of course. The parking garage was also a true test of anyone's driving
skills. The ceilings were very low and the spaces were very small. Plan on
getting at least one dent in the side of your vehicle. There were also concrete
support pillars to avoid.
On the positive side, this was a very clean hotel. The staff quickly replaced
the batteries in our television remote. Checking in an hour early was not a
problem, and checking out was speedy.
Please - Charging for Internet Access?
Booked and confirmed a double yet surly desk clerk advised no double available - only singles with no reduction in price. From other reviews it seems this happens often - bait and switch. Asked to speak to manager - "was out". BTW - Charging people for internet access at this price point is a joke. Canceled future reservations - never again.
We go to Williamsburg at least 4 times a year and always stay at the Hospitality House if there is availability. The restaurants are very nice and being able to walk to the Historial area and William & Mary is wonderful. We park the car in the garage and walk everywhere.
Il mio hotel preferito
Andiamo a Williamsburg almeno 4 volte all'anno e soggiorniamo sempre all'Hospitality House se c'è disponibilità di posti. I ristoranti sono molto buoni e il fatto di poter raggiungere a piedi la zona storica e il William & Mary è fantastico. Parcheggiamo l'auto nel garage dell'hotel e ci spostiamo a piedi ovunque.
Good location, nice lobby
Stayed at the "Ho House" over thanksgiving this year with husband and our mothers - chose it because of proximity to colonial williamsburg, but will look for other options or increase my budget next time (I love W'burg at the holidays, and will be back). When the type of room we had reserved was not available, I received an abrupt "well, that happens if you book on line. Sorry." Then the TV only worked intermittently, and the heat not at all, although they did fix the heat promptly. The bar is smoky and dank, but you can bring your drinks to the lobby, which has a fireplace and all the colonial style you need. The parking garage is in the building, so that's handy. So, it'll do, but no glowing review here.