Williamsburg Lodge-Colonial Williamsburg
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Historical Traveler Reviews Williamsburg Lodge-Colonial Williamsburg
A Very Nice Stay
My wife and two boys (age 7 and 9) stayed at the Williamsburg Lodge for three nights over the 4th of July holiday. We had a package deal that included the lodging, admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Our room was in one of the newer wings (circa 1986) and while not the "latest and greatest" it was clean, comfortable and surprisingly roomy. The two queen beds are easily accomodated in the space and the furnishings were very complimentary to the style of the lodge. One nice feature was the small but private patio area (our room was on a side of the building that overlooks a side residential street but since we were on the ground floor our view was of a nice garden area with a colonial style brick wall separating us from the street). We dined in the Bay Room on our first night and yes the service was slower than we would have liked (took about 15 minute after we were seated to get a waitress to take our drink orders) but the food was fine and everyone enjoyed their meal. The walk to Colonial Williamsburg is two blocks and takes you to the back of the Magazine (which by the way is an awsome place to sit on the grass and watch the fireworks if you're ever there on a fireworks-type holiday). The shuttle bus runs about every fifteen minutes and stops right in front of the hotel. Due to the renovations going on guests of the Lodge must use the pools (yes, two of them) across the street at the Williamsburg Inn. The kids loved the pool and the missus and I enjoyed the refreshing beverages from the little bar in the pool house. Hard to complain about that. We had room service one night for dinner and contrary to some other postings it was prompt (less than 30 minutes, pretty good considering the kitchen was at the opposite end of the property from our room) and delivered cheerfully by two young ladies. The entire staff was friendly and helpful and we would most definitely return for another stay.
Restaurant not worth it
In that the Bay Room restaurant of this hotel is one of the ones controlled by Colonial Williamsburg system, and thus it is on their website and its menus in the dining reservations areas, I think it fair that this negative opinion be weighed before choosing it.
My wife and I ate there and found everything about it to be ordinary at best. The greeting we received was indifferent, and when we were about to be seated in a dark area when there were tables near the gardens --and asked if we could be seated elsewhere-- the attitude of the response was just shy of insolent.
The decor is dated and unimpressive. The service was cordial, though slow (they seemed understaffed). The food was decent. Colonial Williamsburg ought to be ashamed of this place and should turn it into something befitting the specialness of their other dining options. The experience is not worth the prices charged, even though they are less than other Colonial Williamsburg-owned eating establishments.
Vacationed in the Lodge on December 5-7, 2003 Room was big and nice...but cold. We couldn't get the temp above 68 degrees and it was 26 degrees outside. Had to get in bed to get warm. Tub drained very slowly, 2 lamps in room never got the needed bulbs. Paid too much for what we got. Stayed two nights previously at other hotels where we paid less than half the cost of the lodge and the rooms were larger, cleaner and warmer.
Renovation none too soon
One person's "quaint" and "charming" are another person's "weary" and "dilapidated." The lodge was built in 1939 and it shows. Bare, squeaky floors, tiny rooms, tinier bathrooms. Peeling paint and old tile in bathrooms. Patchwork wing additions have carpeted rooms, but still small. Hallways are confusing and meandering.
Beds are nice, four-poster queens. Radiator heat in older part of the lodge is noisy and erratic - too hot or too cold. Lobby is large but nondescript.
Very high price (even at group discount) for such meager facilities.
Williamsburg Inn is much nicer (of course, much higher, too!). Both have great location, though.
Director of Colonial Williamsburg told us that the lodge is scheduled for renovation. Wait and go after it's done!
This was the worst place we've ever stayed. Ended up checking out after one night. The room was tiny and had a musty odor. The bathroom was even smaller. The radiator kept us awake all night with weird noises.
Would not recommend this hotel at all. The only thing going for it was it's close proximity to the historic district.
Lodge with solid good character.
Perfect. Sophisticated early American decor; cheerful, informative and accommodating staff; beautiful pool and garden; best and most interesting breakfast buffet I have ever enjoyed (what delicious spoonbread!). We had arrived at midnight, 6 hours late due to fierce storm & the warm welcome we received at the Lodge simply dissolved our stress away. A wonderful, unrushed, relaxing & informative vacation. We were celebrating a family milestone and could not have been treated more graciously or with more good nature.
Best Stay Ever
I stayed at the lodge three years ago and had the best time. I am going again this week and I can't wait.The stay was very nice. Everything was very genuine and I felt very comfortable. The hotel is down the street from colonial Williamsburg and you can walk or rent a bike. The food was very nice and the service was very nice. On my trip three years ago it rained and was very cold even though it was summer. The staff was so nice that they had warm apple cider, hot chocolate, and coffee avaliable for free all day. They had checkers to play and a nice arcade and swimming pool for the children. Was a great expirence and can't wait to return.
Two different experiences
We stayed in the West Wing. Huge room, raised oak wall paneling, fireplace, really nice. Easy to get to historic area during day and for evening meals.
The Lodge gives free breakfast and although buffet style, they are badly understaffed. Food quality of breakfast buffet was very good but even at 7:30 opening, lines are long for seating. If it wasn't included in the price of the room, I can see no reason to eat there.
I would stay there again but not eat there.
Poor service, staff indifferent
The room was clean, but thats all I can say for the Williamsburg Lodge.
Room service food was awful and very slow. Staff didn't seem concerned about anything. For their prices, you would expect a lot more.
Definitely, not worth the price.
Williamsburg Lodge - Big Disappointment
The Williamsburg Lodge is overpriced and was a big disappointment. Supposedly the Lodge is affiliated with The Williamsbug Inn, but we went to the Inn for lunch and there is no comparison. Breakfast buffet at the Lodge was a disaster. service was poor and they were constantly running out of food. Room service was worse. Our shower would not drain and the manager said he had no idea when it could be fixed. We tracked down maintenence ourselves. When we needed additional towels we had to call 3 times and waited an hour before they arrived. Try the Princess Anne Inn. It is only a mile away from the Lodge, is less expensive, charming and so much nicer.
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