Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg
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It is really difficult to do justice to Colonial Williamsburg in only one entry but I will give you my Coles Notes version. The purpose of this week was to relax with extended family. There were 11 of us in total. We visited Colonial Williamsburg, Water Country USA, and Busch Gardens. We also made a couple stops along the way.
This was the first day of the week. What an amazing step back into colonial times. ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg
Great Location and Nice Hotel
Great Location and nice hotel...
I stayed at this hotel the first week of June 2004 for 5 nights. I was extremely pleased with the location and the quality of the hotel. I booked through a Williamsburg site and paid about $90.00 a night for the room (compare to $150.00 from Expedia). Try Williamsburg. The room was clean and adequately appointed. The added bonus was that the chair pulled out into a single person bed. My younger son loved this because he didn't need to share a bed. The pool was large and clean. The breakfast buffet had a large selection and there was plenty of seating.
If you are a history buff, this is a great place to stay because it was right next to the Visitor's center. It is also a 1/2 mile walk from the Visitor center (or a shuttle ride) into colonial Williamsburg. The shuttle is free when you stay at the hotel. I am a runner, so I ran into colonial Williamsburg along a paved trail ever morning. It was great!
I can't think of a better place to stay the next time I return to Williamsburg, expecially if you want to spend any time in the Colonial section. The staff was also very friendly and check-in was efficient.
Great Atmosphere, Very Overpriced!!!
Let me first say that i have not been To the "New Woodlands" yet. The first stay was in May of '98", and my husband and I had an oversized room with 2 beds, and a full size sofa in it set up like a living room. The room was awesome, rustic, country feel! The second time we were there was in July '99', and i was not as impressed with our room at all. We had 1double bed, and 1 twin size for my daughter. The full size bed was HORRIBLE, lop-sided and the head of the bed sloped down, shabby pillows. For the money they were getting then, a night, for their standard room was just ridiculous!!! Now do not get me wrong, the woodsy setting and the convenience of hopping on a shuttle was wonderful! We loved the "Cascade" restaurant , and the "Burger King" on the premises was great and convenient, but now I hear it has all changed, but they still have a section of the older rooms/hotel they did not tear down and still use. If they put you in the older section/rooms now , WATCH OUT!! Overpriced, and in desperate need of renovation. It was a very relaxing setting, but since they have built the new "Woodslands" hotel i could not tell you how it is now.
We were lied to when we called about this hotel.
THERE IS NO SHUTTLE SERVICE to Busch Gardens, only an unreliable, costly and dirty public bus system. The Front Staff is almost totally incompetant. They had misplaced our tickets and we had to wait in line for almost 30 minutes before we could make the woman understand simple english.
The room was not cleaned very well, the floor was dirty, and even the hall had trash in them.
THERE HAS TO BE BETTER PLACES THAN THIS!
Would Definitely Stay Here Again...
Like previous reviews said..."GREAT LOCATION". We stayed at the Woodlands with 2 adults, 1 senior citizen, and 1 teen. When traveling with an elderly person, we always had to considered her abilities, and by staying at the Woodlands we never had to worry about transportation if she tired out before the rest of us. The shuttle could take her or anyone else in our party back to within a few hundred yards of the hotel. The room was spotless though a little snug for 4 people. The rooms were cleaned beautifully everday and the staff was very helpful.
One plus for the teenager in our party who didn't want to sleep in a bed with the adults was the easy chair that pulled out into a bed. She loved it! Shops, restaurants, and Outlet Malls were all within easy driving distances and not hard to find. The continental breakfast was sufficient but nothing really filling: cold cereal, instant oatmeal, bagels, muffins, bananas, apples, oranges, bread, etc. All in all a great place to stay.
Our first stay at the Woodlands Hotel was during Thanksgiving 2001. We are celbrating the holiday with you again this year in two weeks! Hopefully, we will visit the Woodlands for many years to come. We love the Williamsburg area and the Woodlands is a great place to stay. It's clean, quiet, and the best part is that it's a stone's throw from the Visitor's Center and transportation. You couldn't ask for more!
The hotel was an above average major chain type hotel. Room was clean and a good size. Employees were very pleasant and helpful with any questions. Location was excellant and would advise a first timer to book here.
A pleasant stay at the Woodlands
My husband, our one-year old daughter, and I stayed at the Woodlands for 3 nights. We were given these accommodations through a timeshare offer. My parents stayed in the adjoining room, also through a timeshare offer. Our rooms were quite a distance from the hotel lobby where the continental breakfast was served. It was quite a hike, but we didn't mind. We found the area where the continental breakfast was served to be vast compared with other hotels at which we've stayed.
They even have outdoor patio seating, weather permitting, if it gets too crowded inside. The breakfast staff was very helpful, and the food was plentiful and constantly restocked. The rooms were very clean and neat each and every day. No HBO was a tiny bit of a bummer. The pool was closed due to the fact that Hurricane Isabel had just passed through the week before. It was very convenient to pick up the Colonial Williamsburg shuttle bus right from the property. Overall, we were pleased with our stay.
Okay, but needs some fixes
While the rooms are very nice, the breakfast is inadequate due to the lack of tables for the amount of people staying at the hotel. The lines were unbearable most mornings and the toasters take way too long so it backs up the whole line.We had the Fire Alarms go off twice during the night within a half hour time period and the hotel was NOT evacuated. I was very dissappointed in the manner that this was handled. We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights/5 days.
Just not the same anymore....
My husband and I have been staying at the Woodlands Hotel and Suites for 9 years so we have experienced both the old and new hotel. Though more rustic, the old hotel rooms and surroundings were much more relaxing and the staff was much nicer...Upon check in at our latest stay our receptionist didn't even seem interested enough to mutter "Hello, can I help you"..she gave us our room number, showed us how to get there and said 'Next'. Though there were 5 or six stations for checking in and out, there were no more than 2 attendants available at any time making the lobby area quite hectic. Most of the "Woodlands" setting that we loved to absorb for its quietness and gentle surroundings is now a parking lot for buses and cars..there are no more trails to walk on and the pool area that had nice rocking chairs to sit and relax on with your drink and watch the children at the pool has been replaced by concrete, grass and benches with absolutely nothing to look at...The new pool is enclosed by a metal fence that has absolutely no relaxation value.. The Huzzah Restaurant is so expensive that we saw Dominos Pizza being delivered instead of guests patroning the restaurant. The Cascade Restaurant with its relaxing view of an actual cascading waterfall you would watch over a nice buffet breakfast or light dinner is now a conference center, replaced by a continental breakfast at the hotel itself. As far as cleanliness of the hotel the cleaning staff vaccuumed the main hallway several times a day, but no one bothered to pick up the beer cans sitting in the main lobby area left from the previous evening and there was overflowing trash and the smell of sour milk in the continental breakfast area when we attempted to get some late night coffee. The thinness of the walls between the rooms themselves made it easy to hear not only the TV from the room next door, but the movement of the shower curtain and the subsequent shower that occurred. Even though a few calls were made to the front desk, children were still running, and screaming down the hallways well past midnight. Needless to say, we will not be returning to the place the my husband and I thought we would be spending our vacations at well in to our retirement years. Having to purchase earplugs just to get some sleep was not what we had in mind for a relaxing vacation. On the one plus side, if you need concierge services, the folks there couldn't be more helpful. Maybe they could run the hotel.....
After several days of staying in one hotel room with 2 teens, the Woodlands was a huge relief. We stayed in a suite with a king bed & TV in the bedroom that had a door, the teens stayed in the living area that had a queen sleeper sofa & another TV. The bathroom was large and an extra sink was in the kitchenette area. Suite had a microwave & fridge as well. Nice pool area. We played ping pong (free) & miniature golf (small fee) when the crowds went out to supper. Purchases made at Colonial Williamsburg were delivered to our hotel free of charge. Front desk staff was friendly & helpful.