Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg
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Historical Williamsburg, Virginia. This trip is also not the Great Western Trip coming to this blog June 27, but it was a fun little trip. It's one of our get away trips. We have gone here many times since we discovered it when Brian was around 10 or so. I went with his school trip as a parent chaperon. The kids didn't like it outstandingly, but I …
Arrived in Virginia at 9 in the morning with only about 3 hours sleep. I had to take a couple of hour nap in order to make it through the day, but it worked. I was able to go 9 holes of golf with my Son, Eric and my Grandson, Justin this afternoon.
A wonderful dinner of steak, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, all prepared by my grandson.
It was a great way to start this trip. I am looking forward to a great time with the family. ...
... They run water over it. This removes all the dirt and leaves in rocks, shells or remains on the top of the sifter. They are able to look for anything left from the burial site. Over the years they have found so many items in the dirt they have opened a museum about it. We weren't allowed to take pictures but we saw many things from the Jamestowne settlement. One of those being a full skeleton. They also had a skull from a woman who had ...
... all participated in a chant that was mixed with movements combined from our new family. This was a great icebreaker and helped wiggle out the stiffness in our bodies.
We found out that the slaves had to work in unison. They did this so no one was considered weak or working too slow. In order for them to learn how to work in unison, they created songs and beats to help with the timing of their work in the fields. They also used code names to let everyone know ...
... Lincoln, who is depicted on the $5.00 note was not born when the tavern was open. Unfortunately he overcame this problem and accepted the money - no free lunch for us. We spent some more time wandering until the heat of the day sent us back to our room for a rest before setting out for a light dinner and some retail therapy.
Next day we set off for Front Royal
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Historical Traveler Reviews Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.