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“A Wonderful Experience, Would Stay Again” 4 of 5 stars
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Cascades Motel
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102 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185   |  
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Ranked #45 of 78 Hotels in Williamsburg
Pikeville, Kentucky
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34 hotel reviews
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“A Wonderful Experience, Would Stay Again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

For all intents and purposes, this is the Cascades Motel "section" of the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Conference Center. These remaining single story units were once part of a now-defunct Colonial Williamsburg-owned property called the Motor House, which opened in 1957. These rooms are certainly not new, but they have a unique charm all their own. They are very clean with knotty pine paneling, plaid bedspreads, bay windows and are very spacious. The bathrooms are original but well-maintained and replete with deluxe toiletries. All the amenities are here--clock radios, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, etc. All in all, these rooms are a great value and all the amenities of the Woodlands are included. It was a wonderful experience and I would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Goffstown
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16 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Have been coming to Williamsburg for more than 50 years as both a child, young adult and now as an older adult. If you have a pet as we do then there is no better place to stay then the Cascades Motel at the Visitor Center. It is quiet, priced right and the rooms are clean. The service is always great. We love it there!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Wow, I can't believe that I stayed in the same place described by these other reviews. They make the Cascades sound so nice and quaint, but doesn't come close to our experience. We opened the door for the first time and smelled how musty the room was. I always bring Febreeze and put it to use right away. The beds were hard as rocks. We had reserved a room with one king bed and got a room with two double beds. The air conditioner cooled the room very well but sounded like a freight train every time it kicked on, especially during the night. The bathroom was in desparate need of an update. A hairdryer was provided but it was the wall mounted version, only it wasn't mounted on wall. It was stored in the closet. I had to lay it in the bathroom sink as the only plug was directly above the sink and there was no place to set it down. The separate faucets in the shower gave no direction of the correct way to turn the water on/off, which meant if you turned the hot water in the wrong direction you risked scalding yourself. I cannot complain about dust but the tv remote was filthy with grime from many past users. The continental breakfast was ok but there wasn't enough seating for the amount of guests. Sometimes the wait for an empty table was extensive. On the upside there was plenty of storage for clothes and suitcases. The location was central to attractions and the bus shuttle was very good. In closing I would say that the Cascades was not a good value. There are so many discount hotel chains located in the immediate vacinity that would have been a better choice for the same price.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

Stayed there for 4 nights had a great time. We stayed in a corner unit with two kids and a dog. It might not have been the Hilton but it was great for us since we had the dog. The second day we were there the toilet leaked water and the weather was so bad the power was out all over for a few hours. Called front desk they were going to move us over to the Woodlands only because we had a small dog. I really did want to move everything so I asked for a free night and they were happy to take care us. I don't think the Hilton would do that. Well the family has decided to stay there next year can't wait.

Stayed July 2012
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DC
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

If you are looking for a low priced place and don't need lots of frills this is the place. Not perfect though! The place is pet friendly and although we didn't have a dog for a neighbor, some of the other units had barking dogs so I pity anyone trying to sleep next to them. It rained a lot when we were there and when we returned from a day at Busch Gardens, water was leaking on our kids bed from the ceiling! Management switched us easily to another room...so no harm no foul. The beds are FIRM but I LIKE that!! No Wi-Fi and no flat screen TV. However, if you are just there to spend the night it is good. Good breakfast too. Yes, I would stay here again!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

If you don't care too much about aesthetics, this place is great. It is very quiet, shares grounds with much "nicer" Woodlands Hotel (just located a short walk in back of it) which means you share pool, playground and other play areas as well as free breakfast with a different hot option every day. You park your car right in front of your room since this part is Motel style. A bit outdated but clean and very comfortable. Lots of closet space to store belongings and also there is good shower pressure. There is a tv and the rooms are air conditioned. The ONLY negative I found: hard beds! But my kids didn't mind them at all. Not exactly a romantic get away but it's great for a family get away not planning to spend too much time in the room.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

The Cascades is an excellent value, when you include the great hot breakfast for the family at the Woodlands and the Hotel Guest Colonial Williamsburg tickets for the length of your stay. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, a bit of a throwback to the 60s-80s but comfortable beds, simple clean bathroom, heat/air quiet and effective. No front desk at the Motel but there is ice and sodas, use the front desk at the Woodlands. Children's play area, minigolf course and shuffleboard included!

Pros:
Very convenient location, leave your car parked in front of your door and walk a few steps to the Visitor's Center to catch the bus.
Large, clean, older styled rooms
Great hot breakfast, all amenities at the Woodlands.
Low price, ask for AAA discount, cheaper second night
You can bring your pet
Cons:
It's a secret! You have to call to find out about or book this option.
Hard to find if you don't know the location past the Woodlands, little signage.
Other people can bring their pets, some might be yappy.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cascades Motel

Address: 102 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 78 Hotels in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 95
Also Known As:
Cascades Hotel Williamsburg

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