It never ceases to amaze me that people want to pay almost nothing for a hotel and then are shocked when it isn't a 5 star hotel. This is not a 5 start hotel, as evidenced by the rates, it is a value hotel, and a well run one. I paid $50 per night plus tax. At that rate I wasn't sure what to expect but the hotel exceeded my expectations.
-Great value, low price per night
-Great location, you can walk to colonial Williamsburg, although it is a bit of a long walk. There is also shuttle service or free parking at the visitor's center.
-Discount on admission to colonial Williamsburg. On top of the low room rate you can purchase a length of stay pass for $30 for adults and $15 for kids, a significant discount.
-Free continental breakfast. Breakfast was well stocked. Downstairs gets busy and often there are no open tables downstairs. Upstairs has plenty more seating and they stock a separate buffet up there with all the fixings. Head upstairs for a more peaceful breakfast.
-Great pool. The pool was much larger than most value hotels and provides pool towels. Pool deck is a bit small and chairs can run out but overall a nice pool. We spent each afternoon in the pool.
-Staff is friendly. Upon arrival lots of information was given to me about colonial Williamsburg. Check in and check out were both very quick and handled by friendly staff.
-Access to recreation activities at Woodlands hotel, shuffelboard, mini golf, table tennis, volleyball, playground. We really enjoyed these activities.
-Woodlands hotel has some free evening activities. The Wednesday night of our stay they had an hour long storyteller, someone dressed in colonial costume came and told stories using the audience. She was very funny and the free activity was one our favorites of the weekend.
-Food at Huzzah restaurant next to Woodlands is very good and reasonably priced.
-Adequate parking (I parked either right in front of our room or directly adjacent to our room everytime)
-Rooms are basic, nothing fancy, not recently remodeled. Our room was generally clean but not immaculate. In room TV's are small and older "tube" TV's.
-Shuttle service from hotel can be confusing so make sure to ask if shuttle stops at your stop. We made the mistake of getting on the hotel shuttle assuming it stopped in the colonial area (we should've got off at the visitor's center and transferred shuttles) only to take an hour ride to Busch gardens and water country without even trying to. Once got to busch gardens and told shuttle driver where we were trying to go he made a special stop on the way back to let us off. Shuttle service back to the hotel from the colonial area was slow at night (we waited 25 minutes at the Woodlands hotel). My suggestion would be to use hotel shuttle for Busch gardens and water country and drive to the visitor's center and take the shuttle from there to the historic area.
-Woodlands recreation services are great but the location is hard to find and I had to ask the Woodlands front desk 3 times how to walk there because they kept giving vague directions. Being unfamiliar with the property we could not find the mini golf.
-18th century dinning sounds exciting but our experience at Chowning's Tavern was only so-so. The food and service were ok but given the price of the meal I would've expected more. We had to ask our server to teach us a game (after we heard another table do the same), they have musicans which is really neat but they didn't come to our area until we were ready to leave, they also had a fortune teller but you had to approach the person and ask for your fortune to be told. If you are paying for the "experience" the staff should offer more of the "experience" to you.
We will definitely be back. While the Woodlands hotel seems really nice, it is 3 times the cost so we will most likely stay at the Governor's Inn again. I would definitely recommend it to the budget minded traveler.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. Family-oriented Low-rise Motor Inn located downtown, 3 blocks from restored area & College of William & Mary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Governor`s Inn - Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Williamsburg
- Governors Hotel Williamsburg
- Governor Inn Williamsburg