I took my 10-year-old nephew and 86-year-old mom on a road trip from Boston, MA to Washington, DC, Alexandria, Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, VA during school vacation week. We left Alexandria to go to the Westgate in Williamsburg, and I relied on my GPS to direct us. We were on a dark highway at 9:30 pm when the GPS said "arriving at destination". Panicked, and in the middle of nowhere, (I left the Virginia map at our previous hotel), we got off at the next exit in search of an open gas station and guidance. A very nice couple at the station pointed us towards Williamsburg, and said we had gone about an hour out of our way. We stopped for further directions to Colonial Williamsburg, and once we were closer to our destination, called the hotel to ask for specific directions to the Westgate. I spoke with Judy who gave me instructions and said we were 15 minutes away. It was dark, and we drove around for a half hour, having missed, or not able to recognize any of the signs. I called the hotel again, and on the other end of the line was Tony Clarke. He very kindly and patiently stayed on the phone with me until we arrived at the front entrance of the Westgate Resort to a standing ovation at midnight. With his reassuring manner, he helped calm a carful of extremely anxious travelers. I was never happier to see anyone, and will always remember the kindness he showed us.
With all the tragic and negative news we hear daily, especially from our hometown of Boston, it's easy to be cynical. Tony is a shining example of the kindness of strangers, and someone who goes the extra mile. I hope the Westgate Historic Williamsburg management recognizes the stellar employee they have in Tony Clarke. We won't forget him.
Kudos also to the gentleman in security who was part of our late-night welcoming committee. He allowed us to park out front and took our bags to our room, refusing to accept a tip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Westgate Historic Williamsburg is located within a six-mile radius of attractions including Busch Gardens, shopping areas and restaurants. Close to the Historic Area, you can take a walk back in time and explore the 18th century. Go for a walking tour during the day, and then ride in a horse-drawn carriage at night. Westgate Historic Williamsburg offers comfortable, economical lodging and accommodations. The resort features include an outdoor pool, hot tub, exercise and game room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Westgate Historic Hotel Williamsburg
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