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Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   105 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185   |  
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Ranked #15 of 78 hotels in Williamsburg
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Nice location and family stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Woodlands, August 7-10. Definitely a great location, you can walk to Colonial Williamsburg, which I would recommend you do. The first stop is a farm with slave quarters, a good start for seeing this time period in American history.

You also get discounted tickets for staying in the lodge with free passes for an evening walk. We chose Williamsburg, Before and After, that was excellent if you are interested in how Colonial Williamsburg came to be.


My wife and daughters picked Ghost Walking Tour. That was a dud. Three ghost stories told by actors dressed in costume. If we had to pay for the tour, would have been upset as it was waste of money.

Breakfast at the Woodlands was great full breakfast, eggs, make your own waffles, cold and hot cereals, fruit, yogurt, bagels, toast and juice. Only thing that was bad and I mean really bad was the coffee. It was undrinkable. Tasted like month old coffee reheated. Without caffeine.

Pool was good, shuttle service to colonial Williamsburg, Busch gardens and water country was great. Be warned, we averaged walking 7 miles a day, but then we used shuttle bus only to Busch gardens and water country.

Rooms were small but clean, plenty of towels. Asked and got a small fridge that was more like
a freezer.

Would stay there again (but bring my own coffee to brew in the room).

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

- nice & comfortable rooms
- staff was very friendly
- limited food choices (only one restaurant around)
- great location & ambiance for family stays

To note:
- advise taking the shuttle from the visitor's center versus doing the full walk-bridge into colonial williamsburg (esp. if you are with kids, and you will walk a LOT once you are in colonial williamsburg)
- there's a free breakfast, but its the standard buffet you get at any hotel

  • Stayed August 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

It's not the Lodge and it's certainly not the Williamsburg Inn, but if you're on a budget and want to stay on a Williamsburg property, the Woodlands is the place. The rooms are squeaky clean, if not just a tad tired-looking (peeling wallpaper in our room). The best part of course is the proximity to the historic area. You can hop a shuttle from the Visitors Center (right next door) or its not too far to walk if you're so inclined. The package we got was a great value and included not only the room but breakfast (a great buffet, and way more than the "continental breakfast" they advertise.). To sweeten the deal we were given a travel mug that could be filled for free with soda, coffee, cider or ice cream at a number of places in the restored area. We enjoyed our stay and felt we'd received a great value!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I hesitated to try this hotel because of some of the reviews I read here, but I was very impressed. My only regret was that I had not stayed here before. I have stayed at a few hotels on the Bypass which were very good, but you can't beat staying on Williamsburg property. It is right next to the visitor center and the buses. It is large and sprawling, but I found that it was not hard to get oriented. We had a room facing the pool and across from the vending machines,but it was quiet. It was very convenient to the Huzzah restaurant. You received a pass to an evening show and discounted tickets. The staff was very friendly. If you mind lots of kids and families this may not be the right fit for you. The room was clean and comfortable. The pillows were not fantastic,but I always bring my own. The beds are full and on the firmer side. No problems with the wireless. The check in was smooth and the staff was very helpful. I also tried the spa and it was amazing.

Room Tip: My only problem with our room facing the pool on the first floor was that I felt that people were wa...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This place is very nice and comfortable. The architecture clashes with the historical aspect of the town but it is really the only affordable choice this close to the town. Breakfast was delicious although had to walk about a block since the dinning room inside was being remodeled. It was cold but the breakfast rooms had huge open windows and felt as if having breakfast in the wilderness. The hotel has laundromat facilities which is very convenient when you have been on the road for a few days. Overall had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My husband and I recently spent two nights at the Woodlands Hotel - we had a king suite with separate sitting area, two tvs, fridge, microwave, small Keurig coffee maker and nice bath with ample counter space. It was a great choice - we arrived early, 10am, and were lucky to have our room ready for check-in. Without exception, the staff was friendly and helpful throughout our stay; Rose at the front desk was very pleasant, efficient and went out of her way to welcome us and give us lots of information about the hotel and the area. Our room was very clean and spacious, the bed was exceptionally comfortable, and while there was some noise from the hallway we did not hear it in the bedroom and were able to get very good night's sleep. The location is fabulous - we did not use our car once from check-in to check-out. The visitor center is right next door so we were able to catch the shuttle with very little wait time; it's an easy walk to the historic district and we took that stroll several times too. Breakfast is in a different building, not sure why - there's a nice variety of typical breakfast buffet selections, eggs, meats, breads, fresh fruits, cereal and beverages - everything seemed fresh. We had dinner at Huzzah's, reasonably priced and very tasty fish, for me, and pizza, for my husband; Clay took good care of us. Williamsburg is a beautiful area with so much to see, do and learn; we won't hesitate to stay at the Woodlands next time we're there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg is an excellent family vacation destination and I would encourage everyone to make the trip at least once and stay a couple of days to get the most out of it. The Woodlands hotel and Suites however is just and average hotel maybe worse. Service is fine but the rooms are terribly designed and dark. The beds are ok but the linens were dirty. That said, for a family looking to enjoy Colonial Williamsburg and not spend $300 a night this may be your only choice.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Williamsburg
#14 Romantic Hotel in Williamsburg
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Colonial Williamsburg 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary Motor Inn set amid landscaped grounds, adjacent to the historic area; near Amtrak station; 17 miles from airport. ... more   less 
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