I will admit to being hesitant to book here, given the middling reviews, but the price was right. We booked a one-bedroom unit, which was to have two twin beds in a loft area. Our reservation was specific, and I called after making the reservation -- through a travel website -- and reiterated our need for the two twin beds.
When we arrived, there were signs up that they are remodeling the lobby, so it was a bit chaotic. I was met in line and welcomed, which was nice. Upon check-in, I asked about the twin beds, and was told the unit to which we were assigned had the twin beds. After getting our keys, I was walked over to the "concierge area" to receive my "free welcome package." This was, of course, the time-share pitch. I was firm and said "no, thank you." I was clear that we were not interested at all.
We got to the unit with no problem. Each unit is assigned one parking space, which is marked. Our space was occupied by someone else -- in fact, our designated parking spot was not available all weekend. The car parked there did not have a parking pass, either. There were some cars up on the grassy areas, so I was suprised they weren't "policing" the parking.
Our unit was upstairs and I quickly realized there was no loft area; only two bedrooms -- one with a king bed and one with a queen bed. I called the front desk and inquiried why I'd been told we had twin beds. After being on hold for a couple minutes, the agent came back and said "It appears we are all out of that room type, so you've been upgraded to a two-bedroom unit." I inquired but he confirmed that there were no rooms left with twin beds. Though it was an "upgrade," I was still miffed that the agent at check-in basically misled me. I also had to deal with two kids who were none too happy to share a bed. They got over it.
The unit was nice, though showing age. Lots of room, but just showing signs of age throughout. The bedspreads were stained, though the sheets were clean and the beds comfortable. Our unit was quiet and we slept well. When I went out to my car, though, to retrieve the rest of our luggage, a man approached me and asked if I had just "moved in" to the unit upstairs. When I said yes, he told me that he and his wife could not sleep because of all the noise we were making. When I assured him that we had just arrived, and I apologized if he'd heard us moving suitcases, etc., he got testy and told me, "You've been up there over an hour, so don't lie to me." I then pointed to our unit behind him, and he realized that we were in a neighboring unit to his. He didn't apologize, which was fine, but his comments made me wary of getting a first-floor unit given the obviously thin floors.
We received a call around 0900 the following morning from the concierge, reiterating the time-share schpiel. I wasn't too happy about that, as I thought I'd been clear the night before that we were a "no." Though we were awake, it crossed my mind that some people might not be up at that hour, so the call's timing was also unfortunate.
It was nice to have the kitchen and living room area, though the DVD player did not work. The location is okay; not great, but fairly close to things.
Overall, we enjoyed our visit and our unit was okay. As there seems to be inconsistency between units, though, I'd through in that caveat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Little Piece of American HistoryVirginia is one of the best places to visit if you are a history buff and want to learn more about the birth of a nation and see relics from days gone by. Williamsburg is a 170-acre historic town that has been restored to its original English condition. The Historic Powhatan Resort offers guests a little piece of colonial history with the restored Manor House (circa 1735). Nestled among 256 acres of beautiful woodland, this resort is loaded with fun things to see and do, and learn a little bit of American history. Rest, Relaxation, and a Whole Lot MoreIf you are looking for a resort that has all kinds of things to do, then you need look no further than The Historic Powhatan Resort. Here you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, an outdoor pavilion, and even a playground for the kids. Each three-bedroom suite has a fully equipped kitchen with a two-burner stovetop, a private balcony and a loft for the ultimate in relaxing vacations.If you are looking for a great meal, you can find it at The Historic Powhatan Bar & Grille, where you will find a casual family dining atmosphere for both breakfast and dinner. Open seven days a week, The Historic Powhatan Bar &Grille has an outdoor patio where you can enjoy a nice, cold drink while watching the peaceful pond (weather permitting, of course). During the breakfast buffet, enjoy being entertained by the resort's very own "first lady", Martha Washington, who will regale guests of all ages with amusing and entertaining stories.Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation, or fun and excitement, you can have it all at The Historic Powhatan Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Historic Powhatan Hotel Williamsburg
- Historic Powhatan Hotel
- Sunterra Powhatan Plantation
- Powhatan Plantation Williamsburg Va