Over spring break our family of five (kids' ages 10, 11, 12) stayed at the Nicholas Tyler Laundry House for three nights while touring Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. The interior pics posted by a previous reviewer are very accurate. The house is very conveniently located right in Colonial Williamsburg--it was easy to stop by the house to take a break, grab a forgotten item, go the bathroom, etc. We rented both rooms, which meant we had the whole house to ourselves. The downstairs has a very nice sitting room with fireplace and a bedroom with king bed. The upstairs had a cute little bedroom with two twin beds and a separate sitting room with day bed and trundle. All the rooms had charming period furniture, like secretary desks and delicate dressers. We had plenty of space, and the kids loved playing outside by the well and in their upstairs rooms.
*As mentioned already, you can't get closer to the action. There are houses that are even closer, meaning right on Duke of Gloucester street. Ours was on Francis, one street over from the main.
*The charm of the little house went a long way. It was a very unique experience.
*Check-in, concierge services, and breakfast (since we got a package) was all through the Williamsburg Inn, which was charming, beautiful, and clean. Best of all, service was warm, friendly, and competent. Twice a new member of the concierge team got the phone and didn't know how to help us with something--each time s/he apologized and made sure to have a more senior person return our call.
*Housekeeping was friendly, prompt, and did a fine job. One evening we called over to the Inn to get our fireplace lit. They sent someone over very quickly. He was the only less-than-friendly person we encountered, but he got a nice fire going very efficiently, so can't complain too much. =)
*The bathrooms really, really need updating. The 1970's formica countertop, dark, dingy lighting, and slooooow toilets were a real turn off. I'm sure the Foundation isn't rolling in money, but a nice facelift could make the bathrooms look far more "period" than now. And far more pleasant for how much the rooms cost.
*Our king mattress was very old, lumpy, thin and hence highly uncomfortable. My husband calls me the princess and the pea, so if you are not picky about mattresses, you will be fine. My husband didn't notice. But if you are sensitive about such things, then be warned.
*The reservations process was not very helpful. There was very little information available about the colonial houses, and the reservations people I spoke with did not have firsthand knowledge about the individual houses. When we checked in, we received a map that shows all the colonial houses marked in red. That map should be on the website so you know the exact location of the house you are picking. The big pdf file describing the individual houses really wasn't enough info. And they should have photos of each house. I think they would rent a lot more of these houses if they updated the bathrooms and mattresses, and advertised them better on the website... I saw some really cute houses that I might have preferred to stay in -- ones with beautiful gardens even -- but there was really no way to know what you were picking apart from how many bedrooms and size beds you were getting.
All in all, our family enjoyed Colonial Williamsburg, and our kids LOVED the colonial house. I am very glad we experienced it -- it really made the trip feel even more historic. If they renovated the bathrooms, updated the mattresses, and had better descriptions on their website, this would be a five-star experience for sure.
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