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“Very Peaceful, Great Room! Good Tours from the site.” 4 of 5 stars
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Williamsburg Plantation
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   4870 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188   |  
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2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Very Peaceful, Great Room! Good Tours from the site.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2007

Stayed from 5-27-07 to 06-03-07.
We met with gate guard into the facility, we got in very late, the gate was locked after 10 PM. They checked us in and advised us to fully check in at the main building any time in the morning, provided us with an electronic door key, NO PROBLEMS.

Got up to the room (upstairs unit), looks like a townhouse, very nice, kitchenette, two bedrooms, two baths, big tub with jets. TV in main room and both bedrooms. A/C in the unit worked great (good thing is was almost always around 90 plus outside). There was a FAKE fireplace electric, looks real with glowing logs (remember it is 90).

Although it was late we were hungry, nothing real close! All fast food in downtown Williamsburg closes kind of early. There was a 7-11 around the corner, kinda sleazy though late at night, around midnight. Could not find a grocery store, but I found a Super Walmart within 5 miles or so and bought things to cook, eggs bacon...got back to the room and started putting things into the full sized refrigerator when we noticed, NO OVEN OR STOVE. It had a dishwasher, sink, microwave and pantry was fully stocked with pots pans and dishes. They did have a hot plate, but many of the things I bought required an oven, pizza's, chicken pot pies... That was the worst thing about the room NO STOVE OR OVEN. But a very nice room none the less.

You are not that close to anything (Not walking distance anyway).

Pools--
Inside pool...hard to breath odor of chlorine so strong
Outside pool, too many kids. It did not appear there were many things for kids to do except swim. Our room was about as far as you could be from the pools and still be in the complex, you could walk, but better drive due to the heat and distance.

The tours offered through the Plantation were great. The Washinton D.C. tour was filled (Tue) we got on a standby and made it GREAT TOUR all day long, started too early though, 6 AM we were not back until 8 PM or so. Looong day but worth it. We had the guide from Hell, retired Navy guy that was upsetting my wife with endless jokes. You could tell he missed the Navy. He did know his history though. I believe this tour was 90.00 a person. I would do that again!!!
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The second tour was the Norfolk area, same tour guide. We got a tour of the Navy base, tour of the bay on a three masted schooner (Best part of this tour). Board the Battle Ship Wisconsin. This was not such a great deal could probably do better on your own. I believe this one was 70.00 per person.

Biggest mistake of our trip was giving up our room at the plantation one night early so we could stay in Virginia Beach on the Beach. We stayed at a Days Inn BEACH FRONT as there were not a lot of openings, $200.00 a night, what a POS. The room was tiny, with an odor that would be best described as B.O. YUCK.

We sure missed our room at the plantation.

The only other downsides noted were having to carry our garbage to the dumpster ( A block away). You are expected to clean up after yourselves for the stay including the garbage. There is a clothes washer and drier that is shared by one other unit. You wash and dry your own towels, they are not replaced during your stay.

There you have it. Great place to stay after seeing Virginia and D.C. The weather though, OMG, good to be back in Monterey California...COOOOOOL

I WOULD RECOMMEND THE PLANTATION!!!

  • Liked — Nice amenities and rooms
  • Disliked — No internet service in the rooms
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Greensboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2007

We were offered 3 nights at this facility for listening to their 90 minute sales pitch and survey. I have done this before and actually bought a time share from it. The facilities were very nice -- we stayed at one of the newest units. The staff at the front desk was very nice. On the morning to check out, at two different times a male voice knocked on the door, hollared something but no one was at the door when we got there. The rooms were very comfortable despite the outside temperature of over 100 degrees. The inside hallway and stair area was so hot with no air circulating that it was literally hard to breath. Now for the really BAD part.

DO NOT, under any circumstances allow yourself to be talked into on of their surveys or sales tours. We were told that the sales tour would take 90 minutes -- not, as they tried to tell us later "AT LEAST 90 minutes." The tour and sales pitch and final survey took over 5 HOURS!!!! It did not matter that 2 hours into it I told them I am an insulin dependent diabetic. It did not matter that my partner was literally falling asleep at the table. They held us hostage for 5 hours, away from our car, and unwilling to sign the slip of paper that would cover the price of the 3 nights promised to us. After saying "no" many times with totally legitimate reasons for not wanting to buy there, another salesman was brought in to badger us. When they finally took our "no" as our final answer (over 4 hours into the presentation), the salesman became even ruder than he had been before. It was a long ride back to our car. Then we had to go through yet another survey before getting our voucher.

These are nice units with nice amenities, but the sales staff is so obnoxious and the rude that I would not buy a newspaper from them, let alone a major investment.

Stayed June 2007
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Virginia Beach, VA
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2007

We had an excellent stay at the Williamsburg Plantation. We stayed from 5/26/07 - 6/2/07 and thought the place was great. We probably had an older unit (it had a wood fireplace instead of gas, and was a lower number unit), but it was still really nice. It was strange that the master bedroom (the one w/the phone and TV) had a standard bathroom while the second bedroom had the Jacuzzi tub, but we just put the kids in the master bedroom and stayed in the other one. The Jacuzzi tub was HUGE! I'm not exactly a small guy (6'1", 240), and I could easily sprawl out in it. There was also a sauna in the bathroom, but it was hot enough during the week that we didn't try to use it.

One of the biggest surprises was the fact that local calls were free, as were DVD/VHS rentals. Our room had both DVD and VHS players. We didn't spend a lot of time in the room, so we never took advantage of the rentals, but they had a pretty wide variety of titles available.

Minor quibbles: the large bathroom only had one small shelf for toothpaste, shaving stuff, etc. The staff was very pleasant, but there weren't as many activities hosted at the site as I have come to expect at Interval resorts.

  • Liked — Huge Jacuzzi tub
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Boonsboro, Maryland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2007

My family and I (2 adults and toddler) stayed at Williamsburg Plantation during the week of May 13-20. We exchanged there through Interval.
We checked in late Sunday evening without any problems. The desk staff was courteous and helpful. We never encountered any that were rude or surly.

We exchanged for a 2 bedroom and that's what we got. It was very nice and appeared to be almost brand new. The master bedroom was in the front with the large master bath connected. It had a whirlpool bath, seperate shower, and seperate toilet. The second bedroom was next to the bath and had its own full bathroom with a tub. We had a living room with a flat-screen TV and DVD and VHS players. We had a dining table with 6 chairs and a full kitchen--full size stove, dishwasher, fridge, and all the needed kitchen utensils. Again everything looked almost brand new. The unit also came with a vacuum cleaner, broom & dust pan, laundry basket and flyswatters. Our washer and dryer were on the second floor landing, a short walk up two flights of stairs that we shared with the unit above us.

There was no maid service provided although for $25 they would do a mid-week refresh and replace all the towels and linens and vacuum etc. With just 3 of us, we had plenty of towels to last for the week. The also included pool/beach towels in each bedroom.
They also would do a towel exchange on request for $6.

The resort does look like a large condo/townhouse community, but that works really well for our family. With a toddler, the more home-like the setting the better that works for us. Being able to park right in front of the unit makes it easy to carry in groceries and sleeping toddlers.

Other nice amenities included the indoor pool, which we never got a chance to use, 4 tennis courts, which we used every day and the tot lot (kids playground0) which we used several days. The clubhouse also had free movies to borrow, a small arcade room and an Internet center where you could use free hi-speed internet for 15 minutes at a time or use your laptop with the wireless service.

The resort is located within a quick drive (5-10 mins) of Super Wal-Mart, Food Lion, IHOP and a host of other restaurants. Golden Corral has a great breakfast buffet. It is also a short drive (about an hour) to Virginia Beach and Norfolk and all that those places have to offer.

One of the few drawbacks was that they were building a new wing of condos right in front of ours (217A) and they started working between 7:30 and 8:00 am. As early risers that didn't bother us much but the noise could be heard during the day during naptime for our 3-year old. We solved that by putting her to sleep in the back bedroom where the noise couldn't be heard, especially with the air condintion running.

Overall, we had a great time at Williamsburg Plantation. It was really comfortable and met all of our needs. We definitely plan to go back there in the near future.

  • Liked — The comforts of home
  • Disliked — Hearing my upstairs neighbor walking around
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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25 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2007

We stayed at Williamsburg Plantation for one week, May 18-25 2007. We booked here through our timeshare, and we liked the fact that we could check in either Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Check-in was well organized and shortly, we were in our two bedroom, two bath "apartment". The place was clean and organized, stocked with every amenity in the kitchen. We were pleased to find a DVD player in the living room, and free DVD rentals were available at the clubhouse.

The grounds were well kept, though dimly lit at night. Both indoor and outdoor pools were maintained. Each apartment came with a picnic table and grill outside the patio.

Our only complaint would be the odd set up of the bedroom. The smaller bedroom had the larger full bed with accompanying bathrooms, while the larger bedroom had two twin beds. Adjoining the larger bedroom was the master bath with its jacuzzi tub.

We were invited to an "informational tour" but when we declined, there was no pressure to attend.

If planning a trip, especially with a large group or family, consider this property. Its away from the noise of most of the attractions, but easily a five minute drive to anywhere in the Williamsburg area.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2007

We found this review website the night before our trip to Williamsburg Plantation and were a little worried about our accomodations due to the bad reviews. We called ahead and asked for a newer unit and were told they didn't have a new one but the one we were assigned (110B) was about 3 years old. We requested two Pack N Plays and a high chair. They were very accomodating although they charged us $60 for these.

The staff was very pleasant at check in. Room was a pleasant surprise - very nice. There was no one downstairs so we got the washer/dryer to ourselves right outside our door. Such a nice feature of most timeshares - no dirty clothes when you get home!

The indoor pool was nice but was unheated - very cooooold. The staff obviously didn't EVER check the temp, chlorine content or pH, as the info on the wall never changed except for the date. Another guest shared that they had to deal with a beligerant desk clerk in order to get them to check the pool temp - the pilot light was out on the heater when they finally did check it. Maintenance staff was VERY prompt - they were there immediately to fix/replace everything asked, and were very accomodating with extra pillows.

Only negatives: Guests were expected to do a lot of clean up at check out. No free towel service - we had to wash and dry the ones we were given at the beginning of the week. Card keys kept losing the magnetic charge and we were CONSTANTLY having to go get them re-run through the machine. Even cards we just had charged wouldn't work. This led to one incident where our 8 month old was locked in the unit alone while we had to go to the office to get a key re-magnetized. Not good.

All in all a very pleasant stay (except for the unacceptable card key system)

  • Liked — Unit was very nice
  • Disliked — Card Key System
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Omaha, NE
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2007

We were a little unsure about booking into this resort at first, due to the negative comments. Boy are we glad we decided to come to this resort. Upon arriving earlier than the guaranteed check-in time, we were greeted by the friendly front desk staff and immediatley assigned to a unit. We were assigned to unit 88A, which from what I was told later on, was not one of the newer units. This unit was great. From the time we checked in to the time we left, everything was superb.
They also have weekly activities and tours, most are free of charge, but some do have a fee. They offer discounted tickets
to most area attractions, although we did not need them.
Overall, I would definitley recommend this resort to others. Despite the bad reviews, everyone has their own opinion, so if your looking to have a great vacation, go here.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Williamsburg Plantation

Address: 4870 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Williamsburg Plantation 3*
Number of rooms: 320
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