Cheese. Pure cheese. The owners lived in Europe 10 years? Ha. Where? Epcot Center? I was born in Europe, lived there many years, traveled there extensively, have relatives who own REAL castles and use them as chambres d'hotes. Save yourselves the posturing, this is great for the folks who like renaissance festivals, but there is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, European about this place.
I don't know anything about the history of this place other than it is 4 years old. But I'm going to venture a guess. Owners of Williamsburg Winery make a lot of money off of low quality wine to tourists who, imbued with sophistication from part of America's history they scarcely know better than when they first arrived, spend tons of money on the overpriced wine, most of which is likely produced from shipped-in must. As they see all this money they are raking in from said tourists, they think, we have a pile of money and we are sophisticated from having lived in Europe, let's open a hotel that looks like Excalibur and a restaurant, cuz "you know" all those hotels and restaurants in town are making a killing, we should get a piece too. Do you know anything about hotels? No. Do you know anything about restaurants? No. Do you know anything about winemaking? No. Cool. You're in cheesy Williamsburg, you'll be okay.
The room was ugly as sin, the doors paper thin, the bathroom had the oddest layout that half the obese people I see around Williamsburg could never fit into, the decor was cheesy and sloppy. They have a fireplace in the room, but no indication on how one might have it lit. Also, the staff is nice, but seems a bit confused on how to act, they know they are from Hampton Roads so sophistication is fundamentally lacking, but then they are "European" so some of them think they have to speak with an accent, it's kind of sad really, like watching circus elephants do tricks, you know they're not really designed to do that and just want to be chilling in the woods eating peanuts. But the biggest sin in my opinion is the fact that Small Luxury Hotels of the World has accepted this place into the fold. Gives me serious doubts on their good judgement.
I stayed here for $165 mid-week in the winter, next night I stayed at Clifton Inn for $159. Great contrast. The Wedmore fails miserably. A sad, touristy joke. Some people talked about good deals on SniqueAway, I hope they are under $100 a night.
Now the positives - the bed was reasonably comfortable, they serve Harney & Sons tea at breakfast, the portions were copious for breakfast and despite previous reviews, the croissants are AMAZING. Yes, amazing, and I should know. So unless they ran out some time in the past and had to serve up some from the Piggly Wiggly, I would say the previous reviewers didn't know what a good croissant is. Also, the exterior is very well done, as is the inner courtyard, THAT does look European, the pool area also looks good.
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