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“Clean but not fancy!!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Duke of York Motel
508 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #7 of 8 hotels in Yorktown
Tignall, GA
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Clean but not fancy!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed on October 17-19th, the room was clean, quiet and had a wonderful view. The bed was comfortable. The restaurant was closed on the 17th, but open on the 18th and the food was delicious. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed our stay very much. Would go back again!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I booked a block of rooms in this hotel for my October 2012 wedding. This hotel was pretty cut and dry - nothing fancy. Great location, wonderful and helpful hotel staff, and one creepy room with a giant jacuzzi tub. You can't beat the fact that it's right across the street from the beach, a couple doors down from the Pub, and close to a cute coffee shop (which doesn't open until 11am). It's inexpensive and functional.

Room Tip: Just say NO to the room with the jacuzzi tub!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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yorklady, General Manager at Duke of York Motel, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
I am sorry this guest felt this room was "creepy" . However, I do not understand what was meant by this term. Had they mentioned it when they checked out then perhaps it could be rectified.. Most newlywed couples thoroughly enjoy the jacuzzi room.
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Bent mountain, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I am staying in a 3rd room with an excellent view of the Yorktown River. The room is spacious and clean. The Front desk staff are friendly and efficient. There is free wireless, a flat screen TV, microwave and large "mini fridge". The king size bed is very comfortable.

However, there are not enough electric outlets, I've had to unplug the microwave in order to plug in my PC. The table lamp next to the desk can not work if you want to use both the microwave and the coffee maker. The time in the clock next to the bed, wasn't set anywhere close to what the real time is.

But, I'm really here to enjoy historic Yorktown, VA and this is the perfect place to stay at night, It's right on the riverfront. You can watch the ships on the river. All parts of the historic town are within walking distance.

Room Tip: If you want a good view of the river ask for the 3rd or 4th floor or the units up on the hill.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have read the previous reviews and I don't understand where they come up with dirty and rude. I have stayed several times and have not had a problem with any of the staff or the cleanliness. Any time I have stayed there I have had a pleaseant experience. I get tired of reading reviews for any service establishment stating the staff is rude when in fact the customers are the ones that could use a lesson in speaking with others. You treat others as you would like to be treated. I have stayed in numerous motels/hotels where guests feel as though they are entitled to get whatever they want just because they are staying the night there. In lobby of the Duke of York is the managers name clearly posted on a plague. If the guest was so interested in knowing the last name of the manager all she had to do was look. As far as the parking pass is concerned you can see that the Duke of York has limited parking. It also states in the lobby one parking pass per room.
The Duke of York is a local Mom and Pop establishment that is an icon for Yorktown. If you want the experience of a Marriott or a Hyatt then stay there.
I do agree that it could use some upgrades but all in all it is a nice place to stay and my family enjoys it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This was the fourth year we have stayed at this Motel in an attempt to be responsible adults and not driving after attending the Wine Festival Yorktown River Walk sponsors every year. The Motel is right on the beach and works great as far as having somewhere to stay after spending the day at the Wine Fest. Unfortunately we truly stay here out of necessity and if I ever need a place to stay for business or pleasure it will not be at the Duke of York Motel. Every year they tell us how they "cannot" give more than one parking pass regardless of how many times we have stayed at their hotel. When we asked for a late check out we were told, "we are NOT giving any late check outs this weekend." With an emphasis on NOT. They truly go out of their way to let you know what they will and will not do. In past years we have been told they don't give extra towels or pillows either. Very, very unaccomodating if these folks are in the business of providing overnight stays to tourists and the like. As I knew it was pointless to complain to the front desk clerk I asked for a business card for the General Manager as I was going to write a letter. I was told, "we don't have that." When I asked for the General Manager's name I was told, "her name is Ruth." I then asked for a last name and phone number and was told "by law" they don't give her last name. Suprisingly enough about two minutes later, Ruth emerged from her office in the back after overhearing this conversation. I told her how unaccomodating her staff was the weekend we stayed as well as past stays. She started with an attitude by telling us straight out of the gate they teach their staff not to give out last names because it is against the law. I have never heard of such a thing and let her know the attitudes of her staff clearlt emulate her attitude. She quickly responded that she felt she did not have the attitude. Not that you need to tell a customer how you feel when a customer is illiciting feedback to your establishment. I have NEVER in all my years of traveling heard it is against the law to give the last name of a General Manager??? When you stay at a reputable establishment such as a Marriott or Hampton Inn, there are business cards of upper management available at the front desk as they encourage feedback about your stay. I also learned from the front desk clerk that there is no public property available for purchase around the beach area for another hotel to be built so obviously the Duke of York Motel has the monopoly in this area if you desire a stay close to the beach. I did see a lovely B & B up the street and in future years I will certainly make the walk as to not give these folks another dime of my money. I will say the Restaraunt located on the bottom floor is delightful and I highly recommend a visit to this Restaraunt. The food is unbelievable!! I need to remember the name of this Restaraunt so I can give my positive feedback in a separate Trip Advisor Review in order to be completely fair. I do wish they would disassociate themselves with the hotel because the food and attitudes of their staff are completely opposite. I did learn the Restaraunt is not owned by the same Company that owns the hotel which is clearly obvious. Certainly if you want to spend money spend your money at the restaraunt. However if you decide to spend $130 a night for the hotel expect poor service, outdated furniture, lumpy bedding and poorly serviced ammenities. I would recommend trying other local B & B's or go up the road a few miles and find a nice Hampton Inn, Marriott property or even a Holiday Inn Express far exceeds service standards at the Duke of York.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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yorklady, General Manager at Duke of York Motel, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
We truly apologize you felt that the staff was not very accommodating to your needs. Unfortunately , there are only enough parking spaces to have 1 parking permit per room when the hotel is full as it is on the day of the Wine Festival. This policy is also posted on the door as you enter the hotel. Regarding pillows and towels , we have them at the front desk and I have no idea who would have told you differently. There is a plaque hanging in the lobby with the owner's and general manager's full name on it. Regarding late checkouts, we do give them when possible , however, when the hotel is full, housekeeping needs to get in the rooms to prepare them for incoming guests.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The motel is in a nice location; right across the street from the "beach"; very close to several good pub-like restaurants; within walking distance to historic Yorktown sites; and very close to the Yorktown Riverwalk where shops and more restaurants are located. We were advised we couldn't check in until 1pm; check in was fine - some of the front desk staff are more courteous than others. We were on the second floor with a balcony overlooking the beach and the York River. View was very nice. Room itself was dated - could use some upgraded beds, furniture and carpeting. Carpeting was typical beach front worn. Furniture was worn and bed matresses were soft and lumpy. Linens were for the most part clean and fresh. Bedspreads were worn and looked old. Bathroom was fine - nice soaps and ok shampoo provided. Plenty of hot water in the showers. Plenty of towels and washcloths provided; most were fresh; some were pemanently stained. TV was old. Room had two double beds, a mini-refrigerator; small microwave, 2 chairs, and a table. Two pastic chairs were on the balcony. Never went to or even saw where the pool was. We took the sunset cruise on the Alliance Schooner which was docked right outside the hotel; trip was nice, but could use some improvement. The beach in front of the hotel had nice sand; lots of cigerette butts all over the place - but they did clean the beach with a machine regularly. Water (York River) was cool, and was ideal for little kids...no waves and very gradual decline. Did see some jellyfish in the water, even though they have nets up in the water. Hotel restaurant (Island Cafe by day; and River View at night) was great for breakfast; terrible for lunch; and drew a big crowd for dinner. Ice machine in the hallway for use of guests. The location and the beachfront balcony is the best thing about the Duke of York Motel; cleaning staff works hard, and it is appreciated!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lynchburg, Virginia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

My husband and I wanted a relaxed romantic weekend by the shore. The hotel was great. Friendly accomodating staff, clean room, nice pool, and great balcony to sit on in the evenings and watch the water.

There is a nice sandy beach and a couple of good restaurants.

Our only complant is that the bed was very squeaky. It kept me up when my husbad would move in his sleep. We probably could have asked for another room, but had already moved all of our things in.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 508 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
Location: United States > Virginia > Yorktown
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 hotels in Yorktown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned Hotel located in the center of Colonial Yorktown, Virginia. All rooms have a great view of the York River, from either private balconies or wide open verandas. Large courtyard area with shade trees overlooking the river.All rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. 20 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gradens, and 30 minutes to Jamestown. Locally famous restaurant on premises with many other dining choices within walking distance. We look forward to having you as our guest! ... more   less 
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