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Kingsmill Resort
Ranked #7 of 73 Hotels in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
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“Could not ask for anything more”
Reviewed July 16, 2007

Recently stayed in the King suite at the Kingsmill Resort..Room extremely clean....Caught the shuttle which ran every hour to and from Bush Gardens...Virginia Beach is only an hour away where they have performers on just about every block..Easy to access with parking for under 10 at the Hilton Hotel...We were able to enjoy the sounds of a Reggae Band paying tribute to Bob Marley and the Wailers all at 10pm for FREE...I loved the food at Kings Mills ...Every item was fresh, my food was semi hot but not room temp veggies were crisp and not overcooked...would recommend to anyone. My only complaint was a request for additional sugar to be delivered after 2 calls to housekeeping (since they restocked the kitchen) but that was corrected when we requested addtl condiments from room service with our meal..

My companion and I had both enjoyed our couple massage...Due to time -weekend visit- we did not do much on the resort paddle boat biking etc that was offered but can't wait to go back to experience all that the resort has to offer

  • Liked — Location, extremely clean, balcony, outstanding service
  • Disliked — Marina Restaurant had an "open" closing time..was close when we went to dinner...luckly room service is til midnight
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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boston, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2007

We just returned from a 4 day stay at the Kingsmill. What a beautiful place! We stayed in a suite, which was immaculate and very comfortable. The grounds are well cared for, with beautiful gardens, inhabited by birds and even a couple of rabbits! Our suite overlooked the river, with spectacular views. The Kingsmill offers wonderful activities, such as golf, tennis, and an indoor/outdoor pool. We ate twice at Regatta's, great food, and a lot less pricey than the other restaurants on the property. A breakfast buffet was included in our package, it was very good. The grounds are sprawling, but they will send a golf cart to transport you to anyplace on the property. They also offer a shuttle service to Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and gracious. I recommend the Family Vacation Package, which includes breakfast daily, unlimited access to Busch Gardens, VIP passes to DarKastle and the newest roller coaster, Griffon,one lunch or dinner per person at Busch Gardens (where the food is unusually good!) and special offers on tennis and golf. The main reason for our visit was Busch Gardens, it was very quiet when we went, and we had a great time. We can't wait to go back to Busch Gardens, and we will definitely be staying at the Kingsmill again!

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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7 Thank mybuffy
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2007

Had a family reunion for the second year here - kids from New England on spring break. There will be more trips, probably in June & again next spring. This place goes into our family "memory treasure chest."
The entire staff here was welcoming, professional, helpful & kind. Our riverfront suite gave us an absolutely stunning view of the James. There was something to do for all of us - from ages 9-58! Safe for the teenagers, relaxing for all.
It's conveniently located to everything, although you will need a car. Jamestown, Yorktown are quick drives away. There are plenty of restaurants on site, and right outside of the resort.
Oh - the bed linens are amazing!

  • Liked — Gorgeous setting, lots of room, great services
  • Disliked — On the expensive side
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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6 Thank auntbuff
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Reviewed April 15, 2007

We stayed at Kingsmill just before Easter. This resort is just lovely. Accommodations are spread out through various luxury meets rustic buildings on the property. Most rooms (guest room through 3 bedroom floor plans) have some type of view -- either the James River or a golf course. Some rooms did back up to the tennis courts, which would probably be the least desirable view.

We booked a package from the resort's website that included our guest room, daily breakfast at Bray's Bistro, tickets to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens for three consecutive days and complimentary greens fees after 2 pm.

Pros:

Beautiful room, magnificent grounds, great pool area/game room/exercise areas and complimentary transportation.

Nice playground for young children. 4 mile walking/jogging trail through bordering neighborhoods and the other properties on Kingsmill.

Three golf courses and many tennis courses on site.

We also enjoyed an impromptu picnic at the marina (the marina's grill was not open for business) and collecting shells on the small marina beach.

I did not use spa facilities, but other guests raved about them.


Cons:

Though we had a great stay, there were a few problems along the way:

1) Late check in. Though we requested an early check in, we didn't get into our room until almost 5:30 pm. When traveling with a toddler after a long drive, this can be a problem.

2) Room had a funky smell. I don't know if someone smoked in our non-smoking room, or if something (carpet?) got wet and started to mildew, but our room had a definite smell. We reported this odor to the front desk. After the next housekeeping visit, the smell lessened but never went away.

3) Dining. I agree with other reviewers. I observed most of the complaints/calls for the manager (and there were several loud requests) at Bray Bistro breakfast and Regatta's.

Bray Bistro was not staffed properly for the large volume during this busy week. However, once you were seated, the food was good and the atmosphere was calm and elegant.

This was not the case at Regatta's, the only really casual dining option open during this time of year. Regatta's was completely understaffed and reservations are not taken here.

Very long waits for tables (an hour was not uncommon) combined with staff literally running from table to table and constantly apologizing, a lack of silverware, lots of hungry kids, etc. added to the frenzied atmosphere. I didn't expect this at such a nice resort. I think if Kingsmill had adequate staff at this restaurant, many people would have left with such a positive review of a fun dining experience. Bottom line -- if you don't have kids in tow, don't eat at Regattas. There are two other fine dining options on site.

4) Shuttles. The complimentary shuttles were really great. However, they only ran one time/hour to Busch Gardens and one time every two hours to Colonial Williamsburg. More frequent shuttles may have helped ease anxieties of those waiting for breakfast.

If the only problems we ran into were a late room check in and infrequent shuttles, I would have given Kingsmill the highest rating.

Despite these cons (and I hope management addresses them -- at least the dining), I would stay here again and would invite others to join us. The place is beautiful, we were able to completely unwind and enjoy family time together.


ps -- Additional tip -- if you want to dine in one of Colonial Williamsburg's taverns, book VERY early.

  • Liked — Beautiful resort with several options for recreating
  • Disliked — Dining problems
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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7 Thank MomTravels
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South Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2007

We stayed at Kingsmill over Spring break, day after Easter through Friday, thinking that it would be very crowded. It was busy with people, but the resort is so big, that it did not seem overwhelming with visitors. We booked a one bedroom suite for our family of 4. The room was very clean, very modern, a well stocked kitchen, and a very nice bed. The staff are all very nice and helpful.
The shuttle is really a plus. We parked our car upon arriving Monday afternoon and didnot get back in it until checkout on Friday. We loved the shuttle to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. The drivers give you tips on getting tickets and the attractions. Very helpful.
The dining is good, not excellent. The package we chose included daily breakfast buffet at the Bray Landing. Breakfast was very nice and the servers are very attentive.
We did not have lunch on the property, but dinner at the Regatta was okay, not a gourmet meal, but not disgusting either.
We splurged one night for Eagles. It was pricey, the steaks were good, but not the best.
Overall, the Kingsmill Resort is like country club living.
We loved the Spa, as did our two daughters, 9 and 6., On Wed eve they attended SpaKamp for girls which they thought was the best part of the trip! While the girls were there, my husband and I booked massages and then went to the bar for a drink!

  • Liked — County club scenario
  • Disliked — Housekeeping done very late in the afternoon.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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5 Thank mcgon4
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Winston Salem, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2007

We spent 3 nights at Kingsmill during April 3-6 with our two children, 8 & 11. This is a great facility with golf courses, pools, on-the-river immaculate grounds, passes to Busch Gardens, shuttle buses to attractions, and suite style rooms. The staff is very accomodating and seems to work very hard at providing top notch service.

The only problem is dining capacity. They are not set up for large numbers of visitors and don't have a mechanism set up to route guests around to a dining facility that might be less full. I speculate that the suite sytle rooms with kitchens buffers dining demand during the warmer months but that was not the case during our stay. Breakfast was a good example. Management had to know the number of guests coming for the period that were signed up for packages that included breakfast. But, the Bray Bistro was not set up to handle the crowd (although the hostess Allison did a remarkable job keeping the many groups waiting happy). Dinner reservations featured hour long plus waits. Finally, we gave up and went offsite.

I'd probably go back to Kingsmill because it is a terrific set up but I would check out the other options first.

  • Liked — Facitities, grounds, rooms
  • Disliked — Dining Capacity
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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3 Thank WSyankee
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2007

We just came back from an excellent mini vacation at Kingsmill. We have previously been going to Wolf Lodge, but we were so tired of the place, we decided to come back to Kingsmill.

The room was beautiful and so well decorated and comfortable. It had a wonderful comfort bed and was so peaceful and quiet. the suite had lots of windows looking out onto the beautiful property.

There is so much to do here, the propery has a great sports center, a par 3 beautiful golf course on the river that is perect for family rounds. There are also 3 other courses on the property.

There is a full spa that I found to be wonderful in everyway.

There are many dining options on the property and the 2 we ate at were excellent. They also offer free shuttle transportation to Colonial williamsburg, busch Gardens, and water country.

We loved it here and refuse to stay anywhere else in Williamsburg again. This place is perfect for the picky who do not deal well with bad service. They go out of your way to make sure you are happy.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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5 Thank joan3boys
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Property: Kingsmill Resort
Address: 1010 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5576
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Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Williamsburg
#3 Spa Hotel in Williamsburg
#6 Family Hotel in Williamsburg
#11 Business Hotel in Williamsburg
#16 Romantic Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kingsmill Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 425
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kingsmill Resort is situated on 2,900 protected acres along the James River in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. At Kingsmill, we invite our guests to experience a relaxing retreat where casual elegance provides the perfect backdrop for a stress‐free getaway. Guest can relax in 425 exquisite villa‐style guest rooms and suites overlooking the sparkling James River. Situated adjacent to Busch Gardens, 5 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. ... more   less 
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