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Kingsmill Resort
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Reviewed July 31, 2007

This place is truly a resort in every sense of the word. Stayed for 3 days in late July in a King suite right on the golf course. Plenty of room in the living area, as a dining room table for six, couch, two chairs, and a desk/work area was laid out nicely. Full kitchen
with utensils, pots, glasses etc. Everything also in good condition and clean. The grounds are out of this world, as it is located in a gated community, with 3 golf courses, tennis, spa, marina, and indoor & outdoor pool. Plenty of eating options on property also. Location is less than 2 miles from Busch Gardens with shuttle available. Will definitley stay there again. The only negative is that the property is so large, things are a bit spread out.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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1  Thank EDSALLKIDS
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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

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank coltrane2jayz
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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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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!

  • 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.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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7  Thank MomTravels
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