The best thing about the Lodge is its proximity to Colonial Williamsburg. It's an easy walk from the Lodge to any part of the Colonial Williamsburg area. (It's only a few blocks to Francis Street and Duke of Gloucester Street, about a mile to the Capital, and less than a mile to the Palace Green and Governor's palace.) The Lodge is also convenient to William & Mary and a number of restaurants, and they have a hotel shuttle that will take you to nearby restaurants. It's a good place for a conference because there is a lot that the non-conference-attending spouses and children can do nearby.
The Lodge is a fairly nice hotel, but nothing special and certainly not what I would call luxurious -- at least not our room. We stayed in a two-queen room in the Tazewell. The bathroom/closet area was rather cramped and poorly designed with closet doors that blocked the bathroom entrance. I assume the walls are fairly thin because we could clearly hear people talking in the hallway and adjacent rooms. Large sliding glass windows opened to a balcony, however the balcony looked out over a courtyard that was mostly brick pavers with a few small trees -- not exactly a view. There was a parking deck under the building where we stayed, but there's surface parking for some of the other buildings. The different buildings are connected by covered walkways.
It's easy to get lost in the Lodge because it's large and the layout is a bit confusing. The decor in the common areas is quite nice, and perhaps this is the one area in which the Lodge stands out. In part of the lobby/common area, there is a short table covered with paper for children to color, which we thought was a nice touch. The Spa is across the street and looks nice from the outside, but we didn't try it out.
Even at a discounted rate due to my conference, the room seemed a bit overpriced, but possibly everything is overpriced in Williamsburg. If you want soft drinks or water, bring your own because the drink machines at the Lodge charge $2.75(!) for a regular sized bottle of coke. We heard that the bar at the Lodge is also overpriced, but if you don't mind loud college bars, there are a couple nearby (Paul's, Green Leafe, Hospitality House). You can take the hotel shuttle or a cab (and it's only about a $5.00 cab ride).
Although the name "Lodge" evokes images of large, old, and rather rustic accommodations, that's not accurate. The Lodge is a modern brick building with nothing really "Colonial" about it except the decor in the common areas.
Because the Lodge does not allow dogs, we will likely not go back to stay, unless it's for a conference I have to attend for work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection is a relaxing escape in Colonial Williamsburg. We are a preferred choice of accommodations for travelers looking for luxury hotels in Williamsburg, Virginia. On our property, which sits in the heart of the Historic Area, you will find inviting spaces including a world-class restaurant and you can enjoy convenient access to spa and golf recreation amenities. We sit in the middle of all the action in Williamsburg, and we offer admission ticket discounts and special daily events as part of the exclusive benefits you'll enjoy as our guest. ... more less
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