Maybe I'm a country bumpkin, but I certainly wasn't used to the atmosphere of the Williamsburg Inn. It was beautiful and luxurious, and the attention to detail was stunning. But the attitude of the staff ran hot or cold, depending on the individual.
We arrived at the Inn and, oops, they had valet parking. Our car, after almost a week of driving, was less than cleanly. We avoided the valet parking and walked in from the parking lot, which wasn't far at all.
The desk clerk was friendly and helpful. The bellman wanted to carry our luggage to our room, but we hastily declined. If you have mismatched luggage - like assorted backpacks and old rolling luggage - then you may feel the way that we did. I couldn't picture him lugging my "Little Miss Sunshine" backpack to our room. He was stiffly courteous and my attempts at self-deprecating humor seemed to be endured but not acknowledged.
He showed us into our room and where everything was. Have some money handy to give a tip - I have no idea how much they're accustomed to, but we gave what little we could. He did not ask for a tip, nor did he stand around waiting for one. It just seemed appropriate to give him something.
The room was lovely, but had a funny odor. The best way that I can describe it is that it smelled like the dirty water in a Bissell Green Machine. My best theory is that they had cleaned the carpet recently and the dirty water had seeped into the heating/cooling system. The smell hit you like a wave every time you walked into the room, and never went away.
The bathroom was the true beauty of the room. I loved the tub, I loved the space, I loved having my own sink. After staying in 3 other hotels - all of varying ratings - the luxury of such a big, beautiful, CLEAN bathroom was wonderful. I would go back in a heartbeat just for that beautiful tub.
Don't go looking for ice machines for that cooler you snuck in. Ice can either be brought to your room by room service or you can wait until the maid comes to turn down your bed. She'll give you a large plastic bag full of ice.
We looked at the room service prices - what the heck, it was our honeymoon. Well, what the heck indeed. If we wanted some food, we had to pay the inflated price for the food, then a 20% gratuity, then a $6 room service charge for having food in the room, and then the Virginia sales tax. Yeah, scratch that. After looking at those prices, we were afraid to drink the bottled water that they supplied. Then the maid left a second bottle on the coffee table, along with the first, and we realized that, yes, it was okay to drink the water - it was complimentary.
Don't roam the halls in your flipflops and bikini. The pool is located at the Spa, which is located near the property. There are rooms there to change, but, in the binder, the Inn explicitly says, "DO NOT ROAM THE HALLS IN YOUR SWIMSUIT." Not even if you're covered up.
The concierge was lovely and helpful. I've read a few other reviews that found them snobbish, but she helped us get passes and went through the map and told us what we should go see. She was wonderful. I wish I had remembered to get her name so I could give her credit here.
We didn't eat here - we couldn't afford it!! Instead, we ate at Pierce's BBQ and Sal's by Victor, both local restaurants that we would highly recommend.
IF you are accustomed to luxury and have money to burn, this is the spot for you. IF you are looking for the best value for your hard-earned buck, this is DEFINITELY not it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gracious Country Estate-style Inn situated in heart of historic district. Experience true luxury at the Williamsburg Inn. While you might not be a Rockefeller, we'll treat you like one with our attention to detail and gracious southern hospitality. The Williamsburg Inn features a selection of unique rooms in an unforgettable setting, just steps from the Revolutionary City. Enjoy access to world-class dining, recreation, and spa amenities in addition to admission ticket discounts and exclusive guest-only offerings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Williamsburg Inn-Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Williamsburg
- Williamsburg Hotel