Kingsmill Resort & Spa Review

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1010 Kingsmill Road , Williamsburg VA 23185
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Editor’s Review of Kingsmill Resort & Spa

Many a Washington D.C. power player, including President Obama, has spent time at this sprawling resort on the James River located about 7 miles from Colonial Williamsburg and even closer to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. And for families looking to incorporate some time in Virginia's beautiful nature with their itineraries to this history-rich part of the state, the Kingsmill Resort feels like a luxury summer camp for adults and kids.

The genteel property spreads across hundreds of riverfront acres on land that played a key role in local plantation life from the 17th to 19th centuries. Anheuser-Busch purchased a large parcel of land here in 1969 to build a brewery, and part of that land agreement included the development of the resort in
... more the 1970's. In 2010, the resort was purchased by Xanterra, the largest state park concessioner in the U.S.

Greater Kingsmill encompasses some of the Williamsburg area's nicest neighborhoods, but Kingsmill Resort is an entity apart. The gracious southern property has 425 villa-style guestrooms and suites, most of which are one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums that will tempt you to settle in and stay a while thanks to amenities like full kitchens and laundry facilities. There are five onsite restaurants, some of which are only open during the busy summer months. And a reliable free shuttle service runs all day from the resort to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Part of a planned community that spread across thousands of acres, Kingsmill is one of those comprehensive resorts that really offers some form of entertainment for everyone in your family. For the golfers, there are two championship 18-hole courses to play. And family bonding activities include fishing or kayaking along the banks of the James River, splashing in the indoor and outdoor pools, playing a game of tennis or just strolling along the resort's marina beach looking for shells and spotting wading birds.

For an active vacation in a beautiful place with easy access to all the tourist sites of Williamsburg, Kingsmill puts you closer to nature than any other place in the area. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Free shuttle service to Colonial Williamsburg
  • Pool with lazy river
  • Accommodations for large families
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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danmar1124
Wonderful Family Vacation!
Reviewed on 09/05/2014
Conveniently located between Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, this resort was the perfect oasis after a day at the Amusement Park or colonial village. We also just spent days at the resort at the lazy river pool soaking ...
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The 425 guestrooms and suites at the property are spread out between several three-story buildings and riverfront cottages. And while the décor in the cottages is far more modern than in the other suites and guestrooms, all accommodations here are well equipped with everything you need to feel at home while on vacation.

If you want a Pack 'N Play, be sure to reserve it when you book your room. Also, there are a few connecting standard guestrooms available, but they cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Standard Guestrooms
Standard guestrooms are 375 square feet and have one king bed or two double beds, a private balcony or patio and in-room amenities that are standard throughout the resort that include Keurig coffeemakers, plush bathrobes, hairdryers, umbrellas, in-room safes and desks for working. These standard rooms, like all suites, are scattered throughout the resort so you can specify where you prefer to be -- close to the river, Sports Club, Wareham Pond, golf courts or tennis courts. Just be sure to specify when you book. Standard guestrooms can accommodate two adults and a baby in a pack and play (provided for free -- there are no cribs available). Rollaway beds are not available in any of the rooms or suites.

One-Bedroom Suites
One-bedroom suites are the next jump up by way of roominess, at 820 square feet, and have a master bedroom with one king bed and a queen sofa bed in the living room. The fully equipped kitchen has dishes and utensils and a refrigerator, oven and stove and dishwasher, plus there are washers and dryers for doing laundry in these suites, too. All suites also have fireplaces in the living rooms, a nice touch during the colder months. As with standard guestrooms, you can specify your preferred location on the property for the one-bedroom suites, which accommodate a maximum of four people.

Two-Bedroom Suites
The two-bedroom suites have the same amenities as the one-bedroom suites, but more space (1,200 square feet) with the addition of a second bedroom with either one king bed or two double beds and a total of two full bathrooms. There's also a larger dining space here that makes it easy to host group dinners. The living room has a fireplace and queen sofa bed in the living room, too, so you can accommodate between six and eight people, depending on sleeping configurations.

Three-Bedroom Suites
The three-bedroom suites are a spacious 1,500 square feet and have three full bedrooms (two with king beds and a third with your choice of one king or two doubles), as well as a living room with a sofa bed and a full kitchen with washer and dryer facilities. Eight people can fit here, too.

Standard in all of the suites are balconies or patios, fireplaces, queen sofa beds in the living rooms and your choice of locations around the resort.

Cottages
If being waterfront is your main priority, you may want to splurge on the resort's new three- or four-bedroom cottages -- beautiful two-story houses with balconies that sit within a few feet of the James River and have magnificent views. Bedrooms, all with one king bed or two double beds, all have their own full bathrooms, as well as queen sofa beds in the living rooms. If you're here with a large group, this might be the best option as you can sleep more than 10 people in the four-bedroom cottages, especially if kids can double up in the double beds.

Decor is fairly standard throughout all the rooms and suites, with wood furniture and a color scheme of earth tones livened with pockets of color. The cottages have the most modern décor since they are the newest accommodations on the property.

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