by Candyce H. Stapen
The Williamsburg, situated in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, is a good alternative for families seeking accommodations within the Historic Area, who don’t want the formality or the fees of the Williamsburg Inn. The Lodge, originally built in 1937-1938 to provide affordable accommodations, completed renovations in 2006.
Enlarged over the years, the Lodge offers 323 rooms in eight buildings, each with an elevator. With a conference center located nearby, the property attracts groups. Most of the time, families won’t feel overwhelmed unless, of course, they are attempting to check-in or out when a large contingent arrives. Governors, movie stars, members of NATO and even Lassie have stayed at the Lodge. Lassie must have appreciated the green lawns that surround the Lodge buildings.
The large brick courtyard provides ample space for you to temporarily park while checking-in. Decorated with folk art and 18th century reproductions, the large lobby has several areas for seating and a piano in one corner. Needlepoint pillows decorate couches, jugs form the base for lamps, ceramic owls and geese as well as a model of an old carriage adorn console tables.
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- Informal, friendly hotel
- Located within the Historic Area
- Less expensive than Williamsburg Inn
- Water Parks
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The good sized, comfortable rooms have a colonial decor of pencil post beds and folk art reproductions. Our room in the Nicholas building featured a black rooster with red tail feathers atop the armoire that hid the television. Milk jug lamps adorned end tables and colorful reproductions of folk art prints of birds and scenes of Colonial Williamsburg hung on the walls. To further the "homey" feel, rooms may have rocking chairs and a popular paperback for bedtime reading. Ours had Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grown-Ups.
The desk offers a good workspace, Wi-Fi is complimentary, the mini-refrigerator is unstocked and there is a coffee maker. Rooms are cleaned once a day; there is no turn down service.
In general, the rooms in the south wing are smaller than those in the north and east wings. Most rooms in popular Tazewell Hall, built in the 1970s, come with balconies or patios that open to a courtyard. Some of the Tazewell Hall rooms have pull-out couches and a slightly more modern decor.
Family trip for a long weekend and stayed at the Lodge for the first time. We will not stay anywhere else while in Williamsburg. Great location in historic area and phenomenal staff! Pool access at the Spa was welcomed by the kids.
Stayed in two connecting rooms with teenagers and a senior. Rooms were very clean, nicely decorated and very quiet. We enjoyed the attached patios with rocking chairs. Both the doormen and the front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. Great breakfast buffet. The colonial section of town is literally just across the street. Only negative worth mentioning is that the hotel complex is spread out among several buildings and the pools are across the street. This is a concern when one of the party has mobility issues.
As a Lodge guest, you and your family can use the outdoor pool located about one block away near the spa and the Williamsburg Inn, as well as the indoor pool at Inn the during select times. Generally, kids are allowed at the indoor pool in the afternoons.
As a guest of a Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection hotel, your family receives preferred reservations for tennis courts, golf tee times and carriage rides. Depending on the season, Colonial Williamsburg offers lodging packages that may come with breakfast as well as reduced or even free admission to the Historic Area.
Location, location, location. Staying at the Lodge puts you just a few blocks from Duke of Gloucester Street, site of Revolutionary City, as well as within walking distance of the Historic Area attractions. This is convenient. You can tour in the morning, cool off at the pool in the hot afternoons then stroll over to a colonial tavern for dinner and afterward, take in a ghost tour or other evening diversion.
The Lodge offers breakfast, lunch and dinner at its on-site restaurant. The fare is more convenient than memorable. A nice touch: room service is available. As a guest of a Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection hotel, you receive preferred reservations for dining at the popular colonial taverns. Even if the food is forgettable at these places, the experience is fun, especially when "people of the past" drop by to play music or chat.