Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A short stay at Williamsburg Lodge

I was quite shocked when one of my friends referred to the Williamsburg Lodge, which is a member of Historic Hotels of America as ‘The one that looks more like a motel”. I have to admit, from the exterior, which is in many areas only two stories, it does look a bit like a big brick motel, albeit a very upscale one. A doorman greets you which is something that your typical motel is not going to provide as well as valet parking if you so desire.  

The moment you enter into Williamsburg Lodge, any lingering motel impressions fly out the door. It is beautiful. Especially in December, when it is decorated for Christmas, it had a gracious charm that is hard to overlook. Originally built in 1939, it is just two years younger than the Williamsburg Inn. Recent updates and additions have been made to keep it relevant to today’s guests but the old-fashioned attitude that the guest is always right and should be treated well is evident in the welcome provided by the staff at every level.

Liezel Snyder at the front desk came to our rescue when we became lost trying to find our room. I mean she really came and found us, I was very impressed and it left a warm lingering feeling throughout our four-day stay.

Our superior lodge room was located in the South Wing. The walk from the parking garage is easy once you do it the first time. The lobby and restaurant areas are also just a short walk through a covered walkway.

The room itself has all the modern conveniences and yet has a very historic feel. It looks like what you would expect a room in a camping lodge to look like. The walls are wooden as are the floors. All the furniture looks like antiques but feels sturdy and modern. The bed, a single queen was very comfortable and when I asked for feather pillows, they were immediately brought to the room to join the four that we already had.

A good sized closet is provided to stash your luggage and it holds an iron, ironing board and the hair dryer. The room has three chairs, a wooden rocker, a leather wingback and a leather director’s chair at the work desk. Four lamps brighten the room but no overhead light.

I love the fact that the coffee maker is a Keurig. I have plenty of K-cups with me but the room comes with four which are replenished daily. Turndown service is provided in the evening and two chocolates are left on your bed.

Sound proofing is great at the Williamsburg Lodge. We were never disturbed by any other guests. We heard no noise in the hall or through the walls. The bathroom is small but functional. The vanity is black granite and the floor is small black and white tile which looks like it is original from the 1930’s.

The Hotel has two dining options. Traditions is the main restaurant and there is also a bar menu served in the lounge. We purchased the breakfast buffet every morning for $15.95 and it was worth the money. The pastries are baked on site and you can opt to have an omelet or fried eggs from the egg station. Coffee and juice are included in the price.

We also ate dinner there every night. The food is creatively prepared and all of our servers were delightful. You can spend a lot, for the lamb or tenderloin or a little for the hamburger, lamb BLT or the flatbread. They have three soup choices and some delicious salads. I loved the hot apple cider and the decaf cappuccino. The only downside is that the menu doesn’t change and if you stay more than a few days, it gets a little repetitive.

The gift shop is very nice and offers both the practical and the whimsical. The pool and the gym are across the street as is the spa.

Best of all, the location is near perfect. The bus stops right outside the building giving you access to the entire historic district in minutes. Be sure to get a length of stay pass to the museums, it really is the best buy. You can walk to just about anything that you would like to see as well.

We loved our stay at the Williamsburg Lodge, the staff is amazing and everyone we saw spoke to us with a friendly greeting and a smile and of course, Christmas was very much in the air. We slept great, ate well and would not hesitate to stay here again the next time we are in Williamsburg.

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