Why We Loved Woodlands Hotel, Williamsburg
Resort: The Woodlands Hotel & Suites
Where: Williamsburg, VA
The Woodlands Hotel is considered to be “on property” at historic Williamsburg. But don’t expect to walk out of the hotel onto colonial streets. It’s next to the large visitors’ center, which is convenient on your first day. The historic streets are a 10 to 15 minute walk on a wooded path and passed a farm. There is also a shuttle bus at the visitors’ center that runs in a loop to the colonial, town, the art museum, the commons and other places. We took it a few times when we didn’t want to be bothered with the car and it was easy enough.
This is a family hotel. Expect splashing at the pool and a line for the waffle-maker at breakfast. Its décor is functional with a colonial accent. It doesn’t have quite what I would consider an upscale look and feel, but it has a lot of amenities and a helpful staff.
The Woodlands Hotel has double rooms and suites. The double was fine for us— two adults and a child. I felt like we could leave suitcases around and hang bathing suits to dry without things being it the way. In the suites the bathroom separated a sleeping area from a living area with a sleeper sofa. If you have older or younger kids who don’t sleep when you do it’s probably the better option.
We had a busy schedule and I wished as we were leaving that we’d had a chance to explore the hotel more; it had a lot to do. The pool was nice and my then 7YO really liked the adjacent water playground. I liked that I could be in the regular pool and on a lounge chair and still keep an eye on her over there.
There are a lot of grounds for wandering around. We didn’t get to try the shuffle board or the mini-golf course with (of course) a colonial theme but we did see other families using them. Tiny Traveler sampled the playground set and approved. There was family entertainment every night around 7:00. But we often wound up eating a late dinner and only managed to catch a very funny magician one night.
Huzzah’s, the onsite restaurant, has good pub food with some southern dishes mixed in and local beer. Tiny Traveler enjoyed the make-your-own pizza option for kids. We were also able to get beer to go if we wanted to bring a pint to the pool or to our room. A breakfast buffet is included in the room rate. I would have enjoyed some better healthy options at breakfast but the cereal, waffles, eggs and coffee fueled us for our full days of activities.
The Bottom Line:
It’s rare that I wish I had more time at the hotel, so the fact that I would have spent more time at the Woodland if I could have speaks to how much there was to do and how comfortable the property was. If you want to be near Colonial Williamsburg and are traveling with kids you really can’t go wrong here.
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