I managed a conference at the Williamsburg Lodge in June 2014. We had a wide variety of attendees, so I was pleased with Williamsburg's mass appeal.
Upon checking in, I was greeted by friendly and helpful front desk staff. They already knew all about my group and asked several very intelligent questions about our attendees. Kathleen did a wonderful job of pointing out our location on the hotel map, pointing out the available amenities, and offering to assist in any way possible. This was my experience and that of many others that I spoke with throughout our conference.
My room was quite large, a junior suite, located just above the main drive. I was a bit concerned about noise, but never experienced any. My bed was comfortable with great pillows. I travel with my own toiletries, but housekeeping staff did leave fresh soap each day. The bathrooms, though small, were well laid out. Watch out for the door stop on the bottom of the bathroom door. I only closed my bathroom door twice, but I banged my foot with that door stop both times! OUCH!
Our conference took up the majority of the meeting spaces throughout the week. The spaces were bright and attractive, and the spaces were set as we had asked. We had enough space to spread out and move around easily. The audio-visual staff did an excellent job for us throughout, though we had most of our own equipment. We had one group that was happily boisterous and caused problems for the quieter group adjacent to them. Staff were willing and able to move them to another space where they would not have to quiet down! Very nice!
We fed our attendees breakfast and lunch each day and had one planned evening function. The food was very good. In particular, the sides were amazing! We had a marinated tomato and cucumber salad that was so good and a dish of marinated peppers was a huge hit. I think we were able to accommodate our vegetarian and lactose intolerant attendees quite nicely.
I did not eat in Traditions, though we were able to offer things off of the Traditions menu a couple of nights when we ate in the bar. I had a wonderful Caesar salad, the romaine lightly grilled, that was terrific! The bar staff were so much fun, Parrish and Shannon were the two that I remembered best. They had some very nice draft beer options. Because we were there during World Cup play, the bar and back bar room were full most evenings. My attendees really enjoyed being able to gather there together.
Because we were in the hotel for five full days, we had a chance to encounter LOTS of Lodge staff. Every single person we came into contact with greeted us every single day. Not one time did staff walk past without speaking. Everyone commented on how lovely the staff were to everyone of us. The Lodge has a fabulous crew of Conference Concierges who were helpful at every single turn. We could run over, make a quick request, and get back to work - knowing that they would handle it. Must say, that was really wonderful for my staff and me. And, the sales and banquet staff were equally amazing. It's a big conference, over several days - nerves are going to fray - but we had a wonderful event in large part thanks to them!
Our attendees were allowed to pre-order tickets at a reduced rate, for the duration of our stay. Everyone who took advantage of this activity enjoyed the Colonial Williamsburg village. Being able to come and go as they pleased during the week and weekend. Those who used the spa and played golf had only good reports of service and about staff. Those attendees who used the fitness center were also quite pleased.
All in all, a really great week at the Williamsburg Lodge. We look forward to being back next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection is a relaxing escape in Colonial Williamsburg. We are a preferred choice of accommodations for travelers looking for luxury hotels in Williamsburg, Virginia. On our property, which sits in the heart of the Revolutionary City, you will find inviting spaces including a world-class restaurant and you can enjoy convenient access to spa and golf recreation amenities. We sit in the middle of all the action in Williamsburg, and we offer admission ticket discounts and special daily events as part of the exclusive benefits you'll enjoy as our guest. ... more less
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