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The Historic Powhatan Resort
Ranked #22 of 74 Hotels in Williamsburg
bethjohngeo
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34 reviews
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“Great Location, Family Friendly, Outdated”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This resort is in a good location if you are looking to go to Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown etc. The resort is very family friendly. The negatives associated with this property are that it is outdated (the furnishings and the units), the beds are not very comfortable, and the overall sales pitch that we were given. After checking in we were told we must go to the concierge desk for our welcome packet (which was no more than a clear plastic bag with brochures which can be picked up anywhere around town) when we got to the concierge we were told we had already been signed up for a time share sales pitch. When we asked them to cancel this they kept on going about how good the offer was. Overall the place is fine especially if you are traveling with a family.

There isn't a housekeeping service during your stay. I called to ask for clean towels and was told that I should wash my own before asking for a towel service. I was turned off by this.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Manalapan, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Hi my husband and daughter and I was there for 4 nights we had the rooms for a week but decided to leave after 4 nights. Reason one my daughter was upstairs in the loft bed she said was hard as a rock and so was ours. Also in the loft it was not as cool as it should be downstairs
it was either too hot or too cold. Reason two we are on vacation why do they have to bother with us attending a seminar on vacation time sharing not a good thing and wasted 2 hours which we could of been somewhere where we really wanted to be!!! The place is dated needs to be updated..

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We took our 17 year old grandson here for his birthday. It was chosen because of its closeness to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. We were in a two bedroom condo with a full kitchen which we did not use except for breakfast. This is a great resort and I would recommend it to any family traveling to this area.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms on the lower level have a jetted tub. the upper level does not.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sussex, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Avoid the summer crowds but still enjoy the diverse activities and pleasant, warm weather Williamsburg VA has to offer! We vacationed here for 7 days beginning on September 6 in 2013. This is now my favorite vacation time of year in Williamsburg and my favorite spot. The Historic Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg is a Timeshare Resort that also offers rental units. Rental rates in September were reasonable especially since you can get a comfortable 2 bedroom unit with full kitchen, dining area, living room, balcony and 2 baths for a price that could easily be paid for a standard room in one of the area's better hotels. Plus the resort has on-site indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, playground, etc. There are 2 restaurants on site (One is casual with OK food, the 2nd which is called "The Kitchen" is more upscale and the food is very good) and a small store to get milk, etc. Regular grocery stores, an array of fast food take-out, coffee shops, restaurants, outlet shopping and more are a short drive from the resort. Resort staff members are friendly and accommodating. (At check-in or while at the resort, you may get invited to a free informational breakfast...this is actually a presentation to purchase a "vacation experience" (timeshare week)...just tell the caller or concierge, or vacation assistant that you're not interested...unless you are... and to please not contact you again during your stay).

Williamsburg VA is a beautiful location that offers diverse activities for everyone. In addition to the extensive historic attractions and sites the area is noted for there is an array of other options including great theme parks (Busch Gardens, Water Parks, etc.), golfing, shopping, etc. The Yorktown River Walk Area (about 20 minute drive) and Virginia Beach (about an hour) are all only a drive away from Powhatan Resort.

Early September in Williamsburg is perfect for those who want to get away, avoiding the summer crowds yet still being able to enjoy the warm weather and related activities (outdoor swimming, beach, etc.) in addition to the many other historical amenities. Although some of the theme parks have a reduced schedule, most attractions/activities are still open! Since the summer crowds are gone, you can truly enjoy the historic tours or the theme park rides and shows without having to stand in a stifling crowd or wait in excessively long lines.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Stayed here for our couple's weekend getaway (1-AUG/3-AUG) this time. The rooms were nice I was skeptical about going back because of the negative reviews. However, I have no complaints about the room itself my only complaint is that after checking in you have to go to the concierge desk. As soon as I got over there I mentioned that I was not doing any tours so if thats what this is about im not interested. So I was done but the couple I was with got trapped LOL (I've done this a time or two so I always say no to tours now). They thought it was a brilliant thing (mind you I did warn them) so they made an appointment that was only supposed to last 90 minutes because we had plans to go to Busch Gardens. They were in there for 3 1/2 HOURS. They were pissed my fiance and I were pissed. So we just went to dinner and came home (it was our last day there). So other than that we enjoyed ourselves. The ADULT ONLY pool is where we spent the most time. So yes I would definitely recommend this place.

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Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cairo
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Overall

8/10 - A most enjoyable 2 weeks, with a couple of quirky bits.

Arrival/Departure/Staff

10/10 - Smooth with no probs. The entire staff are brilliant with particular thanks to Jason in Concierge, and Sheldon, a most helpful maintenance man.

Grounds/Environment

10/10 – magnificent, with well - behaved geese.

Security

10/10 - excellent and discreet.

Restaurant

9/10 – huge portions but yummy.

Accommodation

6/10 – very dated and in need of refurbishment. Furniture was very 1960ties style and a bit worn. (Was watching great 60ties replays on Antenna of Mr. Ed, Green Acres, 3’s Company, etc., and the furniture was Powhatan!) Also, the mysterious hot tub room – now with no hot tub.

Accommodation Cleanliness

7/10 – Bathrooms and beds spotless, but cobwebs, and dust on the fan blades were a bit yucky!

Landline

3/10 - Cellphone reception poor in our location, (not necessarily Diamonds fault) but it took 10 day of constant requests to get an outside line on ‘9’.

Conclusion

8/10 As above, and will return next year, hopefully to some refurbishments.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Spent the first week of April at this resort and it had everything we needed. The room was clean and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. The grounds were well kept. Check in and check out were easy. As my friend and I had a busy itinerary we did not spend much time on the resort nor did we use any of the resorts amenities. The location was perfect for us. By the third day we were already planning our return trip for next year.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Historic Powhatan Resort
Address: 3601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188-2442
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Region: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Historic Powhatan Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 845
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Little Piece of American HistoryVirginia is one of the best places to visit if you are a history buff and want to learn more about the birth of a nation and see relics from days gone by. Williamsburg is a 170-acre historic town that has been restored to its original English condition. The Historic Powhatan Resort offers guests a little piece of colonial history with the restored Manor House (circa 1735). Nestled among 256 acres of beautiful woodland, this resort is loaded with fun things to see and do, and learn a little bit of American history. Rest, Relaxation, and a Whole Lot MoreIf you are looking for a resort that has all kinds of things to do, then you need look no further than The Historic Powhatan Resort. Here you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, an outdoor pavilion, and even a playground for the kids. Each three-bedroom suite has a fully equipped kitchen with a two-burner stovetop, a private balcony and a loft for the ultimate in relaxing vacations.If you are looking for a great meal, you can find it at The Historic Powhatan Bar & Grille, where you will find a casual family dining atmosphere for both breakfast and dinner. Open seven days a week, The Historic Powhatan Bar &Grille has an outdoor patio where you can enjoy a nice, cold drink while watching the peaceful pond (weather permitting, of course). During the breakfast buffet, enjoy being entertained by the resort's very own "first lady", Martha Washington, who will regale guests of all ages with amusing and entertaining stories.Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation, or fun and excitement, you can have it all at The Historic Powhatan Resort. ... more   less 
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