I will start by saying that this is not, in mho, a resort -- a resort is a destination in and of itself with staff, services, amenities, activities, dining, etc. The Colonies at Williamsburg is a very nicely located, clean, vacation living option that is more akin to a garden-styled apartment complex that is rented out on short-term basis. I know it's a timeshare and that many people love this place, but to be clear, there are no real dining options on-site, the only activities are swimming, tennis, or exercising and there is extremely limited maid service (in fact, it's only offered on request and for a charge...including towel/sheet service and trash pick-up). To be clear, the place is clean. the unit we stayed in last week (60B) was a recently completed 2br/2ba unit that overlooked the tennis court and pool. It was very clean when we checked in and served our purposes great. However, we are used to traveling to resorts (including many higher end timeshare properties like Four Seasons Residence Clubs, Royal Resort properties and Starwood properties) that offer daily maid service, several dining options, daily activities, etc. This place offers a short-term, clean, apartment rental near other attractions. There is lots to do in Williamsburg and this location works and is clean and safe. But you will not find yourself waking up and wanting to spend a lazy day at the "resort" if you are staying here. The photos make it look like there is a huge outdoor pool with water park and lazy river features. To be clear, there is both an indoor and outdoor pool. The oudoor pool does include a water slide and what can only be described as the smallest lazy river you've ever seen....sort of a lazy creek, if you will that extends off the main pool, does a quick loop and comes back. Maybe 12 steps in total to walk the "loop" of the lazy river/creek.
Ok place but i would beg to disagree with the Interval International Premiere label it has and while I cannot comment on other options in the area, would be surprised if there were not nicer spots. But, if having a clean unit, full kitchen and two nice baths are the primary motivators for a decision, the Colonies at Williamsburg will deliver. The 2br units really only have 2 beds in them (a king in the master and a queen in the 2nd bedroom), but the sofa in the living room will convert to a full bed. We did call for a roll-a-way and was surprised that they wanted to charge $70 for the week. We declined and they called back offering the same bed for $20/week. That sort of service also turns me off as I feel that a higher-end resort should either offer the roll-a-way for no additional cost, or at a minimum, offer one price at the outset as opposed to trying to upcharge me and then when I decline, calling back in 10minutes with a new better, special price. I find that somewhat cheesy. One very nice thing about this resort, given that it is a timeshare, is that at no point did they try to get us to attend any sort of owner's meeting or resort tour as others have commented on. Another nice thing is that the units contain a stackable washer/dryer....very important given the lack of daily or even a mid-week unit clean-up and towel/sheet swap.
To sum up -- clean, well located, short-term, no-frills apartment rental in a decent area for touring all that Williamsburg has to offer. Kitchen was good, bathrooms large, washer/dryer worked and was in the unit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for your next family vacation, The Colonies at Williamsburg boasts residential-style accommodations consisting of two- and four-bedroom condominiums with full kitchens and electric fireplaces designed for maximum comfort. Kitchen, living room and dining room areas in each suite are integrated for entertaining and enjoyment. Resort amenities include indoor & outdoor heated pools with water features, an outdoor hot tub and tennis courts. The resort is just minutes from the most popular attractions in the area including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and popular retail outlet stores. Designated suites meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. ... more less
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