For the package rate ($300+ a night) over Thanksgiving, my expectations were of a better property, perhaps somewhat in the Hyatt or Marriott class. Instead, the room matches a middling Holiday Inn in quality, with a 50% larger room size a noticeable bonus.
First, however, if you have any mold allergies, I suggest you carefully inspect your room before the bellman leaves. Better yet, leave your bags at the Inn front desk and just be escorted to look at the room. Our room had a very pronounced musty/moldy smell, but not overpowering. We could stand it, especially after the cross breezes from having the balcony and room doors open at the same time, even in cold weather. The room temperature recovers quickly thanks to the two heating systems, a silent hot water system under the floor-to-ceiling windows and a through-the-wall system like many Holiday and Days Inns (not a window a/c system). The through-the-wall system does not meet the quality standards of central a/c found in upscale chains.
The room was impeccably clean, even in the crevices and corners of the bath, with no visible mold. So the smell must be originating in the walls or in the carpet.
The pond-view room has an idyllic view, especially in fall with falling leaves on the ponds. It is especially quiet on this side of the building. The other "view" is of the tennis courts, to be avoided as the rooms face the parking lots too.
The walk-up to the second story is great for overweight Americans, but several portly guests had obvious breathing problems as the building does not have an elevator. You have a short five-minute walk each morning to the Inn for your breakfast, if included in the package. Those with mobility problems should definitely look elsewhere.
The bathroom was Quality Inn level, with the linens, should you call them that, at the Motel 6 standard. There is a dressing room with a second vanity. The first thing a guest will notice after a shower or bath are the postage-stamp-sized towels. No one has any reason to be envious of these, as so often you might be of over-sized thirsty bath linens in four- and five-star properties.
The bonus you get with these Providence Hall rooms is that you have the meals and services of the Williamsburg Inn, a true five-star property. Thus, you have helpful concierges on duty, dutifully cheerful doormen, exemplary dining room wait staff, and a front desk which is the weakest link in the very strong quality chain of personnel. You make all your touring arrangements, if not pre-arranged, through the concierge. They are invariably helpful and cheerful people-persons.
For the price, this was a poor value. If you could endure the inconvenience of being located off-site (and parking at the visitor center during busy times and taking the shuttle buses), then you can save about 30-50% of the costs, even after the Colonial Williamsburg tickets. I would try the nearby Williamsburg Lodge (unreviewed by the author) first if on-site convenience is important. For a central location right in Colonial Williamsburg, this would be my last choice, after the Inn, Lodge and Colonial Housing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a getaway of spacious guest rooms with breezy balconies where you can enjoy Williamsburg’s natural beauty. Imagine sitting out on a beautiful terrace overlooking a charming pond and wooded area. Located just steps away from the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.Enjoy access to world-class dining, recreation, and spa amenities in addition to admission ticket discounts and exclusive guest-only offerings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Providence Hall Guesthouses Hotel Williamsburg