We booked two nights at Cedars of Williamsburg on the strength of positive TripAdvisor reviews, but were disappointed with our actual stay.
By far the biggest plus about Cedars is its location, right next to The College of William and Mary and a short walk to Merchant's Square and Colonial Williamsburg.
The negatives are as follows:
First, even though our room was delightful (though with a tiny bathroom), the bed had the softest, least comfortable mattress we've slept on in years--it sagged in the middle and provided very little back support.
Second, breakfast was served in a room too small to accommodate all guests, which created a sense of needing to rush once you are seated. Additionally, the breakfast itself was underwhelming--it was heavy in cheese, cream and meat, with little in the way of alternatives (fruits, granola, muesli would have been good).
Third--and this is something that really confused us--at breakfast the host celebrated a guest's birthday by dressing them in a party-style, colorful top hat and boa and encouraging the other guests to sing happy birthday. That was fine, but then it was repeated for someone whose birthday was within a few weeks (I think). I think the host video taped these. Finally the host took photos of each table and, the next day, presented us with an small advertising brochure with our photo on the front. All of this was (for us) unexpected, and while we didn't actively dislike it, it did get in the way of simply starting the morning quietly. Essentially, it turned breakfast into more of a performance than an enjoyable, quiet start to the day.
We greatly appreciated being within walking distance of W&M and Merchant's Square, but for us the negatives greatly outweighed the positives at Cedars. And at of $235 per night, I don't think we'll be staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our romantic and award-winning Colonial Cedars Bed & Breakfast is a Williamsburg lodging landmark since 1935. As Williamsburg's largest and oldest bed and breakfast, we offers 8 rooms/suites in the main house and 2 rooms in the Cedars Cottage with fireplaces and romantic privacy. We are a smoke/pet-free rest stop for our 5,000+ guests. We are directly across the street from the College of William and Mary and only a 7 minute walk to Colonial Williamsburg Merchant's Square. Traveling for business? We are Swam and FEMA certified. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cedars Of Williamsburg Hotel Williamsburg
- Cedars Bed And Breakfast