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The Historic Powhatan Resort

3601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188-2442
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A note from The Historic Powhatan Resort
Updated 20-04-24


#30 of 71 hotels in Williamsburg
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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Mini golf
Tennis court
Kids stay free
Paid wifi
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Entertainment staff
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
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Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Private balcony
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
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Cranky64 wrote a review May 6
Grasonville, Maryland1054 contributions154 helpful votes
Part One: Accommodations We travel to Williamsburg a few times a year or as we can. I mostly book on price and reviews. This time Powhattan had a good price even with the $21 service charge so I booked 5 nights for a second floor one bedroom. Early week check in was fast. The receptionist asked me if I wanted a first or second floor unit. I said I booked the second floor (cheapest option). She offered me a first-floor unit and said it was pretty nice so I took it. As others have mentioned you are ushered to the concierge for a welcome packet. This is nothing more than an opportunity to pull you into a timeshare sales pitch, more on this in part two. When we got to our unit, we realized we upgraded to a two-bedroom unit. The unit was spacious for the two of us. The unit was well appointed and clean. We found the bed very comfortable and slept well. My only major gripe was the WIFI. I find it absurd that they only allow TWO free connections per bedroom. I found it fast enough to stream 1080p on my firestick though. If the price is right, we will stay here again. Part Two: The sales pitch. This resort is a timeshare resort and everyone they book that is not an owner is looked at as a potential buyer. If you have no intentions of being subjected to a sales pitch bee-line to the door after you get your key cards. I was a sucker and went to the concierge for the “welcome package”. Well after about 5 minutes of saying no to the sales pitch and the $100 Mastercard I went out to my wife in the car and said do you want to make $100? She was game and we where on for the pitch the next day. I have to say they are pretty brutal, and use the standard three-person sales team to work you over. The salesman, the Manager, the Closer. It took us almost three hours to get the $100. In the end buying a $50,000 timeshare at 22% interest seemed like a bad deal after all. I thanked them for the $100 Mastercard and told them I booked 5 nights on credit card points and with the $100 my net cost for 5 nights was $17. Why do I need to spend $50,000?
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Avoid the concierge
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Lyn P wrote a review Apr. 2021
Clay Center, Kansas2 contributions
The kitchen was quite adequate & the layout with 2bedrooms & 2 bathrooms was great for privacy. It was very nice to have a washer & dryer right in the unit so we didn’t have to go down the hall or to another building & watch it for hours
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Diamond Resorts, Guest Services / Front Office at The Historic Powhatan Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for sharing your feedback about your vacation at The Historic Powhatan Resort! It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve you, and we are so grateful you chose The Historic Powhatan Resort as your destination to Stay Vacationed. All of our Team Members here look forward to welcoming you in the future!
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R. Gregory Shaw wrote a review Apr. 2021
West Virginia20 contributions9 helpful votes
Overall, this resort is a disappointment. We spent a week in March and found not a lot to like. The units have all the charm of a typical suburban subdivision, set down alongside all the other housing developments. The grounds were generally clean, though a walk around the pond found trash scattered on the far side. The room was clean upon arrival, but mid-week cleaning service was suspended - find the dumpster and empty your own garbage. Resort activities, other than virtual tv group activities (Would anyone on vacation actually do this?) were non-existent. The restaurant was closed. The coffeeshop was closed. The exercise room was closed. Miniature golf was closed. The historic centerpiece mansion was closed. The pools were closed. When I inquired if daily "resort fees" had been adjusted in light of the closures, I received an email (politely worded, I'll note) that these fees were unchanged and covered costs of incidentals such as parking (200+ acres and they charge for self-parking at your unit?) and wifi (Lo-speed "check your email" wifi is covered; "premium" wifi incurs an extra charge.) Days Inn down the road ($54) offers parking and wifi without the extra charge, and they throw in breakfast. Of course, we all recognize that any hotel is in business to make money, but it's possible to offer a level of service, attention, and comfort that leaves customers with a feeling that the business has earned its money. The multiple calls to our room to entice us to attend a resort membership meeting were so annoying that we unplugged the phone. I expect with warmer weather and a better health outlook Powhatan will provide more of what is expected of a resort, but if you want something special, keep looking.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Kevin Johnson, Owner at The Historic Powhatan Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are sorry to note your disappointment with your recent stay with us. Rest assured that we take all comments and suggestions to heart so that we can improve and provide the exceptional service that our guests expect and deserve. We do hope to see you at one of our resorts in the future and we'd like to wish you all the best with your future travels.
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Judy129 wrote a review Apr. 2021
Portsmouth, NH9 contributions11 helpful votes
Love the peace and serenity I feel when I stay here. Just beautiful. :) I've been here for four years every February and due to the pandemic had to come in April this year. Weather is amazing and everything is in bloom. Very low-key and relaxing. Will be back.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Just ask staff. Always willing to accommodate.
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Response from Kevin Johnson, Owner at The Historic Powhatan Resort
Responded 1 week ago
The biggest compliment we can receive is a guest who wants to return! Thank you for sharing your feedback and for choosing to spend your hard-earned vacation at The Historic Powhatan Resort. We will definitely make sure to share your feedback with our team here!
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Mark_and_Neida wrote a review Apr. 2021
Lancaster, PA224 contributions225 helpful votes
The resort is well-placed, close enough to activities but far enough from "town" to be quiet. The air is clean, and the little deck was great for morning caffeine with the local bird population. Unfortunately, there is no shelter of any kind, so if it's raining or otherwise inclement you're just SOL. The TVs were updated and great for rainy days, and the 2-bedroom unit had enough space to spread out when the weather discouraged outdoor activities. The in-unit washer/drier was small but sufficient for two. The water pressure and temperature in the shower was great. The climate control was adequate, and the ornamental fireplace with a blower was a nice touch for cool evenings. That's where the good stuff ends, though. The kitchen was poorly stocked; only one normal pot, one small skillet, and one enormous pot, and only only one lid among them. Plenty of utensils though. As has become the norm since the real estate bubble burst, the appliances are flimsier than the cheapest home depot specials I've ever seen, but functional. Detergent is provided for three washes. The bowls are so small they can't even hold an entire can of soup? How in the heck does a 2br/2ba unit NOT have a laptop workspace? There's an alcove where the old tube TV obviously resided, but now that there's a LCD on the wall it's an awkwardly empty should have been super easy to put a desk/workspace there. The bed was like a slab in a morgue and NOT conducive to a good night's sleep. However, the chairs and sofa are quite comfortable. The Wifi is stable but *abysmally* slow, and I refuse to pay again (on top of the "resort fee") for something that should be included at a top-tier resort like they do at every 2-star motel chain in the country. Check-in was more involved than what we're used to, though we were able to shut down the obligatory sales pitch with a few firm "NO"s. The front desk called mid-week with another timeshare pitch under the guise of making sure the unit was ok; after declining multiple times again, to their credit, they fixed the sole repairable issue we had in a matter of minutes. Overall the Powhatan is clean, the grounds adequately maintained, and located such that many attractions are within a short drive, but if you're looking for a comfortable resort stay instead of a "base of operations" you may want to pass.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from Kevin Johnson, Owner at The Historic Powhatan Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are sorry to note your disappointment with your recent stay with us. Rest assured that we take all comments and suggestions to heart so that we can improve and provide the exceptional service that our guests expect and deserve. We do hope to see you at one of our resorts in the future and we'd like to wish you all the best with your future travels.
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US$83 - US$226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Historic Powhatan Resort
Which popular attractions are close to The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Nearby attractions include Saint Bede Catholic Church (0.6 km) and Veterans Park (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Duck Donuts, HoneyButter's Kitchen, and Honey Butter's Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Historic Powhatan Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Historic Powhatan Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Colonial Williamsburg (6.1 km), Bassett Hall (6.7 km), and Historic Jamestowne (5.8 km).
Does The Historic Powhatan Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.