Hampton Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia

There are three Hampton Inn properties in Williamsburg, Virginia. This one at 718 Bypass Road (US60) is the most centrally-located. It’s about a mile from Colonial Williamsburg, 3 miles from the Premium Outlet Mall, and 6 miles from Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s gray line route serves Bypass Road with accessible kneeling buses.

The hotel is easy to find and attractively landscaped. The front entrance of the hotel is covered and there is designated accessible parking with a ramped sidewalk adjacent to the level entrance. The front doors to the lobby open automatically. The lobby floor is tile and the two elevators are located in the lobby. Desk staff were friendly and helpful, but the front desk did not have a lowered section for wheelchair users.

I was traveling with family members and we needed two queen beds. We stayed in room 514 (top floor). That room is close to the elevators and opens with a key card. There is a doorbell in the hallway to alert hearing-impaired guests and a lowered peephole in the door. The door to the room was of sufficient width for a wheelchair but was extremely heavy and I had trouble opening it by myself. The room was clean, attractively-decorated, and very spacious and comfortable. The bed height was the same as my chair and I could roll under the desk. There was a full length mirror in the room. All of the amenities in the room (TV remote, iron, lowered closet bar, alarm clock, thermostat, coffee pot) were within reach except the hair dryer was a little high. This queen room had a tub with grab bars and a hand-held shower. (Note: The property advertises a roll-in shower is available with at least one of their king rooms). I requested a tub bench and was delivered a small stool with no back. There were grab bars for the toilet and I could roll under the vanity.

There is no restaurant on the premises but there are several dining choices within a mile. Breakfast is included at this hotel. The breakfast area in the lobby was accessible. The dining area was carpeted but the food area was tile. I could reach most of the food items. Selection was typical with a good variety of choices: eggs, breakfast meat, cold cereal, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, bread and pastries, waffles, etc. Coffee and tea are available in the lobby at all times.

Other amenities at this property included a fitness room, business center with computers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a whirlpool. I did not use the fitness room or business center (free wifi is available), but they looked reasonably accessible. The indoor pool and whirlpool area had a lift and accessible drinking fountains.

Overall, I was satisfied with the accessibility of this Hampton Inn. It met my needs for a one-night stay and I would stay there again, but I would try to reserve a room with a roll-in shower.

Jeannette Seitz Jeannette Seitz (25 Posts)

Jeannette has used a manual wheelchair for mobility since an automobile accident in the early 80's. She spent many years working as an advocate for people with disabilities; promoting the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, serving as Miss Wheelchair Virginia, and writing the grant to found an independent living center where she was elected Chairman of the Board and implemented an advocacy training program. Now semi-retired, she enjoys traveling with her husband, riding her handcycle, and having more time to spend on photography and art.


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