Sleek & spare, this is a refreshing antidote to those cramped and cluttered Pocono B & Bs. A former glass factory below a cliff, it’s a showpiece. The site is super: at a residential dead-end, adjoining a tree-lined creek which trickles over huge, moss-covered rock slabs, eddying around boulders in a mesmerizing natural stone art installation. It’s a quiet refuge, best enjoyed from the multi-leveled, cantilevered deck. Inside, the great room is dramatic but a bit sterile. The architecture and high design may have overly sanitized the building’s industrialized past and the grey/brown décor may tilt more to corporate than Zen, but the open, airy ambiance is head-clearing. The smallish rooms seem bigger because of high ceilings, deep windowsills and simple furnishings. Sometimes form trumps function tho, as the sheer window shades don’t block parking lot lights and the roomy bathroom with arty green glass sink lacks a shelf. But, we got two great nights’ sleep on the firm beds with nice linens & pillows, excellent shower, and quiet, efficient A/C. [There are also some 2-story suites with high spiral staircases. And, warning: a “handicapped” room had many bathroom grab bars, but a tub instead of no-barrier shower.] There is Wi-FI and flat-screen TVs, but few amenities: no breakfast, no gym or pool, no room service (despite the brochure), no ice or vending machines, and only thermos morning coffee in the lobby (no juice or pastry). The venue is the draw.
The “Bistro” restaurant is open 5 nights, but we found its flawed “tapas” menu badly executed and the teenage wait staff inept. The deck fills quickly, so we were seated inside the dark, stone cellar room, where we were promptly ignored. Upon request, a waitress fetched us tap water (warm) from a nearby open bottle on a sideboard; we had to ask for ice. My beet salad contained 2 slices of beets on a warm spring mix; I had to ask for dressing. Another plate was a dollop of bland, gummy hummus with slivers of hard Pita; we had to ask for salt and pepper. A cheese plate contained a spoonful of a Shropshire blue, grapes, crackers, honeycomb (huh?) and a dot of something sweet, which we could neither see in the dark nor discern the taste of. Altogether, an unsatisfying dinner experience. (for which the management kindly gave us a room credit at checkout). The charmless, small bar is set in spartan corner space and operates more as a service bar. Skip it. For atmosphere, savor a drink at the massive oak & mirrored bar at the old “Falls Port Steakhouse” on nearby Main street (and also try their scrumptious marinated filet in puff pastry). For an excellent dinner, head to “Settlers Inn,” with fresh farm-to-table ingredients, a well-balanced menu expertly prepared, and experienced service in a fine atmosphere.
“Ledges” may need some time to work out kinks, we’re glad to see history smartly salvaged in a contemporary usage.
- Also Known As:
- Celebrity Hotel Hawley
- Celebrity Resort Hawley
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly opened Ledges Hotel located in the historic Hawley Silk Mill campus, is a unique Pocono Mountain hotel destination that combines architectural history, natural beauty and hand crafted eco-conscious design in every detail. Experience the beauty, relax in the serenity and enjoy the hospitality of Ledges Hotel. ... more less
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