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Simmons Motel and Suites
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   355 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033   |  
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Ranked #17 of 24 Hotels in Hershey
Tidioute
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“School Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Our school went on an honors trip to Philadelphia/Hershey Park. The suites were very accommodating since there were 44 students grades 3-12 and 10 chaperones. Rooms were nice and clean. Would definitely stay there again if in the area. Thank you for making our stay a good one!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Rockaway Township, NJ
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

You can tell by prior responses that this manager is a jerk. We stayed last summer, which I'm sure he'll comment on why I waited so long to post ( I just joined trip advisor). They gave us the wrong room so our kids had to sleep on the floor. I spoke to the manager who was so rude and sleezy that i felt like i needed a shower after. He took no responsibility for screwing up our room - he blamed Expedia! The decor is tacky fake flowers from the 80s. The couches were filthy and the place was smelly. The one and only thing they have going for them is their proximity to Hershey.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Schenectady,NY
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My family has stayed 2 times prior at this location , all I can say is that this is the most non- commercialized place to stay. Where else can you cook on a small grill on the front lawn and enjoy the company of someone that tries to improve what is there. Many updates as the last time we stayed in labor day weekend 2012. Plan to be back in 2013 , and can only say thank you to whitney , as he is as down to earth as anyone I know. Worth the trip from Albany, NY.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I have stayed here 4-5 times going as far back as the 80's and have always had a good experience. All the rooms are a little different with homey touches. Not fancy, you get what you pay for. The staff has always been friendly and helpful. The property is spread over different bulidings that make for some unusual rooms. I once had a room that I entered via a sliding patio door, but I loved it. You will not have a big flat-screen, a free breakfast or a lot of in-room amenities. If you need the generic quality of a chain hotel, go across the street to the Days Inn.

And regarding Marie M's review: I'm not buying her story about the dog. The motel clearly has a No Pets policy with signs in the lobby. The fact that she admits leaving the dog unattended in the room to annoy other guests, shows that she is inconsiderate. They should have charged her the full $100 penalty. Just like smokers who feel they have a right to smoke in non-smoking rooms, dog owners who sneak Fido into a No Pets hotel are the ones who are VERY RUDE!

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Indianapolis
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My daughter and I thought this place was pretty creepy. It is kind of cute/quaint from the outside, but a real dump, once you check in. Our room was in the home to the side of the property. We had to call maintenance as soon as we arrived, because there was water all over the bathroom floor. The decor was really tacky, bedding really cheap and stiff. MATTRESS was a rock. Place was memorably BAD.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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eliwhitney, Front Office Manager at Simmons Motel and Suites, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
It is awe full funny how these people came here in August 2012 and spent the night and now they are putting a bad review up on TripAdvisor. I have checked with all my staff and there where no complaints of water being on any floor, Furthermore, they would not be put in a room like that in the first place. If this lady thinks this place is creepy she must think her house is creepy, we are located in downtown Hershey and we must keep our buildings up to date and code. Meanwhile, they wait until now to complain.
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Pittsburgh, PA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I was a little nervous about booking after reading some of the reviews, but we loved this place so much, I just have to gush a little about it! We made reservations for 4 adults and 2 teenagers for the PIAA Basketball Championships (yep, we won!!!) for a 1 night stay. We rented a 2 bedroom apartment, which was actually the first floor of a house next door to the motel itself (I believe it was 8A). The front room is a bedroom with 2 queen beds (very comfy beds, I might add) and tv; there is a full kitchen with table and chairs, nice sized bath and bedroom in the back with a queen bed. The place was spotless and the price was more than right. It was so much more than we expected for the price! It is within walking distance to quite a few restaurants, drug store and shops. The grounds feature a very nice above ground pool, well kept landscaping, and very friendly staff. The free coffee in the lobby next door was a wonderful added bonus! We are already planning a summer trip and will definitely stay here again. We just couldn't find anything about this motel that we didn't love!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed here for one night so that we could take our kids to Hershey Parks Christmas Candylane and to The Day out with Thomas event on Sunday in Lancaster. We arrived at the hotel early and the owner was very nice and let us check in early. Our room had 2 rooms and a shared bathroom. The rooms were not fancy but they were clean. The only problem we had was that the breaker went off when we plugged the microwave in but it was 11 PM and when I went into the office the young man was very nice and it was back on in minutes. The hotel has a great location to walk to Hershey Park and the Factory even with small children. The hotel is significantly cheaper than the one across the street. It is a good place to stay to meet your basic needs. It has a "home" feel to it not a "luxury" feel to it but if it did it would cost way more.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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eliwhitney, Manager at Simmons Motel and Suites, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Thank you for your posting on tripadvisor, however we do are best to give top quality service to our guests. furthermore we have been owned by the same family since 1957, we treat our guest with the same utmost respect as our 90 year old owner Mary.
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Address: 355 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Hershey
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 24 Hotels in Hershey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Simmons Motel and Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simmons Motel and Suites built in 1957. Each property was purchased separately and modified into the motel. The motel has been owned and operated by the same family since 1957, we are a warm and friendly motel. While on your travels away from home and you do not need luxury then we are for you. When you come to Simmons it is like being home away from home. ... more   less 
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