We stayed at Pocono Palace last weekend. We had booked a Fantasy Apple suite because we wanted a room with a balcony.
We had a slight problem a check in. Twice we had to go back to the office because our key cards would not work on our door. So rather than making us wait while they reprogrammed the door they put us in another suite. That was where our problems stopped. I think people need to remember when booking a stay here that you are in fact staying in the mountains of PA. This is a beautiful relaxed couple’s atmosphere. You make it luxurious and romantic for yourself, not the resort.
From previous reviews I was feeling really nervous on our way there. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Our suite was clean, nice and did not smell of chlorine, mold or anything else. The TV on the upper level is older but we didn’t care. The bed was clean, mattress and all! The flat screen on the mid-level (bedroom level) was a newer TV on a swivel stand with a DVD player and a Bose radio as well. All which worked perfectly fine for us. The pool was clean, warm and nice to have. No you can’t do laps in it but what do you expect for a 2 person pool. The balcony was a nice size, we had a nice view of Lake Echo and even though it was cold we definitely enjoyed sitting out there in the mornings. The curtains contained the sun so I could sleep in a bit. The room has definitely been upgraded over time not that it couldn’t use a bit more but it was nothing like I was expecting.
In all honesty the only real improvements that could be made in our room were the shower and dry sauna. I believe the old plastic shower/tub combo could be made into a glass framed, double headed 2 person shower with very little work and money. And the dry sauna is tiny for 1 small person, let alone 2 people of any size. I imagine that little heat box in there is just within regulation distance of the seating and I was more concerned about burning myself so I couldn’t really sit in there and enjoy it.
Food was not bad either. We had our breakfast delivered to our room each morning between 8 and 9, which was always there by 8:20. They also have a buffet breakfast which goes from 8 to 11. So while you are on your own for lunch, if you have breakfast delivered early and then head to the buffet for a “brunch” you really shouldn’t need to go get more food until much later in the day. Friday night there was a buffet from 6 to 8. We got there around 7 and the food was still hot and tasting fine. The raviolis were actually really good as was the roast beef. The rest was standard buffet food and what we tried was good enough for us. Saturday night was strip night so it was a sit down dinner. I had the Rib eye and my love had the NY Strip. The crab bisque was great and was the French onion soup.
We took snacks and drinks to keep in our room, and our fire logs and candles. I recommend bringing all of those things, along with your slippers, robes, favorite movies and the love of your life. This can be a great trip if you make it that way. Try not to expect too much as this is just a mountain resort in PA. If you’re looking for ultra-luxury, all the modern amenities and non-stop elegance than head to a Hilton in Palm Beach. If you just want to get away to focus on yourself and your love life than go enjoy each other here and leave the world behind for a bit. We cannot wait to go back actually. Next time were hoping to stay a little longer. We’re also hoping to have some snow next time so we can do more outdoors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The couples-only Pocono Palace Resort is ideal for a romantic getaway. Our resort has an indoor/outdoor pool and a 32,000 sq ft sports facility. We're near shopping, horseback riding, and skiing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pocono Palace Hotel Marshalls Creek
- Caesars Pocono Palace Poconos
- Poconos Palace