I don't know what people expect from a place like this. My wife and I were simply looking for a get-away location to celebrate a wedding anniversary and we chose the Pocono Palace's Fantasy Apple suite to be different and shake things up a bit. I have known of this place for about 30 years but had never ventured there. Given what I had read about it, I was expecting to encounter a fairly high "cheese" factor. I'm happy to say that the cheese was mild.
To get the negative stuff out of the way first...The decor could be updated, but it's not horrible. It's 70's-ish, but I didn't think overwhelmingly so. The skylight on the top level has a blue tint to it that caused the room to have a bluish glow that I didn't care much for. The suite contained two televisions that were afterthoughts, and no DVD capability. The suite could be improved 100% with the addition of a no-kidding integrated entertainment center, but...we didn't go there to watch television. The fireplace is on the upper, or living room level, which in my opinion is wasted space. We didn't use the fireplace nor spend any time up there other than to traverse through the space to enter and exit the suite.
On the positive side, it was clean. No complaints there at all. To a man/woman, the staff was very friendly, helpful, and non-intrusive. There are plenty of activities to engage in. We chose to go fishing on the lake in a paddle boat, archery, and walking the nature trail. The organized activities weren't something we were attracted to and there was no staff member there harrassing us if we didn't go along. We were left to our own devices and the stay became what we made of it. I particularly liked the little pool in our suite. The water temperature was like bath water. The heart-shaped tub was okay, but shallower than I expected.
Some general observations: We had a mid-week stay of two nights. The clientele were mostly middle aged couples obviously on the same mission we were. I did not overhear a single complaint from anyone the two days we were there. The food was adequate. We ate all of our meals there and had a table for two each time. The key is to be there when they open the restaurant for each meal.
Here's my bottom line: The hotel is expensive, but can be deeply discounted if you go at the right times and perhaps have another hook such as being military. It was worth the rate we paid. This is not a five-star hotel in Vegas or New York. It is a unique resort tucked away in the mountains that allows a couple to immerse themselves in each other. It's not at the top of my list of places I must return to, but it is likely we will at some point. We had a great time.
- 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