My husband, son and I are heading to Hershey at the end of the month to enjoy a weekend of the Chocolate covered February events. On our previous trips to Hershey, we have stayed at the Hotel (and LOVED it). Most of the events my husband and I plan to do (Spa, Wine & Chocolate, etc.) are being held at the Hotel, but ... the indoor pool at the Hotel is closed for renovations. This was a big draw for my son, whom will have just turned three, previously.
So I am considering staying at the Lodge this time so that we have instant access to the pool. We'd be getting a resort babysitter for him during the times that my husband and I are enjoying the adults-only events over at the Hotel, so I was thinking the Lodge might have more fun activities for him anyways (the babysitters can't take them off the grounds - so wherever we stay, Lodge or Hotel - that's where he'll have to be for several hours while we are at the Hotel), and it's not a problem for us to drive to the Hotel for a few hours. Since it will be winter and there won't be outdoor activities or the Park to go to.
So ... will I be disappointed staying at the Lodge? I loved the ambiance of the Hotel - especially the Fountain Lobby - but for the price difference, it seems my son will be happier at the Lodge, and it's not biggie for us to go enjoy the Hotel for a bit.