Our big extended family had a great long weekend at the resort to celebrate a major birthday. The place is wonderful for kids, with lots of activities and a very friendly, very skilled staff. I especially appreciated the guys who ran the lake boating, bumper boats and go carts, they were patient, helpful and polite with everyone. This is a great place for a big family trip. We had suites in the Mountain Laurel building, and the rooms were spacious, quiet, clean, and had nice views of the lake. A great pool complex is attached. All good!
Here are just a few gripes and observations to help frame some decisions while you visit - -
First, the resort has grown over time in a meandering way, so the layout is not simple and the paths between buildings, or through builidings, is sometimes unclear. Ask if you aren't sure, or you will do more wandering than you need to do. Shuttles are available and run frequently, but, note for older folks: they don't always take you exactly where you want to be, there is some walking from the shuttle stops to some of the places you will want to go, like the lakefront.
Second, if you are looking for a polished setting, go to Skytop, the buildings and grounds here are very clean and well tended, but the resort feels and looks like a summer camp. And again, drives and paths intersect everywhere, it would be nice if they just replanned all the roads and paths, hid some of the parking, and had less paving.
Third, beware of some hidden expenses, like kids' cocktails. Included in your package are plenty of soft drinks and juices, but at dinner kids are tempted by expensive non-alcoholic drinks wtih sparkling trinkets, laid out on a table as you enter the dining room, and, personally, I think that's lame. Also, the TV system is geared to showcase pay services, it takes several steps to find free TV with the remote. One family in our group ended up with all sorts of TV charges. Especially beware the movie charges: over $15 a pop. My advice is to stay outdoors in the sun and leave the TV alone.
Fourth, the food is fine but not great, and the selections are more limited than you might find at some similar resorts. Don't expect better than you can get at a good diner (or a summer camp dining hall) and you won't be disappointed. Think of meal times as a social events, and enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This exceptional Poconos resort, nestled in a pristine mountain lake setting, is regarded as one of America's "Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts". Their traditional warm hospitality has been nurturing and embracing the spirit of spending quality time with family and friends for over fifty years. This Pocono Mountains resort provides a four-season, fun-filled, lakeside escape for your entire family with endless activities and entertainment for all kids from 2 to 92. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodloch Pines Hotel Hawley
- Woodloch Pines Hawley