Add us to the list of happy customers. We spent two nights, three days in the guest homes in the DEAD of winter (daytime temps in the 20's, nighttime in the single digits). Our 3-bedroom house was warm, clean and comfortable. I would say comparable to a 3- or 4-star suite hotel like Embassy Suites. Never had to call the front desk, everything was there. It was nice that the houses were detached so that we didn't hear our neighbors and they didn't hear us!
We have 5 kids ranging in age from 2 to 17 and there truly was something for everyone to do there, including swimming, bumper cars, exercising, snow tubing, ice skating, indoor playgrounds, and riflery.
A few tips for planning a visit: The resort will not promise you a certain number of beds, but they will try to help you out with cots if necessary. In our three bedroom we had two rooms with queen size beds, one room with two twins, and a loft area with a pullout sofa bed. One bedroom had an extra cot. Our kids were not cool about sharing a bed so they took turns on the sofabed, which was comfortable enough. They say the 3-bedroom will house 8 people but I felt we filled it up with 6. Also the dining room only had six chairs. If you can when in doubt go with the bigger size villa.
Everything was open every day we were there (midweek, off season) but not all day and some things were only open an hour or two. They give out a schedule in the office but it helps to look at it first thing in the morning on the resort's cable TV station. The schedule changes every day and since things can be pretty far apart you need to plan ahead. We took two cars which turned out to be essential.
The guest houses are a pretty far drive from the main resort and activities. Although it's only about 2 miles total you have to drive about 25 mph most of the time on twisty roads and it took about 10 minutes each way. We were lucky driving conditions were good at the time.
I only have a few quibbles. It would have been nice to have more activities open more hours. Some were unstaffed, and when my kid lost money in the game room it took a while to find someone to give us a refund. The toddler room was hard to find and some of the toys were broken.
While it was not cheap or a bargain, I found this vacation to be a good value. By staying in the houses we had enough space for everyone and we were able to control food costs. We saved a lot by going midweek.
- 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