Yes, I agree with other reviewers that this is an expensive hotel (I stayed for three nights at 265.00 per night for a queen double in the Tower), and it doesn't have some of the things that travellers have come to expect (like complementary coffee) but it has many benefits for those travelling with children.
Things that I really appreciated: spacious, modern room with a mini-fridge, frequent shuttle to the park, three pools, a daily activities newsletter under my door in the morning, reasonably priced in-room movies, 5 restaurants on premises. Most memorable activities would be the pool-side movie and the family s'mores night.
If you are travelling with children you MUST book early and request a room in the Tower. This resort is absolutely huge and very spread out. The main part of the hotel is known as the Tower and it is convenient to all of the restaurants, pools, rec center, shuttle, lobby, everything!
We tried all 5 restaurants during our stay and I wasn't really impressed with any of them. I wouldn't call the food bad, just typical. Stay away from Lebbie's, it was very dirty. So was the Bear's Den. Stick with the Hershey Grill and the Forebay. They have a much more calm, clean atmosphere. The food and prices seemed to be exactly the same at all three restaurants. I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't one central kitchen. Besides, for my daughter a chicken tender by any other name... There are very many chain restaurants close by but I prefer not to have to drive anywhere once I arrive at my destination. It breaks the vacation spell!
Things that I could have done without: Front desk staff, concierge, and waitresses were all rude. I asked the concierge if I could buy a stamp and she literally sneered at me, saying that she could sell me a stamp but she couldn't make change. Huh?
One waitress strode by our table with our plates and deposited them in front of us without stopping. Another did not speak to us at all. She managed to take our order, serve our food, and deposit our check on the table without uttering a single word. I saved a lot of money on tips this week! I should say, though, that the bellmen are very polite, eager, and helpful.
If you can ignore the staff, this is really a wonderful place to spend 2-3 days with your kids. I was traveling with just myself and one child and all told, we spent 4 full days/3 nights at the Hershey Lodge, bought the two-day discount park passes, ate at the hotel or the park for every meal, watched first-run movies in the room every night, and it ended up costing somehere around $1400.00. That includes money spent on chocolate and souveniers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering 665 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of function space, Hershey Lodge provides convenience and comfort for families and guests of all ages. We hope you'll enjoy the sweet hospitality and iconic chocolate details around every corner. Hershey Lodge is also one of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark, alongside The Hotel Hershey and Hersheypark Camping Resort. Guests to each of our resorts enjoy the value, convenience, and special access of our FREE resort benefits. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hershey Hotel Hershey
- Hershey Lodge Pennsylvania
- Convention Center Hershey Lodge