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“A bit remote, but a great place for couples of all ages”
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Cove Haven Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lakeville
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A bit remote, but a great place for couples of all ages”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

There's a lot to mention, so I'll try to be as comprehensive as I can.

Activities - One thing to note is that the resort is more reminiscent of summer camp than a luxury resort.
There are PLENTY of activities for all seasons. We visited during this current non-winter season. Despite the lack of snow, CH still managed to make enough snow that my wife and I were able to try snowmobiling for the first time. It was going in a circle, but still lots of fun. They had plenty of indoor activities, ranging from mini golf to billiards, rollerskating, archery, ice skating, etc. We didn't try everything, but we'll hopefully get to try more next time we come. Everything is scaled down, so the facilities aren't nearly as big or glamorous as a stand alone facility. (mini golf course, skating rink, etc).

The people -

At CH, everyone was incredibly friendly. Not just staff members, but every single couple we ran into was incredibly friendly and upbeat. It seemed that my wife and I were the only first timers at the place. We met people who had visited 4-5 times, and others who were on their 23 visit! A staff member pointed out to us that the resort is for couples, so you get to skip the drunken singles, lonely hearts, and third wheels. People are just happy to be together.

The staff seems to be a group of long timers. We met people who have been there for 20 years, enjoying the day in and day out.

Entertainment - I mentioned this separately because while you can entertain yourself with the difference activities, there is lots of entertainment provided. Each day has a different agenda, detailed in a brochure called "The Hot Spot."
The best activity (most likely vouched by anyone who attends) would be the XXX Newlywed/Not-So-Newlywed game, led by Honest Phil for a couple dozen years. To those who attend, I hope you're not offended by vulgar language. If you are, attend anyway and laugh your butt off. I won't ruin anything, but trust me, attend. And don't come with your parents or in-laws.

One of the coolest things was the deer feeding with Honest Phil. Around 4:15, a couple times a week, (I honestly don't know if its daily), Phil walks to one end of the camp yelling for the deer. He brings out some food and lays it down. Out of no where, a few deer appear. Then a few more... and more from the woods ALL over. I counted no less than 30 deer that come up to Phil and the line of food. I guess if you've been feeding the generations for more than 25 years, they know you and trust you.

In the evening, there was a house band which did a great job. People were dancing and the music was good. Following, a comedian came out. While we didn't stay too long for him, there was a crowd.

The Food - Included at the resort is breakfast and lunch. If you arrive before 11 am on your check in day, you're entitled to breakfast that day. Come as early as you can to get the most of it. The food is fresh, and you can order custom entrees. I have a weakness for Eggs Benedict and was pleasantly surprised that they fulfilled my request with no issues. The food was fresh and delicious. Better than any summer camp, or even neighborhood buffet that I've ever been too. The dinner was very good too! Appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. The night I went was Strip Steak night. The steak was very good, and my wife got salmon as she's not a red meat eater. She was very happy with her food as well.

I do suggest stopping at a Wawa/Turkey Hill/Subway/whatever before you arrive. Lunch is not provided and I wasn't able to hold out from my large breakfast until dinner. At the newlywed game, I was able to buy nachos. And everyone seemed to love their wings too.

There is alcohol available, both to purchase for your room or cocktails at the shows.

During mealtimes, you are seated with other guests. This is a great way to talk to other people as they are all very friendly. And you also discover that the resort isn't a massive establishment where you get lost. You'll see familiar faces.

The Rooms - Saving the best for last. My wife and I stayed at the Cove Harbor room. This was a double level room. When you first walk in, there is a 'living room' with couches and a fireplace. down the stairs to a round bed with a really cool star light effect on the ceiling. All the lights have dimmers too. The bathroom was clean, with the infamous heart shaped tub. If you plan to use it, you may want to bring bubble bath from home, or just use shampoo. Also, start filling about 15-20 min before you want to use it. All the guests said the Garden of Eden Apple rooms are the best, but I can't vouch for anything yet.

We got lucky that our room was ready right when we arrived around 9:30 am.

The only issues we had with the room was the weather stripping was a bit weak. So during strong gusts of wind, it sounded like a leaf blower was outside our door. We called maintenance to help while we were out and about. They left a message saying they unfortunately couldn't fix it. I was able to call and get us moved to a different room, slightly further from the central area. But we had quiet.
I was able to sleep pretty well but my wife wasn't as comfortable in the bed. I don't think the mattresses were that great. (the round was novelty, but I don't think it had an impact on our sleep quality).

Also, the room was cold when we got there. We had to blast the heat on high for a while. The fireplace was on the top floor, so we didn't get the benefit of sleeping by the fire.

A few suggestions:
1. Bring your own logs for the fireplace. But don't get a room specifically for the fireplace. We barely used it or were close to it. (maybe different in different rooms)
2. Bring your own bubble bathroom or just use the shampoo in the bathroom for the tub. They sell large containers in the gift shop, but you may not need that big a container.
3. On check in day, arrive as early as possible, especially if you are only staying 1 night. You'll spend most of your day having fun on that day. On the day you check out, you are able to stay and enjoy the resort until 5. But because of the remote location and distance, we left around 1 pm after spending the morning having fun at the sports place and roller skating.
4. If you forget any personal essentials, the gift shop has a good variety to cover many needs.
5. Don't be afraid to sit with other people at the shows. There's lots of empty tables or large tables with one other couple. Everyone is welcoming and friendly.
6. Gratuity is included for the rooms and food. But please tip the servers.
7. Bring alcohol for the room. You can buy it there, but why?

Last note - I was a bit put off by the price at first. But when you look at everything included, (gratuity, food, entertainment, activities), you realize it is a good price. We already booked our next overnight-er.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2012
Thanks for the detailed review Shaka_Dog. Very happy to hear you already planned your next overnight-er!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2012

My girlfriend and i decided to have a romantic valentines weekend.

We drove 2 hours and spent over 750 for a valentines weekend at what they claim is a resort.

We arrived in the afternoon and saw a snowmoblie driving around and was told this was included in the resort fee as a guest. After we were shown our room we were told the snowmobiles are broken and will be for the entire weekend

we asked about the bikng and told that is not available this time of year. Same as for tennis and more.
As for dinner food was not bad and liked the strip steak sauce so 1 give you a star for that!

They claim to be a resort but nothin more then an expensive over priced outdated hotel!

don t be misled it is not a resort

we wrote the president of Starwoods and contacted the manager and still no response

Major disppointed save your time and money and go to a real resort like 4 seasons ior ritz for far less Jethro
Stayed February

Room Tip: do not go here none of the services they claim are available major disappointment
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, March 28, 2012
We are sorry to hear this was your experience in the Land of Love. It is true that Mother Nature has not cooperated with us this year and even making our own snow for snowmobiling has proven to be difficult. And although we have not had the snow we hoped for there are several icy spots on property, which makes bicycling a bit dangerous. Please note that tennis, ice-skating, archery, basketball, miniature golf, billiards and more are free to guests and available indoors at the Sports Palace every day of the week. We hope you reconsider another visit to Cove Haven.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

My boyfriend and I are actually sitting in our champagne tower room(highest room category) reading trip advisor reviews which is helping pass the time and decided to write one of our own. After exhausting all activies possible(took about an hour) we are back in our room laughing at ourselves for ending up here.

Upon arrival we were shocked at how outdated and rundown the grounds and buildings were(pothole city). We reluctantly checked in making the ever so common misktake of saying we will make the best if it.

So we opened the door to our room and immidiatley laughed at the oversized(tacky) champagne tower. We were thankful that dispite the outside appearance the room was clean, carpets vacuumed, sheets washed...however it didn't stop us from spraying the champagne tower down with lysol(just to be safe). FYI takes about 45min to fill--larger fausts would help.

Our first night at the Italian buffet was decent. They initially tried seating us at a table with other couples but gave us our own table once we requested it. The food was ok but nothing worth mentioning.

After our meal in the mess hall and people watching(laughing at) we quickly returned to our safe haven and went to bed early...one night down..

To sum up the activities in the sports building or where ever it is... minigolf is lame(although I beat my boyfriend), you have to pay for the arcade games, ice skating rink looked ok but the shaddy characters making out kinda ruins things. The snow mobiling was laughable as it is confined to a 50 ft by 50 ft circle...no thanks.

The pictures online in no way represent what you will experience here. Make sure to bring plenty of alcohol as that did help us cope with getting totally ripped off. We actually got 1 free night here and even with that this place isn't worth the money.

Its safe to say that we will be dining elsewhere tonight and will not be coming back to cove haven.

  • Stayed March 2012
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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Very disheartened to read this review. Please consider emailing me at PoconoResorts@starwoodhotels.com with how we could have improved your stay.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2012

Cove Haven is a waste of your money. Its outdated, it was a rip off, dirty, and false advertising. The rooms need to be updated. The tvs were small and old, the rooms smelled like a basement, and the heating systems are old and dnt work good. The staff were rude, they acted like they didn't even want to be there. They only let you ride the snowmobiles in a small circle and you have to drive them slow. Out of the whole trip I only liked snow tubing and I had to make that fun. The food was average. Its not tht many activities like they say. This place is not for a younger couple. If your young, like a around 25-30 this place is not for you. I thought I was gonna have so much fun, not at all. Comedy show was corny and so was the band. It was just a bad weekend. I didn't enjoy it at all.

  • Stayed February 2012
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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, March 28, 2012
I am very upset your experience was not perfect. We strive to provide a unique and fun experience for all of our guests. Guest satisfaction and exceptional service is our number one priority.
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Easton, Maryland, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2012

my girlfriend and i have just returned from a weekend stay at Cove haven in the Cove fantasy suite. After reading some reviews on this site, I was worried about the resort not being up to par. i was pleasently surprised and delighted at our experience.
the room was fantastic, the pool the tub,bed and everything was wonderful. "the tv was a 19 inch but that was just fine lol" there are so many activities to participate in throughout the day we were exhausted by the end of the night. the other facilities were also up to par including a indoor pool and 2 huge hot tubs and countless other stuff to do too numerous to mention. The highlight of our entertainment experience was "Honest Phill" . i have read some reviewers post that didnt care for him. he is brash but its all part of the game! he truly made our weekend!! all staff was attentive caring and nice.. we will return, we loved the whole experience! i also forgot to mention the food , "top notch" thank you cove haven for the memories Brandon C and Tessa R

Room Tip: cove fantasy was perfect
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, March 28, 2012
So happy to hear your were ‘delighted’ Brandon and Tessa! I will be sure to share your review with Honest Phil. Thanks!
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2012

My fiance and I stayed at Cove Haven for the weekend. We had a fabulous time. Maybe the property is a tiny bit dated but from what I saw, it was well-kept and clean. This being our first time there, we decided to try the Cove Harbor. It was a really spacious room. It included a fireplace and a heart-shaped jacuzzi along with starlights in the ceiling above the bed. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast and dinner were delicious and included everyday. It was a bit awkward to have to sit with other couples but we did warm up to the idea. You can always request to sit at a private table, if you choose.

Almost all the activities are included. We saw a live version of the Newlywed Game, a comedian, a band and deer feedings. There is a sports area where we played indoor mini golf, wii, ping pong and shuffleboard. There was also an indoor pool but we ran out of time before we were able to use it. There was also snowmobiling and snow tubing. There was so much to do, we wished we had stayed longer and we're already planning on returning in the summer.

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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, February 28, 2012
See you this summer beachgrrl22.
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Central Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2012

Took my husband for his 40th birthday. After reading all the reviews I was really hesitant to stay here. I have to say, I'm glad I went with my gut! I planned for the worse and was so happy to receive the best! I had packed Lysol, Clorox Wipes and was so happy I didn't have to waste my time cleaning because the room was spotless! We stayed in the Garden of Eden Apple room 119 and we couldn't have been happier! We loved the private pool and fireplace. The round king size bed was so comfy and huge! The rooms were so spacious! Food was excellent, so many choices, from seafood to Prime Rib. We came on a Sunday and heard from several people the Saturday Strip Steak night was excellent. We were sorry we missed it. Staff was super friendly and the CXO (Honest Phil) was hysterical! We are thinking of going back for our anniversary in August. Would definitely recommend!

Room Tip: Spend the extra and stay in the Garden of Eden or Towers suites. Its WELL worth it!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RomanceManager, Manager at Cove Haven Resort, responded to this review, March 13, 2012
Love your profile name! Hope to see you on your anniversary!
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Property: Cove Haven Resort
Address: 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville, PA 18438-4011
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Pocono Mountains Region > Lakeville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lakeville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cove Haven Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 256
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Cove Haven Resort is a romantic Poconos all-suite hotel. Many of our guest rooms feature whirlpools, saunas, fireplaces, and/or round king-size beds. Tennis, racquetball, and watersports are available ... more   less 
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