My family (husband and teenage daughter) stayed in the Cork Factory hotel this past week. We were in town to see Sight and Sound's Noah performance, and to spend a day at Hershey Park. We happened to hit the hottest time of the summer so far (95+ every day.) The room managed to stay cool for us, but the heating/cooling unit was one of the loudest we've encountered in our travels! Still, we give this hotel good ratings for the overall ambiance, the decor, the location, and the food.
Our room was on the 2nd floor, and had the exposed wooden beams in the ceiling. We were right next to the smokestack, which obscured our view (which didn't matter because it was over the parking lot.) The drawback of the rooms here are that they do not afford any kind of noise deadening, so we could hear TVs, the people walking/floors creaking above us, the people in the hallway, etc. Still, not enough to detract from the overall likeability of the hotel. We did have a leaky pipe in the ceiling over the toilet which dripped through the paneling to the floor, but one call to maintenance fixed that problem.
Beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was clean, and nicely furnished. We really liked the soap with the "hole" in the middle - a testament to not wasting full bars for a few nights' stay. I would rather have had some kind of drawer or storage area under the sink, as having to get the furnished hairdryer out of a bag hanging in the closet outside the bathroom was a bit of a nuisance.
The Cork and Cap restaurant was very nice. I loved the masonry. We arrived a bit late for dinner (8 pm) and we were seated in the bar area. The service was a bit slow to begin with, but when the manager (Keith) came to our table, things picked up. He was gracious to describe the dishes, and as it was late and we didn't want a lot of food, he gave us the "lite bites" menu. The macaroni and cheese is definitely not your "frozen" or "out of the box" kind. It was gourmet in its taste and presentation. My husband raved over the beet salad. Keith was knowledgeable about the hotel and its history, and brought us a book to peruse with "before and after" pictures. The desserts were superb - we had the cheesecake and the chocolate torte. I highly recommend eating there, not only for the food but for the ambiance.
The complimentary breakfast in the morning was adequate. The fruit was fresh, but I would prefer some gluten-free alternatives in their cereal selection (Corn Chex, etc.)
This is definitely a hotel for adults who enjoy a little history and a restful night. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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