This is the second time I have been to what is collectively referred to as the Willow Valley Resort. It is a beautiful area and centrally located to not only Pennsylvania Dutch country and Hershey, but also Baltimore and Philadelphia.
When I last visited, ten years ago, I stayed next door at the other hotel, but visited this one and found it to be quite nice. We returned for a little family reunion and it was the perfect place for our group. Although we had snafus with two of the rooms, they were remedied quickly. Overall, we found the rooms to be quite spacious, well appointed and very clean. The indoor "water park" area was a great place for our three-year-old nephew to spend every minute that we were at the resort! We were impressed by the calendar of activities each day, although we were unable to take advantage of them because we were trying to cram so many other things into a four-day weekend. We did have time to take a tour of the Amish country, which I believe was coordinated by the hotel, and it was fantastic. Other members of the group were also able to take a wagon ride offered one evening. Although there is a small charge for the ride, it is apparently very enjoyable, particularly for children.
We did not partake of the meal plan that is available, but did eat at the smorgasboard frequently throughout our stay. The food, while not five-star, is very good and the price was extremely reasonable (even without the meal plan). We also ate at the Cafe 2400 and found the food to be eclectic, but very good. The prices in the lounge were also surprisingly reasonable considering it was within the hotel.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay and would recommend this resort to both families and couples who might be traveling to the Lancaster/Hershey area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether business or pleasure brings you to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, our friendly service and host of on-site amenities promise a productive yet relaxing stay. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton is proud to offer a host of amenities including a golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor water playground, two restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness center and much more. From the warm DoubleTree chocolate chip and walnut cookie that greets you at check-in, to the moment we say good-bye, the welcome never ends at Lancaster County's premier hotel, conference center and family resort. ... more less
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