When I came here looking for reviews I saw good & bad. BOTH opinions are correct. I'm torn on how to rank it so just let me describe it:
This is an old (built 1911) Poconos inn on a BEAUTIFUL property in a beautiful, quaint area. When you drive in, it's lovely, has a security gate, scenic backdrop across the river of a huge, tree-covered mountain with no houses or businesses - all natural & (even in off-season). Let me say here: I didn't play golf but there were quite a few day golfers around during daylight that didn't stay at night.
The hotel building looks a bit like an old Insane Asylym or old hosptal - white, dingy, multi-storied masonry building that has DEFINITELY seen better days. Has a worn walkway leading from the parking lot to the poorly marked entrance (in NO way a grand entrance). That being said - that's also a small bit of its charm, the hotel seems unchanged (and maybe uncleaned) since the 1930s.
Inside is again, the SAME as it was. A bit dark, carpet & walls a bit dingy. The old elevator is broken with old taped up signs but there is one new elevator that (like another reviewer said) does smell horrible, like old musty mildew mixed with wet dog but it's a short ride or they have beautiful old staircase if you don't have much luggage. The lobby (on 2nd floor) & old library & staircase are charming and pretty.
My room was on 2nd floor and very small: Dead plant in room, okay bed, a large placard telling me not to steal the linens, the comforter, towels, the PLANT or the 4 river rocks in the room as they WILL charge me a large quantity of money if I do. Do they really have that type of guest?? I had the world's tiniest bathroom (but it has a window!) with a large step to get up into the bathroom (remember that at 3am). The rooms are faintly musty (not very).
There are a lot of old large black & white photos which are great: old parties, old golf tourneys, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan, etc., from the good old days that are great! Very nostalgic.
I stayed in off-season and so it was not crowded at ALL and the hotel interior reminded me of "The Shining" only smaller. Really.
As for the grounds: There is a large (new) pavilion near the Delaware River but not like a dockhouse, the views near it and by the River are pcituresque. Golf course. Spa. Pool. All seem quite nice.
Would I stay again? Maybe for a special event.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resort in the Pocono Mountains - Discover the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, a unique destination for golf, skiing, vacations and meetings. Located only 75 miles from New York City in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the resort is set amidst the splendor of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Championship golf, breathtaking views, and some of the finest dining in the Pocono Mountains are only a small part of the Shawnee experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shawnee Inn & Golf Hotel Shawnee On Delaware
- Shawnee Inn And Golf Resort
- Shawnee Hotel On Delaware