I came for the weekend to PA to attend Day Out with Thomas & Dutch Wonderland. This hotel was smack dab in the middle of both and had pretty good reviews so I booked a room originally in the annex (that changed once I saw where the annex was, and took a step in the room).
Yes, this hotel is located smack dab in the middle of the 2 attractions I was there to see, but the main street the hotel is on has a ridiculous amount of traffic at all times. It took me on time almost 10 minutes for there to be enough of a clearing for me to make a left hand turn. I'd consider a hotel that is not located on Lincoln Highway next time. Also be mindful when pulling into the hotel, I almost walked into the tavern to check-in, as it was night time, signs aren't really lit really well, and the hotel is actually in the lot behind the tavern.
I was originally booked in the annex under the impression it was directly across from the main building. This was important for me as the main building is where breakfast is, the pool, and the small store to buy drinks and snacks. (If you travel with kids you know you may need to make a last minute run for chips or water) It wasn't. The annex was about a football field away, and the annex is set up more like a motel, with doors leading directly to the outdoors and a lot smaller rooms. I took a step into my annex room, walked out and booked a room for a higher rater into the main building.
There were no rooms with a king bed left in the main building so I took a room with 2 queens. The room was pretty large but not as spacious, as there was a clunky square table with 2 accent chairs that were too big to actually pull out and sit on. The bathroom was very small, and the shower wasn't made for anyone over 6' tall. I am 6'2'' and the shower head was about level with my upper chest, and I had perhaps 5 inches of space above my head otherwise my head would hit the ceiling of the shower. The room was relatively clean except behind and to the sides of the nightstands looked like it hasn't been vacuumed in a long time. The biggest issue I had with the room though was the lack of soundproofing. There was what sounded like a basketball game where a team was running a full court press occurring in the room above mine. The doors between the rooms and to the hallway are not soundproof at all. You can hear clearly anything that happens in the hallway, it almost sounds like they're in the room with you.
The hotel does this thing where they make all the pillows into small squares. If you don't know to shake out the pillows so they reform into a normal pillow, you're going to have a terrible nights sleep. The bed was pretty comfortable though and I did have a good nights sleep here (other than the brief instances of noise, from the poor soundproofing)
FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Pretty basic set up, with quality you'd expect from a free continental breakfast. Nothing to write home about. Issue is there was no non-stick spray for the waffle maker, so the morning I had breakfast, everyone spent majority of their time trying to pry the waffles off the iron. As I saw 2 employees watching everyone struggle I heard one employee go to the other "Did you spray the iron this morning?" I hope they realize spraying a waffle iron once, doesn't mean it stays non-stick for all the waffles made for the day. Just put a bottle out for everyone to use, it's not that difficult.
Other minor issues I had with this hotel:
- They charge $5 a night for a crib. So I assume if you don't want to spend the $5 a night, the hotel is OK with your child sleeping on the floor.
- There is only 1 elevator, so there can be times when you're waiting a while.
- Either people kept rolling carts in their room, or the hotel doesn't have enough, but it took me forever to locate a rolling cart to take my bags back to my car.
Overall though the hotel isn't bad, it does it's job for short stays, but I wouldn't stay here for longer periods of time. less