11 Top-Rated Resorts in the Poconos
The Pocono Mountains - most often referred to simply as "the Poconos" - is one of the most visited vacation areas in Pennsylvania. Consisting of beautiful valleys and rolling countryside, rugged mountain scenery and thick forests, it's the perfect setting for some of the state's best resorts and hotels, too.
Leading the field are rustic wilderness-style properties such as The Lodge at Woodloch and Woodloch Pines Resort, both popular choices for families, as well as for groups and meetings. Classy boutique-style resorts, such as The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, are also popular, especially with couples seeking a relaxing, romantic getaway. A popular option for those who appreciate elegant rooms and fine dining, The French Manor Inn & Spa in Newfoundland is well worth considering, too. Whether you are looking for a rustic lodge or a luxury property, find the best place to stay with our list of the top resorts in the Poconos.
1. The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley
Ranked as the top-rated resort in the Poconos - and one of the best in Pennsylvania - the adults-only Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley is a popular luxury retreat for couples and groups of friends. Set on some 400-plus acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the resort even boasts its own large private lake. Amenities include a world-class spa, fine and casual dining, as well as swimming pools and lounge areas. The focus isn't just on indulgence, though. A big draw are the wellness and other programs the resort hosts, including personal improvement workshops, cooking classes and demonstrations, guest speakers, and adventure programs.
It's also the perfect size in terms of guest population. With just 58 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, there's plenty of room to spread out... including in your unit. Features include furnished private verandas with either lake or garden views, upgraded beds and linens, mini-fridges, and spacious marble bathrooms with separate rain showers. The rooms are all tastefully decorated, too, and very bright thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Accommodation: The Lodge at Woodloch
2. Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley
Rated one of the top family resorts in the USA, Woodloch Pines Resort is a popular year-round destination. Part of the attraction of this family-owned all-inclusive resort is the setting, which is full of trees and overlooks an unspoiled lake. As you'd expect, there's plenty of fun things to do outdoors, including playing golf on the championship 18-hole course, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and kayaking, along with an outdoor swimming pool (there's also an indoor pool). Kids of all ages will enjoy the on-site go-kart track and bumper cars, along with the equally fun bumper boats. Winter activities include snow tubing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Another big draw is the family-friendly nightly entertainment, which covers everything from Broadway shows to live music and comedy.
The accommodations are highly-rated, too. A great option for smaller family groups are the deluxe lake-view hotel units, which come with two queen beds, as well as a pull-out sofa bed and a patio or balcony. Those wanting additional space to spread out in should opt for one of the two-bedroom suites. Capable of handling up to 12 guests thanks to having two pull-out couches, these spacious units boasts a second private balcony or patio and three HDTVs.
Accommodation: Woodloch Pines Resort
3. Silver Birches Resort, Hawley
The recently renovated Silver Birches Resort in Hawley is a great choice of getaway destination in the Poconos. Perched overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack, this family-friendly property offers the kind of authentic lakeside vacation we all remember as kids: plenty of time outdoors swimming and exploring, quality family time, and great food and relaxation. Outdoor fun includes fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, campfire sing-alongs, as well as hiking and biking.
The accommodations are equally authentic, with a popular choice being the lovely stand-alone bunkhouse cottages complete with old-fashioned verandahs with classic Adirondack chairs and superb water views. Consisting of a master bedroom with a queen bed and a second bedroom with bunkbeds (the lower bunk being queen), these spacious units also come with large bathrooms, HDTVs, and coffee makers. Single room units with king beds are also available and are popular with couples looking for quality time together.
Accommodation: Silver Birches Resort
4. The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, Wilkes-Barre
Part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, The Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre is a delightful boutique-style property that's popular with couples and families alike. In addition to offering guests use of its well-equipped fitness center, there are also two swimming pools to choose from (one indoor, one outdoor), along with a hot tub. A nice perk is the inclusion of a buffet-style breakfast, along with a complimentary airport shuttle. Other useful amenities and services include a choice of two restaurants, a beauty shop, café, basketball hoops, and babysitting.
The resort's rooms are well-appointed and come with a choice of a king bed or two double beds. Standard features in all rooms are desks, HDTVs, and coffee makers. The king rooms are a good choice for those with kids as they include a pull-out couch in the living area, along with a handy kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and dishwasher. A number of mobility accessible rooms are available, as well as some pet-friendly units, so be sure to place a request when booking.
Accommodation: The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel
5. Skytop Lodge, Skytop
The perfect spot for those seeking a luxury getaway or extended break in the Poconos, Skytop Lodge offers plenty of good reasons to book a stay. Built in 1928, the resort is set amid a beautiful backdrop of 5,500 acres of unspoiled natural beauty and beautifully manicured lawns and fairways. The golf course itself is a huge draw and boasts a magnificent clubhouse with a large stone fireplace, along with a pro shop and restaurant. Other amenities to enjoy include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, restaurants, a spa, and plenty of hiking trails.
Skytop Lodge's accommodation choices consist of the elegant inn with its 19 spacious guest rooms, each with its own fridge, fireplace, and furnished balcony. If available, check into one of the two executive suites, popular for their large built-in whirlpool tubs. Another great option are the cottages, each consisting of four separate guest rooms with their own porches.
Accommodation: Skytop Lodge
6. The French Manor Inn & Spa, Newfoundland
A perfect solution for those seeking a quieter, romantic Poconos getaway, The French Manor Inn & Spa in Newfoundland offers bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations in a magnificent building reminiscent of a classic French Chateau. The exquisite rooms are each uniquely decorated and furnished and include air-conditioning and HDTVs. A number of larger suites are available, which come with gas fireplaces, mini-fridges, coffee makers, private balconies, and Jacuzzi tubs. The chocolates delivered with the nightly turndown service are also a nice treat.
Given the inn's size, the amenities are impressive. A highlight is the fine-dining restaurant, which focuses on world-class French cuisine; and if a quick or casual bite is needed, an on-site café serves up a variety of tasty options. Other features of note include a spa, heated indoor saltwater swimming pool, hot tub, steam sauna, fitness center, and yoga classes. There's also an impressive collection of photography and artwork to enjoy, along with a small library. The inn also offers direct access to some of the area's best hiking and snowshoeing trails.
Accommodation: The French Manor Inn & Spa
7. Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg
Another boutique hotel in the heart of the Poconos that's well worth a stay is the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Located in the community of Stroudsburg, the building is more than 100 years old and is the perfect backdrop - as is the wonderful scenery - to an authentic Poconos vacation. Highlights include exquisite antique furnishings, many of which can be enjoyed in the public areas, including the lobby and fine-dining restaurant. Other notable amenities include a full-service spa with couples treatment rooms, hot tubs, an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center.
Located in the main inn, the elegant Ledgemere Suites are a great accommodation option. Ranging in size from 750 to 1,000 square feet, the spacious units comprise king beds, elegant marble bathrooms with jet tubs, separate living areas with fireplaces, balconies, lofts, and wet bars. Also available are the even larger two- and three-bedroom suites, as well as a number of stand-alone cabins featuring large living rooms, with fireplaces, and furnished porches.
Accommodation: Stroudsmoor Country Inn
8. Chestnut Grove Resort
One of the top-rated family resorts in the Poconos, Chestnut Grove Resort offers guests a variety of affordable accommodation options. On-site amenities include heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a tennis court and Bocce court, horseshoes, shuffleboard, as well as a playground. The pleasant dining room serves breakfast and dinner, which are included in your stay. The resort also overlooks a lake, which is perfect for those who enjoy water sports such as fishing and boating. The resort also hosts regular entertainment for guests to enjoy, including live music.
The accommodations are well appointed and include a variety of one- and two-bedroom units. These good-sized units come with a choice of a king or two double beds, some of which include jet tubs and pull-out couches. A number of stand-alone cottages are also available with great lake views and plenty of sleeping space.
Accommodation: Chestnut Grove Resort
9. Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, Scotrun
It should come as no surprise that one of the leading brands in family vacations has a presence in one of the most popular family vacation destinations in Pennsylvania. Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains offers everything you'd expect from a theme-park-cum-hotel... plus stunning scenery to go with it. The big draw for kids is the indoor water park, with its superlative collection of thrilling slides sure to please kids of all ages. Other amenities include a large fitness center, full-service spa, plus great family-friendly dining, including an ice-cream shop.
The accommodations are also a draw. A popular choice for kids and adults alike are the spacious family suites, which consist of a bedroom with two queen beds, a living area with a pull-out sofa bed, HDTVs, plus furnished decks or patios.
Accommodation: Great Wolf Lodge
10. The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware
The historic Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort is a great choice for families and couples looking for a peaceful lakeside setting in the Poconos. Opened in 1911, the inn offers 80 attractive rooms and suites. Popular choices include the luxurious king Jacuzzi suites, which come with authentic hardwood flooring, as well as classy décor and furnishings. A great choice for those traveling in larger groups are the stand-alone cottages, some of which can handle groups of up to 24 guests and overlook the Delaware River.
The amenities are also worth mentioning and include such services as valet parking, concierge, and free daily newspapers. In addition to having an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, guests can enjoy a large sundeck, or sunbathe on the resort's own private beach. Other amenities include a fitness center, as well as plenty of sports activities; these include volleyball, tennis courts, bocce ball, archery, as well as a putting green and driving range. For the kids, there's a games room and arcade, as well as a playground.
Accommodation: The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
11. Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains
Part of one of the largest family resort groups in the USA, Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains offers plenty of fun and games for adults and kids alike. Much of the fun, of course, takes place around the resort's water park, which is itself something of an area attraction. The rooms are no less important a part of the stay here. A great option if your budget allows are the large family suites, which come with a king and two queen beds, as well as a pull-out queen sofa bed. Other notable features are the inclusion of two jet tubs, a separate living room plus fireplace, and a wet bar with a microwave and mini-fridge.
When not enjoying your spacious room, you'll be having far too much fun in the resort's two water parks, one indoors and one outdoors (admission is included with your stay). In addition to the water parks' many rides and slides, there's also a great treetop adventure area with ziplines, too. Other amenities including a variety of restaurants, mini-golf, and mini-bowling. The resort also has a full-service spa for mom and dad to enjoy.
Accommodation: Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains