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Hershey Lodge 4.0

Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pros

  • Located a seven-minute drive from Hersheypark and Stadium
  • Clean rooms have with mini-fridges and coffeemakers
  • Several dining options including sports bar and fine-dining restaurant; room service
  • Indoor and outdoor pools (open summer 2016) and ample outdoor activities
  • Exclusive access to two Hershey Country Club golf courses
  • Access to the full-service The Spa at The Hershey Hotel
  • Family-friendly resort with supervised children’s activities and babysitting services
  • Huge inventory of function space
  • Free shuttle to area attractions
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and conference center
  • Free self-parking (extra for valet)

Cons

  • Breakfast and valet parking cost extra
  • Furniture in some rooms shows wear
  • Minor maintenance issues like broken locks and clogged tub drains
  • Thin walls between rooms and rooms are smallish 
  • Can get noisy with convention groups and children

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Hershey Lodge is the more casual sister property of the iconic Hotel Hershey. Despite the lodge's enormous size, its lobby exudes a rustic, homey ambience with a large stone fireplace, exposed ceiling beams, and cozy sitting areas. It offers upscale amenities like free area shuttle, room service, full-service spa, and both indoor and outdoor pools (open summer 2016). The huge conference center creates lots of activity as do children having fun in the pools and the other recreation areas. The 665 rooms are clean and pleasant but not overly spacious. Furnishings in some rooms are showing wear, too, and some past guests have reported noise and maintenance issues. For a more luxurious experience, The Hotel Hershey, about 10 minutes away, is the clear choice.

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Scene

Large, rustic-style lodge bustling with convention delegates and children

Exposed ceiling beams, a large stone fireplace, and stone walls give this large hotel and its cavernous lobby an intimate, rustic-lodge ambience. Despite its size, the lobby is a cozy space with wood columns and clusters of comfy leather furniture. The hearth that wraps around the four-sided fireplace is a favorite spot for families. It’s not unusual to see children in their pajamas enjoying the warmth on a chilly night. In fact, this family-friendly lodge hosts lots of children who can get a little boisterous as they frolic about. The lodge’s huge conference center also creates a buzz of traffic when it hosts groups. Its sports bar is especially popular and indicative of the popular lodge’s casual environment compared to its more opulent sister, The Hershey Hotel. In short, this is a lodge that’s about getting people together to relax.

Location

Near bustling downtown Hershey and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center   

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The Hershey Lodge stretches for almost a block along a road just off busy West Chocolate Avenue. Downtown Hershey is about five minutes away by car or via the free area shuttle the lodge operates. Several restaurants and shops are within a five- to 10-minute walk, or even less by car or shuttle. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is about a 10-minute drive, and the airport and train station are a short drive away as well. The major attractions in Hershey aren’t within a reasonable walking distance, but can be reached quickly by car or shuttle. Self-parking is free at the hotel, but valet is not. 

  • Five-minute drive to Downtown Hershey
  • Five-minute drive to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (11-minute walk)
  • Six-minute drive to Hershey Theater 
  • Six-minute drive to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
  • Seven-minute drive to Hersheypark and Stadium
  • Nine-minute drive to Tanger Outlet Hershey
  • 10-minute drive to Hershey Country Club
  • 10-minute drive to Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • 10-minute drive to The Hotel Hershey
  • 11-minute drive to Hershey Gardens
  • 15-minute drive to Amtrak Station
  • 20-minute drive to Harrisburg International Airport 

Rooms

Tastefully decorated rooms with mini-fridges and coffeemakers

Rooms at the Hershey Lodge are clean, comfortable, and decorated in a tasteful, somewhat traditional style. Carpets and drapes are green and gold, and walls are covered in beige striated wallpaper. Two-poster beds are made up with green bolster pillows and green throws placed across white linens. Matching, dark-wood furniture includes nightstands, spacious desks, and brown leather office chairs. Brown suede armchairs and matching ottomans give a spot to sit. Dressers are made of lighter wood with granite tops, and they hide mini-fridges and coffeemakers; flat-screen TVs sit on top. Safes, free Wi-Fi, and turndown service are also standard in all rooms. Bathrooms feature spacious tan granite vanities that stretches the entire length of the walls, as do the framed mirrors above. Putty-colored tiles line the floor, and beige tile frames the shower/tub combos. Note that furniture in some rooms is showing wear, and several past guests have reported noise issues through thin walls, plus minor maintenance issues like broken locks, blocked toilets, and clogged tub drains. 

Standard Room options include one king and two queen beds that encompass 305 square feet. The Premium Double-Queen is 329 square feet and includes a sleeper sofa. There are 16 suites: Executive Suites have 650 square feet and include sofas, sitting areas, and dining tables. Hospitality Suites are about the same size and have parlor areas and wet bars. The Pennsylvania and Bridal Suites surpass 1,000 square feet. 

Features

Free area shuttle, indoor/outdoor pools, golf and spa access, large conference center

Features at Hershey Lodge focus on families and event attendees. The hotel operates a free shuttle to area attractions, and airport and train station shuttles for a fee. There are several dining options including a coffee shop, sports bar, and a fine-dining restaurant, The Forebay, that is only open for dinner. Another restaurant is only open for breakfast, which isn't included in room rates, and poolside food service is available in the summer season. Select eateries offer covered outdoor dining. Room service is available.

During our visit, the indoor/outdoor pools, game room, and fitness center were closed for construction and a new indoor/outdoor water park was scheduled to open in summer 2016. While the resort is under construction, guests have access to limited fitness facilities that include cardio and weight-training machines. Open recreational activities include a miniature golf course, tennis and basketball volleyball courts, hiking trails, and guided Segway tours. Babysitting services and supervised children’s programs are also on offer. The Lodge includes a gift shop that sells sweets, Hershey’s signature apparel, and other items. There's a full-time concierge staff, and valet dry cleaning and laundry services are available. Free daily newspapers are available at the concierge desk.

The hotel has 100,000 square feet of meeting space that includes a large ballroom. The business center has computers with Internet access and printers. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Lodge guests are granted access to the opulent spa at its sister property, The Hotel Hershey. The full-service spa and salon there offers a wide range of facial, massage, and body treatments. It also includes steam and sauna rooms and an upscale boutique. Guests of the Lodge and The Hotel Hershey get exclusive access to two golf courses at the Hershey Country Club.  

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Address

325 University Dr, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033-2800, United States

Also Known As

  • Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

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