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Paradise Stream Resort 3.0

Mount Pocono, Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Centrally located in Pocono Mountains 
  • All-suite rooms with romance-themed fantasy decor
  • Outdoor mini-golf, archery, biking, and paddle boating 
  • Indoor game room, pool tables, and racquetball 
  • Buffet restaurant and nightclub with live entertainment
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Full-service spa and fitness room
  • No kids allowed (a con for some)
  • Optional all-inclusive rates

Cons

  • Stained carpets and furniture need replacing
  • Housekeeping could be better
  • Mediocre food and drink
  • Resort fee (includes "free" Wi-Fi and parking)

Bottom Line

Paradise Stream Resort is the most conveniently located of three couples-only resorts in the Poconos region owned by Cove Haven, though it has fewer on-site amenities than its sister properties. It's otherwise similar in terms of its all-suite rooms designed to ignite passion with wood-burning fireplaces and heart-shaped whirlpool baths, though aging decor and stained carpets may be a turnoff. The resort's private grounds are just a short distance from town -- a necessity for travelers who want other options beside questionable buffet food. For less finicky eaters, all-inclusive options include breakfast, dinner, and most non-alcoholic drinks. 

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Scene

All-inclusive property with cheesy romantic motifs and decor in need of update

Paradise Stream is the epitome of the kind of tawdry honeymoon hotels made famous in the area by resorts like Cove Haven (a sister property), where the original heart-shaped tubs first appeared in the early 1960s. A hand-painted sign outside exclaims, "You Are Entering the Land of Love," but many guests will also notice that the furniture, wallpaper, and carpets are in need of an update. The lobby area is spacious and outfitted in brown with sofas, easy chairs, and patterned rugs as well as a flat-screen TV above a small coffee area.

Location

Near downtown Mount Pocono as well as other attractions by car 

Paradise Stream Resort is outside of downtown Mount Pocono, convenient to I-380. There’s nothing in walking distance save nature, but it's less than a 10-minute drive into town and just over a 10-minute drive to the large open-air Crossings Premium Outlets mall. Mount Pocono is a small town in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, known for its camping, hiking, and numerous ski resorts that attract vacationers year-round. State parks surround the locale and the Camelback ski area is about 25 minutes south by car. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is a 45-minute drive northwest.

Rooms

Round beds and Champagne tower whirlpools amid furnishings with wear and tear

Similar to its sister properties, Paradise Stream has several different all-suite room types with varying themes, but all have wood-burning fireplaces and heart-shaped whirlpool tubs. The different themes -- Diana's Oasis and Garden of Eden, for instance -- present varying palates and matching furnishings, but all are dated, with visible wear and tear that includes stained upholstery and carpets. Split-level sitting areas have mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs, though some rooms may still have tube-style models. More expensive suites have private plunge pools and saunas. Most of the bathrooms have large tiled walk-in showers and stone benches big enough for two. The most heavy-handed Champagne Tower Suites are tri-level fantasies that combine Egyptian motifs with seven-foot tall, Champagne glass whirlpools.

Features

Outdoor activities, indoor game center and pool, nightclub, and spa

The resort's natural surroundings are defined by several ponds spread across the grounds, fed by two creeks (one called Paradise Creek) that join at the east end of the property. Fishing and paddle boating are available in warmer months, with nature trails to explore year round. A bridge spans one of the bucolic streams, with gazebos and a glass fire pit providing quaint spots for romantic couples to relax between rounds of mini-golf or archery. Indoor activities include a game room with pool tables and a racquetball court. The small indoor pool shares a room with two hot tubs separated by a stone bridge flanked by a mini-waterfall. Pampering at the spa includes typical massages and treatments. There's also a nail salon room for romantic escapees who forgot their mani-pedis. A racquetball court was converted into a gym with treadmills and weight-training machines. There's also a free-standing basketball hoop on the far end, but there's not enough space away from the machines to make it especially useful.

The resort's nightclub hosts nightly live entertainment -- a mix of local cover bands, DJs, and comedians, including the occasional national act. The only dining here is a buffet that leaves a lot to be desired, though eggs can be cooked to order for a relatively foolproof breakfast. All-inclusive rates include meals and non-alcoholic drinks, though some sides and extras may incur additional fees.

Guests staying at this resort can also "play" at the other two properties (Cove Haven and Pocono Palace) with free access to amenities there, but most will find the other locations to be too far away for this to be a realistic option. 

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Address

6213 Carlton Road, off Route 940, Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania 18344, United States

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