Pros

  • All-suite rooms with romance-themed fantasy decor -- including a giant Champagne glass-shaped whirlpool
  • On the lake with seasonal water sports
  • Indoor tennis, racquetball, basketball, and roller skating
  • Outdoor pool, indoor pool, and hot tub (some rooms with private pools)
  • Full-service spa and fitness room
  • Multiple restaurants, bars, and cafe with billiards
  • Nightclub with live entertainment
  • Optional all-inclusive rates
  • No kids allowed (a con for some)
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Cons

  • Isolated mountain location far from nearest town
  • Renovations needed to remedy aging furnishings
  • Housekeeping could be better
  • Mediocre food and drink
  • Resort fee (includes "free" Wi-Fi and parking)
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Bottom Line

A throwback to the glory days of heart-shaped bathtubs and gaudy theme decor, Cove Haven Resort is a couples-only property stuck in the summer of love. A honeymoon destination since the 1960s, this Poconos getaway has become an American institution whose founder invented the heart-shaped Sweetheart Tub. Nostalgic couples can immerse themselves in a fantasy of giant Champagne glass-shaped whirlpools and choose all-inclusive packages, though foodies should stay clear of the uninspired fare. Most guests will also find cleanliness lacking even if they appreciate the aging decor. There's plenty to do indoors and out, including boating on Lake Wallenpaupack.

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Cove Haven Resort

Scene

Tongue-in-cheek romantic lake resort

A sign behind the front desk declares "Love lives here," but so does some noticeable wear. Built in 1958, the sprawling lakeside camp composed of multiple buildings appears to have been given updates every decade since its founding, but each time the property has kept something from the previous decade's additions. The result is an aging museum of tacky ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s furnishings with more mirrors than a funhouse. The grounds are pretty and there's some kitschy charm to the rose-tinted decor, but even an authentically friendly staff can't always make up for the visible mold and stains. 

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Location

On Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos 

A self-contained resort, there’s nothing within walking distance from Cove Haven save the nature trails around the lake. Numerous state parks and other small lakes surround the area, with the nearest towns several miles away. Scranton is a 40-minute drive west and the Camelback ski area is an hour’s drive to the south. Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains -- known for camping, hiking, and numerous ski resorts that attract residents of New York and Washington, D.C. -- is about a 35-minute drive south. The popular vacation town of Mount Pocono, which has a large casino resort, is about a 50-minute drive south as well.

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Rooms

Themed, dated decor with round beds and exotic private baths

Cove Haven has several different all-suite room types with themes that vary from gaudy to outrageous attempts to create a romantic atmosphere. All have round beds with a copious amount of mirrors, many on the ceilings. Pastel wallpaper and stained carpets are the norm, with different themes presenting varying palates and furnishings to match -- but all are dated. Visible damage and mold are not rare sights around doors and mini-fridges. Most rooms have heart-shaped whirlpool tubs with split-level sitting areas that have fireplaces and tube-style TVs. More expensive suites have tiny private pools (just big enough for a dip), saunas, and wood-burning fireplaces -- logs can be bought from the hotel.

Some bathrooms are partially exposed with glass walk-in showers for two, while others would be considered more traditional affairs if not for the addition of the red or pink heart-shaped tubs. At the top end, the Champagne Tower Suites are tri-level fantasies that combine Egyptian motifs (why not?) with seven-foot tall champagne-glass-shaped whirlpools. Unfortunately the rest of the suites’ bathrooms are just carpeted letdowns with worn, plastic walk-in showers.

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Features

Outdoor activities, indoor sports center, and nightclub, among other amenities 

Lake Wallenpaupack provides a setting that's naturally romantic, with activities varying by season. Boating, waterskiing, and fishing are available in warmer months, with nature trails to explore year round. The seasonal outdoor pool is appropriately heart-shaped. Winter months allow for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating if conditions are right. The indoor sports center is huge, if somewhat dilapidated, but the tennis, racquetball, and basketball courts are well-maintained. There's also an indoor mini-golf course, roller skating, and an archery range as well as a game room with video games and billiards. The small indoor pool is housed in a sunny space with a stone-lined stream adding ambiance as it feeds into a whirlpool.

The resort's Champagne Palace Nightclub doubles as a venue for its live entertainment, a nightly roster of local cover bands and DJs mixed with hypnotists and comedians, including the occasional national act. The bars on-site won't impress with their wine selection, but they cover all the standard libations. The Colosseum bar and restaurant serves a buffet and meaty a la carte menu of American standards in a red-hued room with plastic pillars and fake ivy. The other main dining option is Spooner’s Sports Bar, with pizza, sandwiches, and snacks. (The venue also has several billiard tables.) All-inclusive rates include meals and non-alcoholic drinks at both eateries, though sides and extras may incur additional fees.

While Cove Haven advertises that guests can stay at any one of its three locations and "play" at the other two (Paradise Stream and Pocono Palace) with free access to amenities, most will find the other resorts to be too far away for this to be a realistic option.

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Oyster Hotel Review

Cove Haven Resort

Scene

Tongue-in-cheek romantic lake resort

A sign behind the front desk declares "Love lives here," but so does some noticeable wear. Built in 1958, the sprawling lakeside camp composed of multiple buildings appears to have been given updates every decade since its founding, but each time the property has kept something from the previous decade's additions. The result is an aging museum of tacky ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s furnishings with more mirrors than a funhouse. The grounds are pretty and there's some kitschy charm to the rose-tinted decor, but even an authentically friendly staff can't always make up for the visible mold and stains. 

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Location

On Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos 

A self-contained resort, there’s nothing within walking distance from Cove Haven save the nature trails around the lake. Numerous state parks and other small lakes surround the area, with the nearest towns several miles away. Scranton is a 40-minute drive west and the Camelback ski area is an hour’s drive to the south. Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains -- known for camping, hiking, and numerous ski resorts that attract residents of New York and Washington, D.C. -- is about a 35-minute drive south. The popular vacation town of Mount Pocono, which has a large casino resort, is about a 50-minute drive south as well.

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Rooms

Themed, dated decor with round beds and exotic private baths

Cove Haven has several different all-suite room types with themes that vary from gaudy to outrageous attempts to create a romantic atmosphere. All have round beds with a copious amount of mirrors, many on the ceilings. Pastel wallpaper and stained carpets are the norm, with different themes presenting varying palates and furnishings to match -- but all are dated. Visible damage and mold are not rare sights around doors and mini-fridges. Most rooms have heart-shaped whirlpool tubs with split-level sitting areas that have fireplaces and tube-style TVs. More expensive suites have tiny private pools (just big enough for a dip), saunas, and wood-burning fireplaces -- logs can be bought from the hotel.

Some bathrooms are partially exposed with glass walk-in showers for two, while others would be considered more traditional affairs if not for the addition of the red or pink heart-shaped tubs. At the top end, the Champagne Tower Suites are tri-level fantasies that combine Egyptian motifs (why not?) with seven-foot tall champagne-glass-shaped whirlpools. Unfortunately the rest of the suites’ bathrooms are just carpeted letdowns with worn, plastic walk-in showers.

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Features

Outdoor activities, indoor sports center, and nightclub, among other amenities 

Lake Wallenpaupack provides a setting that's naturally romantic, with activities varying by season. Boating, waterskiing, and fishing are available in warmer months, with nature trails to explore year round. The seasonal outdoor pool is appropriately heart-shaped. Winter months allow for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating if conditions are right. The indoor sports center is huge, if somewhat dilapidated, but the tennis, racquetball, and basketball courts are well-maintained. There's also an indoor mini-golf course, roller skating, and an archery range as well as a game room with video games and billiards. The small indoor pool is housed in a sunny space with a stone-lined stream adding ambiance as it feeds into a whirlpool.

The resort's Champagne Palace Nightclub doubles as a venue for its live entertainment, a nightly roster of local cover bands and DJs mixed with hypnotists and comedians, including the occasional national act. The bars on-site won't impress with their wine selection, but they cover all the standard libations. The Colosseum bar and restaurant serves a buffet and meaty a la carte menu of American standards in a red-hued room with plastic pillars and fake ivy. The other main dining option is Spooner’s Sports Bar, with pizza, sandwiches, and snacks. (The venue also has several billiard tables.) All-inclusive rates include meals and non-alcoholic drinks at both eateries, though sides and extras may incur additional fees.

While Cove Haven advertises that guests can stay at any one of its three locations and "play" at the other two (Paradise Stream and Pocono Palace) with free access to amenities, most will find the other resorts to be too far away for this to be a realistic option.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Tennis Court

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