What We Love
- An activity-packed Poconos retreat, including breakfast, dinner and a suite optionThe TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2015, as the number-one family hotel in the country
- The incredible range of things to do, from attending a carnival to taking a cooking class
- The adult-oriented offerings, like an 18-hole golf course and access to The Lodge at Woodloch’s spa
Take the kids on a vacation to remember, or simply get back in touch with your own inner child, at the hotel that TripAdvisor voted America’s best and the world’s sixth-best for families. Woodloch Resort is passionately devoted to the spirit of play, offering dozens of activities and adventures for all. Schedules vary from day to day, but all four seasons – because this is a year-round getaway – there’s something fun to keep you busy and make you feel young again.
Archery? Snow tubing? Paintball? Mini golf? These are just four of the ways that you can let loose here, and not even the most unusual ones, either. That honor goes to activities like “Cake Wars,” the massive scavenger hunt, the drum circles and the miniature winter and summer Olympics. You can also partake in an “Amazing Race,” chute down a waterslide, watch a staff theme show, try an 18-hole golf course or choose between bumper cars and bumper boats. You’d hardly even know that all the other Pocono mountains are just outside – or that you’re old enough to attend the adults-only wine tastings.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of 15% is payable directly at the hotel. The resort fee includes access to all Woodloch activities, amenities and nightly entertainment.
Rooms and suites
Accommodations at Woodloch are spread among buildings all over the property, featuring varying floor plans, views and décor styles (some are rustic, while others skew more modern). The motel-style Classic Standard rooms occupy a central location near the main lodge and are packed with rustic charm. An accordion door separates the bedroom and living-room area. You’ll have two queen beds in the bedroom, plus two single day beds in the living room. Edgewater suites, which look out over the lake from their private patio or balcony, are split between the Springbook and Mountain Laurel buildings, which offer indoor access to the pool complex. These accommodations offer two queen beds in the bedroom, plus a regular couch and a queen pullout couch in the living room (separated by either a door or pocket door). Some of these suites offer an extra bathroom, while others hold a kitchenette, washer and dryer.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main dining room, which is frequented by costumed characters that children will love, with many dishes incorporating high-quality, regionally grown ingredients. You’ll have breakfast and dinner included with your stay.À la carte dining is also on offer at several Woodloch-owned or -affiliated restaurants, like the Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs and more formal TREE Restaurant. Lighter bites are available lakeside and poolside, and there’s a country store and market for purchasing to-go snacks or fresh produce.
Woodloch Resort is sisters with the Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Readers’ Choice destination spa The Lodge at Woodloch. As a guest at the former, you have easy access to the latter, whose exquisite wellness center measures 40,000 square feet. Pick a facial, a body treatment or a hair service at Lotus Salon, and enjoy the cozy fireplaces, soothing waterwalls and adults-only setting. Please note that transportation between the two properties is not provided.
This lakefront TripAdvisor number-one family hotel in America of 2015 didn’t land such a huge honor without coming up with a staggering list of activities, for kids of all ages. You’re in the Poconos, with plenty of forms of outdoor recreation to keep you busy, but the resort has dozens of its own ideas for keeping you busy. In addition to biking, jogging and hiking, you can attend a carnival, participate in a miniature Olympics, enjoy bumper boats in the warmer months, go snow tubing in the colder months and watch an entertaining show with the property’s own staff. If you’re partial to more typically grown-up pastimes, there’s an 18-hole golf course, and perhaps you’ll even get to attend a wine tasting.
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Another good time with the family. Plenty for everyone to do or just sit by the lake or pool and relax.The food is always good and plenty of it. One of my kids has a few food allergies and one is a Vegan. On top of a bunch of different food options for each, they give you a list of food that is available. As well as the waitress making sure that everything is cut and plated separately. These two kids could not have been happier with what was offered. My other child was just as happy with all the choices and had some Vegan meals since they were so good.. Our server Judy was great and we do request her when we go.
My only disappointment was that some guest choose not to follow the suggested dress code for the Saturday dinner. Still a great place to go and vacation. The staff is very good as well.
Saw another Black Bear on my morning walk as well which is always nice.
This was our third visit to Woodloch. Our girls (ages 10, 7 and 4) loved every minute of it. The service at this resort is the best you can find anywhere. All the employees, from the lifeguards to the wait staff to the owners, truly consider you family. We especially enjoyed the lifeguards at the indoor pool. They were attentive and friendly. Also, Alex in the kids club room was great with interacting with our kids. They loved story time and got excited every time we saw her.
The lake is peaceful and beautiful. We enjoyed all the water sports, including swimming, the beach and paddle boats. All the other activities were great fun as always. Our favorites included go karts, music trivia, archery tag, and bingo. The kids also enjoyed the arts and craft room, the carnival and jewelry making. The variety of activities here is endless. There is literally something for everyone (and probably lots of things!)
Our room was clean and comfortable. We have stayed in all the buildings on property, and each one is excellent with its own advantages.
The food was very good. Lots of choices, all you can eat. Not gourmet, but good home cooking. We always go with the 2 meal plan, because there is so much good food that we are still full when lunch rolls around!
I know the prices seem expensive, but do not let that deter you. When you visit this place, you will understand that it is worth every penny. After you set foot on property, you don’t have to spend another penny if you don’t want to. The activities, accommodations, food and services are all five star. When you consider all you get for your money, Woodloch is a great value. If money is a concern, there are plenty of off peak times when you can get lower prices. That’s why we chose to go the first week in June!
There is a reason why this place is one of the top rated family resorts in the country. Do your family a favor and check it out! You won’t be disappointed.
Members of our family have been coming to Woodloch for over 50 years. In fact, my Mom, aged 93 who along with my Dad were the first of our family to visit Woodloch, boasts a record 53 consecutive years. This past May we were a party of 10, ages 5 to 93. From paddle boat, canoe rides and lake tours, rounds of miniature golf, shuffleboard and bocci, bumper cars and Go Carts to frantic Cake Wars and lively "Name that Tune" tournaments there are simply never enough hours in the day to do everything on our list. Add to that no end of delicious food, nothing less than spotlessly clean accommodations, and the most energetic and friendly staff, Woodloch never disappoints. It truly has something for everyone at any age. Now, if we could win, just once, the "Name that Tune," tournament I'd have to rate our stay 10 stars!
I'm going to start out with what was great about our recent stay at Woodloch. I'm going to note what I thought could have been better so that others may have a better experience. First and foremost, whoever is in charge of the kitchen has done a fantastic job. If you have food allergies, this place is #1 for catering to your food desires. I couldn't believe how well thought out the menu was for people with food allergies. That attention to detail has certainly made that part of the experience #1 of which I have ever experienced. I also thought the characters at every meal was fantastic. My child looked forward to that every time. Woodloch caters very highly towards keeping kids as entertained as possible. Keep up the good work on that.
Woodloch also ensures polite welcoming service when you walk into the dining room and that type of professionalism is hard to come by. So regarding kid entertainment, food selection, a welcoming greeting, well maintained grounds, and a shuttle service...Woodloch is a nice place.
However, here are some things which I think some people should know so that their experience may be a better one than ours. Regarding food service, people shouldn't be made to feel like they are being rushed through it. The food service was VERY obvious that the waiters/waitresses ( 2 out of the 3 we had) wanted to get you served and out the door so they could get the meal done. I think we had one bite of an appetizer every night and they were downing our throat our dinner orders. The one time we politely informed them that we are still eating the salad, and the waitress had a bit of an attitude. It was very obvious. Folks, you are paying for the experience, don't get indigestion on top of it.
Second, the table should be made aware of specialty food items for the day or anything relevant for table service. For example, when you hear the server at the next table over greet the guest with : "Today we have all fruits for you to enjoy, and a specialty french toast for this mornings breakfast..." and you and your family are sitting there eating the standard food items...it doesn't sit well.
Third, it wasn't until our third table server for the trip recognized that I wasn't full. She was polite and resourceful and said "Oh, no...you never walk away hungry from this dinning room! I'll get you whatever you need." Advice to all, ensure you ask the server if there are any food items (ANY) that are available (bread, fruits, seasoned items, salads, appetizers, specialty drinks, etc.) Do not let the wait staff have you eat less so they can finish their shift or whatever their personal agendas might be.
For the sleeping room, it was a nice size and clean. My biggest issue was the noise. Okay, I totally would put families with kids with families with other kids along the same hallway. Makes hospitality sense. But you should know prior to going there that if you have good kids, you could be inconvenienced with other kids from another family who might end up being very loud. I felt I was sharing a room with the room next door. The kids tried to get in our room by mistake EVERY DAY by jingling on the handle and nearly kicking in the door. It wasn't until their parents told them it was the wrong room did they stop. Then when they got in their room it was non-stop screaming, horseplay...the TV barely drowned them out. This started about 6-7am, and mid day (especially if you were looking to get a nap in...you or your child)...there was no courtesy. Could we have called security, yes if we knew they had an official security staff. Could we have knocked on their door and said something...yes...but nowadays one beep of a horn or knock on someone's door could be your last. I think Woodloch could do a little better with this and group larger families in one section and maybe smaller families in another area..if at all possible. When you go on vacation, you want to be able to relax and get some kind of rest...even if you do have kids. And one of the best places should be a private, quite, hotel room. During checkout - I brought up my concerns and was told "Here's a coupon for a complementary bakery item." That was a joke.
If I was in their position dealing with the public and a guest, I believe a more appropriate hospitality response would have been: "I'm sorry to hear about your dissatisfaction about your first stay with us. It's important to us to have you return and have a much better relaxing experience. Would you please accept a 5% discount off your next stay and let us try again? When you return on your next trip, please bring your concerns up at check-in and we'll ensure one of our trained security staff members greet you so that they can ensure you that any matter can be resolved with the highest professional standards, and we can ensure your safety and comfort no matter what." I probably would have booked another trip right there and then. Instead it was...what a shame...you should have called security and hoped and prayed. Here's a "cookie". Some people don't want to cause more trouble by calling "authorities" but they do want to be ensured that the highest standard of care is available if such a need arises. Little things about mentioning available resources to your guests upon check-in could go a long way for some or most.
Lastly, if your looking for your first experience at Woodloch and not sure what to do, I can sum it up: Plan no more than 3 full days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, leaving on Monday is more than enough)...most things can be done in that amount of time. Booking 2 meals is more than enough. Ensure you are full when you eat your meals and ask for any non-seen options that they might be offering. They do apparently have security on premises, so ask for the information for if the need arises. If you're wondering if your kids will be entertained for a few days...yes. The adults...it depends. Eat your food - don't feel like you have to swallow it whole!
We just went to Woodloch for over Memorial Day weekend with over 30 members of our extended family. We have a reunion every year and this is the second year that we've been at Woodloch. It is a perfect place for us as this year's trip proved. It rained two out of the three days there and we were never bored. That says a lot for a group whose ages range from 2 months to 84! We used many of their facilities: paintball, swimming, basketball, bowling, arcade, boating, volleyball and golf.
I cannot say enough about the staff. We rented three houses on the property and had food, t-shirts and other necessities shipped there in advance. The staff accepted our packages and made sure they were in our houses when we arrived. We hired a woman from their staff to help us with some of our larger meals. She was amazing!!!! We are a family with weird food issues and she caught on quick and made our weekend about fun, rather than cleanup!
If you are an active family that is looking for fun activities, a beautiful location and great service, Woodloch is the place for you!