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.
How to Get There
From a positive standpoint the food program (many options) and wait staff (Jennifer) couldn’t be more accommodating and friendly. I drink French vanilla creamer in my coffee, in which they didn’t have, but our waitress picked it up for me personally and had it waiting for me each morning. Also, the pool options for kids and lake are very nice. Multiple hot tubs, kid friendly splash zones along with pool bar and food for adults. With all that being said, this place is extremely over priced. Where we live (Maryland) there are many family fun recreation parks which would have given us basically the same experiences for thousands of dollars less. The activity staff members try hard, but are you comfortable paying approximately 8 thousand dollars BASE (we chose to stay in one of the surrounding houses which was the best part of our trip) to play a double dare style game, or minute to win-it? How about the ring on a rope game trying to throw it on a hook? How about a sub-par go cart track? Bingo? Trivia game?
Don’t get me wrong, we had a bit of fun after we composed ourselves from how much we paid. We tried to get with the program, we really did, but it wasn’t anywhere close to worth the money. Also, paintball, batting cages, escape room, arcade games, zip line, etc....ALL COST MORE ON SITE. It wasn’t enough for the 8k initial, we ended up at 9k for 4 adults, 2 teenagers, and 2 little ones. Also, one of our teenagers is very small (71 lbs.) and so she wasn’t allowed to participate in the zipline or the rock wall. We didn’t even try the escape room because it’s more cash, and we wouldn’t be allowed to do it as a family. Furthermore, LOOK AT YOUR INITIAL BILL. At the bottom, it’ll tell you that your bill doesn’t include another 21% for mandatory gratuity and tax.
The facilities are out dated and lack any type of modern luxury. Cornhole, archery tent, bumper cars, woodloch forest, putt putt, and the paintball courses are all basic. There is nothing here that we couldn’t have just stayed home for. We really thought this place was going to be awesome based on the reviews, but we were sadly mistaken.
Nice people, but won’t be back.
Try at your bank accounts risk.
This was our third visit to Woodloch and we continue to be impressed by the outstanding customer service. The management greets everyone as they enter the dining room for all meals and comes around to each table to personally speak to the guests. Someone from the activities staff also comes around to answer any questions about any of the activities. The staff in charge of each activity are very personable and make it a lot of fun. The whole atmosphere is geared towards keeping their guests happy and they do succeed! They should teach a course in customer relations! Our twin grandsons love Woodloch and it’s one of their favorite places. It’s a perfect family vacation in a beautiful environment. We hope to be able to return many more times with our family.
After college graduations in the middle of PA and NY, wanted a location for a family gathering that was easy for all to get to. Woodloch had rental houses that slept 12, and the location was good for our group. Our rental house was fine, but nothing outstanding. Beds were comfortable, except for the sleeper sofa. Outdoor space was bland, kitchen wasn't very well appointed. Nice to have a washer and dryer for those who had already been traveling for a while.
The main resort is about a 2 mile drive, fun little activities that everyone enjoyed -- go karts, bumper boats and the like. Outdoor pools not yet open in mid-May, lake swimming area not yet open (too cold). Would have appreciated information in the house about nearest best supermarkets, etc. (Little market at the resort has an odd assortment of food, not really useful for meal preparation.) The resort was fine for 2 or 3 days, and it suited our needs, but can't imagine we would rush back.
I have a 16-month-old, and I used to go to the Lodge at Woodloch before I had her. So we thought we'd check out the family-friendly resort for a trip with the LO in tow.
I'm *trying* not to let the fabulousness of the Lodge impact my review of the Pines, as they are vastly different properties.
Here's my assessment:
- It's a great resort with a lot to do for kids, especially those over 5, ranging from swimming to boating to go carting to wall climbing and games/scavenger hunts
- Even for little ones, there's an excellent toddler splash pad, a playground, and a couple gym/play spaces... plus the grounds!
- The food was pretty good for an all-inclusive, family resort (and there was lots of it)
- Staff is friendly, and they offer babysitting, at a cost, in case you want to go to the Woodloch Spa (you do)
- There are lots of room/resort options, from efficiencies to suites to houses
- The meal times are not flexible or kid-friendly: Breakfast is at 8:30 for an hour; lunch for a half hour at 12:30; and dinner doesn't start until 6. So if you're like us and you have a kid who eats early, or naps in the middle of the day, you're SOL. Though, when asked, our server did give us food to take back to our rooms-- like fruit and muffins -- since our kids ALL nap mid-day.
- It's a bit expensive, especially when you forgot that they add a 15% gratuity onto your bill at the end (they insist it's in the contract -- and it is, but we signed it 6 months ago -- so they should have reminded us when we checked in, since we tipped as we went)
- It's far. And hilly. So my daughter threw up. So did at least one other LO in the group
That all said, we'd theoretically go back (mostly to escape to the spa), though we may research a couple other options for next year which are a bit closer. And if we did go back, we would NOT sign up for the 3-meal a day plan.
This place is only 2 and half hours away from NYC, and to me this is a hidden gem, OMG, I am so much impressed with this resort. It seems that this family owned Resort has tried very diligently to plan for families, Seniors, Groups, to have a relaxing great time. I made a comment that this is like a Cruise on Land. Plenty of choices for the activities for individual or group can choose from. Never a dull moment. I am going to keep this as a mystery what activities they offer, but will say that none of the activities are announced ahead of the time, they post it on very same day, depending what kind of weather forecast. Very helpful for individual needs if required. As we say nothing is perfect, but they try very hard.Yes there is always room for improvements. I can go on, but it will be nice if you will see their website to learn more. This one is not very cheap, but you get what you pay for. I will definitely go back and also arrange for another group of friends and family members.
I can name individuals but the list will be too long.
To me it is a must visit place.