The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
What We Love
- Easy access to off-site outdoor pursuits: Hiking, biking, target shooting, horseback riding, ziplining and more are all right at your doorstep
- The resort is surrounded on three sides by the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
- Four restaurants, including a pub that serves its own housemade beer
- The 3,200-square-foot spa, with its organic products and hydrotherapy area
- The resort really gets behind its eco-friendly ethos in an authentic way
What To Know
- Along with appealing to couples, the property is also a draw for team-building retreats and other corporate groups
- There’s skiing just three miles from the resort
- Pets are not allowed
- Valet parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
On the banks of the Delaware River in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, just 70 miles from New York City, the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort gives guests easy access to off-site outdoor adventure: Hiking, biking, target shooting, horseback riding, ziplining and more are all right at your doorstep. Indoors, the accommodations are traditional, with floral fabrics, cream and gold striped wallpaper, and walnut finish on headboards and nightstands. Chow down at one of the resort’s three restaurants: The gastropub showcases hearty but refined dishes using locally grown produce, the Gem and Keystone Brewpub dishes up burgers, sandwiches and salads that can be washed down with ShawneeCraft Beer, and the Buckwood Bakery and Café is the place to satisfy your caffeine, smoothie and pastry cravings. Play a round of golf (the resort’s course runs along the picturesque river) and then head to the green-minded spa, which offers treatments like a “farm-to-spa body wrap,” along with anti-aging facials and couples treatments.
In the Area
This part of the Poconos is a golfer’s paradise, and for those wanting to live the dream year-round, there’s an annual membership to the Shawnee Country Club, so you can play the legendary 27-hole course whenever you want. For those who prefer lifting a glass to a club, several local wineries offer tastings and tours. Drop by Four Sisters Winery, Cherry Valley Vineyards and Franklin Hill Vineyards, or head straight to the source of Shawnee’s good stuff at ShawneeCraft Brewing Company. If you need to walk any of that off, head to the Delaware Water Gap, a natural wonderland of trails, waterfalls, forested mountains and trout streams.
How to Get There
The people working at Shawnee are very nice. It is a great location, easy access to many hikes, bike trails, outdoor activities. Great for families or an adult get away. Sign up ahead for activities (canoe, etc) No room service so plan on eating in restaurants.
We stayed here over the Fourth of July weekend as a getaway with no children to celebrate our anniversary. I really want to love the Shawnee Inn. The building itself is beautiful and historic – a really cool place. He loved sitting and rocking on the porch, having a drink and reading a book. The view of the river is fantastic, and I really enjoyed sitting on the benches by the river. It was a very peaceful place.
We stayed on the third floor of the main Inn. Our room could have used some serious updates and maintenance, and the inn seemed significantly shortstaffed and/or the staff did not seem completely well-trained.
Our tub and sink drained painfully slowly, and when I went down to the main desk to report it, they said they would send someone to repair it. Someone clearly came while we were out, because there was a dirty wet rag left on our bed. I called down to let the front desk know that I put the dirty wet rag in the hallway in case they did not want a dirty wet rag sitting in the hallway. They seemed neither surprised nor at all apologetic. They did, however, offer to send someone to change the bedding. After all of that, the drains seemed no better. Additionally, a cover was precariously hanging over some inner workings of the tub and simply fell off. The beds did not have fitted sheets. This is not necessarily the end of the world, but I do tend to be a fan of fitted sheets because otherwise you often end up on a bare mattress sometime in the night. It also makes it harder to hide when there are stains on the mattress as there were.
Some of the staff seemed really nice, particularly in the River Room restaurant. The café staff seem to get overwhelmed really quickly, and stopping in for a cup of coffee could easily take at least 20 minutes with only four people ahead of you. They seemed genuinely overwhelmed. I felt bad for them, but I wonder if some better managing of how the cafe should run would make a difference — like having a dedicated cook.
We also took a river trip and after arriving at the pick up destination, we called four or five times before someone actually answered the phone. Otherwise I was leaving a voicemail. Other patrons were also calling. It took one patron asking the inn’s telephone operator to have someone walk over to the river trips desk to ask them to answer the phone and send someone to get us. We ended up waiting for about an hour and a half.
At the end of the day, this inn has so much potential. It is beautiful and has some cool history. I may give them another try some day, but I do hope they take steps to resolve these issues.
We have stayed at Shawnee for short getaways in the past and sadly this was the first time we were disappointed. Perhaps it was because it was the 4th of July holiday and more crowded than usual. Perhaps there was a recent change in management. Whatever the reason our stay can only be classified as mediocre.
The AC fan seemed to work in our room but the room temperature could not be adjusted. This seemed to be a consistent issue in the entire facility as the hotel lobby, restaurant and bar were uncomfortably humid. Front desk staff and bar staff were using portable fans. The issue with the room AC was not reported until checkout based on the conditions in the hotel.
The website claims a “newly renovated indoor pool, and Jacuzzi™”, however we couldn’t identify what had actually been renovated. It was extremely warm in the pool area, the screen doors out to the sundeck were all off their tracks and difficult to use, and there was a lack of attention to towels and clean-up with trash left in the pool area and on the sundeck.
I also learned a very valuable lesson when booking a Shawnee River canoe trip. DO NOT use the online booking option – call the hotel directly. The online booking site is a third-party vendor so when I needed to change my booking I couldn’t get a full refund from Shawnee River Tours. They did their best to refund what they could, but there were underlying fees from the booking site that could not be refunded.
While we are disappointed, we will give Shawnee Inn another try in the future.