What We Love
- Indoor and outdoor pools for splashing in all seasons
- Afternoon milkshakes in the Tea Room
- Beaver pond hikes with naturalist Rick Koval
What To Know
- Families flock to Skytop in all seasons
- The resort is a popular spot for weddings and corporate gatherings
- Jackets and slacks are required for dinner in the Windsor Dining Room
- Streamside Cabins and Inn rooms are separate from the main Lodge; it’s a five-minute walk or a quick ride in a resort shuttle
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
The road from Pennsylvania Highway 390 to the 5,500-acre grounds of Skytop Lodge winds past a lake and through an oak and hemlock stand before the stately 1928 stone Dutch Colonial manor lodge comes into view. Days here are spent golfing a rolling mountain course, fishing babbling creeks, paddling on a forest-lined lake, playing grass-court tennis and hiking more than 30 miles of trails. The lodge is the heart of the resort. Families gather in the sun-filled lobby with its enormous stone hearth and plush couches and chairs before heading out for adventures, or plop down there for tea and refreshments at the end of an exhausting day.
Bed and Bath
The historic lodge has been updated with modern conveniences but maintains its charms. No two of the 125 rooms are alike, but all are done in a simple English country style with burgundy couches, floral-patterned drapes, wood dressers and tables and plaid throws and accent pillows. When the lodge was built in 1928, bathrooms were bunkhouse-style — meaning the new bathrooms built in each room are smallish (though sparkling). Eighteen newer, more modern accommodations are found in the Inn tucked between Skytop Lake and the golf course. That country style still sticks, but bathrooms are bigger (Suites add Jacuzzi tubs), gas fireplaces lend a touch of romance and private balconies look out over the lake or golf course. Four-bedroom Streamside Cottages, between the first fairway and a babbling brook, have gas fireplaces and expansive porches and are perfect for family reunions.
Skytop’s three dining rooms serve delicious seasonal dishes. For an elegant dinner looking out over the resort’s pristine gardens, book a table at the Lodge’s Windsor Room. For pub grub and a pint of local craft suds, slide downstairs to the Tap Room, a Prohibition-era wood bar with flat-screen TVs adding a sports bar feel. And for dinner with a water view and a casual vibe, check out the Inn’s LakeView Restaurant. For kids, a game room with an arcade, ping pong, putt-putt and 1950s style soda fountain serves up seriously delish milkshakes, while on the top floor, an intimate spa is quiet and offers spectacular mountain views with a range of relaxing treatments.
In the Area
Skytop’s 6,656-yard par-72 golf course winds around the lodge, through forest-flanked dales and over lakes and streams for a superb round. Highlight holes include the par-4 10th, where you have to pitch your tee shot over Skytop Lake in full view of diners in the LakeView Restaurant. If tennis is your game, the resort offers five new Har-Tru courts and the Poconos’ only grass court. Sharpen up your game during the week or test your skills against fellow guests in weekend round robins. Miles of trails meander through the property, allowing guests to truly get away from it all. Favorite hikes include the Upper Falls Trail, which climbs through a beech, birch and maple forest to a cliff overlooking a waterfall, created by the Leavitt Branch, that cascades into a deep ravine. For a glimpse of wildlife, including the deer, beaver, black bears and songbirds that call the Poconos home, book a hike with resident naturalist Rick Koval.
How to Get There
Thank you for the wonderful hospitality Skytop! Carley cleaned my Mountain View Room wonderfully, bartenders and servers were fantastic in the Taproom and Wydsor. I will be returning with my husband and family.
If you’re looking for a hidden gem in the Poconos this is the spot! The staff is out of this world. They’re attentive, passionate and enjoy what they do!
Kudos to the chef for the food! The common grounds and lobby were VERY clean. Experienced a snow storm while in house and maintenance did a fantastic job of plowing and taking care of the areas! Even cleaned off my car!!
I had a beverage in the Library and enjoyed the bartender, Chris.
Overall, a great escape from reality! I am looking forward to coming back in the Spring+ to experience all of the wonderful outdoor activities!
Inside decor is still charming (albeit slightly dark, can do with more lighting). There are enough board games in the lobby (look under the seating areas). Our family of 7 (2 grandmas, 2 parents, 3 kids under 12) went in the Fall, so off season. A games coordinator who is also the hay ride driver who is also the crafts leaders was still engaging and offered games even though we had a small showing. The pool is my only negative review...the pool area is outdated (cracking paint through in walls, ceilings) and the hot tub was a cold tub! The breakfast buffet was outstanding (i.e. omelet station, offerings of fresh baked goods, lots of choices on breakfast meats) and our rooms (the updated cottages) were a good size, still close enough to the lodge for hopping back and forth. The beds were firm and linens were fresh, the cookies and tea were a nice touch! Our family really enjoyed it - we hiked around their property (around the lake) in the pouring rain and still enjoyed ourselves.
I made our reservation online at the hotel website which was very easy. I booked the winter getaway package which included breakfast, snow tubing and ice skating. I surprised my husband for his 40th birthday. Our 15 year old son came w/us. We arrived early and our room was ready which was a nice surprise. The room was small but I knew it would be by the room description. We made it work.
Snow tubing was a lot of fun. The ice skating is usually on the frozen lake but because it was an unseasonably warm week, the lake had thawed so the ice skating was at the indoor rink which turned out to be better for us because my husband and I held onto the wall for dear life. It was hysterically funny. No ice fishing either because of the thawed lake. All activities are weather dependent.
We had milkshakes at the ice cream shop which I loved. It's quaint, had great candy and ice cream and smells like waffle cones! We ate dinner at the Tap Room. Good food, good service.
That night we played Family Feud and won. We also played Bingo and I won a round. Both were very fun and we had a lot of laughs. I would highly recommend!!
The next morning we had breakfast in the Windsor Room. It was delicious, a huge variety and service was excellent. Temps had dropped to minus 0 with the wind chill so we pretty much stayed indoors that day with the exception being we went on the hayride to tour the property. That was nice but too cold to enjoy.
Loved the entire trip.
My boyfriend and I visited Skytop Lodge for the Winter Beer Fest On Feb 2nd. We had been wanting to visit the property for a while, but could never find a decent deal for the weekend. This was my second time at the property and I really enjoyed my first visit so I had high expectations. (On my first visit two years ago, I had a complimentary stay I won at a charity event and I dealt with Susan who was so amazing and accommodating but she has since left. Keira took her place but not sure that she is there either since she never answered my email inquiry.)
When I called to book our stay, I did not have any luck. First, when I called to book, i was told there was a two night minimum that they could not waive but that if I waited until the last minute, there may not be one. When I called back a week later, I was very happy and excited that the two night minimum was no longer required. However, the woman who handled my reservation was horribly rude! She was very reluctant to help me over the phone and seemed so irritated and confrontational when I asked about the rates of the individual room types. She just clearly didn’t want to talk or be bothered. I booked the beer fest package and when I asked if we would be able to enter the festival even if we couldn’t check in yet (festival started at noon, check in at 4) she replied, “well yes, that’s what you just paid for” in the rudest tone of voice as if I was an idiot and she was scolding me. I have NEVER experienced this before when calling any hotel and I travel all the time for work and pleasure; it actually really bothered me to the point where I considered cancelling the whole stay.
Thankfully, I didn’t and the service there was MUCH better in person!
The highlight of the stay was by far, the Beer Fest. It was absolutely amazing and a great value! It far exceeded my expectations. It was beautifully set up event and fully staffed event. They had a German style buffet for 3 hours with delicious food that they kept replenishing. There were plenty of beer vendors as well and the setup was very picturesque on a frozen lake. The Staff was so hospitable and kind and seemed happy to be there despite the freezing temperatures. We loved it and have been bragging about it to everyone. We def want to go again next year!
When we checked in to the hotel, the original room we were assigned to was nice but the size of a closet. I don’t think I would have fit in the shower. The charm of the place is that all the rooms are different and older. When I asked for a different room, they were able to move us to a different slightly larger room which was much better. Bradley and Shanice and the manager at the front desk were all so kind, patient, and accommodating during our stay. Also the concierge (tall guy) was so friendly and helpful when we changed rooms. The staff was really great!
Food: We had breakfast and dinner in the Windsor Dining room. The staff was very kind and hard working and food was good, though I had low expectations. I really enjoyed the butternut squash soup at dinner. The breakfast was a bit disappointing. Everything we had was good, and staff great, but I guess I expected more bells and whistles and more of a Sunday brunch than just a breakfast (with dinner options, live music, etc). I remember being there before where they had Skytop monogrammed desserts, etc. and expected more.
As for the activities, we wanted to try ice skating but got there late - only 15 min left to ice skate and they wanted to charge each of us $10! No thanks. We went swimming in the pool and it was a very nice and large pool and large jacuzzi. However, there were no towels available which was a bit inconvenient.
Overall, I would def go back for Beer Fest and would consider going back in warmer weather to check out the outdoor activities if there is a good deal.
Just back from a great weekend at Skytop.. Best weekend since I was a child. Skytop has never gone out of a heaping dose of old world charm and elegance. Over the past few years Skytop has managed keeping the best of the past and adding new amenities to make it abundantly attractive to a multigenerational market. You would stop reading this if I listed the amenities and scenic beauty of Skytop. I will say, the rooms and the property are pristine. The food is delicious. The staff, especially Robert who welcomed us on our return visit with a hearty “Welcome back!” You are on your own from here. Go the website and explore. Always call to try to book direct first because they have great deals, but fail that check groupon. BTW Skytop is a year round resort.