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
Great place to escape your busy life. The cottage room was very nice accept for the musty smell and few black carpenter ants we found. Next time we will ask to stay at the Inn or Lodge. Lots of outdoor activities to do. We chose to hike around the lake and the falls, both were beautiful and easy. We enjoyed massages at the spa and were very happy with our services. The breakfast buffet included with the stay was amazing and fresh with an abundant selection of breakfast options to satisfy everyone’s needs. Good restaurants for lunch and dinner and with attentive, kind wait staff. The deli was great also. They offer lots of activities to do for both adults and children. We will definitely return for another long weekend!
Let me start by saying, my husband I travel multiple times a year. We enjoy the services and outstanding quality of a 4 diamond hotel. We save up and we like to know our money was well spent. This is not the case with this establishment. It may have been a 4 diamond establishment at one time however, it is no longer the case. The hotel manager Tim was kind and warm, he listened to our issues. He even offered us a drink and meal "on the hotel" for our concerns. However, Our concerns themselves were not dealt with. We stayed in a King Cottage. Which we believed would be a step above simply staying inside a room in the main building. Incorrect. The room was exactly that, a room. The bathroom barely had enough room for two people to stand in comfortably. There is a mini fridge (that isn't secured in it's cabinet, so be careful! We found out the hard way when it fell forward). The coffee maker is a mini K-cup coffee maker that is located in the closet. Yes, the closet where you hang your clothing. There is no microwave, no toaster, nothing. So even if you do bring leftovers to the room, you have no way to heat them. The website offers available wifi even in the cottages. However, once you are logged into the wifi, there are no bars of service to be able to USE the wifi. The Air Conditioner in our room broke during our stay and my husband has a medical condition that requires a cool room. Even after discussing this with the manager, no fix was offered. No other room was offered either. We had to place a fan beside the bed for my husband so he didn't suffer. We slept in (as most folks like to do on vacation, our anniversary, no less) and because we didn't leave our room until 11am, we did NOT receive room service. When we complained, the manager told us he would have our room "made up" for us when we returned but instead, what we got was a pile of coffee and creamer on the bed next to a pile of towels, that had been placed ontop of an unmade bed. What?! We have had better service at a cheap red roof inn. And if you have ever stayed at one of those... you know this is a big issue. We rode Horseback at 50 dollars a person. Please be aware. This is not a horse trail that takes you around a tour of the property, or of the sights, the lake or any view at all. This 45-60 minute "ride" is back and forth, around in the same two or three circles on a small patch of land. We never lost sight of the barn we left. The ride is done on VERY rocky wooded land. If you are considering allowing your small children to do this ride, I would reconsider. One small mistake and they are landing on nothing but rocks. A helmet won't help them much in that awful instance. The guide, Carl was a wonderful man. He was genuine and friendly. He was the better part of the horseback experience. This is not in anyway a reflection on him. This is a reflection of whomever makes the choices for this particular hotel. Someone doesn't spend much time using their own amenities, or perhaps they would reconsider. We had to order a TO GO dessert to our room, which was listed as a key lime/lemon pie and the photo of what we actually recieved is posted with our photos. There isn't anything Lactose intolerant friendly on their dessert menu, so beware. My husband and I took this trip as a scouting trip to find the best place in the Poconos to take our whole family on a vacation this year. Sadly, we have not the found the place. We will continue to seek services and a stay elsewhere. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere if your hopes are to have 4 diamond service. Additionally, take the 20 minute drive to eat one of your meals at Desaki Hibachi. You will have a better meal selection and great service with quality drinks. It's worth the drive if you find yourself in the Poconos. We asked for some great area restaurants to check out while we were staying at the Lodge and the staff was only willing to talk about restaurants on their property. Terrible shame, that they aren't offering other options. You will also not be able to get room service from the cottages. There are no delivery services from places OFF property, so you can't even order a pizza. We will not return unless these issues are properly remedied. After looking at our final bill we also realized that 131.84 dollars of our bill was "Service fees" alone. Not including taxes. I still haven't figured out exactly which services made any of that worth it. Book at your own risk.
Our flight was cancelled to my nephew’s graduation. We had to cancel rental car, hotels, and were told we had to wait 2 days for our luggage to return. We already had a pet sitter. We sat at Baggage claim and Googled “Last Minute Weekend Getaway Deal New York Area.” Low and behold: SKYTOP LODGE in the Poconos, 2 hrs.from Newark airport. Called, got a Spring weekend package that included $50 voucher and free breakfast. This place! A step back in time with exquisite, luxury decor, sprawling lawns, manicured gardens, porch colonnade, golf course, lakes, pools, 5500 acres, private forest trails and numerous water falls, every outdoor adventure activity you can think of for kids and intrepid adults, old fashioned lawn games, indoor board games in the library, fireside bars and leather chairs, old fashioned arcade games. And the food! Best meal in years at the Lakeview Inn—light and inspired Mediterranean menu, and Taproom generous cocktails and snacks. Elegant Windsor breakfast buffet with fresh hydrangeas and tea roses on every table. Warm and inviting upgraded suite with windows that opened to cool night air and the pervasive smell of pines. Fun for families and couples. Absolutely personal, first- name attention from bell staff, servers, bartenders, activities directors, concierge and first-rate naturalist, even the manager himself. SKYTOP LODGE turned lemons into the most delicious lemonade. Have already told friends and colleagues to find this hidden gem in the Poconos!
What a beautiful place.
The grounds are spectacular, lots of activities to do. Wonderful place to come as a couple or with the family.
Have multiple restaurants inside, bar.
Beautiful lake you can rent kayaks or go fishing
My 12 and 13 year old girls and myself spent a 36 hour getaway to SkyTop. We had a tremendous time. Including the few hours I had to duck away for conference time here and there, we all loved the comfort of the hotel room, the arcade and ping pong, the pool and hottub, beautifully manicured grounds and nighttime campfire with full s'more spread. The highlight of our time there was George and the Adventure Course. Four hours of showing your grit under the humor, supervision, and safe leadership of George high above the woods floor zigzagged by chipmunks. Strongly recommend this for business, romance, or family.