The Pocono Mountains is the most popular destination in Pennsylvania and in the northeast region, it's ranked as one of the most desirable for both families and couples. Whether it's a romantic escape a couple is looking for or a family-friendly resort with all the bells and whistles, the Poconos is sure to have the perfect solution.

The Pocono Mountains cover a square footage of 2,394 miles - so how on earth is one meant to pick only one lodging accommodation? Thanks to guest reviews and the high reputations of many in the area, the answer is actually quite simple.


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Top Two Contenders

There are two lodging accommodations in the Poconos that are practically tied for first place. Luckily, they both offer different experiences and cater to certain types of travelers so the decision between the two is still a cinch.

Best For Families: Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley

Not only is the Woodlock Pines Resort rated as one of the best in Pennsylvania, but it's also rated as one of the best in the entire country for families. When it comes to location, it doesn't get much better than this luxurious resort experience in picturesque Woodloch, a small corner of Hawley. The resort itself is surrounded by forested trees and features a lake on the property, as well as an 18-hole golf course. Other features include rock climbing, a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, go-karts, bumper cars, hiking, biking, and kayaking. For nightly entertainment, comedy shows and musicals are often on the calendar.

In terms of room accommodations, guests can find anything from lakefront hotel rooms to two-bedroom suites. Many of the rooms feature private balconies and views over the woods below, as well.

  • Price: Rates start at $516 per person and include either a vacation rental or guest suite as well as breakfast and dinner meals, and a $140 spa allowance.
  • Good For: Families with children, large groups, those seeking an all-inclusive experience

Best For Adults-Only: The Lodge At Woodloch in Hawley

The Lodge at Woodloch is rated as the best in the state, which is saying quite a lot considering how big Pennsylvania is. The lodge itself has a solid four-star rating and it's a great place for adults and mature couples who are seeking woodland luxury. With more than 150 acres of forested land to explore and appreciate, this is an instant hit with newcomers and locals looking for a staycation. This untouched landscape even includes its own private lake, available for use by guests staying at The Lodge.

Guests staying here can look forward to any type of vacation they want - whether it's one that's private, one filled with interactive classes or events, or even one that's all about wellness and self-care. A total of 58 rooms - some with private verandas - are luxurious, feature rain showers, garden or lake views, mini-fridges, and marble bathrooms.

  • Price: ~$500 per person, guests can sometimes find deals if they book during the middle of the week
  • Good For: Adults-only, couples, groups of friends, those who plan to take advantage of the spa and services

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Best Runners-Up

Skytop Lodge in Skytop

Skytop Lodge has a history that dates back to 1928 and since then, it's been a means of luxury for those destined for an authentic Poconos experience. The hotel sits on 5,500 acres of untouched land, with sweeping views of the surrounding woods, lawns, and gardens.

One of the lodge's top features is its clubhouse with an oversized fireplace, restaurants on-site, a pro shop, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a tennis court, and numerous hiking trails.

  • Price: Starting at ~$203 per night
  • Good For: Couples, friend groups, families with older children
  • Room Amenities: 19 guest rooms, refrigerators, fireplace, furnished balcony, executive suites with built-in whirlpool tubs, cottages with four guest rooms, and a porch

Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg

This classic inn has a three-star rating and a 100-year history, making it quite a worthy stop for those visiting the city of Stroudsburg. The inn itself features antique, period-accurate furnishings in its public spaces, that only serve to further authenticate this Poconos experience.

Additionally, a fine-dining restaurant, full-service spa, indoor pool, hot tubs, and a fitness center complete a well-rounded lodging experience.

  • Price: Starting at $125 per night
  • Good For: Adults, friend groups, couples seeking a romantic getaway
  • Room Amenities: Ledgemore suites ranging from 700 to 1,000 square feet, featuring king beds, marble bathrooms with jetted tubs, separate living spaces, lofts, balconies, and wet bars, two and three-bedroom suites, and stand-alone cabins for rent with furnished porches and oversized fireplaces

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