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Today we went for our main day at Hershey Park after breakfast at the hotel (WAFFLES!!!). We stayed at the park going on various rides til about 4:30 when we went back to the hotel and Zac, Tyler and I sat sensibly in the pool without playing "it"... Back in the room we watched Batman before ...
After yet another glorious lay in we left the motel and drove over to our hotel in Hershey. We straight away new we were in chocolate territory due the pictures of dancing chocolate bars and the smell of artificial chocolate filling the halls. It turned out we could have a park preview for the end of the day so after a quick dinner we entered the over commercialized park and managed to get on 3 good rides! The park also has WiFi so queues will be incredibly ...
Lovely hotel, Country Inn. We met a local couple of people who were surprised that we were staying in Wyomissing, Reading - 'what on earth has brought you to Wyomissing of all places?'
Russell was keen to catch up on the Amish Community near Lancaster PA, which we found very interesting. They have kept their tradition of no electricity, everything hand made and they wear clothing that dates back to ...
... two rivaling spots. I parked and let him walk around to check out both places (Geno’s and Pat’s, see pics below) before making a final decision on Pat’s which looked more local then touristy like Geno’s. Your choices when ordering are "wit onion or wit-out" and “wit provolone or cheese whiz”. Blake went wit onion and wit cheese whiz and devoured it before we even made it back on the highway! We made it ...
... morning while the rest of us enjoyed some homemade pancakes.
Wendy (patent lawyer) and Elbert (IBM) drove in from nearby New York area on Saturday and we all hung out catching up on work and family.
Sunday, after meeting with Anu Magal (Shalabh's high school friend who lived in the area), the 3 families had a picnic in the park and played a fun kickball game. Great weekend meeting friends and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continental Inn Lancaster
Great Kiddie Pool
Stayed four nights at the Inn. This place doesn't have it all, but has enough to make your stay there worthwhile. The decor is a bit dated, reminding me of the resort in Dirty Dancing, only years later. This place was probably great in its day. The rooms were nothing special even with fairly new furniture. Being that this is a family place, mattresses are covered with a plastic sheet. Wished the top sheets and blankets had smelled a bit fresher. The many fresh towels made wiping down the not-so-clean bathroom floor seem less of a chore. The new refrigerator and coffeemaker in the room were great perks.Be sure to confirm your reservation. Even though I had booked a poolside room, we were given a parking lot side room when we arrived. Luckily I produced a printout of our reservation email exchanges. We paid $102 dollars per night. This included a breakfast buffet. Be sure to get there early or a bit later as a long line forms. The decent food made it was worth the wait. Meals are probably cooked to order during the less busy off-season.Saw only a few flies in our room. With cornfields and farms only steps behind the hotel, a few flies are to be expected. The hotel is situated on a very commercial part of Route 30. This initially put us off, but once you are on the beautiful grounds, you feel like you are in the country.What makes this place worth every penny are its pools and wooden playground. The bright blue outdoor pool is next to a great little kiddie pool. Our two-year old was in heaven at the pool each evening after a long day of sightseeing. There are also indoor pools with a fresh towel supply.I would definitely stay here again especially if we were going with other families with kids or intended on spending a lot of time relaxing at the hotel. However, next time we may try the Cherry Lane Motel, which is in a quiet area though still not far from the sights. It seemed well kept from the outside and also had a pool and play area.
HORRIBLE - Don't stay here!
I made the mistake of staying here. It was so bad, we checked out after the 1st night and moved to the Strasburg Inn. (only 5 miles away - MUCH nicer. It is about 2 minutes from the Strasburg railroad.) If you want to stay right next to Dutch Wonderland - Carlson Country Suites is located across the street. It looks brand new and much nicer. The Continental Inn is really old. The staff is not very friendly or helpful. We stayed in their 'Bridal Suite'. It was a big room, but thats about all! The bathroom was dirty, towels looked like they were about 30 years old, everything was old and grungy. The mattress was VERY uncomforatable. The food at the free breakfast buffet was alright, nothing great. I would never recommend this place to anyone (unless you are a trucker and only need a bed and shower!)
We just stayed there this past weekend. Great hotel and location. We could see Dutch Wonderland from our room. The pool was great and the play area for the children was wonderful. I would not hesitate to stay there again next year.
First of all the first room we were put in was absolutely disgusting. I smelled better sewers. After we complained we were put in a room that at least smelled better, but for what we paid a night was not nice at all. The dining room hostess was rude, and every day it was a buffet breakfast and not that good to boot. I would not recommend this place to my dog, never mind a human.
Great Family Place
Great location and tons to do on site. Complimentary buffet breakfast with omelets far exceeded the usual stale donut and coffee.
Hmm, where to begin with the problems we had... I guess the clincher was when they threw us out because they had overbooked despite us having confirmation. Would not even help us to locate another hotel. Try explaing this to a very upset/crying 5 year old. Stayed from June 30-July 4. Was supposed to leave the 5. Food was at best o.k. I thought the french toast sticks would break my jaw. We had a suite and the pull out couches were so uncomfortable I ended up sleeping on it without opening it up to a bed. And a view of the air conditioner ducts! The list goes on and on... Unlike the last reviewer we did not have any flies. I guess that is one plus.
Think twice before staying here
I was expecting much more from this motel due to the previous ratings.
We rented three rooms for our family trip. All three rooms were filled with flies. The motel supplied a fly swatter for each room which we used frequently. The pillows were as thick as wafers. The bathroom floors were dirty in all threee rooms. We requested ground level rooms due to a physical disability of one guest which was not done. When rooms had to be changed to ground level, they increased the price of the room. If you wanted to play ping pong or volley ball, you ahd to pay to rent the ball, yet they advertise these activities as amenities that come with the room. What the motel has going for it is its location. We stayed only one night and went to another hotel that was much better.
A Repeat Customer
Great place for the buck. For the longest time, I put off checking this place out because I thought it looked too expensive--then with a last minute trip, my usual place was booked and I ended up stopping by to see what the price was. I was really surprised at how reasonable it was! The rooms were very clean and nice. There was a nice variety of things for the kids to do as well. Very satisfying experience overall!
A good Lancaster secret
my family and I have been traveling to Lancaster for the past 7 years, 4 with our kids. We stayed for the first time at Continental on last week of May 2003. we had a good time. The staff was very polite and housekeeping was prompt and clean. It is a family friendly. It has a playground, volleyball courts, arcade games, ping pong table, and pool table. We also enjoyed the indoor pools (they have a kids pool, a hot tub, and regular pool as weel as outdoor pools) the weather was not favorable foir us to enjoy the outdoor ones. Our stay included full breakfast for 2 (we had to pay for the kids but that was fine) It was good overall. however, the only downfall it had was their coffee. I regrettably feel it was the worst I ever tasted and i've been drinking coffee since 1992. I brought it to their attention. Hopefully they will change coffee brands, meanwhile my suggestion to the coffee drinker visitors is to bring your own. Regardless of this, I would stay again.
Stayed at Continental Inn
We had a clean room with newer furniture and small fridge. The girls at the front desk were happy if we didn't bother them. The housekeeper was nice and answered our questions as to the best places to eat and even called some restaurants for an elderly couple to find out who was open (snowstorm was causing places to close early). The indoor pool area was clean, but looks like it needs some refurbishing. I understand they do a lot of business in the summer but there is not much going on in winter.