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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey Grantville
It's a Holiday Inn.
I stayed one night at the Holiday Inn in Grantville to attend a conference. Check in at the front desk was efficient, but no one would tell me where the conference was being held in the hotel.
My room was an interior room with a terrace over the indoor pool. The smell of chlorine was too strong to keep the door open at all. Once the pool area shut down at 10 pm, the room was quiet.
The shampoo/soap dispenser in the shower was a good idea to prevent wasting partially used bars of soap and bottles of shampoo.
All in all, the room was worth $89, but not a cent more.
Can't wait to return!
I can't say enough good things about this hotel. A great time started right at check in I dropped my bags off at my room and went exploreing it looked like many of the polside rooms were unocupied so I went back to my room to enquire how much more per night was given a poolside room at the same price! Went an exchanged my room cards staff couldn't have been nicer! Spent some time at the indoor pool and jacuzzi then a short drive to Hershey Chocolate world. Then the highlite of my vacation the evening in the Winners Circle Saloon great country band . Was amasingly crouded for a wednesday night. I enjoyed it so much I returned Thursday night! Great food Great drinks. Wonderful atmosphere. Room was spotless. Wish I could have stayed a week!! Next time maybe:)
Cons: confusing layout, lots of highway noise, cheap soaps, crowded parking lot, crowded hallways near conference rooms
Pros: friendly staff, free internet, coffee maker in room, clean
I stayed here for one night for business. The room was booked for me and paid for by someone else. The hotel was very busy with a few small conventions going on. The meeting rooms were overcrowded and the hallways outside of the meeting rooms were crowded with tables. It made getting around hard. The hotel is layed out strange and a little hard to get around.
The hotel was clean. This is not a 5 star hotel but for the price for the area it was good. I love the free internet as I was on business. You have to get a ethernet cable from the front desk when you check in to access the internet but ok.
Beds were nothing special and a little hard. The hotel does not show a lot of wear.
I would book this hotel again if I was in the area even for pleasure instead of business.
Fine hotel for the money, clean, 15min to Hershey park, great staff
Well, there was a small hiccup scheduling, but everything worked out fine. I used holiday inn to schedule and the CSR there mistakenly booked me for two rooms for one night instead of one room for two nights. She said she'd correct it and email me the correction, but didn't email me. I had to call the Hotel and confirm.
The place is fine. I travel a bit and it was everything a $100+ room should have been, clean and dry.
The staff were laid back, but very professional and bent over backward to make the stay pleasant. They even allowed us use of an office computer for email checks.
The room for night #1 was a free upgrade to the two level style rooms. Nice, but almost more than we needed. Its like getting two bowls of store brand corn flakes instead of a single bowl of Kellog's Frosted Flakes: more of a mediocre product is just that. Not that it was bad, but I doubt I'd spend the extra cash on a suite vs. a room.
The rooms are circa 1990, but are fine and didn't seem in dire need of an update.
The only weird thing was the security of the door locks. See the photos -- there is a deadbolt on the exterior door that connects to nothing and Ihad to jam a pen in the window lock to ensure a sound night's sleep. All one needs to do is slide the window open to break into the room. Hopefully this was limited to our room.
There are two restauraunts. One is a country type bar and grill and had one of the years' best burgers. The fries were perfect. And with our $110 room we got a $10(per night) voucher for either restaraunt. Not too shabby.
Only a nice 15 min drive to Hershey Park -- land of the $3 water bottle :-( .
Great place to stay
We loved the Holiday Inn Express Hershey. The staff was pleasant and very informative from the time we checked in until the time we checked out. The rains and the flooding made for a boil water order, however, the hotel gave us bottled water every day and pretty much unlimited. They made what could have been a stressful event, very tolerable. The room was very nice and surprising large. The beds were comfortable and the refrigerator and microwave were added bonuses since we were there for 3 days. The pool was nice, even though with the rain, we could only use it one day. Overall, I would receommend the Holiday Inn Express in Hershey and we would definitely stay there again.
Great hotel for the price!
I stayed here Memorial Day weekend with my teenage son. It was an excellent hotel for the price I paid ($60 entertainment card rate). The check in was quick and easy. Our room overlooked the front parking lot and the mountains in the distance.
Over the course of the weekend we ate in the both restaurants and had room service. The food was good and the service was excellent. Every server went out of their way to make sure we were happy with our meals.
The front desk had a flyer that they hand out to direct to you to the parks, attractions, shopping, and other restaurants in the area. The directions were great as we took advantage of many of the items on that list.
We didn't use the outdoor pool but took advantage of the indoor one. It could have used a cleaning but as it was later in the day they just might not have had a chance to clean it yet after the day's usage. The Jacuzzi was hot and relaxing after a long tiring day at Hershey Park. The hotel has a small fitness room but I didn't use it.
The air conditioning worked great in our room. The shower water pressure could have been better. The room was clean and towels were plentiful.
The hotel has a gift shop with a little bit of everything in it. My son liked the small game room.
Overall this hotel was a great value and a great place to stay. We would definitely stay there again.
Nice hotel, rooms need renovation
I stayed for one night while attending a conference. The conference facilities are wonderful and the staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. The room, well....the first room I was given was at the very end of the hallway and had a view of a cement wall! I asked for a change, and the clerk was very nice about it considering the hotel was crowded, due to the conference. He switched me to a room overlooking the indoor pool. The room was nicely furnished but had a mildew smell (from the pool?), the air conditioner clanked, and there was no hot water in the shower in the morning but there was hot water in the sink. Since I was a presenter at the conference, I really wanted my shower! I think the time is long past-due for an overhaul of these rooms and pipes!
Less than average Holiday Inn
Stayed here on a weekend in October with the family to visit Hersheypark.
First the good:
1) Directly off the highway and less than 10 minutes to Hershey.
2) The indoor pool area - spacious with games (ping pong , air hockey, etc) around the pool.
3) Decent food in the hotel (only had breakfast - kids eat free)
1) We had 2 rooms and both room keys did not work on many occasions. This seemed to be a problem for other guests to.
2) Booked a $50 Entertainment rate thru the internet and the front desk tried to charge me $70. Had my confirmation to prove the lower rate and they gave in.
3) Hotel seemed worn around the edges
All in all this hotel was a very good value at $50. If I had paid the rack rate of $140 I would have not been happy at all.
Great for familes and dogs too!!!
We made plans fora last minute trip to Hershey Park for Labor Day Weekend. We could not get a space for our dog in her normal boarding location. We found the Holiday Inn and booked it hoping for the best. We were pleasantly surprised by the very nice lobby and room. The only things that I was not satisified with were the air conditioning (the room never seemed to get cool enough even with the a/c set at the highest setting) - also - the hotel itself did not seem to be cool enough - it seems like the system was set at a higher temperature. The bathroom could have used a good grout cleaning, but other than that I was pleased. We had the breakfast buffet all three days as well as room service and the food was good as was the service. My daughter enjoyed the indoor pool very much as did I. It was a little crowded for my taste, but it was a holiday weekend. I heard from other guests that the outdoor pool was freezing. Overall, a very nice hotel about 10 mins. from Hershey Park. Plenty of parking and easy to find. I would definately stay there again if in the area.
An excellent place to stay!
This is a very large and very nice hotel and conference center. Our room with king bed was large and very nicely decorated and furnished, and included a desk and recliner chair. Our room was very quiet and everything was very clean. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. When we entered our non-smoking room, it had a slight tobacco odor, most likely from a previous guest who had been smoking in it. When we asked to be changed to another room, this was done immediately with profuse apologies from the desk clerk who had checked us us. Management and staff clearly demontrated their policy and desire to please their guests. We very definitely would stay here again.