Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort Shawnee on Delaware
The common areas seemed okay but the room we were put in was awful. I have never stayed in a place this bad. The room they put us in at first didn't seem so bad other than the one tacky wall of mirrors but then we noticed that on one section of the wall, the wallpaper was buckling up and looked like it was starting to fall down. We complained to the front desk and they said they were totally booked and couldn't move us until the next day. At around 10:30 PM, all of a sudden the whole section of wallpaper from the edge of the wall to the window came down off the wall, exposing a huge mass of mold. It was disgusting. Since they insisted they were booked up, we had to leave in the middle of the night and come home. It was really unbelievable. Even the manager said he wouldn't stay in that room but didn't try to find us other accomodations. I will NEVER go back to this place.
Fairway Village at Shawnee Resort: Terrible!!
We stayed at Shawnee Resort in the Fairway Village from July 29-August 5th.
The condo was absolutely terrible! There was a flood recently and the resort did not have the decency to change our condo or even warn us in advance nothing. This was an exchange through II.
The applicances were ancient, broken (can opener and dishwasher, pitcher). We only received service once we complained and complained. There was a dumpster right outside the condo they would not move despite it being overfull and overrun by various flying bugs.
Many activites were cancelled, staff was not overly pleasant, when you can find them. Lifeguard at the pool were never present!
The furniture was also old and unkempt. Like other reviews before me, before you can check out if you have to be the maid or face fees - stripping the bed, load the dishwasher, start washer for the towels.
Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else - nothing was right about this place - not the condo, the staff, the activities or even the other guests and it showed in the worst possible way.
Nice place - but .....
The area is nice and serene but the hotel staff is very rude and not helpful at all - they made mistakes and never apologized -- were not helpful at all -- and we had four rooms. Even when we called the on site restaurant at 9:15 p.m. one night they said they were closed -- so my wife asked - thinking that in some places they serve late at the bar -- if we could get even fries to go -- and the guy repled what did you not understand when I told you that we are closed! Woah! Overall the people their seemed arrogant and rude as if they didnt want the visitors not to be there.....will never stay there!!!
The Shawnee looks so nice from their website, but oh boy; when you get it was something else. First, I booked a room specifcally with a kitchenette being that it was 4 people in a room and we staying for 2 nights. Now I went to the front desk at 2pm to check-in and they told me to come back no earlier than 3pm to check in. So I came back exactly at 3pm and the lady at the front desk, Peggy ( who wasn't very nice) told me they overbooked our room. She wasn't apoligentic or ATLEAST TRIED to be nice. So our room was extremly small, you can barely walked around the beds, the Air Conditioner wasn't strong enough so the temperature in our room stay at a steady 80 degrees. We killed 6 mosquitos and 1 bee that night in our room. The bathrooom sink was broken that if you pulled the handle it would almost come out. How can you run a hotel business "Shawnee inn and gold resort" if the staff was mean and the AC doens't work?! People go on vacation to get away from stress not to be in a stressful place. =*(
Not at all what I expected, but the staff was nice! Floods have caused much dama
The resort has experienced 3 floods in 22 months. The indoor pool was recently re-opened and clean. The outdoor pool, tennis courts, playground etc is all closed. (a Mess!) Golf course is closed but anticipated to open on 8/11/06. I wish them much luck! Everything is completely muddy. The 1st floor is completely closed. The dinner was average at charlies. The menu lacked variety. The room we had was the size of a microtel with a step up into the bathroom. The view out my window though was great of the river. It is a beautiful setting especially in the evening when the trees reflect into the water and the deers and blue heron come out to eat. It reminded me of a by-gone era. It was less then I expected post-flood conditions put aside! I give the staff credit they were all accomodating and friendly!
Unlimited Potential under a Sagging Complex
We didn't have high expectations when booking our stay at the Shawnee Resort. The resort was as we expected. The surroundings are beautiful. The building and area has so much history. It has the potential to be the mountain version of Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego or the Greenbrier in Virginia. Yet, sadly, they have let this place run down and it's no more than a 1-2 star "resort" in the Poconos. The rooms were average to below average. They were comparable to an old Fairfield Inn or Holiday Inn Express. The room was very clean. We took golf lessons. The first day we took a Short Game lesson. It exceeded our expectations (which were not very high, mind you). The facilities are wonderful for Short Game. There is an approach course on which you can practice chip shots for hours. The second day we took a Full Swing lesson, which was very disappointing. The video camera was broken (we were not told this upon arrival or before the lesson started). Something about the lesson reminded me of the range in the movie Tin Cup. The course itself was in good shape. The greens are really challenging. Overall, we enjoyed the golf course. The food at the resort is SO bad (I think it's called Charlies). Don't eat there, period. One of the best things about the place was Sam Sneads. It's a tavern/restaurant located at the entrance. It is wonderful for great atmosphere, live music, and good food.
** Two Star Resort
This is a TWO STAR resort. It is priced like a two star resort...and the typical guest is one who frequents two star resorts.
-A/C broken in our room
-Cappaccino machine in coffee shop broken
-Video camera for golf instruction broken
We choose Shawnee Inn over a more expensive three star golf resort. Based on the price and the reviews on the web, we knew what to expect...and our expection was right-on. One reviewer described it as "Freshman dorm", and that is a good description. In addtion to no A/C...our room had an odor.
It wasn't fancy. The restaurant (Charlie's Place) was extremely disappointing. The food was unremarkable, and the service was worse. We were warned about the restaurant... but tried it anyway for lunch. At a peak meal time, we were one of only two occupied tables in the entire restaurant. It spite of that...we waited 35mins for a wrap and a sandwich. Sam Snead's Tavern (5 min walk from resort) was excellent. Indoor tavern, Dining room, and Outdoor deck made for nice options. Highly recommended. The Thai place in town was also good.
The golf course, itself, was bright spot. It has recovered from the floods of last year. The design was great...the condition could have been a little better. The golf instruction was also disappointing. (Perhaps we should have gone to the Faldo school at Marriot in A.C.) The instruction we received at Shawnee was one star at best.
There were a lot of things to do (canoeing, fishing, tennis, pool, hiking, golf, etc) at the Resort. The Delaware Water Gap area was beautiful.
If we returned to the area, we wouldn't be staying at the Shawnee again. We would play the course again.
Splendid from the outside, mold smelling room
Staff was very nice, and extremely helpful/friendly. Splendid view from the outside. A fantastic porch overlooking a well kept lawn and finally the Delaware river.
Breakfast is not special but cheap. The room was a bit disappointing, the airco could not deal with outside temperatures > 25 degrees celcius. It smelled mold (and the lobby also), for 99 buck's a night they'd rather renovate this old room.
Did we complain? Not at all, because of the friendly staff and the extremely nice spot this resort with an almost 100-year history is on.
We'll definitely return next time we'll be visiting the poconos if the hotel will improve it's smell.
A Nice Weekend
My girlfriend and myself, both in our early 20's, visited Shawnee Inn in late January for the weekend. In general, we had a great relaxing weekend, with a day full of skiing at the nearby Shawnee Mt. We are relatively new skiers, so the slope were more than adequate for us.
STAFF: Everyone at the hotel was extremely friendly. The staff always smiled and was very helpful in giving us some insight in activities and restaurants in the area.
SKIING: The mountain is only minutes away, and has everything an average skiier could ask for. The bar/restaurant on the Mt. was pretty nice.
FOOD: There was a very nice breakfast every morning. Each day there was eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, bagels, cereal, etc. Serving staff was great. Always kept the coffee cups full.
Hotel Room: The rooms are a bit small, but you get what you pay for. There aren't any chairs or couch in the room. The bathroom is decent. One bad thing was a black bug that I found walking on our bed next to our pillows. I guess it was a bed bug, but I am not really sure. It definitely was not an ant or a roach.
Other than that, everything was nice. The service and food allowed us to overlook this small critter.
Wonderful Weekend Getaway!
Shortly before the holidays, my wife and I took the kids (6 and 9) to the Poconos for a weekend getaway. After some research, we booked a ski package at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. My wife and I had stayed there once a little over a year ago, but did not have the most pleasant experience. Apparently, the resort had just suffered a major flood. Many of the facilities were out of commission, and the ones that were available definitely needed some work. Despite this, we really liked the beauty of the area and, after reading about the "renovations" that had been done, we decided to give the Shawnee Inn another chance.
Although a bit skeptical from the start, we ended up having a very nice weekend in the Poconos. We were immediately impressed by the upgrades to the hotel. The whole lower level had been redone, and the main lobby looked even more stunning than I remember from the last time. Our room was a bit small, but it was clean, and we did not spend much time there anyways. We enjoyed a wonderful day of skiing on Saturday at Shawnee Mt., and had a very nice dinner at Sam Snead's that night (the food was great - I recommend the steak and crab cakes!) My kids had a blast; they especially like the activity of decorating ginger bread men at the Inn - that was a nice touch. Before packing up on Sunday morning, we had a very relaxing breakfast at the hotel in "Charlie's Place", which also looks like it has received some TLC. The staff could not have been friendlier.
Overall, my family and I greatly enjoyed our weekend at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. We definitely recommend it for anyone looking to spend a relaxing weekend away from the city. I am certain that we will plan another trip there sometime this summer to golf!
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