The Woodlands Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Woodlands Inn Wilkes-Barre
The Woodlands has a lot to offer in the area of entertainment. With multiple bars, a dance club, and dining it is a place where you can just enjoy being at the resort.
We stayed in a suite and it was reasonably priced and quite nice. The staff was friendly and accomodating. This is a nice place to stay if you are in the area or doing business in the area. Be aware that it is not a Pocono getaway.
Not As Advertised
We booked two nights for a little get-away and were drawn by the descriptions on their website. We booked a stream-side view room which, while clean and well maintained did not match the images on the website.
Upon arriving, as with other comments posted here, you quickly realize the 40 acres have a lot of parking lots.
As we checked in there were several groups of college age folks checking in; most carrying cases of beer. The desk clerk commented she was putting us far away so it "might be a little quieter there" Our room was next door to the Presidential Suite; unfortunately 3 feet from our door was a large ice machine which of course was an item of interest to those carrying in cases of beer. We suffered through very frequent visitors to the ice machine and overheard all sorts of conversations and slamming of the lid etc. In addition the machine cycled on and off continually.
Also we were very near the very large hot tub and pool area....the entrance area to those was a congregating place for the groups of (as it turned out Fraternity Reunions/Parties) partiers. This usually commenced after midnight and went on for two hours. Security responded when called but they were not preventative.
While in the hot tub on Friday at 10PM an employee came in, turned the lights up bright and began cleaning the walls of the hot tub...spoiling the mood for those in there.
The various clubs/bars/lounges they have are very active with a variety of music and people. If you like watching people and maybe flirting around some it is great. The noise from the clubs did not seem to get into the room areas.
Upon checkout, neither the clerk nor the manager asked how our stay was. I emailed them some feedback and comments the afternoon of our checkout and after 4 days have not received any reply or even an acknowledgment.
Smokey New Years
We stayed at the Woodlands Inn for New Years eve in 2004. The package deal seemed reasonable and we stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights ($180 first night and $90 the next). We stayed in one of their newly renovated rooms in the main wing. The room was fairly nice, but a little small. It was clean however which was the important part. The bath was cheapy done but got the job done. The view from our room was a parking lot, which was not as pretty as the "stream side" rooms but the advantage is the stream side rooms are older and not as nice. The one biggest disappointment which is why I gave 3 stars is the smoke. You are allowed to smoke everywhere in this place and it made everything smell like an old ashtray. People smoked in the halls in the lobby even near the pool too. They are famous for their 18,000 gallon hot tub, but it was more like a heated pool. We saw numerous people getting a little too frisky in the tub too, Id recommend a shower afterwords if you use the tub. The restaurant they had in the resort was very expensive $30/plate and mediocre. The New Years party in the inn was played up to be the premere attraction in wilkes barre and it was fun...but not worth $80 a ticket. The bar was nice with short lines and top shelf liqour but the buffet disappeared quick and was never refilled. There were a lot of younger people there who were quite intoxicated and looking to start fights, which was a disappointment. The staff was freindly and we got roomservice every day. The building is not very impressive and kinda looks like an old office building whenyou pull up, but it was an average place to stay. If you make reservations by phone see if you can bargain...apparently we could have gotten rooms as low as $60 but we didnt know to. Bottom line is the hotel is clean and staff is attentive, not everything is perfect but you'll never find a perfect hotel.
Streamside romance between the highways
we stayed at a streamside room and it was literally over the creek. The property is nested between I81 and hwy 315. You're not in a secluded forest, but at times it seems that way. we went after a mid winter melt so the stream was running well, but in a mid summer heat wave don't expect much.
the hotel had a great Jacuzzi and pool setup. the health club was also above average. dinner at the restaurant was also above expectations. there was a club aside from the lounge that was a modern club, not a left over 80's hangout.
first impressions are deceiving. the sign above the tower building is in need of repair and I almost cancelled when I saw the place. Glad I stayed. I would put this establishment up against any Marriott or Sheraton in the area.
again, splurge on the streamside rooms or the ambiance isn't there.
I would defiantly go back .
Have Low Expectations or You Will be Disappointed!
After seeing their web site which paints a beautiful picture, when you first pull into their parking lot you will wonder if you're at the right place. Their marketing says:
The Woodlands Inn & Resort is located on 40 acres of lush greenery and meticulously landscaped grounds.
Maybe they are on 40 acres but I can hardly call it "lush" as they are surrounded by highways and pavement and the noise is noticable. When we first walked into the lobby although we liked the marble tile, we were hit with the smell of cigarette smoke as if we just walked into a local tavern. Maybe we are spoiled but people stand around their lobby smoking and you can even see employees behind the front desk catching a smoke. We avoided the lobby area as best we could to keep from having our clothes stink too.
We had booked a "view" room. When we entered our room it was like a downstairs basement with a small square window that would not open. The view, how about looking at the license plates of cars parked in front of your window. Horrible! We asked for another room and were given two choices. The next room we visited was "stream-side" which was better, but the room shared a balcony which meant you could not leave your patio door open to get fresh air because your neighbor could enter your room at will; not great for security. The reason we didn't take this room was that a small dog was barking non-stop in the room next door. Quality Resort?
The third room we went to was also stream-side yet as we entered the room it smelled like a janitor's closet. The smell of cleaning chemicals was so strong! Although we liked looking at the stream and hearing the running water, the smell was just too much for us.
We went back to the front desk, making our way through the smoke-filled area, and asked for a another key on the stream side. Well, the 4th time was a charm. Stream-side room, private balcony so security wasn't an issue, and the room didn't smell.
For anyone who is on business they have VERY limited hi-speed access and no wireless. Don't plan on getting much work done via the internet.
It very well may be the nicest in Wilkes-Barre but that doesn't mean its a nice "resort". We spoke with a number of other guests during our stay and heard many of the same complaints.
Fabulous vacation time spent with family!!!
I love this hotel!! I visit once a year with a high school marching band. Every year we go up to compete in the championship competition, and are welcomed with open arms by the kindness of Woodlands. Their pool and fitness room are two extras that other hotels cannot complete with. I can't wait to go this year, and hopefully, if the band continues to do well, will visit for the next couple of years.
Best place you'll find in Wilkes Barre
I was pleasantly surprised to find a place like this in Wilkes Barre. I was in town on business and expected to be subjected to the run-of-the-mill motel. The Woodlands Inn is an old property that has been renovated. Get yourself a room in the new section, whatever you do. The newer rooms are fantastically comfortable, very well appointed and have high speed internet access, which is always nice.
The public areas of the hotel are well-kept. There's a couple of pools, weight room, jacuzzi, etc. People are very friendly.
The restaurant has better-than-average hotel cuisine, and includes dessert and a salad in the cost of the entree. Breakfast is great, with eggs cooked to order, and is often included in the price of the room.
My only complaint (if you can even call it that) is that the Woodlands seems to be THE happening spot in Wilkes Barre. There's a nightclub at one end of the hotel which is open most nights until 2AM. There's fortunately a fire door between the club and the hotel which muffles out most of the noise, but at 2AM there are a lot of tipsy patrons making their way to their cars in the parking lot; if your room faces the parking lot, they're not exactly quiet about it. Lots of car alarms and loud stereos. One night we had a group hanging out in the parking lot and yellng at about 3AM; the hotel staff was responsive and did deal with the situation, though. If you can, try to secure a room away from the club and the parking lot side of the building.
It,s good at the Wood-lands
My wife and I spent one night at the Woodlands and were very happy with our chose thanks to tripadviser.The hotel is clean,the pool is nice,and the whirlpool room is cool.The free breakfast was a nice extra.I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are visiting this area of Pa.
Had A good stay and alot of
Had good stay, the only bad thing Id have to say where the Girls that worked the Front Desk, Brenda was kinda rude and quick. The late nite front desk Brian was VERY helpful and answered all of our questions and very friendly. Was a little loud but was a weekend.
Meet me in the Woods again!!!
I was very impressed with the HOTEL'S RE-MODELING. It was FANTASTIC... The bedding was the best ( EVEN BETTER THAN THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL!!! ) and the bathroom floor was amazing.. EVERYONE MUST SEE IT...this was a run down hotel, that did a great comeback...CHECK IT OUT!!
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