Hershey Travel Guide
If you’ve never been to Hershey, Pennsylvania, it’s pretty much inevitable that you’re going to fantasize about a chocolate scene that’s basically Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory realized. While that’s not quite the case, these days green gurus might find their own slice of paradise at the Hotel Hershey.
The historic hotel’s ongoing $67 million “Grand Expansion” includes 10 new cottages pending LEED certification, reflecting the original 1930s cottages (think Cratsman-inspired moldings and trim, mahogany sleigh beds, Quaker-style accessories) but also featuring recycled roofing materials, native Pennsylvania stone on the floors and fireplaces, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. And we’re not talking hippie mud shacks — these cottages have big pretty bedrooms and spa bathrooms.
Birds of a feather stick together and so it goes that chocolate lovers flock to Hershey, Pennsylvania. And now, you can expect bird-lovin' birds of a feather to swoop into town, too.
Through October, The Hotel Hershey is offering falconry lessons run by "master falconer" Jack Hubley. The program educates participants about the birds and the sport's history and includes outdoor free-flight demonstrations, a gander at the bird's hunting techniques and the opportunity for a photo with a bird, The AP reports.
The sport is open to everyone age 8 and up and you don't have to be a guest at the hotel to participate, though you will have to pay a little more. Prices start at $65 and include admission to ZooAmerica, a wildlife park near the hotel. This time of year, room rates at Hotel Hershey start at $409.
Whether your on vacation or even staying over on a business trip, you deserve to treat yourself at the hotel spa. And with hotel spas fast becoming the all-important amenity (after a hip bar and a restaurant helmed by the celebrity chef du jour), we'll be checking out some innovative hotel spa treatments across the U.S. If you'd like to share your spa story, send us an email letting us know where your most favorite treatment was. But of course, please spare us any hotel happy ending bandit stories.
If you are an unabashed chocoholic, then check yourself pronto into the Hotel Hershey in Pennslyvania. Yes, that Hershey in Pennslyvania near the chocolate factory. We thought chocolate-flavored lip gloss was crazy but this spa has found many different ways to incorporate the town's #1 money-maker into treatments.
There's the whipped cocoa bubble bath which infuses chocolate milk into a bath for 25 minutes at $45. Or you can try the Chocolate Bean Polish which uses cocoa bean husks and walnut shells for an exfoliation treatment, followed up with Cocoa Body Moisturizer. For 35 minutes of this at $60, it "smells so good, you may want to eat it!"
But this is merely a Hershey's Kiss compared to the serious chocolate lovers treatment of the Chocolate Fondue Wrap. To start, your body will be soaked in warmed moor mud and cocoa. Then your body will be brushed all over with a chocolate fondue and wrapped in a warm blanket to "enhance the total effect." Don't worry, you get rinsed off in a Vichy Shower. Imagine. For one hour and at a cost of $105 you could be tuned into a human raisinette.
You can get other non-chocolate treatments but if you're stuck in Hershey, PA why be boring? And as the spa itself says,
"Only in Hershey, Pennsylvania are you able to relax AND enjoy chocolate without a single calorie.
But we know you'll probably take a lick or two here and there. Just don't forget to bring some Clearasil.
The property is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens, fountains, reflecting pools, and lush woodlands. Furthermore, there are plenty of holiday bonus packages, which allow you to get a deal on a room and experience the interesting sounding Hershey spa. Yup, they have a Chocolate Fondue Wrap for spatastic pleasure.
However, recent guests have not been impressed with the service or the prices at the chocolate hotel:
I can't believe this is a 5 star Hotel. Like many other reviews, I had so much trouble finding a pleasant employee. The Circular Dining Room was beautiful but the adults who ran the buffet were beyond rude! The room was entirely too small to make it worth the 400$ I paid to stay there. Take my advice, stay at the Comfort Inn down the road.
Sounds like you might want to consider just hitting this hotel up for pictures for now.
· Hotel Hershey [TripAdvisor]