Hershey Lodge: A Sweet Family Escape

Hershey Lodge is located minutes from Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World, along with many other Hershey area attractions. With an indoor waterworks, game room, mini golf and more, this family resort is perfect for a weekend in The Sweetest Place on Earth.

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Are you planning a sweet escape to Chocolate Town USA – better known as Hershey, PA? Take a look with me and see why Hershey Lodge should be your home away from home during your visit.

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Disclosure: We were guests of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, and our stay was free. No further compensation will be given.

Hershey Lodge

Hershey Lodge is a large hotel with 665 guest rooms. The Hershey Lodge has the feel of an upscale resort with a mid range price tag for family travel.

Upon arrival, a smiling bellhop greeted us and directed us to ten minute parking for check-in. We arrived around noon, and check-in was a breeze, very quick and informative. The desk clerk gave me the run down about park hours, shuttle bus times, and discount park tickets that can be purchased as a resort guest. We also received a hotel map, resort guide and full size Hershey bars. You had us at free chocolate.

Tip: If you are arriving during peak times in summer, or after a concert your room will probably not be ready until after 4 p.m. Pack a day bag, and enjoy Hershey’s Water Works while you wait.

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Guest Rooms

We were booked in a standard two queen room in the Hershey Kiss Tower. This location was ideal, because it is attached to the main lobby. On the website I didn’t see the room categories sorted by location. The front desk did say you can call and request a section of the hotel and they will note your reservation. I would suggest the Hershey Kiss Tower or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup section as they are close to everything including dining, Hershey’s waterworks, and theme park shuttle.

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The rooms are well-appointed with two queen beds, a desk, a small refrigerator, an in-room safe and a very large closet. Plenty of room for a family of four. We loved the little chocolate touches with Hershey kisses printed on the sheets and the bathroom wallpaper. A sweet treat even greeted us on our night side table, upon check-in.

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Kids Activities

The Hershey Lodge offers a kids’ check-in daily from 4-6 p.m. daily. Kids can sign the guest book and receive a personalized Hershey Lodge lanyard. They may even get to meet a Hershey character in the lobby. Be sure to pick up your activity sheet for the days events as well. We were in luck, as they had free kids bingo and evening s’mores (small fee for kit) roasting by the fire pit during our visit.

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Dining

Offering six restaurants ranging from grab and go, casual and upscale you are sure to find a palate pleaser for the family at Hershey Lodge.

The Bears Den

This casual restaurant is perfect for an inexpensive lunch or dinner. If you are a hockey fan, you will love the theme. It’s dedicated to the Hershey Bears hockey team. The prices were comparable to most casual chains, which blew me away because it is located in a resort.

Cocoa Beanery 

Adjacent to the lobby this fast casual dining spot is great for grab and go options. Open from 6.30 am – 10 pm, it’s perfect for before and after exploring the parks and resort area.

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The Forebay 

Open for dinner each evening this restaurant offers steaks, fresh seafood, and specialties from the smokehouse. Skip desert and finish your meal with a Hershey Kisses Signature Martini.

The Hershey Grill 

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this is a great place for a more refined dining experience. The welcoming kitchen and bar feature seasonal menus with a fresh focus on culinary details and creative flavor combinations. If you listen to anything I ever say, please go here for the s’mores french toast.

Fire & Grain

This is the newest dining experience at The Hershey Lodge, and does not disappoint. Before you head to the park dine here for the breakfast buffet serving up fresh fruits, eggs to order and much more.  Each evening enjoy Happy Hour specials featuring, $4 Draft Beer, $6 House Wine, $7 Signature Cocktails and half off all appetizers (Starters, Toasts, Flatbreads and Meat & Cheese Plate).

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Cocoa Cabana 

Located inside Hershey’s Waterworks here you can enjoy a casual lunch, soft serve ice cream, specialty sundaes and beverages. We love the walking tacos and s’mores sundaes.

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Hershey’s Waterworks 

This addition to Hershey Lodge was a hit with both of my kids. The Waterworks is great for an evening of fun after a long park day or a break from the park all together. Hershey’s Water Works is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily year round. The waterworks is exclusive to Hershey Lodge guests only, which helps to keep the crowds down. We visited on a Sunday in the summer, and it didn’t feel crowded at all.

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In the Water Works pool area, not only can families swim together, but they can also enjoy multiple play areas. The activity pool is 3.5 feet to 5 feet with steps at various entry points. Here you can play basketball, swim on silly dolphins and try you way across the Reese’s Water Walk.

For the thrill seekers there are two body slides, the closed-in tubes twist and turn outside the building before sliding back into waterworks for a wet landing below!

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There is also a zero entry sandcastle play area for the little ones in your family. No matter what types of water fun you like, there is an array of experiences at Hershey’s Waterworks.

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There is also an outdoor pool, a mini-golf course, basketball and tennis court at the Hershey Lodge. These are open seasonally and operating hours may vary.

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Hershey Lodge Guest Perks

When you stay at the Hershey Lodge you get special guest only perks. From early park access to free admission at area attractions, it is worth it to stay in an official resort. One of my favorite perks is the shuttle direct to the front gate of the park. No trams, no long lines for parking, in and out of the parking lot.

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  • Up to 3.5 FREE extra hours to Hersheypark Memorial Day – Labor Day with Preview Plan
  • 1-hour early access with Sweet Start
  • Free Admission to Hershey Gardens
  • Free Admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience
  • Access to 3 award-winning Golf Courses
  • Preferred pricing to ZooAmerica®
  • Complimentary Front Gate Shuttle Service

Hershey Lodge is the perfect complement to a Hersheypark visit. With Hershey Park in the Dark beginning October 19, and Christmas in Candylane beginning November 16, there is still plenty of fun to enjoy in The Sweetest Place on Earth.

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