by Hilarey Wojtowicz
Built in 2012, the modern, spacious hotel that is the Bushkill Inn & Conference Center is not your typical mountain resort in the Poconos. Located just a few minutes from Bushkill Falls, the resort has multiple levels, with its main lobby for check-in on the second floor and the grand lobby with a lounge area and entrance to the restaurants located on the third. Throughout the hotel, dark wood finishes, plush, curved couches and tiled floors and walls ooze modernity and luxury — exactly what some families may want after a day of hiking, biking, fishing, skiing or tubing.
At the hotel, more activities await (and are complimentary), from paddleboats to basketball and volleyball courts. And with scheduled ice cream socials and movie nights for the kids, parents will have the opportunity to escape to The Lounge for a drink, live entertainment and alone time after a family meal.
Return to spacious accommodations — some of which sleep up to eight guests — for a restful night’s sleep before sipping coffee on your balcony and enjoying your mountain getaway or family adventure all over again the next day.
Our Editor Loves
- Spacious, modern accommodations that sleep up to eight
- Minutes from the popular Bushkill Falls
- Indoor and outdoor complimentary activities for kids
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center currently has 80 guestrooms and suites in the main building and 26 cottage-style accommodations located just outside the main entrance, though the resort plans to have 166 available in the near future. Standard room amenities include mini-fridges, Keurig coffee makers, 40-inch flat-screen TV's, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safes, plush bathrobes, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, heated bathroom floors and Crabtree and Evelyn bath amenities.
Cribs and Pack 'N Plays are available upon request for $15 per night, and rollaway beds can be added for $20 per night. DVD players are complimentary upon request and microwaves can be added for $10 per night. Connecting rooms are also available, though the largest accommodation sleeps up to eight on its own. Most bathrooms offer two sinks and separate showers and tubs, and select accommodations offer a flat-screen TV embedded in the bathroom mirror.
Enjoy two queen beds with all of the standard amenities. This unit sleeps five with the addition of a crib or rollaway.
Enjoy one king bed in a bedroom that is separate from the seating area with two sofa beds. Bathrooms come with a flat-screen TV embedded in the mirror and a Jacuzzi tub. Guests can also relax on their private balcony that overlooks the various resort amenities and mountains in the distance. Sleeps up to six.
For large families or two sets of four looking to stay together, a queen suite offers room for up to eight, with two queen beds and two sofa beds, plus all of the standard amenities.
Queen Junior Suite
Enjoy two queen beds, plus one sofa bed and have room for six in a queen junior suite. Families will find all of the standard amenities, as well.
Located outside the main entrance and up the hill to the back of the resort, the 26 cottages offer families all of the same amenities as the inside guestrooms, but with more privacy and quieter environments. Available only for spring, summer or fall stays, the cottages also offer families private deck areas, complete with furniture. Cottages can sleep up to four with one king bed and one sofa bed.
For all accommodations, a fee of $20 will apply to each extra person over the age of 12 per room.
In the end of seson my and my wife go there...We was so happy to have vacation and its started hell.House was on back of campus so i was happy to have quaite place.Book was monday.So ac of neighbor house was working all the time people left it day ago.We ask for couple cups to coffe machine none..Jacuzii so dirty so every bath was like clean dirty things making a soup really...stuff was kinky they are but they dont know what to do...I ask for dumster they dont know where it is...Price to big.And the worst part they charge me aditional 40$ to use maitenance on site...When u bug in check the papers which they give u...Like 10$ a day aditional ...Houses are poor even spider or bed or pilow silling its normal...this is motel not hotel...and after seson every thing is no operate so rent house and make food by ur self...area full of super makets hardware store as the liquer store
We were there in the off season. Their website mentioned their two restaurants. Neither one was open. The TV in the room was missing the remote and when we had one brought to us, the TV wasn't even plugged in. Some of the lights in the room were not plugged in either. There was no hotel information book in the room. No washclothes were in the bathroom, but there were were spiders in the bathroom. The parking lot where we were told to parked was closed off with construction materials. The work crew started drilling and pounding nails right outside our window at 7:45 in the morning. Our two night stay very quickly turned into a one night stay.
The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center offers year-round activities for families. From outdoor sports, to local attractions, to onsite swimming and games, activities are always available.
The resort has two onsite pools -- one inside and one out -- located right next to each other. The indoor pool is open year-round and ranges from 3 to 5 feet in depth. The outdoor pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and ranges from 3 to 7 feet in depth. Lifeguards are not on duty, but life jackets are available. Both have lounge chairs around the perimeter and the indoor pool also has a hot tub connected to it. The pools are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the winter and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to swim in the pool.
Outdoor Activities and Sports
Located both on the property and across the street are complimentary activities for every age. A playground shaped like a pirate ship offers little ones slides and swings just outside, across the parking lot. Next to the parking lot are the tennis and basketball courts, and players can pick up balls and racquets at the front desk.
Across the street from the resort is a large grassy area that is home to the sand volleyball court, horseshoes and archery area. And just next to the resort property is a large pond with complimentary paddleboats (weather permitting) and a fishing area. Guests may bring their own poles and bait, but a New Jersey or Pennsylvania license is required.
Besides the indoor pool, the resort offers scheduled activities for kids and adults. The room, known as the Rec Center, is home to coin-operated arcade games, foosball and air hockey, with a change machine available, and is also the gathering place for arts and crafts, movie nights, talent competitions and ice cream socials. The Rec Center is located off of the grand lobby on the third floor. Families can pick up a schedule of events at check-in.
More for adults, but open to guests of all ages, the Lounge, also located off of the grand lobby on the third floor, is offers a complimentary billiards table and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Lounge is open daily at noon.
Campfires and S'mores
Fire pits offer campfire and sing-a-long opportunities, while guests make S'mores. These are located just past the playground, basketball and tennis courts.
The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center offers families two, onsite dining options. The Lounge and The Steakhouse are located off the grand lobby on the third floor.
The Steakhouse is open 8 to 10 a.m. daily for breakfast, and 6 to 9 p.m. daily for dinner. It offers guests yogurt, cereal, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, toast, eggs, bacon, sausage and more for breakfast via a buffet or an a la carte menu. For dinner, expect premium cuts of steak, seafood specialties and seasonal favorites. Salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and pasta are also available. A kids' menu includes $5 entrees with chicken fingers, mini-burgers, pasta, grilled cheese and one soft drink. Prices range from $6 to $34. Reservations are recommended for dinner (570-431-5200).
The Lounge is open to the public, but it is where guests of the resort will want to spend lunch and dinner. Open from noon to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner daily, with live entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, The Lounge offers a friendly atmosphere for everyone. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, wraps, steak, seafood and pasta entrees. The kids' menu offers $5 entrees, including chicken fingers, mini-burgers, pasta, grilled cheese and one soft drink. And after dining, enjoy a game of complimentary pool at the billiards table. Prices ranges from $6 to $16 for lunch items and from $6 to $34 for dinner items. The Lounge bar is also open late for cocktails.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Parking at the Bushkill Inn & Conference Center is free.
The front desk is open 24 hours a day, with check-in at 4 p.m. and check-out at 11 a.m.
The onsite fitness center offers free weights, treadmills, ellipticals and TV's. It does not have designated hours of operation.
The business center is located off the grand lobby and offers guests two computers and free printing services. It is open 24 hours a day.
An ATM and a DVD rental stand are next to the business center (fee).
The grand lobby on the third floor is a great place for families to relax. With its large chairs and plush couches, fireplaces, flat-screen TV's and bookshelves with complimentary books to read, families can find a space for down time here.
The Spa at the Bushkill Inn & Conference Center is located off the main lobby near the pool and is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy massages, facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and more. Reservations must be made in advance.
Ice machines are available on every floor and soda and snack machines can be found at the gift shop near the main lobby.
The Art of Smart Timing
With activities for families year-round, guests can stay at the Bushkill Inn & Conference Center and always have something to do. For winter activities, visit the resort during December, January or February and head to Alpine Mountain or another ski area. Weekends are sure to be busy, so visit and stay on a weekday is possible. For outdoor activities during the summer, like hiking, fishing and water sports, stay during June, July or August. Once again, weekends are sure to be the busiest, so stay during a weekday if possible. Spring and fall offer a colorful environment with flowers and trees blooming or changing into the fall foliage.
Visit during the shoulder months of April and May or September and October for outdoor fun and quiet accommodations, plus cheaper rates.
The airport closest to the Bushkill Inn & Conference Center is the Lehigh Valley International Airport, located about 54 miles away. This airport services US Airways, Delta, United and Allegiant. The next closest airport to the hotel is Newark Liberty International Airport (80 minutes by car). A taxi will be expensive for the trip, so book a rental car instead -- both airports offer the major car rental companies, such as Hertz and Enterprise.
If driving from the Mid-Atlantic or New England regions, take one of six interstate highways to get to the resort: I-80, I-81, I-84, I-78, I-380 or I-476. The resort is located about five hours from Boston, four hours from Washington, D.C., two hours from Philadelphia, and one and a half hours from New York City.
The resort's activities and eateries are all located on the property, making it easy to walk from the basketball courts to the pool to The Lounge for lunch. Bushkill Falls is just a four-minute walk from the resort, which makes seeing "The Niagara of Pennsylvania" easy, though surrounding attractions in the Poconos are not as close. A rental car will be helpful for visiting the area.
For Mom and Dad
While the kids are at an ice cream social or movie night, sneak away to the Lobby Bar or Lounge for a cocktail, game of pool or live entertainment. If the kids can watch themselves for an hour or two during the day, head to the spa for a couples' massage. And if none of that is feasible, wait until the little ones are asleep and sip wine on your private balcony while stargazing and looking out over the Pocono Mountains.