Fun Things Visits the DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster, PA

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few days at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton™ in Lancaster, PA.  If you are familiar with the area, the DoubleTree Resort was formerly the "Atrium Building" of Willow Valley Resort. This 185-room resort is very family friendly, but it's also perfect for a weekend get away without the kids.

I have always been a big fan of DoubleTree resorts and have stayed in a few of their hotels over the years. The chocolate chip cookie that you receive when you check in almost saved my life once, after a bad experience at another hotel chain and a late night hotel change in Florida. It's amazing what a cookie can do to welcome you and lift your spirits. This was a also a huge hit with my kids! The hotel is about a 10-15 minute drive to the Strasburg Rail Road, Choo Choo Barn and other Lancaster attractions.

Check In: It was easy to check in and we were warmly greeted by the staff.  They offered us a room overlooking the atrium but warned us that their would be a wedding there until 10pm and we might hear some of the noise.  I loved the fact that they gave us the option to switch rooms, but I knew my kids would love to watch a wedding from their room.

Room:  Our room was larger than most and nicely decorated with plenty of towels available and a small refrigerator   They had a desk in the room, which is perfect for a business traveler.  They had a chair and ottoman in case you wanted to relax and watch some TV. I also loved the free wireless Internet that allowed me to get some work done while the kids were sleeping.

Pool:  For kids, this is the highlight of the hotel. The hotel has 2 indoor pools which are perfect for families with kids. The indoor water playground, which is basically one large pool with a large enclosed slide, some water spray attractions and a small slide for young ones, will keep the kids entrained for hours. It beats the basic hotel with a pool but don't expect a large indoor water park. If you want to take a more relaxing swim there is also a large pool adjacent to the indoor water park.

Other Amenities:  

Two on-site restaurants
State-of-the-art fitness center
Victorian chapel
9-Hole Golf Course
Lighted tennis courts
Full-size basketball court
Duck Pond
Free bus tour
Horse-drawn wagon rides

Getaway Contest
And if you have stayed at the DoubleTree Lancaster Hotel within the last year, you have a chance to win a 2 night stay.  Lancaster Great Family Vacations Getaway Contest announces this summer’s most exciting family vacation giveaway – The Double Treat at DoubleTree Family Vacations Getaway. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of DoubleTree Resort, you can win a 2 night stay at the DoubleTree Hotel in Lancaster

This contest will run from May 13-July 31, 2011. Two winning families will win a grand prize of not one but two two-night stays at DoubleTree Resorts. Visit for contest details ans more information. Remember this contest is only open to families who have stayed at this resort within the last year. 

We really enjoyed our experience at the DoubleTree hotel in Lancaster and I would recommend it to families with children because it is close to all the area attractions and of course you can spend the day at the water playground.

Watch our video to see all the Lancaster DoubleTree hotel has to offer before you go!

Disclosure: My family and I received a complimentary stay at the DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster.