The Sweetest Place on Earth gets a little sweeter for families who choose to stay at one of the area”s hotels. With amenities like full kitchens and free transportation to Hersheypark, plus activities such as chocolate spa services, dive-in movies and game rooms, kids and families will really be able to make the most of their family vacation. We”ve rounded up the best hotels in Hershey for families, based on editors” reviews, family ratings and, of course, the sweet offerings.
Written by Hilarey Wojtowicz
The Suites at Hershey
The Suites at Hershey is technically a timeshare property, but overnight guests get to reap the benefits, too, like the apartment-style units that can sleep up to eight and the location, just two minutes from the park. And kids will find themselves having just as much fun on the property as they are at the rides or in Chocolate World -- there"s an arcade, three swimming pools (one just for kids) and a playground. The Suites at Hershey is within walking distance of Troegs Brewery, where some of the best food (and brews) in the area are served.
The Hotel Hershey
The original Hotel Hershey was built more than 80 years ago, but it is anything but dated. The hotel offers multiple pools for families and children, a free shuttle to and from Hersheypark, and free admission it a number of area attractions for all guests. Plus, there are multiple accommodation options, including suites, which are named after those in the Hershey family and can sleep up to 10 people. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, refrigerators and DVD players. Babysitting is available for little ones while the Cocoa Kids" Club is open during the summer for kids ages 5 and older. And while youngsters are playing, parents can enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the three onsite restaurants, or a special chocolate treatment at the spa. The hotel also frequently offers theme park packages and kids-eat-free promotions.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg East-Hershey Area
Located a 15-minute drive from Hersheypark, the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Harrisburg is a great, budget-friendly option for families visiting the Sweetest Place on Earth. Packages that include theme park tickets are frequently offered at the hotel, plus the property offers suites with fully equipped kitchens, a complimentary breakfast and dinner receptions, an indoor swimming pool and more. DVDs and board games are available for rent at the front desk, while the outdoor courtyard area has a basketball court, shuffleboard and putting green. The Homewood Suites is a home-away-from-home for any family who wants to visit the park and retreat to a relaxing hotel that is removed from the hustle and bustle of Hershey.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue
With a name like Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue, families will feel comfortable staying at a trustworthy chain and in a prime location, just five minutes from Hersheypark. Opened in 2013, the property has accommodations that offer conveniences like mini-fridges, microwaves, free Wi-Fi, cribs, and room for up to six guests. After a long day riding thrill rides like Great Bear and the new Laff Trakk glow coaster, families can take a dip in the indoor pool, which is open daily until 11 p.m. or later.
Residence Inn Harrisburg Hershey
Renovations to the Residence Inn Harrisburg Hershey property were completed just over a year ago, in April 2014. The new modern look throughout the hotel is very inviting to families, as are the complimentary breakfast and dinner receptions, swimming pools, movie nights, and tennis and basketball courts. Accommodations offer full kitchens, with room for a family of five, including the dog; it"s a pet-friendly property. The Residence Inn is slightly removed from the downtown Hershey area, which allows families a true retreat from the park and its busy attractions.
Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey Near the Park
Located just 1 mile from Hersheypark, families will be able to enjoy the rides and slides that much sooner by staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey Near the Park. The property offers suites with queen beds, sofa beds, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, plus room for up to six guests. Before heading out to the park, enjoy a complimentary, hot breakfast. The indoor heated pool is a great way to relax after a day exploring ZooAmerica or the Hershey Gardens, too. And with a coin-operated laundry facility and free parking, families will feel right at home.
The Central Hotel & Conference Center
Start with a complimentary continental breakfast at the Central Hotel & Conference Center, a BEST WESTERN PREMIER property, before heading to Hersheypark and the other see attractions, just 15 minutes away. The hotel offers guestrooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and more. Onsite fun can be had at the indoor pool or game room before families enjoy a meal together at the onsite O"Reilly"s Tap Room & Kitchen, which offers adults more than 40 beers to try and enjoy. Packages are often offered that the hotel, with theme park tickets included in nightly rates.
White Rose Motel
You can"t get much closer to Hersheypark than the White Rose Motel, located just 1 mile from the thrills and spills. Guestrooms feature mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi and DVD players, plus cribs upon request. The motel also offer two-bedroom cottages for rent, which have full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas to help families feel right at home. The outdoor pool is great for cooling off after a long day, too. Nearby restaurants include What If of Hershey and the Hershey Pantry.
In true Hershey fashion, the Hershey Lodge offers chocolate treats on pillows at turndown, S"mores at evening roasts during the summer and its multiple onsite dining options. Guestrooms feature king, queen and sofa beds and can sleep up to six, while suites offer even more room, plus extras like separate living and dining areas and even an outdoor seating area. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi, free parking, free shuttle service to the Hershey attractions and more. Kids will love check-in at their own area before splashing in one of the two pools, playing a round of mini-golf or challenging their sibling to air hockey in the game room. Plus, the Lodge features seasonal packages, which often include theme park tickets and free meals for children.
Comfort Inn at the Park
Whether staying for a weekend or just one night, the Comfort Inn at Hershey Park is a great option for families, complete with free breakfast daily, an indoor heated pool and free Wi-Fi. Guestrooms offer queen and double beds, as well as mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs and room for up to six. Rollaway beds and cribs are also available upon request. There"s no onsite restaurant, but the hotel is just steps from the Cocoa Diner, Applebee"s and Panera Bread. Plus, it is just a six-minute drive to Hersheypark, The Hershey Story and Hershey"s Chocolate World.
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