The Inn at Pocono Manor has announced thecompletion of a $5 million renovation of the historic resort’s main lodge,which originally opened 110 years ago. Renovations included comprehensive new floor, wall and window treatmentsfor the building’s large and original upper and lower lobbies, event andmeeting rooms, the historic restaurant, the resort’s popular LamplighterLounge, and all 190 main lodge guestrooms. Lisa Green, general manager, made the announcement.
“I am so pleased to announce ourrenovation is complete, and we think quite successful,” said Ms. Green. “Our goal was to remain true to The Inn’s 110year heritage of hospitality. A centuryago, this was a resort where guests could get away from the city, reconnectwith nature and their loved ones, and renew.” Green continued with, “We think we’ve restored that sense of nature andserenity, and now have a main lodge that complements this with comfort and beauty,and which is true to the period in which it opened.”
With the completion of therenovation program, the main lodge at The Inn at Pocono Manor has beenaesthetically unified. Rich newfurnishings and lighting fixtures that restore the character, luster and charmof the late Victorian Era are set against a color palette of soft green, blueand deep burgundy hues. Massivefieldstone fireplaces in both lobbies and in the restaurant were reopened afterbeing closed off decades ago, once again welcoming guests with the warm glow ofthe hearth.
Probably the most dramatic spaceimmerging from the renovation is the historic and vast dining room that wasadded to the lodge in the 1920s. Duringthe renovation, original hardwood flooring was rediscovered and restored.Massive columns that define the room were transformed from monochromaticmegaliths into brilliant gold sentries, welcoming guests and beckoning theminto the breathtakingly beautiful space with glorious mountain views. As hotel dining rooms of that period wereimposing by their size, the room was softened with yards and yards of richfabric draperies drawn to each column to suggest space and yet intimacy. The room’s large stone fireplace was restoredand reopened.
Multiple historic photographstelling the story of the Inn’s century of hospitality have been matted &framed, and placed in public areas of property as well as in guestrooms. “This is one of the most commented on aspectsof the renovation,” continued Ms. Green. “Our guests are so enjoying seeing the resort’s history come alivethrough the photographs that have been incorporated into our new décor.”
To celebrate the completion of therenovation and to highlight the immense artistic talent in the Poconos, The Innhosted an art competition recently, and the three winning artworks werepurchased by the resort and installed in the main lodge.
The late Victorian interior designtheme was carried through each of the main lodge’s 190 guestrooms and baths aswell, utilizing dramatic new furniture beautifully milled and finished tosuggest circa 1902. Guest baths wereenhanced with period-style lighting fixtures and paver tile wall finishestypical of luxury bathrooms of the era. Rich new linens accessorize both the guestrooms and baths.
In keeping with thehistorically-focused year at The Inn at Pocono Manor, the property celebratedthe Centennial of its East Course this past summer. The unique Classic Era course, with designcontributions by both Donald Ross and William Flynn, is balanced by theresort’s West Course, which was designed by George Fazio as a modern complementto the East Course's classic-era routing and style.
About The Inn at Pocono Manor
The Inn at Pocono Resort blends a century of hospitality with thedemands of 21st Century travelers. Lovingly referred to as the “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” and aNational Registry of Historic Places property, The Inn at Pocono Manor openedin 1902 as a country retreat for Philadelphia Quakers. Today it is the oldest continuously runningResort in the Poconos and one of the oldest in North America.
The Inn’s main lodge and event space were comprehensivelyrenovated in 2011 and 2012, restoring turn-of-the-last century charm to thehistoric facilities and integrating state-of-the-art technology expected bytoday’s travelers. The all-season resortboasts 237 beautiful guestrooms, and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting andevent space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. The Exchange at Pocono Manor restaurantfeatures superb dining with an eclectic flair. The Old Lamplighter Lounge serves specialty beverages and pub farethroughout the day.
Completerecreational amenities are available at The Inn at Pocono Manor, includingsignature golf, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, theluxurious Laurel Spa, fishing, clay shooting, cross country skiing, andmore. Striking views of the Pocono Mountainsare visible from all sides of the resort’s main building. Complimentary wireless Internet is availablethroughout. The Inn at Pocono Manorfeatures two 18-hole signature golf courses, including the East Course datingto 1912, which was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1927 and has been host to golflegends like Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jerry Barber. In 1959, the West Course opened and is afavorite with long ball hitters.
A destination within the Poconos for over a century, the 3000-acreInn at Pocono Manor is minutes away from Crossings Premium Outlets, CamelbeachWater Park, Camelback Ski Mountain, and the Mt. Airy Casino. The AAA three diamond-rated Resort is withintwo hours of New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. www.poconomanor.com