I'd always wanted to stay at the Settler's Inn and a weekend fishing trip on Lake Wallenpaupak gave me the perfect excuse. A family member
and I checked in on Friday afternoon and the woman at the reception desk was very welcoming & friendly. She called a man out to escort us
to our room and carry our bags to the 2nd floor (no elevators) and he
gave us a very disapproving once-over...okay, we were in jeans and sandals, but we were on a fishing trip, after all - I reserve my Dolce & Gabbana for amusement parks. Anyway, we were lead to a very tiny, very cheesy room that was desperately in need of some updating
- the terra cotta painted walls were a bit too orange to have that warm, homey feel, and came off bright and offensive. I would've dealt
with it, but a check into the bathroom revealed no jacuzzi tub, an anemity I'd specifically requested when making the reservation. I brought this to the attention of our porter, who appeared reluctant to do anything to resolve the isue - indeed, he made us feel like the mistake was ours. He finally disappeared in a huff and returned a few minutes later, grabbed our bags, and ordered us to follow him to another room. He never did admit any responsibility on the part of the hotel for the mix-up.
The new room was even worse - so small, it barely fit the lumpy queen bed, dresser & wardrobe that were crammed into it. The wallpaper was a horribly dark, old-fashioned red & orange print which clashed with the dark green carpeting. The furniture, too, was very dark, and it was over-sized, giving the room a claustrophobic feel. But, there was a jetted tub in the ugly little bathrrom, which was painted the color of mud, so I guess I got exactly what I'd asked
There were some good points to our stay - the complimentary bottled water, cheese & cracker platter and chocolates in the room were a nice touch, and breakfast, ordered off a menu and included in the room price, was absolutely delicious. The grounds and lobby area, including the bar & restaurant, are charmingly decorated and very pretty. There are even some pretty rooms - the vacant room doors were open and we peeked in a few - but we just happened to be offered
our choice of what appeared to be their two ugliest. My luck...! I'd probably visit again for a meal, but I wouldn't stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Settlers Inn is an authentic 1920's Arts & Crafts Lodge at the gateway to Main Street in Hawley, Pennsylvania, the small downtown that serves the Lake Wallenpaupack region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Settlers Hotel Hawley