Let me first state that we have stayed at the "original" Willow Valley at least a dozen times and have had many enjoyable and memorable times. We recently traveled to this hotel for a long weekend. Upon checking into the "new" Doubletree/Willow Valley, the welcoming homey feel is gone. The lobby has a cold, corporate feel to it; apparently they are trying to entice the business traveler/conventions. The gift shop in the lobby was gone being replaced with a business center. There was a convention going on during our stay and also a family reunion. Each event had separate dining arrangements so they really did not "take over" the resort.
Upon check in we were greeted with the warm cookies as promised. Again, they try but there was NO welcoming feel which the "old" Willow Valley possessed. The room was fine; nice king sized bed, whirlpool tub, refrigerator, flat screened TV and plenty of plush towels. The down side, the VERY NOISY air conditioning unit in the room. It literally woke you out of a sound sleep upon turning on and off. For this reason alone, we will NOT return to the Doubletree, it was that bad.
I cannot comment on the restaurant at the Doubletree as we dined at the Willow Valley Inn and Suites.
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- Whether business or pleasure brings you to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, our friendly service and host of on-site amenities promise a productive yet relaxing stay. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton is proud to offer a host of amenities including a golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor water playground, two restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness center and much more. From the warm DoubleTree chocolate chip and walnut cookie that greets you at check-in, to the moment we say good-bye, the welcome never ends at Lancaster County's premier hotel, conference center and family resort. ... more less
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