I was a bit nervous about staying at Shawnee River II after reading some of the online reviews, but my experience with the property has once again reinforced my belief that online reviews are always going to be slanted towards the negative.
My parnet and I spent three days here in early April, and were really impressed with the facilities and the staff! Had a great time, and would definitely come again.
We arrived after dark, and had a little bit of trouble trying to check in. I would suggest to the property managers that they install some lighting on the signs pointing the way. Once we found the resort clubhouse, check in was quick and easy, and the staff at the front desk were very helpful.
We arrived at the unit with trepidation, not really knowing what to expect. The reviews we had read online suggested that the property was "outdated" and "rundown". Ha!
We were REALLY impressed with how well maintained the property was. Yes, it was rather "dated" (think Brady Bunch), but I actually loved the open floorplan and the practical no-nonsense appeal of the furnishings. It was comfortable and inviting, and we felt at home in no time.
Everything in the unit was CLEAN and well maintained, and the kitchen came with a complete set of basic supplies (utensils, cutlery, pots and pans, dishware, etc.). Beds were very comfortable and the linens were immaculate.
We had a two bedroom, two and 1/2 bath townhouse with a screened-in porch. The living area was very spacious and featured a fireplace and large flat-screen TV. We used the fireplace each night of our stay (you'll need to provide your own wood, available at local gas stations) without issue.
The clubhouse was well appointed, with billiards, air hockey, video games, a LARGE indoor pool and Jacuzzi. We had a great time taking advantage of these amenities, and were only disappointed that the Mini-Golf Course (Which looked to be in good repair) was not yet open for the season. There was also a golf course, but I do not play and therefore can't comment. Seemed nice enough.
The Delaware River was just a short walk from our unit, and provided a beautiful backdrop to a nice jaunt along a wooded trail. I think there are several marked paths along the property, but we just meandered along the banks of the river.
The master bath in our unit featured a "Grecian Soaking Tub", which creeped me out a bit at first. While everything was very clean and in good repair, I did spend a few minutes scrubbing the tub down with a chlorine cleaner (can't be too safe- I really never use hotel tubs but this seemed too interesting to pass up). Soo glad I tried it despite the odd looks of the tub- SUPER relaxing and enjoyable. Plenty of hot water, no issues there.
The units in River Village II DO have their idiosyncrasies, which didn't detract from our experience as much as make us wonder. For one, there are small, square windows installed at awkward places throughout... we appreciated the extra light, but had to wonder if maybe there had been through-the-wall AC units at one point which were later replaced with these little windows.
Also, the bathrooms were not connected to the central heat/ac... they each had independent floorboard radiators instead. Could be a energy saving consideration, but more likely a hold over from earlier times.
The third oddity was the absence of any clocks in the unit. No wall clocks, no alarm clocks... very strange. However, we actually came to appreciate the opportunity to experience our vacation "outside of time".
There's no shortage of dining options near the resort, running the gamut from low key (the "four seasons diner" offers a limited selection menu at reasonable prices) to the exceptional (REALLY enjoyed our meal at the Peruvian restaurant, Inti, just a mile from the resort).
Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend the River Village 2 units to anyone who might appreciate clean and well maintained "retro" accommodations in the Delaware Water Gap area of the Poconos. If you're looking for the latest, sleekest, most modern accommodations... maybe look elsewhere. But for many people, the River Village 2 offers a great place to relax and regroup in a quiet setting with few interruptions.
For us, it was just what the doctor ordered, and we will definitely be back!
- Also Known As:
- Shawnee River Village 2 Hotel Shawnee On Delaware