A group of us girls have been going to Felicita once a year for about 5 years now. Our husbands treat us with a package at Christmas every year. We drive from Baltimore, get pampered, have dinner, and stay the night. We have never had a bad experience at Felicita! We love the fact that it is not "glitz and glamour." It is very down to earth, cozy, and comfortable, with a lodgey kinda feel. You are nestled in the woods on a mountain, I can't imagine anything better. I 've loved it so much over the years that when my husband and I had tickets over the summer of 2011 for a concert in Hershey we chose to stayed at Felicita and drive 30 minutes to the show rather than staying somewhere closer. He loved the golf course! We both loved the gardens! My girlfriends and I usually go up in late winter or early spring before the gardens bloom, so the gardens were a wonderful treat to walk through. Absolutely breathtaking to say the least.
The staff leave you alone unless you need them. I am shocked at some of the negative reviews since that has not been our experience. Especially, that the food was just mediocre.The food at the Tavern has always been exquisite. We look forward to the meal every year. It must be memorable considering we often talk about past meals that we have had there. For instance, " Oh, I hope they have the pumpkin bisque again this year," or "I can't wait to have the caramel walnut sundae for dessert." This year, (we just got back today) my friend could not stop talking about the almond crusted chicken she ordered last night. It got to the point where we were laughing at her b/c she couldn't stop repeating herself, "Oh my God, this chicken is so good!" and "I'm so glad I ordered this!" The rest of us were happy with our meals as well. The chili and the Italian wedding soup were to die for.
The spa services have always been wonderful. You can not beat the package deals. My one girlfriend swears by her massage therapist Todd and the other friend swears by Sue. I usually don't request anyone, I let them surprise me.
We feel like the rooms in the lodge and spa are always clean. They are replacing the older robes with new ones. This made us happy b/c the older ones were a little thin and you could sometimes see if someone was wearing dark underwear. Again, not that big of a deal but happy they have replaced them with thicker robes. The bathrooms are roomy and the water is HOT and the pressure is great. They are all tiled with very nice terra gotta tiles. As far as updating, I think the decor is fairly neutral. It is expensive to renovate all the time. As many have stated, the place isn't booming, which is part of the appeal, so I doubt there is a ton of $ for remodeling. I disagree with the statement of another reviewer that the mattress' are dated. I have always slept like a baby in the lodge. The beds are far more comfortable than my bed at home, sad but true. Yes, I will admit that every year a couple of stink bugs get in the room but I don't find this to be that big of a deal. It is far from an infestation, that is just an exaggeration. I mean, we are in the woods people! If you don't like the woods then try someplace else. We all know how difficult stinkbugs are to control. I'm from Baltimore, so, I crave being in the woods. I can get glitz and glam anywhere, I want to be nestled and surrounded by nature, that's just who I am. I think the idea behind Felicita is simplistic and minimalistic and I like that! Felicita is perfect the way it is- I wouldn't change a thing! Felicita is one of the hardest places I've ever had to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Felicita is a premiere Pennsylvania resort nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains near Harrisburg. In Italian, Felicita means "great happiness." Our 650 acre golf and spa retreat is the perfect getaway, ranked by Philadelphia's MainLine Today magazine as a "Best Weekend Getaway," Felicita is unlike any other Pennsylvania resort. Felicita's exclusive garden setting and relaxed atmosphere will allow you to truly leave your worries and cares behind as you're transported to another world.Felicita, a short trip never took you so far away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Felicita Golf Hotel Harrisburg
- Felicita Hotel Harrisburg
- Felicita Resort Harrisburg