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The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Wilkes-Barre
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Just got back from Woodlands Inn. Nice cozy bed, nice room. We enjoyed the entertainment and the friendly staff. We spent a lot of time by the outdoor pool, we decided to stay an extra night. Lots of things to keep you there, great food in Shogun restaurant.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2015

Dear happymomOntario:

Thank you for sharing your experience regarding your recent stay. Please think of us again next time your travel plans bring you to the Wilkes-Barre area.

Thank you,
Ross Kornfeld

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Reviewed 9 July 2015

...the clock radio kept resetting, meaning the power was going on and off.
Looking further, I saw the radio was plugged into a power strip plugged right behind the mattress, Not only was the plug getting knocked around by the mattress, the cord was pinched against the mattress. This is a disaster in the making, should not be ignored, and too easily remedied. So imagine my surprise when a maintenance man told me this is how they have been since the place was built? Where's the fire inspector or even just common sense and concern for guest safety? Other than that, the room was nice(away from clubs). Good wifi. Staff was great. They accommodated my room request. I was glad we stayed on slow nights for clubs. I could see how easily it could be a madhouse and unpleasant. Pizza was great. Chicken steak was good but ridiculously small for $9. Wings were nothing special. Silverware and tables were much cleaner than you typically find, Unlike most restaurants that are dimly lit, there was no way to hide grime and filth here with the walls of windows facing the water. Breakfast was ok, but ends too early. Setting was very nice- deceptive when just driving by, as the roadside doesn't do it justice. Shower curtains need to be an inch longer and need some hooks in bathroom. For some reason, so many hotels refuse to put hooks in the bathrooms. 4 people living in a tiny room need space to get changed and put their clothes. I'd consider going again if they fixed the hazard.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Thank kopjon
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

dear kopjon:

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience regarding your stay at The Woodlands Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member.

Allow me to apologize on behalf of our hotel for failing to meet your expectations regarding the maintenance issue on your recent visit. I have shared your feedback with our maintenance department to look into the matter.

Again, thank you for your time and valuable feedback. We sincerely appreciate it and hope you will give us another chance to provide you with superior service and accommodations on your next visit to Wilkes Barre.

Kind Regards,

Ross Kornfeld
Owner
The Woodlands Inn
570-824-9831

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Reviewed 9 July 2015

We came up here because they offered transportation to and from a concert venue.. The place was beautiful, the staff was cordial, and the atmosphere was inviting. One of their shuttle buses broke down the night before I got there and being I was the only one scheduled to attend this particular show, the on-duty manager personally took me to and from the concert and were very friendly doing so....
I highly recommend this place for business/leisure....

Room Tip: although the hotel is spread out, the rooms didnt seem very far from the lobby and the restaurant
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

Dear Bill G:

Thank you for sharing. We very much appreciate taking time to write a few words regarding your recent experience. I am glad to hear that our staff did what they had to in order to get you to the concert and back. Customer satisfaction is first and foremost on our minds.

Please think of us again next time your travel plans bring you to the Wilkes-Barre area.

Thank you,
Ross Kornfeld

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Reviewed 6 July 2015

We travel to Wilkes-Barre to visit the Mohegan Sun periodically and we have always wanted to see what the Woodlands was about. Stayed one night Saturday July 4th -our room was a lovely streamside room with a balcony and our friends had a tower room. What a wonderful experience! The service everywhere on this property is impeccable, from the amazing customer service over the phone while booking , the bartenders, the servers, the food, check in right down to the management. We met Mitch and Ross, two of the co-owners. I must say these gentlemen are the most friendly, professional customer service oriented people I have ever met and their philosophy trickles down to every employee on this property, thus making this a truly wonderful, enjoyable relaxing experience. We loved it so much we are returning in a few weeks for a 2 night stay. What a gem! Can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: Balcony room next to the stream....so beautiful!
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

Dear laurieSyracuseNY:

Thank you for sharing your experience. It was a pleasure meeting you during your stay. We appreciate the kind words about the hotel and staff. Please think of us again next time your travel plans bring you back.

Thank you,
Ross Kornfeld

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Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

After 5 days of tourist traps this was the perfect place to stumble onto!

You will never stay in a place like this. If you want a break from the cookie cutter Hampton inn, holiday inn, or other chain this is it! My 9 year old said I could stay here for a week and never leave the building!

There's so much to do and zero, zero hidden fees! We kept saying, "what's the catch?" The room was so affordable that we thought surely it was a trap. Nope! You get the best breakfast we've had in a hotel in a long time which includes fresh fruit salads, eggs, breakfast meats, waffles with toppings, yogurts, hot and cold cereal. All overlooking a beautiful poconos wooded scene which is somehow right next to the highway.

The rooms are quiet. The balconies are really cool. There are two pools and the biggest hot tub I've ever seen. My kids called it the "hot pool"

There's a little hiking path just outside the hotel too.

The customer service though is truly what makes this hotel BETTER than any others we've visited in Pennsylvania. When we first arrived the check in experience was super easy and the host Ryan made sure we got a room the was perfect for our family. As we walked down the halls my husband asked a staff member from the pizza place, Josh, to point us in the direction of the pool. He took the time to walk us to all of the pools and show us around. He was genuinely excited to show off the property. The staff were all very gracious and seemed like happy employees. This was so refreshing.

While checking in Ryan asked if we wanted to go see fireworks tonight and he arranged a free shuttle service to the casino. Our driver was great! I wish I remembered his name! He dropped us off at the door and then picked us up less than an hour later when the fireworks were over! He really seemed happy for us to have a good time. I know it sounds weird but it was like this staff really enjoyed their jobs. That's pretty rare in the hotels we've stayed in.

The place is wonderful and if we are ever in the area again we will definitely come back!

Stayed: July 2015
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

Dear we4viajeros:

Thank you for sharing your experience, you said it perfectly. It is important that our hotel not only have the facilities for guests to enjoy, but the interaction with our staff is most important to us. You must have employees who genuinely care about what they do, in turn they make sure the guests have a great time.

Please think of us again next time your travel plans bring you to the Wilkes-Barre area.

Thank you,
Ross Kornfeld

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Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

We had the most amazing stay at the Woodlands Inn! The place is great with the rooms with balconies, in-door and out-doors pools with DJ and as you sit by the pool, they serve drinks and food, several restaurants and clubs!! The whole family partied at the club after The wedding. Even The bride and groom. The staff were wonderful as well! We had 10 rooms. Some with kids, one with their dog! One suggestion - they should COLOR CODE the walls in the hallways because the place is so big!

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

Dear Guest:

Thank you for sharing your experience. It's great to hear about how wonderful a time you had at both the wedding and throughout the facility. Color coding the hallways, a great idea that we should consider.

We hope to see you again soon.

Thank you,
Ross Kornfeld

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Reviewed 4 July 2015

Booked here close to a business/pleasure combination trip to inspect some equipment in the area.
It looked good on the website but when I arrived it was right off the main road from the front side and I was expecting to be disappointed as many web pictures are deceiving. Once I got in it was well done and quite impressive. Many of the Ascend properties are being saved by putting money in to maintain a struggling old world style hotel that in some cases is not worth saving.
This one is different. Then when I got on the other side with the waterfall and stream very, very nice.
The restaurant has a great view the terrace great and the food and presentation as well. I even took and sent a few pictures.
The room is as many other properties but very clean and nice.
Great atmosphere every room close to the elevator.
Also liked the detail in the sodded sitting area!
Highly recommend this for either business or pleasure especially for the price.
Would never expect this right outside Wilkes Barra.

Room Tip: Had a view of the roof, this one not so good.
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled on business
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RossKornfeld, Owner at The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2015

Dear Gerald M:

Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm really happy we surprised you in such a great way. Please think of us again the next time your travel plans bring you to the Wilkes-Barre area.

Thank you,
Ross Kornfeld

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Additional Information about The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel

Address: 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-6926 (Formerly The Woodlands Inn)
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Pocono Mountains Region > Luzerne County > Wilkes-Barre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Wilkes-Barre
#6 Romantic Hotel in Wilkes-Barre
#6 Family Hotel in Wilkes-Barre
Price Range: C$121 - C$266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains with a peaceful stream winding through, The Woodlands Inn is the premiere destination in Northeastern Pennsylvania for your next vacation, event, or business function. Step through our doors and take in a deep breath of fresh air, thanks to our smoke-free policy. Look around and you'll find beautiful ballrooms for your celebrations and special events, meeting rooms for any sized corporate function, and Alexander's in the Woods, a full service day spa. Featuring 2 restaurants, 3 bars, and Evolution Nightclub, you'll find no shortage of entertainment options as well. Plus, as the closest full-service, off-site hotel to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Casino, we offer a complimentary shuttle for all our guests. With countless rooms and packages to choose from, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for at The Woodlands Inn. We are a member of Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International. The Woodlands is proud to combine our impeccable array of services and amenities with the benefits of the Choice Privileges rewards program, resulting in a truly memorable experience every time. We make every effort to ensure the complete satisfaction and enjoyment of all our guests, and as a dog-friendly hotel, that includes your best furry friends as well! ... more   less 
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