One month after the official opening of the Hotel Hershey renovations and new construction (officially titled "The Grand Expansion"), we're still getting used to all the changes. It's almost like an entirely new property on Pat's Hill!
The finishing touches have been put on the hotel's new entrance, which includes new signage, a new access road, new parking lots, and an expanded porte-cochere.
A sparkling new lobby now leads to new boutique shops:
The Jeweler (open now)
Featuring exclusive jewelry, watches and gifts, including Le Vian® Chocolate Diamonds™, Roberto Coin, Tissot, and Monica Rich Kosann.
Shine Swimwear (open now)
Featuring designer sunglasses, cover-ups, and luxurious straw totes and hats, as well as "Hot Chocolate!," the hotel's signature swimsuit collection
Cocoa Beanery (open now)
Offering specialty coffee by the fireplace, as well as snacks, espresso, gourmet teas, Hershey’s Hot Chocolate, freshly baked pastries, and delicious chocolate desserts.
Signatures (open now)
Showcasing signature apparel and gifts available only at The Hotel Hershey, Signatures offers select logo apparel for men and women, and a special line of kids' clothing featuring swimwear, hats, t-shirts, and more.
Holidays (scheduled to open in September)
Each year from September to December, Shine Swimwear by The Hotel Hershey will transform into Holidays, a store containing limited edition and one-of-a-kind holiday furnishings, Christmas wreathes, richly detailed nutcrackers, holiday angels, Santas, candles, traditional Christmas art, and hand-crafted ornaments by Christopher Radko.
The Spa Boutique (scheduled to open in November)
Offering elegant yoga-wear, relaxation tapes, motivational books, aromatherapy candles, scented eye pillows, lovely sleepwear and the spa's signature lotion and potion favorites.
Choose your favorite mouth-watering cupcake or design your own cupcake at this new bakery. Sweets also features a variety of delectable Hershey's chocolate.
A Storied Home (scheduled to open in December)
Shop here for elegant home decór, including decorative crystal bowls, picture frames, hand-painted serving pieces, and beautiful sterling silver candlesticks.
The Hotel Hershey's Woodside Cottages anchor the new neighborhood. The six four‐bedroom cottages and four six‐bedroom cottages are named for the hotel's indigenous trees: Beech, Birch, Cherry, Dogwood, Hemlock, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Pine, Sycamore. The native stone structures are nestled in a lovely wooded and landscaped area.
As you might expect, these aren't rustic cottages and no "roughing it" is required. The ten cottages all offer luxurious hi-tech homes away from home, and include private outdoor entrances, large bedrooms and warm common areas for families to congregate.
Guests have the option of renting individual bedrooms or reserving an entire cottage, which includes a great room. Upper‐level great rooms feature cathedral ceilings, antique timber beams and a grand fireplace with hand‐chiseled Pennsylvania stone. A large dining table seats eight to 10 guests.
The lower great room at the six‐bedroom cottage is designed with fun and relaxation in mind and includes a classic card table that seats six. All great rooms include a fireplace, flat‐screen television, microwave, refrigerator/freezer and a sink at the wet bar. They also feature large French doors that lead out to a welcoming porch with casual seating.
Meeting planners will welcome the meeting and catering opportunities added in the Grand Expansion as well. The Meeting & Catering Cottage, named “Mountain Laurel,” is located among the guest cottages and provides groups with a convenient location that is deliberately removed from the activity of the
main hotel. Mountain Laurel is noted for its privacy, staff attentiveness, and easy access to the restaurants and accommodations of the main hotel.
The new restaurant, Harvest, is at the center of the new neighborhood. Offering a slightly more casual dining experience than the Circular Dining Room, Harvest features a menu rich with locally grown specialties.
Recreational opportunities abound in the cottage area as well. The executive golf course is no more, but in its place you'll find an all-weather ice rink, an expansive beach volleyball area, basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground for preschoolers and a much-needed outdoor pool and water park facility with cabanas. Also available to hotel guests are shuffleboard, bocce, croquet and hiking trails.