Think old-fashioned family Christmastime, and that is the mood set at The Hotel Hershey during the holiday season. Built in the 1933, from the moment you approach the stately driveway of this landmark destination you feel… important. Not that there aren’t families throughout (filled with both the Hersheypark Christmas Candylane spirit and perhaps some chocolate), but this Historic Hotel of America is unmistakably elegant.
** Updated November 2019
The Hotel Hershey
From the moment you enter the present-day registration lobby, you feel special. And from November through January, festive!
Once you are checked in, and have received your chocolate reward, you might want to do as we normally do, head straight to your deluxe room. However, if you are simply spending the day here, as we were this particular trip, it is time to make a beeline to the Cocoa Beanery for a holiday beverage. (Mine was the Peppermint Mocha.)
While there, I discovered beautiful Specialty Baskets and chocolates. Santa’s stockings will be bulging this year! The Christmas shopping continued at the nearby Shine, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store; I find a pop of pink does wonders for the winter doldrums.
And no December shopping spree would be complete without the requisite Christmas ornament, which I found in abundance at Signatures- All Things Hershey.
And continuing on that topic, here it is- the glorious Christmas tree in the Fountain Lobby at The Hotel Hershey . (When the resort opened in The Great Depression, this was the site of the original entrance. Milton S. Hershey, founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company, employed nearly one thousand workers for this visionary and humanitarian project.)
The Fountain Lobby, inspired by the Mediterranean travels of Mr. and Mrs. Hershey, is stunning; Spanish tiles, Moorish mosaics, and warm color palettes mark this space.
As always, our travels must center on wining and dining; this ongoing “research” is the curse of living in the restaurant business. We were somewhat parched after our three-hour journey from New York City, so we could not help but be drawn into the lobby’s Iberian Lounge. The lit hearth was beautifully appointed with garland, and those overstuffed leather chairs felt so good. Sipping that Kir Royale by the fire felt pretty good too!
On our last trip to the resort, we had enjoyed an Italian lunch at Trevi 5, so this time we made reservations at our nostalgic family favorite: The Circular. This flashback to the turn of the twentieth century is The Hotel Hershey‘s flagship restaurant, and overlooks the formal gardens. Expect fine dining with commensurate prices, and look for details on their 2016 Christmas Dinner HERE.
After dinner, we had time for our own version of dessert- Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Through Spectacular.
Located behind the hotel, it was a quick three-left-turns into the entrance of this two-mile maze of lights and holiday music.
Open nightly from November 10 – January 1, ticket prices vary depending on the size of your vehicle and the day of the week. You can check admission costs HERE.
Fans of Hersheypark know that there are not enough hours in the day to experience everything this destination has to offer. This is doubly true during the holiday season. To see the full lineup of Holiday Celebrations at The Hotel Hershey (including the Evening S’more Roast at the Harvest Fire Pit) head HERE.
Over the past twenty years, we have we have stayed and visited this destination many times, but this was our first “taste” during the holidays. Whether for a day or an extended stay, The Hotel Hershey is “The Sweetest Place on Earth” at Christmastime!
** This is not a sponsored post; it is simply my Christmas present to you!!