At the end of our review, please see our resort tour video, attached below.
When most people think of The Poconos they think of the Great Outdoors, a place of hiking, fishing and boating, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and much more, with numerous accommodations geared toward camping or glamping. Accommodations are also thought of in terms of cottages or lodges, or one of the many historic inns found in the area. However, an upscale experience can be had if you look in the direction of Mount Pocono and the luxurious Mount Airy Casino Resort, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation.
Valet and bellboy services greet guests at their vehicles allowing for a fast and convenient check-in. Upon entering the spacious lobby, visitors can easily see how designers have meshed this affluent hotel with everything the Poconos are known for — the colour scheme and modern floral display echo the colour palette of the mountainous terrain, the cozy seating areas replicate an inn or cottage-like setting, and a sizeable fountain flanked with rock and trees depicts the many waterfalls found in the region. It’s like the outdoors has been moved indoors and then polished for an high-end experience.
The fountain also features a staircase and escalator on either side, leading to the second floor casino, a small gift shop, and a handful of restaurants. These include Guy Fieri’s Mount Pocono Kitchen for roadhouse style American cuisine, the upscale Bistecca by Il Mulino for steak and seafood, Lucky 8 Noodle & Sushi Bar for Pan-Asian cuisine, Pizzeria Montagna which is self-explanatory. There’s also the Mount Airy Buffet, which is perfect for lunch or dinner, or for Sunday brunch. A Starbucks is located downstairs.
All main dining facilities are located on the far side of the second level, adjacent to each other and opposite the gaming floor. For families with children under the legal gambling age of 21, accessing the restaurants requires a mandatory stop at the security podium so identifying wristbands can be issued. Additionally, an escort will be called to walk the underage guest directly to and from the restaurant of choice, even if accompanied by the parents.
Back in the lobby, just beyond the check-in desk, guests will find the fitness centre, spa and salon, and an exclusive indoor pool that boasts a media wall upon entry. The highly Instagrammable Get WET Ultra Pool features a restaurant and bar, several special couch areas devoted to reserved seating (starting at $50), and a handy underwater passageway that links to the outdoor pool and it’s respective seating area. Non-hotel guests can pay a $20 cover fee for pool access, based on availability.
As for nightlife, the hotel houses Pia’s Lounge for cocktails and live entertainment, Glass Bar located in the midst of the casino so guests can simultaneously play the slots or meet up with friends, and considerable concert space where headlining acts perform mainly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. An entire wing dedicated to superior event space allows for meetings, conferences, and weddings.
Directly across the roadway, the Mount Airy Golf Club features premium golf set against a backdrop of rolling hills, lakes and streams. Each of the 18 holes is a replication of a well known hole found at such infamous American courses as Augusta National, Oakland Hills, and Pebble Beach. The course is truly beautiful and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. It’s a challenging course with summer rates of $40 per person. Convenient shuttle service to and from the club is provided by the hotel. See our review and tour video of the golf facilities HERE.
The hotel surely is a self-contained property with several options for food and beverage as well as entertainment and personal care. There is even a business center should you require a computer or printer.
As for accommodations, there are 3 room options – a King Room, Double Queen, and a King Suite. The king and double queen rooms are essentially the same with the exception of bed size – a king or 2 queens. Both contain modern decor, pillow top mattresses, a Keurig, a 50″ flat screen TV, a spacious bathroom with a separate toilet area, Gilchrist & Soames® toiletry products, and in-room high-speed internet access. The King Suite expands on this with a separate living area, an extra TV and a wet bar. Room rates fluxuate with the day and season, as well as special events, but remain competitively priced and on par with chain hotels.
It is to be noted, however, that “complimentary” wi-fi and valet service, etc, are actually covered by a mandatory but reasonable resort fee of $15 (USD) plus tax, per room per night. The fee also provides for pool and fitness center access, in-room coffee, daily local newspaper, and toll free calling.
Room service might look pricey but portion sizes are extra large and shareable, and the food is very good. We highly recommend the chicken fingers and waffle fries. Additionally, fully stocked mini fridges allow guests access to in-room drinks and treats. The fridge is weight sensored; however, so any item that is removed from it’s designated shelf (even just for viewing purposes) it is automatically added to the room’s tab. As a result, guests are warned upon check-in. And, because of the weight sensitivity, it is not recommended that guests use the fridge for any personal items. Ice buckets are provided should you need to keep something cold.
Front facing rooms have a view of the lake and golf club across the roadway, rear facing rooms overlook the outdoor pool and mountain ridges in the distance. However, before you can get to the rooms, smart elevators provide protection for guests by requiring room key identification before a floor can be selected. This helps to prevent non-guests from accessing room floors.
- modern, high-end, very clean, and unique for the Poconos
- surrounding area is beautiful
- many on-site facilities for food & beverage, personal care, and entertainment
- rooms are competitively priced, with rates somewhat similar to chain hotels
- location is relatively close to many Pocono attractions, dining and shopping
- rooms are clean and well maintained
- valet service is fast and convenient
- hotel staff is friendly, responsive to problems, and eager to make your stay the best it can be
- in-room wi-fi is a bonus
- good security features
- daily resort fee is reasonable compared to similar resorts
CONS: (These are based on conversations with guests, though everyone was so pleased with the resort overall that none of the following were considered major problems)
- guest rooms have minimal storage space, ie: no drawers or sufficient closet space for unpacking or suitcase storage
- inability to use in-room mini fridge is disappointing
- families with underage children might find security procedures inconvenient when trying to access or exit restaurants
- WET Ultra Pool enclosure is hot and humid
For a visual tour of Mount Airy Casino Resort, please enjoy our video below.
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