When it comes to amenities, swimming pools are at the top of the list for adults and children alike. There is nothing that says “vacation” quite like splashing away the afternoon with the kids or lounging poolside after a leisurely swim. Whether visiting the City of Brotherly Love for work or play, indulging in a family “staycation” or getting away for a romantic weekend, guests are sure to soak up plenty of fun and relaxation in these hotel pools.
Four Seasons Hotel
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Located in downtown Philadelphia within walking distance from museums, restaurants, nightclubs and historic locations, the Four Seasons Hotel boasts 364 rooms and suites that are well-appointed in French-inspired décor. With many of the rooms overlooking the Parisian-influenced design of Logan Circle, suites feature French doors between bedrooms and living areas, and all rooms have internet access, flat-screen HDTVs, in-room safes and a private, refrigerated bar as well as round-the-clock concierge service and twice-daily housekeeping. The luxurious terry bathrobes provided for you are perfect after an afternoon at the spa, where you’ll enjoy any number of spa treatments or simply some time to reconnect with the family in the heated indoor pool or whirlpool.
Great Wolf Lodge
1 Great Wolf Drive
Scotrun, PA 18355
This popular indoor water park, an easy drive from the City of Brotherly Love, attracts visitors from the Philadelphia area and beyond with its 80,000 square feet of aquatic-themed attractions. Reconnect with the family at this getaway destination where the water always feels “just right” at its year-round temperature of 84 degrees. The pools, slides, rides and lazy rivers entice kids and adults alike, and when you’re not diving into fun or splashing away the day, you’ll enjoy shopping, a game room, arcades, mini golf and more. While you may want to head out to explore all the Pocono Mountains have to offer – skiing, hiking, golfing, horseback riding and zip-lining – many guests opt for staying put to take full advantage of the themed suites and on-site amenities.
The Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033
The Hotel Hershey, located in Lancaster County not far from Philadelphia, is a popular getaway destination for families, couples and groups. From family getaway to decadent spa weekends, guests can take advantage of hiking, golf, family activities and programs, as well as swimming year-round in either the indoor or outdoor pool complexes, where access to the large indoor pool and splash pad can be just steps from your room, and the outdoor pool boasts a zero-depth entry, two large slides, a kiddie spray deck and poolside refreshments. Sweeten the deal with the complete Hershey experience at Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Museum or the “sweetest place on earth,” Hersheypark theme park.
The Hotel ML
915 New Jersey 73
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Less than 20 miles from Philadelphia in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, is the Hotel ML. While the hotel boasts luxurious accommodations, conference rooms and wedding and banquet spaces, the main attraction for families is the tropical-themed indoor water park. CoCo Key Water Resort is a 55,000-square-foot, indoor facility with exciting water slides, water cannons and bucket dumps that release hundreds of gallons of water every few minutes. Kids and kids at heart alike will splash into fun on the thrilling water slides, while gentler, interactive attractions in zero-depth areas will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Waterpark hours are limited during the winter season, and you’ll need a reservation.
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Rittenhouse Hotel features five-star accommodations with floor plans that allow for separate living and sleeping quarters. This pet-friendly hotel will spoil you with marble bathrooms and whirlpool tubs, plush bathrobes and slippers, but don’t get so caught up in the luxurious surroundings of your room that you miss out on everything else the hotel has to offer. The Lacroix Restaurant offers a fine dining experience, and you can relax at Bar 210 or while away the hours at the Adolf Biecker Spa and Salon, where you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art fitness equipment, experience a relaxing massage or spa treatment, or indulge in quality time with the family at the sparkling indoor pool. You can dive into a good book as you lounge pool-side in the sun-filled atrium, or soothe away your stresses in the sauna and steam room.
Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.