WHERE IS IT? With free transportation within a small radius of the hotel, guests have easy access to the airport and downtown Harrisburg without the city center traffic. Despite the drop in business during my visit, the hotel went out of its way to assist with transportation which was greatly appreciated.
How is it? The large but cozy atrium style lobby has glittering lights and seating areas for conversations with armchairs and workspaces. Many guest rooms look inward onto the atrium, which is a popular meeting place, especially when there are groups in the house. The hotel is popular with conference groups and small meeting events. Small events will continue to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the ample space in conference rooms for social distancing. Best Western Premier is Best Western's upscale, full-service hotel brand that offers more amenities than a standard Best Western. And in addition, the brand's impressive cleaning protocols This includes transparent partitions at reception, mask requirements indoors, and hand sanitizing stations everywhere. During my visit, a Santa Claus mailbox promised a direct link for children to send their letters straight to the jolly old man.
ROOM EQUIPMENT The rooms are bright with striped carpets and green and beige patterned wallpaper. They have spacious desks with multiple sockets on the side and rolling leather armchairs. I appreciated the extra power and USB ports on the bed, as well as the five large pillows on the padded headboard, which are great for reading or working in bed. A sofa (that converts into a bed) in the corner of my room is great for families, and several rooms have balconies. Another popular feature for families is that some rooms lead directly to the terrace of the indoor pool. The flat-screen TV with a view of the bed is on a sideboard with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and tray with sealed cups and a welcome bottle of water. The bathrooms have black tea and fig-scented Pharmacopia toiletries, and I was grateful for the spacious shower with two sliding glass doors so you can turn on the water without being sprayed, scalded, or frozen before you're fully awake. Clever design details like these go a long way towards improving the guest experience.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS O'Reilly & # 39; s Tap Room & Kitchen serves American cuisine for three meals a day, as well as craft beer and cocktails. A daily two-hour happy hour cuts the price of drinks, and a $ 5 early bird breakfast offers hearty choices for when you want to watch the sun rise.
LEISURE FACILITIES This hotel seems to cater to both business and leisure travelers, thanks to a large indoor pool (which is supposedly the largest in the area) with stacks of towels and lounge chairs for relaxing whatever the weather. A 24-hour fitness center is across from the pool, and a small arcade offers video games to keep kids and the young at heart entertained. There is also a laundry service that can come in handy on long road trips.
BUSINESS AND MEETING OPPORTUNITIES The hotel's strongest suit is the ample meeting space, which comes in a variety of categories from ballrooms to breakout rooms. Free wireless internet and modern audiovisual equipment appeal to groups, especially national associations and social events.
JUDGMENT Convenient amenities, a free shuttle, and staff who go the extra mile help make this Best Western Premier shine.
HOW MANY ROOMS? 174 rooms and suites
REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHTS Plenty of meeting rooms, a large indoor pool, and impressive staff
PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room start at $ 221
CONTACT 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111, telephone 717-561-2800.