The Inn at Pocono Manor completed a $5-million renovation of the historic resort’s main lodge, which originally opened 110 years ago. Renovations included a new floor, wall and window treatments for the building’s large and original upper and lower lobbies, event and meeting rooms, the historic restaurant, the resort’s Lamplighter Lounge and all 190 main lodge guestrooms.
The renovation’s aim, according to Lisa Green, GM, was to remain true to The Inn’s 110 year heritage of hospitality. “A century ago, this was a resort where guests could get away from the city, reconnect with nature and their loved ones, and renew," Green said. "We think we’ve restored that sense of nature and serenity, and now have a main lodge that complements this with comfort and beauty, and which is true to the period in which it opened.”
With the completion of the renovation program, the main lodge at The Inn at Pocono Manor has been aesthetically unified. New furnishings and lighting fixtures have been installed, set against a color palette of soft green, blue and deep burgundy hues. Fieldstone fireplaces in both lobbies and in the restaurant were reopened after being closed off decades ago.
Another space emerging from the renovation is the historic dining room that was added to the lodge in the 1920s. During the renovation, original hardwood flooring was rediscovered and restored. Columns in the room were transformed into gold sentries. As hotel dining rooms of that period were imposing by their size, the room was softened with yards of rich fabric draperies drawn to each column to suggest space and yet intimacy. The room’s large stone fireplace was restored and reopened.
Multiple historic photographs telling the story of the inn’s century of hospitality have been matted and framed, and placed in public areas of property as well as in guestrooms.
To celebrate the completion of the renovation, The Inn hosted an art competition, and the three winning artworks (‘Forest Pool’ by artist Earl Lehman of Jessup, Pa., ‘Autumn Birches’ by artist Leon F. Viera of Clark Summit, Pa.,and ‘Magniloquent’ by artist Lucille Norella of Waymart, Pa.) were purchased by the resort and installed in the main lodge.
The late Victorian interior design theme was carried through each of the main lodge’s 190 guestrooms and baths as well, utilizing new furniture milled and finished to suggest circa 1902. Guest baths were enhanced with period-style lighting fixtures and paver tile wall finishes typical of luxury bathrooms of the era. New linens accessorize both the guestrooms and baths.
The Inn’s main lodge and event space were earlier renovated in 2011. The all-season resort boasts 237 guestrooms and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. Available are the Exchange at Pocono Manor restaurant and the Old Lamplighter Lounge. Recreational amenities available at The Inn at Pocono Manor include signature golf, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the Laurel Spa, fishing, clay shooting and cross country skiing.