Hotel Hershey, not gonna happen
October 1, 2010 7:39 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a cheap, decent hotel/motel in the Hershey/Harrisburg around Halloween.

My cousin is getting married. I need a room somewhere between Hershey and Harrisburg in the $60-$100 range. Bonus points for coolness, especially where coolness intersects with low price.
posted by Camofrog to Travel & Transportation around Harrisburg, PA (6 answers total)
Hershey/Harrisburg area, ahem
posted by Camofrog at 7:41 PM on October 1, 2010

The Comfort Inn on Front Street is clean, cheap and located on the Susquehanna River in downtown Harrisburg. It won't earn any points for coolness, but there's a decent Indian restaurant on site and half a block away is Char's, a really nice restaurant/gallery. Harrisburg's restaurant row and Amtrak station are both walkable too. You can also watch the trains go over the long low bridges crossing the river.
posted by carmicha at 8:52 PM on October 1, 2010

Priceline it, don't pay more than $45.
posted by orthogonality at 11:27 PM on October 1, 2010

The Howard Johnson on Eisenhower Blvd is nothing amazing, but it was always clean and relatively cheap.

They do have a Lancaster Brewing Company in the adjoining parking lot. Makes walking over for some food and a nice beer pretty easy.

A little more expensive, but if you search around, you might be able to get rooms for less than $100 is the Best Western on Mountain Road.

When looking for the site link, I saw it had some negative reviews. Every time I have stayed there or had a friend stay there, it has been fine.

There are a TON of hotels in the triangle that is the Harrisburg International Airport/Capital/Hershey area.

If you know where the wedding/reception is going to be held, I am sure you can find something close.
posted by PlutoniumX at 2:52 PM on October 2, 2010

If you don't need a place until Oct 31, there are cabins at Gifford Pinchot State Park (17 miles south of Harrisburg) available for $65 a night (higher for non-residents). The cabins are really nice; stayed there several years ago with a group (up to 6 people per cabin). We had to bring our own linens, kitchen ware etc but it was a heck of a deal for our group.

The Milton Motel is on Chocolate Ave about 2 miles from Hershey Park. My boss has stayed there a couple of times; basic but affordable. $45/night

A coworkers usually stays at Conewago Valley Motor Inn in Elizabethtown. Basic, can be a little hit or miss. $94/night but that's in season; you might be able to get a deal this time of year. It is kind of retro.

Another coworker stays at the Motel 8 in Etters $43/night. He likes the free continental breakfast for the kids before heading to the park.
posted by jaimystery at 2:56 PM on October 2, 2010

The last time we were in Hershey we stayed at the Spinners Inn, which was bought and turned into a Howard Johnson. We had a significantly sized group traveling together and the service was great - very welcoming and flexible to suit our needs. Not overwhelmingly cool or anything, beyond a motel, but we'd go back if staying specific to Hershey (we've migrated our travel further south to Lancaster in recent years).

The next morning after the rest of our group left, my husband and I went to The Hershey Pantry next door for a laughably enormous breakfast. We took pictures to prove that there were more plates than could fit on our table.
posted by librarianamy at 6:37 PM on October 3, 2010

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