Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sheraton Bucks County

Hotel Details 
Hotel: Sheraton Bucks County
Dates: July 3-4, 2015
Rate Paid: 7,000 SPG points/night
Regular Cost: $228/night
Upgrade: Club Room ($260/night)
Redemption: 3.7 cents/SPG point 

My father originally wanted to take us to Hershey Park in central Pennsylvania, but as we started to look at the rides, we realized that it was more for teens and adults.

So we decided to switch to Sesame Place which was (a) a closer drive from NYC and (b) much more oriented to toddlers like me. Plus, there was a Sheraton hotel literally across the street.

So after purchasing our tickets Friday morning using our AAA membership, we drove down to Langhorne, PA. We weren't in a huge rush since the park was open til 9PM, but we did make it to the Sheraton by 12PM after a stop for breakfast along the way.

We found a parking spot in the full lot right in front of the hotel. As we walked inside, we saw a bunch of families in swim gear standing outside, most likely for the free shuttle taking guests to Sesame Place across the busy street.

Fortunately, there was no one in line at the check in desk and we were allowed to check in early. But even better, this Sheraton looked quite modern and updated. There have been some Sheraton hotels from the 1970's that were in desperate need of a refresh, but this property didn't seem to be one of them.

We were given a room on the 10th floor. My father had to inquire where the Club Lounge was (14th Floor) which reminded the front desk associate that SPG Platinum guests should get lounge access. After waiting an extraordinary amount of time for the elevators, we made it to the 10th Floor. Our room was very nicely appointed with masculine dark wood furniture and silver/grey color schemes (similar to the Sheraton Salt Lake City).

After changing into our swimsuits, we went upstairs to the Club Lounge. It had finished its breakfast service by the time we arrived at 12:30PM, but we could see the set up. A bit tight when a lot of families were there at the same time, which was just about all the time whenever food was available.

The best part according to my mother, however, was the Starbucks machine that served freshly ground coffee on demand.

We were also able to visit the indoor heated swimming pool later that evening (around 7PM). I'm not 100% certain, but it tasted like it was a saltwater pool and not chlorine. They also had a small hot tub in the back corner as well. As you can see, we weren't the only ones enjoying the pool that night.

But we didn't select this Sheraton hotel for its amenities as much as we did for its ideal location.

Though situated well within walking distance to Sesame Place, the hotel offered a complimentary shuttle van to take guests back and forth to the park. It operated on demand (which basically meant non-stop, back and forth during the summers).

Within minutes we were at the front gates of Sesame Place by 1PM with plenty of sunshine and 85 degree weather.

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