The Pocono Mountains, PA is filled with various Hotels, Resorts, Rental Agencies, Cabin Agencies, Motels and Bed and Breakfasts.

So, you’ve decided to come to the Poconos and see it’s beauty! You’ve decided to make the trip out of your busy lifestyle in the city or suburb and see the beauty of the mountains.

Congratulations!

But, where do you stay? Do you stay in a fancy resort like Kalahari, Camelback or Great Wolf Lodge?

Is Skiing and Snowboarding what you are coming up for?

Is it the indoor pools and beaches?

Is it the summer creeks, rivers and activities like rafting and kayaking? Is it paintball? or snowmobiling or ATV’ing you are after?

Knowing what to do and where to go can be daunting task and can get easier if you follow the simple guide we will lay out here in 3 simple parts.

The first part, dedicated to this page is about the difference between Pocono Resorts, Hotels, Vacation Rentals and Cabin Rentals.

The second part, will feature what is best for families and groups of various sizes.

The third part, will feature our conclusion where most of the answers are formed for the questions in the first two pages.

So, without further ado, let’s get to asking the questions and identifying the differences we laid out above.

Pocono Resorts & Hotels

A Pocono Resort is a large scale property with various amenities. In the summer, these amenities include indoor swimming pools, bars, restaurants and beaches. In the winter, these amenities are less used and places like Camelback and Shawnee are more prevalent because of the proximity for skiing and snowboarding near these resorts.

A few examples of these are Kalahari, Camelback and Great Wolf Lodge. These properties are created to keep all the money inside them, hence they give you everything you need to have a good time and are really popular in the area.

First time guests going to the Poconos prefer to come to these resorts because they are not very familiar with the Pocono, PA area and really want to experience their amenities or for a few other reasons like their group is only a few people and cannot afford a house or cabin.

However, guests that frequent the Poconos get more comfortable with the idea that staying together is a larger benefit and many rent houses and cabins. Houses and Cabins in the Pocono Mountains PA are in the thousands and Grand Leisure Travel has been at the forefront of guest satisfaction and repeat renters.

Many of the reasons people chose the large resorts is due to cost, but what many do not know is that their cost is highly inflated because of the amenities they provide. At Grand Leisure Travel, we try and keep the costs/person low so that everyone can enjoy the home and fit comfortably.

Grand Leisure homes are listed on all the popular websites like Airbnb, Homeaway, VRBO and Tripadvisor. It’s important to remember that just like the resorts who advertise on Expedia and Booking.com, we have to “mark up” our rates by what these Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s) charge us, so in effect the cheapest rates are always on our site and nowhere else.

Our homes have been around for many years and our guests keep coming back because they have “graduated” to be able to stay together with others. Depending on whether they have large families to accommodate, want to do a little bit of grilling, soaking in a hot tub or playing a game of pool or just reconnecting without the pressure of having to go and do what the resorts want you to do our rentals serves guests best.

Poconos Airbnb & Vacation Homes

Our vacation homes are very similar to cabin rentals. Vacation homes usually have gas features like fireplaces and BBQ Grills. Pool tables, outdoor and indoor pools, hot tubs and more. They are located in various areas throughout the Poconos PA to serve all the visitors to Pennsylvania; whether you are coming from Philadelphia or New York or Pittsburgh or parts of New Jersey.

Pocono VRBO/HomeAway & Cabin Rentals

Our cabins are very similar to vacation homes, they are large and grand. Some of our cabins have HUGE fireplaces, movie projectors, indoor pools and so much more. If you ask us, people generally have a better time in our log cabin than in a regular vacation home, but that depends on what you and your guests prefer.

We hope the above differences help you make a better decision about where to stay when coming to the Poconos.

We know we have yet to answer a few questions like: What is best for large families VS small? What is best for kids? What is safest? Do you stay in a cabin the woods or in a residential area? What do other people do in the houses VS resorts?

All these questions will be answered in parts 2 and 3 of our guide.

Stay Tuned and Safe Travels wherever you stay!

The Smart Way to Vacation,

Grand Leisure Travel

 

Tim and his friends and family go on trips 4 times a year and ever since finding Grand Leisure Travel, they stay with us at the Crystal Ship Colonial Home in Tannersville, PA. Poconos. Glad he chose us to stay with on his events and we are glad to provide an amazing place for them to enjoy.

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Video Review by Tim @ Crystal Ship

Mark and his family stayed at the Paradise on Hurricane Creek. One of our coolest Pocono Vacation Rentals. They were able to enjoy the fire-pit and the seclusion of this property to be able to spend time with their families. 

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Video Review by Mark @ Paradise Creek

Chong stayed at the Beach Resort this weekend and invited us to do a quick video review. The previous guests took a little metallic duck with them from the living room, but that did not affect Chong's stay. Their group really enjoyed the beautiful kitchen, the hot tub, and the grill. We enjoyed having them in the Pocono's. The winter is just starting up and we love guests like Chong at Grand Leisure Travel!

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Video Review by Chong @ Beach Resort

Pocono House Rental & Cabins VS Hotels & Resorts

 
Pocono Rental: Le Chateau Magnifique    Sleeps 21: 8 Bedrooms (8 queen beds), 8.5 Baths, Game Room with Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Gas Firepit on the side, BBQ Grill, Wood Fireplace in Living Area and a Seperate Gas Fireplace in Great Room, Pool Table, Foosball Table and huge dining room table seats 12-14.

Pocono Rental: Le Chateau Magnifique

Sleeps 21: 8 Bedrooms (8 queen beds), 8.5 Baths, Game Room with Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Gas Firepit on the side, BBQ Grill, Wood Fireplace in Living Area and a Seperate Gas Fireplace in Great Room, Pool Table, Foosball Table and huge dining room table seats 12-14.

 
Pocono Rental: Water by a Cellar Door    Sleeps 14-16: 6 Bedrooms (6 queen beds), 3 Baths, Beautiful Large Private Pool (Only Open Early May - Late Oct), Game Room with Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Poker Table and a Hot Tub next to the pool.

Pocono Rental: Water by a Cellar Door

Sleeps 14-16: 6 Bedrooms (6 queen beds), 3 Baths, Beautiful Large Private Pool (Only Open Early May - Late Oct), Game Room with Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Poker Table and a Hot Tub next to the pool.

Pocono Rental: Colonial Mansion    Sleeps 18: 7 Bedrooms (8 queen beds total), 4 Baths, Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Large 3rd Floor Master Suite, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Game Room with Pool Table with a Hot Tub

Pocono Rental: Colonial Mansion

Sleeps 18: 7 Bedrooms (8 queen beds total), 4 Baths, Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Large 3rd Floor Master Suite, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Game Room with Pool Table with a Hot Tub

 
Pocono Rental: The Waterfront    Sleeps 14-16: 5 Bedrooms (5 queen beds), 3 Baths, Small Private Pool in Back Deck (Only Open Early May - Late Oct), Roku w/Sling/Netflix, BBQ Grill, Game Room with Ping Pong Table and an Indoor Hot Tub.

Pocono Rental: The Waterfront

Sleeps 14-16: 5 Bedrooms (5 queen beds), 3 Baths, Small Private Pool in Back Deck (Only Open Early May - Late Oct), Roku w/Sling/Netflix, BBQ Grill, Game Room with Ping Pong Table and an Indoor Hot Tub.

Pocono Cabin: Grand Summit    Sleeps 14-16: 6 Bedrooms (6 queen beds), 3 Baths, Game Room with Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Poker Table and a Hot Tub right outside, also a creek is down the hill.

Pocono Cabin: Grand Summit

Sleeps 14-16: 6 Bedrooms (6 queen beds), 3 Baths, Game Room with Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Poker Table and a Hot Tub right outside, also a creek is down the hill.

 
Pocono Cabin: Lodge on Moonlight Drive    Sleeps 16: 7 Bedrooms (6 queen beds and 1 king total), 4 Baths, Beautiful Large Gas Fireplace, Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Large 2nd Floor Master Suite, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Game Room with Poker Table, Projector, Speakers and a Hot Tub with a beautiful and huge rushing creek.

Pocono Cabin: Lodge on Moonlight Drive

Sleeps 16: 7 Bedrooms (6 queen beds and 1 king total), 4 Baths, Beautiful Large Gas Fireplace, Roku w/Sling/Netflix, Large 2nd Floor Master Suite, Firepit in the Back, BBQ Grill, Game Room with Poker Table, Projector, Speakers and a Hot Tub with a beautiful and huge rushing creek.