When guests enter the Hilton Garden Inn in beautiful Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, it doesn’t take long to see this is not an average chain hotel. This easy-to-find hotel just off Route 1 is conveniently located near a shopping area with restaurants, a drug store, Walmart and more. Guest choose this hotel based on its central location and professional staff.
The brightly decorated lobby and dining areas are on either side as you approach the front desk. Notice the well appointed lounge area to your left and consider it for a meeting space with its long conference style table and other more intimate sitting areas.
Choosing a room type
For room choices, guests can choose from three types: guest room, suite, or accessible. The guest rooms come with either a king bed or two doubles, as do the suites. Accessible rooms come with a king bed or two doubles. All bed feature the Garden Sleep System, which allows you to set the firmness of the beds. Keurig® coffee makers are a nice touch for a special cup of in-room coffee before your day begins. The rooms and the hotel in general appear to be well maintained and look as if all were renovated recently. The rooms, like much of the hotel, reflect a commitment to maintenance and decorating uncommon in the industry at times.
Dining at the Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square
Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square opted for designing their own menu, rather than use the standard menu found at most Hilton Garden Inns. Kennett Square is the self-proclaimed “Mushroom Capital of the World” by virtue of growing of most of the world’s mushrooms per square foot than anywhere else!
Breakfast is 11.95 USD, made to order and all-you-can-eat. They have omelets, eggs, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, bacon, sausage, pancakes , French toast. The buffet is also included in this price, which offers pastries, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, a Belgian waffle maker and yogurt. On gorgeous days, April through October, enjoy having breakfast, dinner or drinks on the patio, just outside the dining room. For dinner, the Garden Grille and bar are noteworthy for serving a non-chain type menu.
The dinner menu features their award winning, local mushroom soup with button, portabella, and shitake mushrooms in a creamy, gluten-free broth. Steaks and chops also grace the menu, with some of them also featuring the famous local mushrooms. Check out the specials board for nightly offerings. Several garden fresh salads are available as is a kid’s menu for your little ones. Room service is available if you don’t want to leave your room, a surprise amenity in a hotel of this class.
Other amenities to suit all types of travelers
Other amenities include meeting rooms for up to 100 people, a small on-site fitness room, or free entrance to a nearby bigger health club, heated pool, hot tub and plenty of close-by free parking. Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square is in the final stages of adding electric powered car recharging parking spots that will accommodate two Tesla and one remaining car types needed a charge. While the bulk of their guests might be business travelers on any given day, vacationers, and overnight tourists come as well.
At your doorstep
With its proximity to the world famous Longwood Gardens, the hotel tends to fill up for special concerts and other events at this 100+ acre garden of many delights. Guest will find it easy to drive to the gardens in less than five minutes from the Hilton Garden Inn.
For shopping, take a walk on historic State Street where you will find Talula’s Table, a well-known coffee shop, deli, and restaurant, and the Mushroom Cap specialty store selling, you guessed it — mushrooms! The Mushroom Cap also sells some clothing, souvenirs, and medicinal mushroom concoctions.
If you are in town on a Friday, check out the local Farmer’s Market where flowers, hard cider, veggies, fruit, and more are sold by small producers of tasty and pretty products from Kennett Square and nearby towns. They are open every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. in warmer months and every other Friday, same hours, in the cooler months at 101 State Street.
The Brandywine Valley is full of places to see and things to do at your doorstep. The historic Battle of Brandywine Battlefield is where the British defeated George Washington and his troops. View a twenty minute movie on this famous battle from September 11, 1777, where around thirty thousand British troops got the upper hand on the struggling revolutionary army.
Not far from this historic site is Brandywine River Museum of Art. Here, visitors are shown famous works of American artist Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, and other talented artists who captured the beautiful scenes of Chester County on canvas. The museum itself is noteworthy in its 19th century mill overlooking the Brandywine River. It’s also a great place for a picnic on the lawn with a tranquil river view at your feet.
If you want to explore the mushroom history of the area, both the Mushroom Cap and The Woodlands at Phillips have excellent displays of the local mushroom growing story. Be sure and come for the Mushroom Festival held the second weekend in September where thousands flock to Kennett Square in honor of the humble mushroom. Enjoy mushrooms dishes of all kinds from over 200 street-side vendors, children exhibits, growing exhibits, and even a parade.
Best time to stay
With so much going for it, the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square is a great choice for both business and leisure travelers, with or without kids in tow. For leisure travelers visiting Pennsylvania, the best time to come is April through October to enjoy the best of the hotel and the area. Some warm weather weekends are booked well in advance so be sure and reserve your room or you might miss out.
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