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The Hotel Hershey’s design style was the vision of founders Milton and Catherine “Kitty” Hershey, and it was informed by their world travels; the original design of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel was inspired by a hotel in Cairo, Egypt, though the eventual outcome would more closely resemble a small hotel the Hersheys had visited in the Mediterranean. Other travel influences include Spanish, Cuban and Moroccan architecture, which you’ll see in the hotel’s Mediterranean-inspired green roof, Spanish tile floors and open terraces. Expansions completed over the years have added spacious guest cottages (in 2009) and provided more square footage for meeting rooms and the Spa at Hershey, but all new add-ons have aimed to keep the original villa’s integrity alive. Happily, the main building’s newly renovated guest rooms (updated in 2011 and 2012) feature ultra-soft fabrics and soothing palates that serve as a serene counterpoint to the more vibrant Mediterranean style of the original lobby downstairs.
D. Paul Witmer, a close friend of Milton S. Hershey, was the architect of The Hotel Hershey. The design of the hotel was inspired by Milton S. Hershey’s travels. The exterior of The Hotel Hershey features a Mediterranean-style design with Spanish roof tiles, several exterior patios and fountains both inside and outside. The interior design of the hotel is characterized by great luxury and elegance, with palms, fountains, carved and grilled woodwork, and brilliant hangings and rugs throughout. Historical walking tours are available for guests to learn more about this beautiful and storied property.