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BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center

800 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111-2807
Phone: 717/561-2800   |   Fax: 717/561-8398   |   174 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Discover why Harrisburg and Hershey, PA are top travel destinations when you stay at this premier property near Hersheypark® and the Farm Show Complex.

With easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-81 and I-83, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center makes it easy to enjoy the area’s many attractions. Experience captivating American history at the Civil War Museum, Antique Auto Museum and the Gettysburg Battlefields, or visit an authentic Amish village. This Harrisburg hotel is also the perfect home base for exploring Hersheypark® Amusement Park and Hershey’s® Chocolate World.

Business travelers are also right at home at this Harrisburg hotel, just minutes from downtown Harrisburg and the Harrisburg International Airport, and only 25 miles from Lancaster, PA. The property offers easy access to many local venues and corporations like the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, Giant Center, VFW, J.B. Hunt®, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Corporate Lodging Consultants. With a ballroom, 24-hour business center and more than 14,000 square feet of flexible conference space, the property is truly a premier event space in Harrisburg and the surrounding areas.

Completely renovated in 2011 and one of the first premier-level Best Western hotels in the country, the hotel offers resort-like amenities with the flair of a boutique hotel. Every spacious guest room at this Harrisburg hotel can sleep at least four guests and features plush beds, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. With a soaring central Grand Atrium, a large indoor pool and fitness center, and an onsite restaurant, the hotel provides a unique lodging experience for visitors to South Central PA.

Experience the unparalleled comfort and friendly service that is sure to make your next visit to Harrisburg unforgettable. Contact the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center to book your stay today!

 

Hotel Amenities & Services

  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Restaurant on-site
  • Cocktail lounge, O'Reilly's Tap Room & Kitchen: With our welcoming atmosphere and ever changing draft selection, you do not even have to leave the hotel. We have over 20 different beers on tap that change on a seasonal basis, along with 40 + different bottled beers.
  • Indoor pool, heated
  • Exercise facility, open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Cardiovascular equipment and free weights with strength training
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Stair stepper
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Locker room
  • Interior corridor
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual staff, (English, Spanish and German)
  • Guest laundry, charges depend on garments sent out
  • Laundromat, coin operated machines available
  • Express check out
  • Late check out, additional fees may apply
  • Safe deposit box, at front desk
  • Children's activities, pool and game room available
  • Cable or satellite television
  • Free wireless Internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless Internet access; Free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Business center, 24 hours, complimentary
  • Printer available
  • Fax services Complimentary faxes and photocopies
  • Fax machine
  • Computer available
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Photocopy machine
  • Conference services
  • Exhibit services
  • Dataports
  • Shipping
  • Mail services
  • Wedding services
  • Meeting facilities, over 15,000 square feet of meeting & banquet space available
  • Banquet facilities
  • Conference facilities
  • Catering
  • Ballroom
  • 24-hour Business Center with wired access
  • Convenience store/Sundry
  • Air-conditioning
  • Physically challenged services, wheelchair available
  • Hearing impaired services full ADA kit
  • Physically challenged facilities, ramps
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Parking for the physically challenged
  • Ice/vending machines, on all floors
  • Local shuttle, shuttle only runs to and from HIA and Sportsman's Golf Course.
  • Airport car 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Free parking, self parking
  • Outdoor parking
  • Truck/RV parking complimentary, 24-hours
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Electrical and telephone jack adapters and power converters for international guests.
  • Cash machine, ATM
  • Complimentary newspaper, available in lobby

BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center

Take advantage of the savings and fun with these 3 package deals available at the best western premier the central hotel & conference center in Harrisburg.

Family Packages

Hershey Park Breakfast Package 1 Night

Join us at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center and have fun with our Hershey Park Breakfast Package.

Reserve Package

Fun & Entertainment Packages

Hershey Park Breakfast Package 1 Night

Join us at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center and have fun with our Hershey Park Breakfast Package.

Reserve Package

Hershey Park Package 1 Night

Join us at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center and have fun with our Hershey Park Package. Hershey Park is home to more than 65 rides and attractions, including eleven roller coasters. The Boardwalk at Hershey Park features nine unique water attractions and a VIP area with 27 waterfront cabanas that offer spectacular views of The Boardwalk. Package includes one night accommodations and two adult admission tickets to Hershey Park.

Reserve Package

BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center

Conveniently located, the best western premier the central hotel & conference center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 40.274095  /  Latitude: -76.814675

 

Driving Directions to Hotel

 

From: Harrisburg International Take Route-283 west to Interstate 283 north to Interstate 83 north. Take Exit 48, Union Deposit Road. Turn right at the top of the exit and right at the first traffic light, East Park Drive. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER the Central Hotel & Conference Center will be 400 yards on the right.

From: Hershey. Take Route-322 west to Interstate 83 north. Take Exit 48, Union Deposit Road. Turn right at the top of the exit and right at the first traffic light, East Park Drive. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER the Central Hotel & Conference Center will be 400 yards on the right.

From: Lancaster. Take Route-283 west to Interstate 283 north to Interstate 83 north. Take Exit 48, Union Deposit Road. Turn right at the top of the exit and right at the first traffic light, East Park Drive. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER the Central Hotel & Conference Center will be 400 yards on the right.

From: Gettysburg. Take Route-15 north to Route-581 east to Interstate 83 north. Take Exit 48, Union Deposit Road. Turn right at the top of the exit and right at the first traffic light, East Park Drive. The BEST WESTERN PREMIER the Central Hotel & Conference Center will be 400 yards on the right.

From: Interstate 81 north or south Take Exit 70 off Interstate 81 north or south. Follow Interstate 83 south to Exit 48, Union Deposit Road. At the top of the exit turn Left and turn Right at the Second traffic light, East Park Drive. The hotel will be 400 yard on the Right.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Established in 1961, the Gifford Pinchot State Park is located in central Pennsylvania – just 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. Named after former Pennsylvania Governor and famed American forester, Gifford Pinchot State Park contains over 2,000-acres of parkland, including the 340-acre Pinchot Lake.

The Gifford Pinchot State Park features activities throughout the year. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy over 18 miles of trail, from easy hikes like the Alpine Trail to difficult treks such as the 8.5 Lakeside Trail – and part of the Mason-Dixon Trail. Water recreation, winter sports, horseback riding, hunting and disc gold are also available at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Harrisburg International Airport

Traveling is a breeze in the Capital city of Harrisburg. Harrisburg International Airport provides Middletown and Harrisburg residents and visitors, with plenty of travel options. The airport was developed on land where the United States Army were stationed in 1898. The airfield was known as Olmsted Field, by the time the first military aircraft landed in 1918. The Harrisburg Air National Guard Station maintains an office at the airport. The airport encompasses 608 acres of land, along the Susquehanna River, south of the Harrisburg.

The airport provides general aviation services including hangar space, fuel, ground handling, aircraft maintenance and pilot amenities, through AvFlight Harrisburg Corporation. Passengers in need of a commercial flight to Chicago, Cleveland, Washington-Dulles, Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Orlando, Detroit, Atlanta or Toronto, can do so via the seven major airlines. Choose one of the area Best Western hotels for a comfortable night's rest and enjoy your time in Central Pennsylvania.

National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum, located in Harrisburg, contains a collection of over 24,000 artifacts, photographs and documents. One-fourth of the collection, dating from 1850 through 1876, is on display. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum, to better understand this historical time in America.

The life-size dioramas and the collection of world-class Civil War materials provide plenty of information for those wanting to learn more. Schedule a tour of the library and archives collection for additional research. Stroll the museum store to browse the selection of books, artwork, clothing, collectibles and souvenir items. While traveling in Central Pennsylvania, enjoy a peaceful night's rest as a guest of Best Western hotels.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

The country’s largest indoor agricultural exposition, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a highly anticipated annual event of Harrisburg and central Pennsylvania. Held at the 24-acre Farm Show Complex & Expo Center every January, the Pennsylvania Farm Show plays host to 400,000 visitors, 6,000 animals, and more than 10,000 exciting competitive exhibits.

Free to the public, and just $10 for parking, this farm show first began in 1917, and is considered to be Pennsylvania’s state fair. Browse through nearly 300 commercial exhibits, and bring some of your new finds back to a Best Western hotel in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex

Pennsylvania’s governmental hub, the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex is set in downtown Harrisburg, and features the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and of course, the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Other state agencies within the complex include the Pennsylvania Judicial Center, and the Matthew Ryan Legislative Office Building.

A major attraction of central Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Capitol was constructed in 1902, and is both a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This Beaux-Arts style structure houses the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and offers tours daily of the building.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Encompassing more than 130,000 square feet, the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a pride of both Harrisburg and central Pennsylvania. Housing the Select Medical IMAX Theater, the Harsco Science Center, and the Sunoco Performance Theater, the Whitaker Center truly exhibits science and art all in one stop.

First opened in 1999 in downtown Harrisburg, the Whitaker Center is closed on Mondays, and encourages visitors to check out 20-minute Big Science Theatre and other pieces of the permanent collection like “Bodies in Motion: The Physics of Human Movement.” Take that brain full of fresh knowledge to a Best Western hotel in Harrisburg, and enjoy your night in Pennsylvania.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 2.00 mile(s) from Civil War Museum, learn all about the great battle that took place nearby
  • 5.00 mile(s) from State Capitol, come see our beautiful Capitol Complex where statewide decisions are made
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Whitaker Center, for Science and Arts, hands-on activities, & IMAX® Theatre
  • 5.00 mile(s) from City Island, home of Harrisburg Senators, City Islanders Soccer and much more
  • 5.00 mile(s) from State Museum, Harrisburg's own hands-on children's museum
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Restaurant Row, various restaurants showcasing local flavors and specialties
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg's own convention center
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey Park®, amusement park
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey® Chocolate World®, enjoy a free ride to show you how Hershey® Chocolate is made and shipped
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Giant Center, sports and entertainment complex
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey Story Museum, learn about how Milton S. Hershey started the world's best chocolate
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey Theatre, catch all the latest Broadway shows, musical entertainment, and local acts in our own back yard
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Antique Auto Museum, with exhibits changing all the time
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Sight & Sound, Music Theatre showcasing wonderful interactive shows
  • 25.00 mile(s) from American Music Theatre, showcasing some of the best Music Acts and Shows of today, tomorrow, and yesterday
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Rainbow Dinner Theatre, catch local and national shows all year long
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster's own Amusement Park
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Amish Village, come and see how the Amish Community truly lives
  • 30.00 mile(s) from Strasburg Railroad, trains, trains, and more trains, all you ever wanted to know
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Gettysburg Battlefields, historical site and tours
  • 0.20 mile(s) from The Pointe Mall, retail stores, grocery store and restaurants
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Union Square, various stores, restaurants in a strip mall
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Colonial Park Mall, retail stores, movie theater and restaurants
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Harrisburg East Mall, retail stores, restaurants & movie theater
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Shoppes at Susquehanna Place, high end shopping boutiques and restaurants and movie theater
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Colonial Park Plaza, retail stores, movie theater and restaurants
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey Outlets, various outlets from major retail stores & restaurants
  • 11.00 mile(s) from Capital City Mall, various major stores and restaurants
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Lancaster Outlets, various outlets from major retail stores & restaurants
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Gettysburg Outlets, various outlets from major retail stores & restaurants
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Antique Shopping, visit local areas in Lebanon and Lancaster Counties
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey Outlets, shop til you drop in Chocolatetown

Distances to Popular Points of Interest

  • 8.00 mile(s) from Hershey
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Camp Hill
  • 25.00 mile(s) from York
  • 25.00 mile(s) from Lancaster
  • 30.00 mile(s) from Carlisle
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Gettysburg
  • 45.00 mile(s) from Baltimore, Maryland
  • 76.00 mile(s) from Allentown
  • 100 mile(s) from Philadelphia
  • 150 mile(s) from Pittsburgh
  • 0.01 mile(s) from PA Medical Society, organization associated with multiple medical groups around the country
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Wellpoint Health Network, government health insurance
  • 2.00 mile(s) from PPL/Exelon, PA Power and Light
  • 2.00 mile(s) from UPS, United Parcel Services
  • 3.00 mile(s) from PATTAN Harrisburg
  • 3.00 mile(s) from AFLAC, health insurance
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Tyco, engineering company
  • 6.00 mile(s) from Snap On Tools, sell over 14,000 quality tools
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Nationwide, insurances
  • 10.00 mile(s) from IBM, computer services
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Penn State University, Harrisburg campus in Middletown
  • 5.00 mile(s) from HACC, Harrisburg main campus for Harrisburg area Community College
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Dickson University, Harrisburg campus
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Elizabethtown College, main campus
  • 30.00 mile(s) from Dickinson University, college and law campus
  • 40.00 mile(s) from Shippensburg University, main campus
  • 75.00 mile(s) from Penn State Main Campus, college and law campus

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 4.00 mile(s) from Sportsman's Golf Course, our very own 18 hole golf course
  • 20.00 mile(s) from York Fairgrounds, entertainment, festival and sports complex

Nearby Restaurants

  • There are plenty of Harrisburg dining options just minutes from this Pennsylvania Best Western hotel.
  • O'Reilly's Tap Room & Kitchen, on premises, full service, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, O'Reilly's Tap Room & Kitchen is like no other Harrisburg restaurant. With our welcoming atmosphere and ever changing draft selection, you do not even have to leave the hotel. We have over 20 different beers on tap that change on a seasonal basis, along with 40 plus different bottled beers selections. If you are hungry, try one of our chef's delicious comfort foods or one of our signature items. Whatever your flavor you will find it at O'Reilly's Tap Room & Kitchen.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from T.G.I.Friday's, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Texas Roadhouse, bar/lounge, steak house, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Panera Bread, cafe, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Outback, full service, steak house, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Chuck E. Cheese's, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Tokyo Diner, full service, Japanese, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Colonial Park Diner, full service, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Applebee's, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Red Lobster, full service, seafood, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Olive Garden, full service, Italian, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Old Country Buffet, buffet, American, open for: lunch, dinner

BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel & Conference Center

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Harrisburg. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

May 2014

May 1 - September 30, 2014
Super 322 Drive-In

Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May through September, this drive in located in US Route 322 between Clearfield and Philipsburg brings nostalgia back in a big way. Show schedules vary according to sundown and a full concession stand services the audience.

July 2014

July 28 - August 2, 2014
Clearfield County Fair

Carnivals, events and attractions contend for the amusement of grown-ups and children alike. Landmarks include the Fair Queen contest, harness racing, countless vendors, exhibitions, and thrilling rides. The fun begins at Clearfield County Fair and Park.

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