Lancaster Arts Hotel
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... br> It hammed rain again as we drove to Walmart in Littlestown. Marie brought some clothes and other birthday presents for Cheyenne as well as some souvenirs for some at home. I bought some Rapala lures for Brad and Joel. I couldn't find a car magazine for Dixie but Gabriele ws sure they had them free at some gas stations.
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... in time for dinner where Jeff’s wife Jane and her new daughter-in-law Kayla put together a beautiful spread of salsas, guacamole, fruit salad, black bean quesadillas, and homemade cherry chocolate-chip ice cream! They live next to quite a few Amish farms that have been in that area for decades. Jeff and Ann took us on a driving tour through the rolling hills of farmland that passed through two covered bridges that we stopped and ...
Heading through Pennsylvania to DC today. Raining a bit this morning though expecting it to clear before we get to our next stop. We've really been lucky with the weather on this trip - it's been fine and mild, in the mid to high 20s until now, lovely. Stopped at The Amish Village - not a working farm but a tourist site closely resembling an Amish home and lands including animals. Learned that single ...
... We picked up some great coffee, and breakfast straight from an Amish farmer and sat outside in the sun,, listening to a fellow with many instruments, attached to him, play some wonderful old tunes. A great way to start the day. Lancaster appeared to be a very artistic town with theatres and around the city pianos have been placed for anyone in the community's to sit down and playing when they want to . Our next stop was at the tourist bureau ...
... Florida and as a consequence ,it's raining pretty much along the whole east coast. We are in the car most of the day, so just an overnight stay in pittsburgh to hop on a plane to Chicago for some more sightseeing and baseball.
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Amazing renovation of historic factory into modern boutique hotel
We stayed one night at this place, and it was incredible!
The building used to be a tobacco warehouse, but was converted two years ago into this neat hotel. The lobby is amazing - exposed brick, original huge beams, steel, leather chairs and sofas. Check-in was great. We were upgraded from a studio queen to a deluxe king on the top floor.
Out room had an extremely comfortable bed, great linens, and amazing down pillows. There was a flat screen LCD tv on the wall, a great armoire, a comfy lounge chair, and a desk with an iPod dockable stereo. Out room also had exposed brick.
THe bathroom had a double granite sink, and a huge walk-in shower with a rain shower head. Towels were awesome.
The restaurant and bar looked great, but we didn't eat/drink there.
The fitness center was one of the best I've used. They had a LifeFitness treadmill (the new kind) a LifeFitness Eliptical and bike. Also a weight machine, a set of free wieghts, and medicine balls.
THe hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk from many of the art galleries, restaurants, and historic downtown which was great.
We would definatly go back.
Awesome Great Did I Say Awesome
This place was more than a pleasant surprise. The room was great. I especially loved how they retain the history of the place and mixed it with an modern touch. Not overly done. From the lobby to the room.
I had friends who stayed in the new section. I thought the deco would
be that of a typical hotel. Even there that neveau touch was evident.
I want to go back to Lancaster just to stay at the hotel.
Will Be a Great Hotel Once the Kinks are Worked Out
This is going to be a fabulous little boutique hotel in downtown Lancaster when all the kinks are finally worked. Which I hope is soon since the place had been opened for over 6-mths. Easy walking distance to the market and downtown area. The entire decor is contemporary minimalistic. Very clean with great amenities.
Big lesson learned is to get the rate in writing if you book over the phone or else you may end up in a "he said, she said" type argument with the manager.
The hotel website was having problems with lots of broken links so I called to book over the phone. I got a confirmation number but did not think to have it faxed to me. Upon check-in, the computer was acting up so the desk clerk could not print out the paperwork which included the rate confirmation. It was one thing after another. When we did check out the rate was soooo much higher than what was quoted. Unfortunately, I had to ask for the manager to come out of her glass office to discuss the issue which led to an unpleasant confrontation. I finally did get the rate I was quoted but having to argue for it left a bad memory.
It was also at this time that we discovered that we were put into a "studio" room when what we were quoted was a "deluxe". Like I said - they're still working things out.
Great little place but be sure you stay on top of what you should be getting in your room rate and what type of room you should get.
Very nice stay, Could use improvement
We recently stay at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. We go to Lancaster quite often to visit family and were always disappointed in the choice of places to stay. When the Lancaster Arts Hotel opened , we could wait to stay there. It is a converted warehouse and has a very cool interior and lots of nice art throughout the hotel. Our room was a nice size and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel staff seemed friendly but inexperienced. We could not get the Internet service via the TV to work but this was not much of a concern given we were staying just one night. When we checked in we were told that in the morning there was a free continental breakfast but when we went down to check out the breakfast there was no food left. The location is ideal for visiting F&M college and convenient for visiting the city given the city is small.
In general, our experience at the Lancaster Arts hotel was very good but given it has been open for a few months the service is still improving. We plan to go back sometime in the next few months.
Gem in Downtown Lancasterr
We recently stayed in a Loft Suite at the brand-new Lancaster Arts Hotel. We are from the area, but just needed a little weekend getaway for two. The artistic decor in the common areas and our room was amazing! All local artists! It is obvious from the moment you walk in that a lot of thought and care were put into making this building what it is today. Our suite was large and most of the furniture was hand-made in Lancaster County. We were impressed with the quality of linens, towels, and other items in our room. It was not your typical hotel! We had two flat screen tv's which could also provide internet access and a lovely jacuzzi. Staff was very pleasant and helpful; they made us feel right at home. Free continental breakfast was provided. Pastries from a local bakery, yogurt from a Lancaster Co. Dairy, and tea from a local tea shop were pleasant surprises. There is a restaurant on site whose menu features local products and all-organic fare. There are also two nice Italian restaurants within walking distance.
The hotel is in an old section of Lancaster City where many of the old tobacco warehouses are being converted into offices, condos, shops, and restaurants. It's a very safe section of town, and it was also very quiet. We didn't hear any traffic, unlike most of the hotels along Rt. 30. Parking for the hotel is free in there own parking garage. While not right in the "Amish" area, the Lancaster Arts Hotel is only 10-15 minutes away, and you will have a much nicer stay than in any of the chain motels on Route 30. If you want a relaxing and luxurious experience and a place to truely unwind, then Lancaster Arts Hotel is for you! It is NYC luxury without the NYC price!
My family came to visit some relatives over New Years weekend in Lancaster. This is an annual trip for us. Normally, we stay out on the Lincoln Highway - but the arts hotel was close to family. They made the reservations for us.
Our room was a "loft suite" and we really were not expecting to pay New York City prices in a small town like Lancaster. We tried to enjoy our vacation but couldn't get the thought of paying so much for a hotel that didn't even have a free breakfast in the morning. The suite was at least $100 more than other nice hotels charge. Wow.
Best/only boutique-y hotel in lancaster area
We stayed at the Lancaster Arts while visiting my family in the area--I actually grew up in Lancaster City, and frankly Lancaster never used to have a hotel of this caliber. If you're used to and enjoy the amenities associated with a luxury hotel, this is really the only game in town. The building's renovation was really well executed and the room's furnishings and the common areas are really quite nice. The hotel is also really a great value for what it is, as a hotel this nice in a larger city would easily be over $200. We were also pretty impressed by the restauarant and bar, newly opened--the food was really good and uses local produce (which is excellent). On another note, this area of town may frighten some more squeamish suburbanite visitors but the immediate area is perfectly safe--it's actually mostly pretty cool old brick tobacco warehouses around the hotel...Lancaster, even downtown has very low crime and what crime there is is usually local and drug related.
On the whole, an excellent hotel. If you prefer chain hotels and want to be in close proximity to the Amish-related tourist traps, you may prefer to stay on a strip mall on Route 30. Otherwise the Lancaster Arts is highly recommended.
Nice Contemporary Hotel
My family and I stayed here during a weekend visit to see the Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Theater in Strausburg, PA. The hotel in general was fabulous, that is if you like a modern chic, contemporary flare; brick-exposed walls, old wood beams and floors mixed with contemporary furnishing. The two-room suite we occupied was clean, beautiful and airy (high ceiling). The suite's amenities included, but were not limited to, two flat planel tvs, a kitchenette, jacuzzi and large bathroom with a nice array of toiletries. Also, the hotel provided free wireless internet service. The hotel's staff was ultra-friendly and very accomodating starting with a warm greeting upon our arrival and making sure our stay exceeded our expectations. The continental breakfast was a nice treat, as well. The rates were more than reasonable! My family and I would definately consider staying here, again, if we were to visit the area in the near future. Also, check out the hotel's restaurant, "John J. Jeffries," if you have the chance. However, be sure to make reservations as early as possible. The food is delicious!!
Fantastic hotel. I was blown away by the amenities and the service, and loved the character of the place. I get to Lancaster often, and this will surely be my first choice from now on.
Downtown and away from amish
Nice, clean hotel - but not in a visitor friendly location. The price was also more expensive than other hotels closer to the lancaster outlets. It felt so fancy that it was "out of place" for its surroundings but we wanted to be fair and try it.
Be smart and stay at one of the more dependable and convenient chain hotels on route 30 east near the amish attractions.