Website description needs an update A review of Clarion Inn Historic Strasburg Inn
We spent 2 nights at the Historic Strasburg Inn this past weekend. The price was $129.00 per night for a standard double bed room. The desk clerk informed us that the Inn recently has been taken over by new owners. They did not give us a discount for AAA membership as we were told that this was a "special rate." There is no longer a complimentary copy of USA today provided. The room was quite average and nothing more than what one would expect from a typical motel room. The website describes handmade floral wreaths and doilies. None in our room. No hardwood flooring as in the photo. The wallpaper in the bathroom was starting to peel. There was not enough light in the room. Impossible to read in bed. One of the lamps was unplugged and we couldn't plug it in without unplugging the TV and VCR. Only one small window. The walls were pretty thin. We were told that the Washington House is no longer open for fine dining. All that remains is the By George Tavern, which only offers light fare and a limited number of entrees. It does not provide any entertainment except in the summer months. One room of the tavern has 2 big screen TV's on the wall. A football game was on at the time we were there. If you want less noise and a nicer ambience, request the inner room by the fireplace. Website describes the food as sumptuous. Food and service was merely adequate. Flavor of French onion soup was overwhelmed by the large number of mushrooms in the soup and didn't have enough bread and cheese. Pieces of "grilled chicken" in the caesar salad were bland and tasted like Perdue shortcuts and did not taste marinated or grilled. Waitress disappeared after handing us our entrees and didn't reappear until we were nearly finished. Most of the other servers seemed to be more attentive to their clientele, so we just got stuck with the bad one. On the positive side, the grounds are lovely and spacious and a trip in the warmer months would allow a visitor to use the many outdoor, strategically- placed seating arrangements overlooking the countryside. There is plenty of parking.
The room rate did include a full breakfast buffet which, except for the watery eggs, was pretty tasty. The Inn is also in a great location, close to the Rockvale outlet mall and the Strasburg Railroad and Railroad museum. If you go on the train ride, make sure that you sit on the right side of the train as that is where most of the scenery is.