Lancaster Arts Hotel
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast and WiFi are included in the Jetsetter rate
- More than 300 works by Pennsylvania artists on display throughout the hotel
- Original architectural details, including brick walls, exposed beams, wood floors and even sliding steel fire doors
- On-site restaurant John J. Jeffries is one of the best in town, serving farm-fresh fare using ingredients from within 50 miles of the restaurant
What To Know
- Guests have access to a YMCA facility with a pool and state-of-the-art equipment across the street
- Free parking and bicycles are available for guest use
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Amish of Lancaster County have grown tobacco for generations, and a red brick warehouse that once stored the crop has found new life as Lancaster’s best boutique hotel – and one of its most extensive art galleries. Original wood floors, exposed beams, brick walls and even sliding steel fire doors are expertly juxtaposed with modern furniture, steely finishes and mood lighting. More than 300 paintings and statues are displayed throughout the public spaces and guestrooms, giving off a gallery vibe; works range from a restored Dentzel carousel pony to day-glo woodblock prints by Robert Patierno to Americana oil paintings by Jenn Peachey.
Bed and Bath
Given the building’s warehouse past, it’s not surprising that no two of the 63 guestrooms and suites are alike. High ceilings, exposed brick and wood floors are common to nearly every room, though some rooms are located in a new wing without period charm (though they do add Juliet balconies). Hand-carved wood headboards work well with the sleek leather club chairs, metal lamps and steel work desks equipped with many outlets. Other modern amenities include iPod/iPhone docks, flat-screen TVs and silver wire light fixtures. Each room features at least one work of art (Loft Suites offer four to six works by one local artist); each room is also equipped with a sketch pad and pencils, prompting guests to leave their own artworks. Bathrooms are big and modern with walk-in showers, and Loft Suites add Jacuzzi tubs — though in the living area, not the bathroom.
The chefs Sean Cavanaugh and Michael F. Carson don’t have to travel too far to find choice produce, dairy and meats for their seasonal, farm-fresh menu at John J. Jeffries. Lancaster County’s farms are famous across the country, and most everything on the menu — from the butter to the beer — is made within an hour’s drive of their kitchen. As a result, the menu changes almost daily, but you can count on Jamison Farm’s center-cut coffee-rubbed lamb shank, Little Ponderosa Farm’s grass-fed dry-aged steak and Meadow Run Farm’s pastured chicken. And about that name… During restoration, the chefs found a tobacco inspection certificate dated November 5, 1890, and signed by one John J. Jeffries. The name struck a chord and the chefs decided to name their restaurant after the inspector.
In the Area
Lancaster is America’s oldest inland city, and it’s surrounded by some of the nation’s best farmland, so it should be of no surprise that it’s also home to the country’s oldest operating farmers market, Lancaster Central Market. It’s open only on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, but it’s well worth planning your trip around for its selection of fresh produce, dairy products and meat, not to mention its cakes, deli sandwiches, fresh-cut flowers and, especially, Amish quilts and crafts. While the Amish keep Lancaster rooted in agriculture, this city has blossomed into one of Pennsylvania’s art hubs, adding sophistication and even a little edge. After checking out everything on display at the hotel, head over to the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s main gallery, which shows off works by the student body as well as acclaimed artists from around the country. From there, take a gallery walk down Water and Orange Streets to check out more of the town’s thriving and diverse arts scene. Antiques freaks and vintage aficionados will want to check out the 300 block of North Queen Street, which is lined with retro, antique and collectibles shops. Check out Art & Glasswork, a cool glass gallery that doubles as a community center hosting concerts and classes throughout the year.
How to Get There
My husband and I have stayed here once a year for several years. Attractive, clean rooms, great attention to detail. Easy parking. The hotel staff is attentive and friendly. The John Jeffries is delicious. Just a great, reliable spot to stay.
I stayed at the Lancaster Arts Hotel for the first time recently. I was in town for an event at F&M College and the hotel is in walking distance. I booked a loft style room and it was fantastic. I love that the hotel supports local artists by having artwork for sale in the room. I also ate at John J Jeffries and it was delicious. I will definitely stay there again.
Rooms very charming. Halls tired. Rose on door nice touch (but not my thing). Service regrettable. Hotel empty on Sunday and they couldn't grant one hour late checkout. One staff member great, the rest terse. Unsophisticated advice on local restaurants.
My husband and I booked a room to celebrate our anniversary. We got a great room and had a delicious dinner at John J Jeffries. As we where finishing dinner, our daughter called to tell us that she just called 911 because my mother in law fell and was injured pretty badly. We knew we needed to leave and understood we would not get our money back for the stay. But we were disappointed and wanted to return. We spoke to the desk clerk about getting a small credit toward another stay. He said he wouldn’t be able to do that and gave us the managers email and phone number. My husband emailed a few days after our stay and never received a response. I then called and asked to speak to the manager. He wasn’t available and I left a message and never received a response. We weren’t asking for a full refund or didn’t even expect a partial one. But we are disappointed that our call and email was not returned. We wanted to go back and simply wanted to see if it would be possible to get a small credit. Honestly even a response saying that wasn’t possible would have been appreciated. We would have expected better customer service from a boutique hotel like this. Don’t let this stop you from going. It’s a unique hotel that is just slightly lacking in responsiveness.
While I have attended Lancaster’s local anime convention for several years, this is the first time I had the pleasure of staying in this hotel. The staff is amazing and it is such a cool location. 10/10