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
This is a fabulous hotel that goes the extra mile and in doing so provides a wow factor.
Jackie on the reception was the first person who was outstanding. She was incredibly helpful throughout our stay and I can't thank her enough.
Our room was excellent and it was the little extras that made me go wow!
The following morning we had the pleasure of meeting Destiny and Sean who maintained the hotel's high standard.
During the evening we sat at the bar and I enjoyed some of the draught beers as well as having a light meal.
We would have stayed another night but the hotel was fully booked.
I can fully understand why it is so popular.
Although there was some confusion when I checked in, Destiny and Jackie were wonderful. They were kind and friendly and got everything straightened out while we had a fun conversation. The room was stunning! I wish my husband had been there so we could have enjoyed the tub and the romantic ambiance. I especially appreciated the robes - so soft! thanks for the stay and for the great crew you have there.
My husband and I had a wonderful weekend stay here. The room was nicely decorated and very welcoming with a rose, a bit of chocolate and free bottled water. The lobby and other public spaces were decorated with interesting art pieces. Bar and restaurant on premises. The drinks and food were good although the menu was quite limited. Overall, a great stay and I would return to this spot if ever in Lancaster again.