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
- 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
Friendly and professional staff wearing many smiles. Rooms were clean and very appealing with large bathrooms. Added surprise were the rose and chocolate on the pillow each night. Free parking in garage. Walking distance to the Downtown and the many shops and restaurants. Highly recommend this hotel.
My wife and I have stayed at the hotel on four or five occasions. Until our most recent stay, in late September, 2018, we always, and I mean always,were entirely delighted. Top to bottom, bed linens to breakfast, efficiency to professionalism we were never disappointed and our reviews reflected that. Our youngest son lives in Lancaster city and the location alone makes it worth considering; we stayed on September 28, 29 and 30. Our first night was bumpy. Wet wash cloths mixed in with bedding—odd as that sounds— and a room location in the newer section that seemed to be directly below an A/C compressor that cycled on and off often and LOUDLY. So much so that we had to request, at 3AM, that we be moved. We were and the rest of our stay was uneventful. I’m submitting this on December 1–two months after our stay. It has taken that long to establish a minimum amount of communication between the hotel and ourselves. That’s not to say that any resolution has been obtained. In early October we pursued a resolution through Booking.com as we had set up our reservations with them. Booking was responsive but ultimately unsuccessful as they were unable to establish contact with the hotel’s administration. This over a three week period. We started with Booking as we were advised by hotel personnel that since we did not book directly with the hotel we could not expect any compensation for the room down grade we took when we were moved on our first night. Next I sent a letter, hard copy, envelope, stamp and all to the name I was given as the correct member of administration. Time went by with no response. Next came a certified, return receipt letterforms the same individual. One week after it was delivered we received an apologetic email, on November 18, from the individual to who it was addressed indicating that somehow they had overlooked the certified mail on their desk. Finally!—we thought. Well nothing followed so we expressed our dismay and disappointment this past Thursday, 11/29, in an email. Again, an apologetic email seeming to indicate a resolution had(?) been processed. As we’ve no evidence of any such adjustment and precious little communication of any kind our last, and final, email simply pointed out that our hope had been for recognition from the hotel, regardless of what resolution they might offer. We closed with a rhetorical question about the right hand knowing what the left hand was doing.
We had a WONDERFUL stay at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. We loved the atmosphere, the way it was decorated, the ease of check-mini, and all of the extra touches that made it truly special (complimentary water bottles, wifi, parking, a rose at turndown, etc...). The only thing we noticed was that we could hear other people/rooms pretty easily, but it may have only been our room.
Would definitely recommend staying here!
The hotel is beautiful and the room was gorgeous. Great architecture! The service was exceptional. The girls at the front desk were so helpful and friendly. We had a reservation to see a show so not time to use the restaurant but had a cheese plate at the bar and the service and cheese plate was amazing. Have already recommended it to some back at my office and will definitely stay there the next time in Lancaster.
My wife and I recently took a trip to the Amish country on Pennsylvania, a trip that we make at least once a year. This trip we stayed at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. What a great decision! The hotel is a converted Tobacco wearhouse so there is a lot of exposed brick. It is not your normal Cookie Cutter hotel. Each room has its own personality. I strongly recommend that you give it a try, I know my wife and I will be returning in the Spring.