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
Well...let's see...it's close to the ball park so you can really feel that you have struck out with a stay at Lancaster Arts Hotel. This is the perfect hotel for those with little or no expectations. Help getting you r bags from the car...NO. help getting your bags toi the room NO. Having the correct reservations....NO. Mattresses made this century....NO. Giant swimming pool hot tub using half the room...well...yes. It does have that. A true flash back to the 80'S. How about a love seat in the entry way with no view of TV....well....it has that too. You get the message right? My last post commented on the rude behavior of staff. They have improved that.....now they simply say "our management has rules and we cannot accept nay changes to those rules." So you don't get the same feeling that they are being personally rude to you. It's more like computer answering machine rude. Frustrating but refreshingly impersonal and uncaring. Want them to text you when your room is ready....NO. Want an extra blanket.....NO. Want more than one person at the desk to help with rush hour check in or check out....NO. SO, lower your expectations and come to Lancaster Arts Hotel. The only thing to expect is to be overcharged.
This was a gift from our children so I don’t know why they chose it. I can see why now. It is a charming hotel. We loved our King room. Very spacious and well decorated. Every night they would come and put a long stem rose with chocolates on my pillow. Bottled water on your nightstand, we had a jacuzzi tub, a very comfortable bed, and a walk in shower. Towels were nice and soft. And plenty of toiletries. They had a magnifying mirror that every hotel should have. The breakfast they offered was plentiful. The staff was very friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a unique hotel then I would recommend the Lancaster Arts Hotel.
Hotel is OK. Modern style and boutiquey. However the noise of the air conditioning from the hallways out side the room were a constant noisy mechanical hum, made worse by clicking on and off at night, so we barely slept. I walked around other parts of the hotel and the noise was everywhere. Perhaps Americans are used to a constant low level hum, as I don’t see other complaints about this. If you need quiet to sleep, find somewhere else.
This is a charming boutique hotel. Our room was a King with a beautiful brick wall. Nice bathroom and small wine fridge, coffee maker, robes, lots of towels and fluffy white bedding. The hotel staff were very nice and helpful. The breakfast is continental bagels, toast, hard boiled eggs, fruits, oatmeal, pancake maker, egg and ham wraps. Parking
Location is awesome in old downtown Lancaster. Saturdays you can walk to the market.
Whoever came up with the idea of converting an old brick warehouse into a unique hotel should get a medal. The "arts" theme made it stand out from the run-of-the-mill, and our room even had a sketchbook for guests to use. Some guest drawings were even displayed in the elevator. Our room was clean and nicely designed, with a comfortable bed, jacuzzi tub, and seating area. The bathroom likewise was very nice, even providing a magnifying mirror for shaving or putting on makeup. There were ample towels and toiletries. With a friendly and helpful staff, we would recommend this to anyone staying in Lancaster who wants something a bit out of the ordinary.