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Lancaster Arts Hotel
Why Stay At Lancaster Arts Hotel
This former tobacco warehouse turned boutique hotel acts an extension of downtown Lancaster's burgeoning arts and culture scene.
The Lancaster Arts Hotel debuted in 2006, but its brick building has been standing significantly longer—its roots date back to 1881, when it opened as a tobacco warehouse. The historic frame provides an impressive backdrop for the hotel's $300,000 collection of local, modern art. Each of the 63 asymmetrical guestrooms is composed of brick walls and exposed ceiling beams, with unique artwork and locally made, handcrafted furnishings. More modern amenities include iPad docking stations and free WiFi. The hotel's restaurant, John J. Jeffries, serves seasonal, sustainable fare primarily featuring ingredients culled from within a 25-mile radius, including locally raised buffalo.
In addition to the small on-site fitness room, the hotel offers complimentary passes to the local YMCA, which has an indoor track and pool, and is conveniently located across the street.
The hotel has a small fleet of four bicycles that are available for day use free of charge. Since there are so few, it's a good idea to reserve one in advance with the concierge.
Arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) which is approximately 87 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 90 minutes of travel time.300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Free Bike Rentals
- Fitness Room
- Free YMCA Access
- 24-hour Business Center
- Daily Newspapers
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- iPod Docking Stations
- Flat-screen TVs
- Individually Furnished
- Wine Refrigerators
- En-suite Bathrooms
- Luxury Bathrobes
- Coffee Makers
- Bar + Lounge
- Max occupancy is 3 in the Loft and Arts Suites
- Max occupancy is 4 in the Presidential Suite
- Deluxe Continental Breakfast
- WiFi Internet
Why We Love Lancaster
This historic city—it was settled in 1718—mixes architectural heritage with an ever-emerging cultural scene. Its downtown area is packed with art galleries, boutique shops, and eclectic dining.
402 N. Queen St.
Dinner for two $80.
Where to Drink: The Art Deco-inspired décor at Checkers Bistro (about a five-minute walk from Lancaster Arts Hotel) ties in nicely with its emphasis on classic cocktails; order a Negroni or a Sazerac.
300 W. James St.
Drinks for two $20.
Best Outdoor Excursion: The Amish Farm and House (about 10 miles away) is a 300-year-old property where visitors get a glimpse into the county's rural heritage. Activities include tours of the massive farmhouse, interaction with the animals, and a guided tour of the surrounding countryside in an Amish buggy.
2395 Route 30 East.
Prices range from $8.95-$26.95 for adults.
Best Day Trip: Gettysburg National Military Park is located about 75 minutes east of the hotel. Walk through the park's military cemetery or explore the museum's artifacts; the experience is especially significant in 2013, the battle's 150th anniversary.
1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.
$12.50 for adults.
Why Go Now
August 9, 2013
13th-Annual Clare House Jazz Festival
Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music performed by local jazz musicians at this event benefiting homeless women and their children. Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.
$75 per person.
August 30-September 1, 2013
Long's Park Art & Craft Festival
Take in up to three days of fine arts and crafts from across the country, plus live music, food, wine, and craft beer.
$10 for a one-day adult pass, $15 for a multi-day adult pass.
September 7, 2013
Whoopie Pie Festival
Indulge in more than 100 variations of the famous dessert sandwich at this annual family-friendly fête.
Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, Strasburg.
whoopiepiefestival.com; free admission.