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The Lancaster Arts Hotel

by Holly Riddle

Sep 29, 2019

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Destinations / North America

The boutique Lancaster Arts Hotel sits on the outskirts of downtown Lancaster, too far away from most eateries to have an abundance of dinner options, but close enough you can easily see the city for a visit.


The property was originally built in the late 1800s, a warehouse dedicated to tobacco storage before serving as a wholesale paper and twine warehouse and then storage. As such, the hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America.


The hotel, with its 63 guestrooms and suites, is now fully dedicated, while still embracing its past. All guestrooms and public spaces are filled with original artwork, with a special focus on Pennsylvania artists. There are more than 250 pieces by more than 35 artists across 15 different mediums. The collection in total is worth more than $300,000.


During my stay at Lancaster Arts Hotel, I enjoyed a studio room that was average-sized as far as the bedroom, with its queen bed, desk and wine refrigerator, but that boasted an above-average, large bathroom with a standing shower, big vanity and double French doors. In keeping with the hotel’s history, the room retained its original brickwork and wooden beams; as part of the art theme, a sketchbook waited in the desk space. Left-behind works of art from guests can be spotted in the hotel’s elevator.


Each room comes with a range of amenities, including turndown service, complimentary WiFi, Turkish bathrobes, complimentary sparkling water, complimentary parking and complimentary breakfast. Guests also enjoy full membership privileges at the nearby YMCA, in addition to access to the on-site, 24-hour fitness center and bicycles.


On-site dining is located right off the lobby. John J. Jeffries, named for a tobacco inspector from the 1800s, offers intimate dining spaces and an expansive bar area, with a menu focused on local, upscale fare. I enjoyed several expertly crafted cocktails at the bar, although the dining menu itself leaves a bit to be desired. The limited menu features only a selection of small and large plates, and unless you’re in the mood for something decadent, you’re likely not going to be pleased.


All in all, Lancaster Arts Hotel offers a great spot to stay in downtown Lancaster, with many desirable amenities and a unique, historic atmosphere.



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