Motels Near Lancaster

by Meg Jernigan

Downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one of the larger National Historic Districts in the United States, hosts a busy farmer’s market, a college of the arts and a refurbished town square lined with shops and restaurants. Motels near Lancaster cater to tourists who make the city their base of operations for forays into the surrounding Pennsylvania Dutch country and bargain hunters shopping at the outlet malls located east of town.

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East of Lancaster

The AAA three diamond Country Inn of Lancaster, located on Route 30 East near outlet stores and Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park, features an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Rooms, located in two buildings, have free Wi-Fi. The motel has some connecting rooms but can’t guarantee their availability. Country Inn has a no pets policy. Rodeway Inn, located in the same area as Country Inn, has a seasonal outdoor pool and offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. Rodeway also has a no pets policy.

North of Lancaster

Days Inn & Suites, located near the Overlook Golf Course, offers two-room executive suites for business travelers and two-room whirlpool suites. Renovated in 2007, the property has a restaurant and bar onsite and provides guests with free high-speed Internet access. Days Inn welcomes pets. Each studio and one- or two-bedroom suite at Homewood Suites has a full kitchen, spacious work area and complimentary Wi-Fi. Located off Route 283, the hotel provides guests with complimentary breakfast and hosts an evening reception with a light meal and beverages. Pets are not welcome at Homewood Suites.

West of Lancaster

Pet-friendly Travelodge, located off Route 462 near the Wheatland Shopping Center, has a German restaurant and lounge onsite. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi, mini fridges in every room and complimentary continental breakfasts. The motel’s parking lot accommodates trucks and RVs, and the outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally. Farther west, Heritage Hotel Lancaster offers an assortment of package deals that include golf, dinner theater tickets or shopping vouchers. The hotel has a restaurant featuring large outdoor dining spaces and a bar encircling a tree growing in the center of the building. Heritage has a no-pets policy.

In Town

Located in Lancaster’s downtown National Historic District, the AAA three diamond Marriott incorporates an 1804 federal-style mansion built for a prominent attorney. Standard rooms with city views feature upscale bedding and ergonomic work areas. The hotel’s restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves American food in a casual atmosphere. Lancaster Arts Hotel, just a few blocks from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, displays original local art in all of the rooms and common areas. A member of Historic Hotels of America, the property occupies a late 19th century tobacco warehouse. Pets are not allowed at either hotel.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

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