14 Unique Places to Stay in Lancaster, PA

January 21, 2022


With a interesting mix of traditional Amish country life and a trendy downtown core, Lancaster, PA is a great place to spend a few days or a weekend getaway. While Lancaster City offers art galleries, theatres, and historic buildings for city lovers, the sprawling rural farmland of Lancaster County provides a serene country escape. No matter what type of trip you're planning, these unique places to stay in Lancaster, PA offer a perfect home away from home.

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Unique Lancaster Hotels

With a variety of unique hotels in Lancaster from which to choose, you're sure to find accommodations that are perfect for you. In this list, you'll find trendy boutique hotels, country estates, plus a couple of quirky places that will make your stay memorable.

For each hotel, I've linked to the HotelsCombined page which compares prices across a variety of booking sites and in some cases, the hotel's website. However, be sure to click into the site and enter your dates for the most accurate price information.

Location: Downtown Lancaster, PA 
Hotel Class: 3-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: On-site parking available ($20 per day); electric charge stations available.
Special Features: Fitness center, spa, rooftop bar

Located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is an elegant hotel which is conveniently within walking distance of numerous art galleries, Lancaster Central Market, the Fulton Theatre, plus many amazing restaurants. 

Although newly built in 2009, they retained the historical 110-year old Watt and Shand façade, as well as a preserved section of the Underground Railroad. Meanwhile, modern guestrooms in the tallest building in Lancaster offer spectacular views of the city and upscale amenities. 

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

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Integrated with the Lancaster Convention Center, the Lancaster Marriott is not only perfect for holiday travel, but is a favorite for business travelers. 

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, Business travel

Location: Downtown Lancaster, PA
Hotel Class: 3-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free self-parking available 
Special Features: 24-hour fitness center, free continental breakfast

A former tobacco warehouse converted into a boutique hotel, the Lancaster Arts Hotel offers a unique, arts-inspired décor with exposed brick walls, exposed wooden beams, and locally-made furniture. 

Situated in downtown Lancaster, it's close to Franklin & Marshall College and within walking distance to Lancaster city attractions, such as art galleries, museums, and the shops of the Arts District.

Lancaster Arts Hotel

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Perfect stay for: Couple, Family

Location: Downtown Lancaster, PA
Hotel Class: 3-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free on-site parking available
Special Features: Fitness center, meeting & event facilities

Transformed from a 19th century cork factory into a boutique hotel, the Cork Factory Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Lancaster City. Its rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable with exposed wood ceilings and the factory's original brick interior walls. 

Although just around the corner from the Lancaster Brewing Company and the Lancaster Science Factory (a great spot for the kids), this hotel is also walking distance to many Lancaster City attractions. During your stay, enjoy delicious cocktails and dinner at Cork & Cap for an upscale American dining experience.

Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

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The historic Cork Factory Hotel is also a great wedding venue in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, Wedding

Location: Lancaster, PA
Hotel Class: 2-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free parking
Special Features: American & vegetarian breakfast options, shared lounge, garden.

The Lancaster Bed & Breakfast is a cozy and charming getaway roughly 1.5-miles from downtown Lancaster. The owners, Brad and Keith, warmly welcome guests to the cottage and give them a tour when they arrive. Guest reviews rave over the delicious breakfasts and how friendly and helpful the hosts are.

Rooms at the Lancaster Bed & Breakfast are decorated in a cozy, country style with local touches, such as beautiful Amish quilts. Each room has its own private bathroom. Outside, guests can enjoy the shared covered porch area and the garden.

Lancaster Bed and Breakfast

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Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or Friend trip

Location: Ronks, PA
Hotel Class: 2-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free parking & free electric car charging available
Special Features: Playground, microwave, refrigerator, BBQ grill, picnic area, buggy rides, petting zoo, games

If you love trains, as well as truly unique accommodations, then the Red Caboose Motel could be your dream place to stay, right in the heart of Amish Country! First established in 1970, the Red Caboose consisted of 19 cabooses, all painted red. Now, the motel has expanded to 38 cabooses, including a mail car and baggage car, in a variety of colors. 

Red Caboose Motel in Lancaster

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In addition to the a unique place to stay, the Red Caboose Motel property has fun activities like Amish buggy rides, games, a petting zoo, plus a restaurant and ice cream parlor. Railroad enthusiasts will also appreciate that the motel is less than a mile from the Pennsylvania Train Museum and the Strasburg Railroad. How convenient, right?

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or Friend trip

Location: Lancaster, PA
Hotel Class: 3-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free parking
Special Features: Indoor heated pool and hot tub, fitness center, outdoor fire pit, playground, duck & koi pond 

The Fulton Steamboat Inn is another wonderfully unique place to stay in Lancaster County. This full-service steamboat hotel offers Nautical and Victorian themed rooms, plus a restaurant and bar on board. Despite not actually sailing on any rivers, you'll be treated to the comfort and dining that you would on one of the legendary riverboats.  

Fulton Steamboat Inn in Lancaster, PA

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In addition to the steamboat experience, you'll be able to enjoy beautiful views of Pennsylvania Dutch Country farmland from your room. Plus, local attractions, such as the Sight & Sound Theatre, Amish Farm & House, and the Tanger and Rockvale Outlets, are just minutes away. 

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family

Location: Strasburg, PA
Hotel Class: 3-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free on-site parking
Special Features: Free breakfast at Speckled Hen, in-room coffee makers & coffee, refrigerator

Located in the charming, historic town of Strasburg, the Carriage House at Strasburg is an upscale motel with a cozy, inviting vibe. Each room and suite is unique and designed with stylish touches, such as signs crafted by local artisans and cozy throw pillows. During your stay, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Specked Hen, a local favorite for craft coffee and artisan food.

The Carriage House at Strasburg in Lancaster, PA

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While in Strasburg, walk along Main Street to enjoy the historic architecture and grab some ice cream at the Strasburg Creamery. If you enjoy mini-golf, I highly recommend playing a round at Village Greens, which is consistently voted the #1 miniature golf course in Lancaster County. 

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family

Location: Lancaster, PA
Hotel Class: 4-star
Pet-friendly: Yes (with fee)

Parking: Free on-site self parking
Special Features: Indoor pool, fitness center, business center, meeting rooms, putting green, golf course

Despite being a hotel chain, the DoubleTree Resort is worth mentioning in this list of unique hotels. Located on the Willow Valley Golf Course, this sprawling resort has wonderful amenities and a luxurious resort vibe in the heart of Lancaster's Amish Country.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Lancaster

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Despite its country setting, the DoubleTree Resort is still only a few minutes' drive to downtown Lancaster and its attractions. Additionally, due to the resort's size and elegant atrium, the DoubleTree Resort is another excellent wedding venue in Lancaster County.

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, Golf enthusiasts, Wedding

Location: Mount Joy, PA
Hotel Class: 3.5-star
Pet-friendly: Yes (2 pet-friendly rooms available, fee may be applied)

Parking: Free self-parking
Special Features: Free full breakfast, restaurant/bar on-site, conference and meeting space, garden, picnic area, terrace

For a romantic escape in an idyllic setting in western Lancaster County, the historic Cameron Estate Inn is an charming place to stay whether you're visiting Lancaster, Hershey, or Harrisburg. 

Cameron Estate Inn in Lancaster, PA

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Luxurious rooms, beautiful event spaces, and fine dining restaurant offer a wonderful experience for guests. As each room has its own unique design and attributes, you could visit this Inn many times and have a different experience. 

With its historic manor house and picturesque countryside setting, the Cameron Estate Inn also makes a lovely spot for a fairy tale wedding.  

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, Wedding

Location: Leola, PA
Hotel Class: 4-star
Pet-friendly: No

Parking: Free self-parking
Special Features: Adults-only, outdoor pool (seasonal), fitness center, spa, garden

Once an Amish tobacco farm, The Inn at Leola Village is a luxurious, historic inn located in rural Lancaster County. This adults-only inn is a tranquil place to relax and treat yourself to a spa experience after exploring Amish country.

Inn at Leola Village in Lancaster, PA

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Designated as a Historic Hotel of America, it offers a unique variety of rooms and suites in restored antique farmhouses, a converted tobacco barn, and restored antique homes. The Inn would also be an elegant venue for a conference or a wedding.

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, Wedding

None of these hotels quite right for you? Check out more hotels in Lancaster, PA here.

Unique Lancaster Vacation Homes

While traditional hotels and bed & breakfasts are perfect for short-term trips, if you're staying longer in Lancaster county or are traveling with a large group, you might enjoy a vacation home rental instead.

Lancaster County is home to some beautiful historic farmhouses, some of which you can rent through VRBO. Below are a few of these unique Lancaster vacation homes to consider for your home away from home.

Location: Lancaster, PA
Guests: 6 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1.5 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Modern kitchen, front porch, covered garage parking (1 vehicle), driveway parking (2 vehicles)

This Whimsical Lancaster House is a charming and relaxing Pennsylvania getaway in the heart of Amish Country. Beautifully decorated living spaces and a modern kitchen will make you feel right at home. 

Whimsical House Lancaster

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Conveniently located near the outlets, Dutch Wonderland, and the Amish Farm & House, it's the perfect place to stay for your trip to Lancaster County.

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or Friend trip

Location: Lancaster, PA
Guests: 11 guests
Beds/Baths: 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 3 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Private in-ground outdoor pool (summer-only), hot tub, screened-in porch, modern kitchen, washer/dryer, outdoor furniture, games, foosball.

The Carpenter House is a lovely 1750s restored farmhouse located in the quiet village of Lampeter in southern Lancaster County, PA. Spacious, yet cozy interiors offer a great space in which a larger family or group could hang out.

Lovely Historic Country Home with pool in Lancaster, PA

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In the summer, the outdoor pool is a fantastic spot to relax and enjoy the views of the surrounding farmland.

Perfect stay for: Family or Friend trip

Location: Fertility, PA
Guests: 14 guests
Beds/Baths: 4 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2 baths

Pet-friendly: Yes
Special Features: Fireplace, wood stove, Kayak, canoe, outdoor fire pit, parking for 4 vehicles, 2-unit layout with 2 kitchens.

If you're traveling with your pups to Lancaster, then this Dog-friendly Farmhouse might be the perfect home away from home in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Located in the historic town of Fertility along Mill Creek, this farmhouse sits on a lovely one-acre lot with a waterfall view and access to Flory Park. 

Due to the unique 2-unit layout of this duplex property, it's an ideal space for a group of friends or multiple families to share. 

Lancaster Dog-friendly Farmhouse

Photo courtesy of VRBO

Perfect stay for: Family, Friend trip, Multiple Families

Location: Lancaster, PA
Guests: 6 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 1.5 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Washer/dryer, full kitchen, parking

This newly renovated Cozy Hilltop Farmhouse is a charming retreat on a peaceful farm in Lancaster County. With its hilltop location, this house offers stunning views of the surrounding farmland, as well as breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. The home has a modern country vibe which is comfortable and welcoming.

Cozy Hilltop Farmhouse in Lancaster County, PA

Photo courtesy of VRBO

Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or Friend trip

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Lancaster, PA has a variety of charming and unique places to stay whether you're looking for a country escape or a small town getaway. Hopefully this list of unique accommodations in Lancaster has helped you start to plan your trip.

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14 Unique Places to Stay in Lancaster County, PA
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14 Unique Places to Stay Lancaster, PA
  • What an interesting collection of Lancaster hotels to consider if we head south for a visit. I do find local spots like the Cork Factory Hotel with some interesting history to be great options. I must admit the B&B options were a little less appealing during Covid. I could see us visiting the Cameron Estate Inn many different times to try out different rooms!

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