In the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, where life is simple and many locals travel by horse and buggy, you'll find comfortable accommodations with modern amenities along the Lincoln Highway in Lancaster. By day, U.S. Route 30 -- the highway's official designation – is your gateway to the picturesque charms of tidy, sprawling farms, shops with handcrafted quilts and folk art, retail outlets, roadside attractions and an endless supply of shoo-fly pie. When you're ready to rest for the night, this well-traveled road offers easy access to a variety of hotel styles.
Country Hotels With Quilts
Snuggle under a classic Amish quilt at the Country Inn of Lancaster, where handcrafted decorative accents and wooden rocking chairs highlight the hotel's rustic, country appeal. Cozy standard and deluxe rooms in the main building are near the glassed-in pool and hot tub. Deluxe balcony rooms in a smaller building on the property offer greater privacy. There's a pub with food on-site, a complimentary continental breakfast in the mornings and coffee and orange juice in the lobby all day and night. Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, across Lincoln Highway from Dutch Wonderland amusement park, brings local flair to its rooms and public areas with Amish-style decor and furnishings. Start your morning here with a hot breakfast buffet, a swim in the indoor pool or a workout at the fitness center. After a full day of play and exploring, nestle down in a standard guest room, a one- or two-bedroom suite or one of the suites with a private whirlpool tub.
Resort Style Hotels
The Lancaster Host Resort hotel's indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and volleyball courts, championship golf course and a putting green that's lit at night suits active family travelers. The resort strives to satisfy all types of appetites with a full Amish breakfast buffet that's locally sourced, international food and drink on the lunch and dinner menus and several conveniently located bars. Guest rooms range from a standard double room, ideal for a couple, to family-size two-bedroom suites. At the Oregon Pike exit off Lincoln Highway, Eden Resort has contemporary flair with outdoor lighted table games and basketball court, indoor and outdoor heated pools with a kids play area and a salon and spa for total relaxation. Known for its Sunday champagne brunch, the on-site restaurants range from eclectic to fine dining. In addition to deluxe guest rooms, accommodations include suites and villas.
Accommodations for the Business Traveler
Just over 10 minutes from downtown Lancaster, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham has a business center, free Wi-Fi access, and laundry and dry cleaning services available that make an extended business trip to the area comfortable. A hot breakfast buffet in the lobby dining area, nearby restaurant meals and a microwave and small refrigerator in the suite for snacks will keep you nourished. And when you're ready for a workout, there's a fitness center on-site.
A Romantic Steamboat Hotel
Built in the shape of a steamboat and decorated with dramatic Victorian flair, Fulton Steamboat Inn gives a nod of honor to Lancaster's native son, the steamboat inventor, Robert Fulton. Rich fabrics, luxurious linens and grand furnishings set the tone for romance and relaxation. Guest rooms on the building's three floors, which are referred to in nautical terms as the sun deck, the observation deck and the promenade deck, have balconies or patios. The grounds are welcoming, with plenty of lounge seats and a large pond. The on-site restaurant and tavern serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, incorporating ingredients raised locally.
Hotels for Modest Budgets
When you're busy enjoying the countryside and just need a bed for a good night's rest along the way, Econo Lodge is a no-frills solution with a free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and dining within walking distance. Lancaster Budget Host Inn offers wallet-friendly lodgings where kids can splash at the Caribbean Indoor Waterpark. An in-room coffee maker and free continental breakfast give a boost to your morning at the Rodeway Inn Amish Country. The outdoor pool is open seasonally, and there's free high-speed Internet access.