Lancaster, Pa is located in south central Pennsylvania. It's about a 90 minute drive from Philadelphia to the east, 45 minutes from Harrisburg to the northwest, 90 minutes from Baltimore to the south. The city of Lancaster is the county seat for the county of the same name. This area of the state is commonly known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country. There are three Marriott properties in and around the city if you are looking for a good night's sleep. A Fairfield Inn, a Courtyard, and a full service Marriott are all fine locations. We had the opportunity to spend three nights this month, two at the Fairfield Inn and one at the Marriott. The service, cleanliness, and location for both hotels were excellent. The staffs of both are professionally trained and very accommodating to any and all requests. The CL at the Marriott was great. The breakfast area of the Fairfield is fully stocked with a nice selection.
A visitor will see many a buggy pulled by horse coming down the road. It is indeed in Amish country. Excellent craftsmanship from furniture to backyard sheds. Top line fruits and vegetables are also common from the Amish people. There is a Central Market across the square from the Marriott. Quite a few stands are from the Amish farms.
I stayed at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square several weeks ago and it was great. It is one of the only Marriott properties that is so committed to being green that it places recycling bins in the hotel room! Derek at the front desk is amazing. If you are lucky enough to be at the hotel during the weekend, you will find a basket of the most delicious chocolate and red velvet mini-whoopie pies. The hotel restaurant is beyond amazing and is committed to using local organic produce and possibly organic meat. Here is a tip if you go to the restaurant and don't want to eat an enormous meal--order from the bar menu. You can sit at the bar or at a regular table even if you order exclusively from the bar menu. The menu is creative and every item on it is delicious. As a medium-sized group, we ordered many of the items on the bar menu and shared them. Everything was incredibly delicious and gorgeously presented. If Lancaster were just around the corner, I would eating dinner at the hotel restaurant on a regular basis. The indoor pool is a good size and has lots of light coming in from three sides. If you go down to the pool early, you can swim in what is virtually a private pool!. Be absolutely certain to make your way to the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic site that connects to the hotel over at the Lancaster County Convention Center . It is fascinating and tells a great story of the underground railway. The Central Market farmers market is a culinary delight if you are in Lancaster on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. The hotel is great for business or a restful retreat.