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Historic Smithton Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   900 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010 via mobile

I simply cannot say enough about the Smithton Inn. From the moment you step through the front door you will feel at home. The guest rooms are all tastefully appointed and you can't go wrong no matter which room you select. We stayed in the Red room and loved it. Make sure to spend time in the public rooms too and browse through the books in the library. What really makes this inn stand out from any other in the area though is the innkeepers Rebecca and Dave. They are wonderful people. They will share the history of the inn and the area and can make great recommendations about everything to see and do in the area. The inn is at a great spot to visit everything in the area. It is conveniently located and is perfect if you are in the area for antique hunting or a visit to the Ephrata Cloister. There are great restaurants nearby too. Oh and I can't forget to mention the delicious breakfasts you will experience at the inn and Lucky the dog who will be your new best friend. So if you are looking for a great retreat in Lancaster County look no further than the Smithton.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

My boyfriend and I chose the Smithton Inn based on the ammenities offered in the rooms and some of the reviews we had read. This was our first time ever staying at a Bed & Breakfast so we weren't quite sure what to expect. It felt just like staying the weekend with old friends. We were going to be in town for a wedding and decided to go with a Bed & Breakfast instead of a hotel because we wanted a nice homely feel and we certainly got what we came for. Our hostess was very friendly and an excellent cook. She was very accomodating and offered a variety of freshly baked home made goods. We stayed in the Purple Room (Guest Room 6) and it was absolutely gorgeous. It had the nice historic feel a B&B should have but with plenty of wonderful modern ammenities including a jacuzzi tub and a flat screen t.v. with a dvd player. They also offered complimentary aroma therapy oils for the jacuzzi tub as well as a nice tray of goodies in the room. The king sized bed was just perfect not to firm and not too soft. The pillows were also very nice and the linens were clean and smelled like fresh laundry. We would definitely love to visit again for no other reason than to just relax. With the room being at such a great price it should be no problem to enjoy a weekend getaway every so often at the Smithton Inn.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

We stayed for 4 nights at the Smithton. We were greeted by Rebecca and the housekeeper (Judy) both of whom were very welcoming and had a wealth of information about the area and the house itself.
Knowing that Rebecca and her husband had only taken over the Inn less than a year ago, we were amazed at what had been achieved. The place is sensitively and beautifully decorated, using antiques and Amish quilts in rooms each with a distinct colour scheme. Somehow the plasma tvs in the rooms didn't spoil the ambience (and a terrific collection of DVDs to choose from.
Breakfasts were very tasty, with home made granola, home made yoghurts and fruit salads and bread, as well as a main dish - plus cakes which were a bit sweet for our European taste. We di enjoy the quiche and the Strada.
We would thoroughly recomend the Smithton Inn

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trenton, NJ
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

We recently spent a Saturday night at the Smithton and had a great experience. The innkeepers, Rebecca and Dave, were nothing short of enthusiastic about making guests feel welcome and at home.

After a hectic day of traveling and visiting local wineries, it was great to get back to the Smithton and stretch out on our very comfortable bed for some late afternoon quiet time. Early in the evening wine and cheese were provided along with some pre-dinner socializing. Sunday’s breakfast was plentiful and satisfying.

The owners have demonstrated excellent taste and attention to detail in bringing the venerable inn back to life. They’ve achieved a cozy, comfortable balance between historic charm and modern amenities.

At the Smithton, hospitality doesn’t end at the property line. The innkeepers are able and willing to provide you with insider’s information on the best things to do and see. They obtained our wine tour tickets and a suggested route for us, as well as made an excellent suggestion (and reservations) for our Saturday night meal.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MP, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

My husband and I like to try different B & B's for a quick week-end away. The Smithton Inn was a great choice. The room (purple room) was very roomy, with a larger bed, fireplace and whirlpool tub. The Innkeepers were very nice and were well informed about the area. We enjoyed the conversations with Rebecca and Dave and getting a few hints about so many things to do. And of course the breakfasts were fabulous. Rebecca did a wonderful job of making and presenting the breakfasts. It is a recommended place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seabrook, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

During our stay in PA we were amazed by the Smithton Inn, it is the most beautiful, charming B&B in which we have ever stayed. The Gallagher family were welcoming and gracious, it felt like we were staying with family... the side we like and of whom we want to see more. The location provides plenty to do and see, all in all a fantastic trip. A few places we will go back to see again... The Cloister, The Black Horse Tavern, and Hershey.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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22 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

We read about the Smithton Inn in "1000 Places to see before you die" and were glad we made it our first stop on a southern trip. Rebecca and her family made us feel so welcome and were helpful in suggesting a dinner spot and local attractions. We had a relaxing glass of wine with them while hearing stories about the history of the Inn. We luxuriated in the most amazing sheets; you can buy them from her. Rebecca's breakfast was incredible. It is located on a busy intersection but we were tucked into a back room. They are updating the rooms with WiFi and flat screen TVs, while maintaining the original charm.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 900 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Ephrata
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ephrata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Historic Smithton Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Historic Smithton Inn is a Select Registry property and one of the oldest bed and breakfasts in Lancaster County. The 1763 colonial stone inn boasts 7 guest rooms, all with en-suite baths, working fireplaces, flat screen TV/DVD players, digital alarm clocks and refrigerators. Guest rooms are spacious and blend historic charm with modern comforts. You'll absolutely love our breakfasts! Our location provides you easy access to all the wonderful Lancaster attractions. ... more   less 
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