We were looking for a quick get away from NYC between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Since it was the holidays, the lobby was incredibly decorated. We checked in later in the evening to a nice clean, typical Marriott room. We ate dinner in the lobby bar - the food was delicious!
We were looking forward to using the spa, but the timing was not right and it seemed as if there were only two single rooms off the locker rooms that was considered the "Spa". The pool was awesome! It was quite empty when we took the children swimming on a snowy day.
We did enjoy the buffet breakfast one morning, but if you are used to a Marriott buffet, you might be slightly disappointed since the buffet is quite small.
Parking is quite expensive $16 a day to self park & an additional $12 for valet service. We chose to self park.
I would seriously suggest that you find time to visit The Lancaster Central Market across the street. Not only is it the oldest farmers market, the coffee at Mean Cup is incredible. We ate breakfast there twice. We also had a refrigerator in our room so we were able to purchase delicious food and drinks to bring home!
Word of warning - do not bring large denomination money to the hotel - they have limited change. We made the error of bringing a few $100 dollar bills. The check in person made an error with one of those marking pens and we were really quite embarrassed that they thought the bills were fake (I kid you not!). She apologized but it started the vacation a little tainted. The next day we ran to the bank to change them to smaller denomination bills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of historic downtown Lancaster, the integrated Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center offers approachable grandeur and all the amenities discerning visitors expect. An exquisite combination of old and new architectural elements includes a 19th-Century Beaux Arts façade and breathtaking lobby with a city-block view down a magnificent interior street. All 299 luxurious guestrooms offer fantastic views, 37-inch LCD flat screen TVs, granite countertops, and deluxe pillow-top bedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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