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Continental Inn
2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602   |  
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Ranked #24 of 38 Hotels in Lancaster
Mendon
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I cannot understand all these 5 star reviews of this place. The beds were like boards, the curtains where filthy and probably hadn't been cleaned since they were put up some time in the 70's.

I stayed 4 nights and could barley sleep on these beds. The blankets were old and stained, the beadspreads were disgusting and the whole place had a crappy vibe. I thought I was booking a room at an Inn - this is a MOTEL folks. They placed us on the second floor but there was no elevator to get your suitcases up there so we had to drag it up many stairs.

I will say they had some nice amenities for families. Indoor pool, swing set etc. The grounds were nice but I was there for business and could have used a comfortable bed. The pillows were horrible and I went to walmart and bought a decent pillow so that I could get any sleep at all.

The owners wife who greeted us with a scowl every morning at breakfast was like the gestapo. I overheard her telling another patron who wanted to take some breakfast back to her husband that she couldn't take the dish out of the diningroom in the nastiest manner.

If I could give this place no stars I would but I have to settle for one. Buyer BEWARE!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Smithtown, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Because we had to cancel reservations elsewhere in Lancaster, we came upon the Continental Inn quite by chance. We always take two rooms so we were pleasantly surprised when we were given adjoining rooms with a connecting door. Even when I book months in advance it is difficult to get adjoining rooms. Here we were, latecomers, and they were able to accommodate us.
Since they were completely booked, we could only stay three nights but---we shall return.

Included in the room rate is a bountiful, full hot buffet breakfast elegantly presented and served. No plastic here---at table coffee service poured by attentive servers. The poolside rooms afford a view of the children's play area as well as the pool and an expansive lawn. Indoors, in another on premises building, there is another pool, a children's pool and hot tub.

Even though this venue is in the heart of all Lancaster has to offer, it still offers a peaceful stay with comfortable, CLEAN rooms. Not only do I recommend Continental Inn, I gave a stay here as gift to friends. What more can I say?

Room Tip: The rooms are on two levels. Take the lower if you want easy access.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Harbeson, Delaware, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

room was extremely clean bath water was hot and towels were big and soft breakfast was very good and hot staff was very polite,extremely friendly and helpful didn't go in pool but water looked very clean and clear

Room Tip: we stayed near the front and we did get woke up by the people walking by and talking
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new york
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Stayed at the continental inn situated on route 30, in Lancaster pa last July for 15 days.

We love this place and the owners are a married couple and wonderful people.

This trip we only saw Michael the owner, and not his lovely wife.

Michael was so accommodating to our needs. He kindly gave us a brand new mattress, and said if any issues arose to immediately let him or the staff know. As far as the mattress only a guest would know if it needed to be upgraded, so that was perfectly understandable, and delivered and installed the same day we requested one.

We were lucky and sometimes sat next to MIchael's reserved table in the dining room. My husband needed some information about the VA and Michael was most helpful. The stay included buffet breakfasts and they were delicious.

The grounds and rooms are clean, and it is next to all the outlets and amusement sites.

Michael's grand children also seated us. They are so respectful, smart and a pleasure to converse with. They are youngsters but know the importance of ensuring that the guests are cared for. We remarked to Michael that he was so lucky to have such well spoken respectful grand children, and from his reply we know they are such a joy in his life, and they certainly made us feel special every morning at breakfast, and then throughout the day whenever we saw them.

We highly recommend this Continental Inn, and Michael if you read this we thank you again, and will see you next year ,as usual.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Menlo Park, CA
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The rooms are larger than many and pleasantly decorated, but rather dark. Big eaters love the copious breakfasts, but the dining room manager is over-schoolmarmish. The hotel is convenient to the outlet malls and other shopping; it's a bit sparse on non-chain dining opportunities, which cluster downtown. Bed linens are not changed daily.

Room Tip: Rooms facing parking lot on ground floor are rather noisy
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We stayed here for the first time over Labor Day weekend while we visited Dutch Wonderland. We were very pleased for the price we paid. The room was clean and came with two double beds. It had a small refrigerator, flat screen tv, and plenty of room to store our clothes. In the courtyard, there is a huge pool and a smaller pool for small children. It also had an indoor pool and sauna. There is also a clean playground area and tables are set up outside if you would like to sit outside. With our room came 2 free breakfasts served buffet style. It was very good. I highly recommend the Contienetal Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Milford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

We have stayed here for the past six years and look forward to going back every year!

The rooms are a decent size and have a refrigerator, flat screen TV, and DVD player. They open out onto an open courtyard so if you are averse to an occasional fly or moth sneaking in keep your doors closed tightly! There is farmland directly behind the hotel so flying bugs are to be expected.

The courtyard is like a giant living room. There are tables with umbrellas, a playset (that my 8 and 10 year olds still have fun on), a tetherball court, shuffleboard court, badminton net, and volleyball net set up. Even with all of this equipment there was still enough room for my kids to play lacrosse. After dinner, when most families have returned to the hotel, it's like a giant block party. My kids make new friends every year.

The buffet breakfast is wonderful. The food is good and since each room comes with two breakfasts you can't beat the value. In the afternoons, the snack bar by the pool is open so you can buy a burger there if you don't feel like going out. There is a microwave oven in the lobby so you can reheat dinner leftovers if you want.

The hotel owner gives wonderful recommendations on what to do. She asks guests how they liked activities and/or attractions and passes that information along to others.

If you plan to go to Dutch Wonderland, you can't beat the location since they share a parking lot. You can walk to the park, then walk back to put the little ones down for a nap, then walk back after nap is done without losing much time.

The game room in the lobby has a pinball machine, car-racing game, shooting game, two skill games (the rip-off kind), a ping-pong table and a pool table. There is also a ping-pong table in the indoor pool area. You can buy a ping-pong ball from a vending machine or bring your own.

There's a coin-operated washer and dryer available for everyone's use.

Some reviewers have complained about the decor: Is the hotel dated? Yes, it is. They still have a cloak room, a card room, a bank of pay phones, a lounge in the ladies room, and you can see the original message board and phone call tally board behind the front desk. Kind of kitschy but personally, I like it because it shows that you're not staying at a generic cookie-cutter hotel.

Room Tip: Countryside faces the courtyard Streetside faces the parking lot Rooms in Building 1 are closest t...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lancaster
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #24 of 38 Hotels in Lancaster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 165
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