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“disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
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136 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837   |  
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Lewisburg
New York
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4 hotel reviews
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“disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We started in the motel section. The room is of a period as advertised, but the furnishings were not. It was not a playful, retro look. The shower was original, but the sliding doors looked original too, along with all the grime that goes with that. But none of that was as disappointing as the fact that we could not get wireless service. This was very important to us and we had specifically asked about it before making the reservation. I was first told to stand out on the balcony and get the signal and then "carry" it into the room. That didn't work. We tried a couple of other rooms there to see if there was a room with better reception, but it was the same everywhere. They offered us to sit in the lobby to use the internet there. We had to take a conference call, so then they offered us to take the call in the empty dining room on the second floor. (We went over to the university and used the guest wifi there) We picked up the wifi signal from the law firm next door without a problem, but couldn't get the hotel wifi. The next morning, we asked again, and we were told that one of the systems had been out but was back on now. We still didn't get a signal. They then offered us a room in the main hotel. We moved into a room in the main hotel. We were expecting it to look as fine as the exterior of the building. It wasn't. Of the four table lamps in the LR and BR of the room, only one had a working light bulb. There were glaring overhead light fixtures, an old TV, a closet space that had a platform and a bunch of pillows and linens in it, along with an open ironing board, and a few wire hangers. There was a complimentary size bottle of conditioning shampoo, and a small bar of soap. The towels were low quality as were the linens. The furniture was threadbare. Very disappointing, but very glad we didn't pay the hotel price for this. Management seems unconcerned about guests' issues. Maybe they've heard them too many times and are immune, but there was no sense of urgency in resolving our wifi. We didn't bother with the light bulbs, but did tell them about it at check out and that got a shrug.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Denison, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed in the motel section as opposed to the more expensive hotel. It was ok, but didn't match the price. The towels were frayed and the heat kept cycling on and off. The included breakfast was served in the bar and consisted of coffee, orange juice and a couple of muffins. Also, the court yard of the motel was where the smokers went. It wasn't a problem for us in Jan. but I can see how the noise level could go up in the summer months. All in all, stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We recently had a wedding reception in the Lewisburg Hotel's banquet room. The hotel is very impressive if you're looking for a historic location to hold a formal reception. However, I'm not sure that it's worth the trouble of dealing with the management issues. The lady in charge of the banquet was completely unprofessional and we felt there were many corners cut in order to increase their profits. Considering we paid in excess of $13k for food and alcohol alone, we felt that we were treated very poorly. Not to mention our guests booked all 22 of the hotel rooms and we had our rehearsal dinner at their sister restaurant in nearby Watsontown (Watson Inn).

Here are a few examples:
1. We had an all inclusive bar which was paid ahead of time for five hours. After four hours, she told the bar to close for the night (I'm assuming because she was worried about how much alcohol she was going through). When we asked her why, she immediately became defensive and unwilling to resolve the issue. It was only when we contacted her boss at home that he told her to open the bar back up. During the 30-45 minute downtime while we were discussing the issue, our guests were forced to walk downstairs to the restaurant bar and pay for their own drinks.
2. Half way through the night, her bartender began serving our guests with plastic cups. When questioned, they said they didn't have enough people on staff to wash dishes. We also thought that it took a very long time for our food to be served (probably due to understaffing as well).
3. There was only one bartender on staff most of the night (for over 200 guests). This dramatically slowed down how fast drinks could be served and we had a line out the door almost the entire night. Again, we felt this was another attempt to minimize costs by delaying the consumption of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
4. We paid over $700 dollars gratuity for the alcohol beforehand so that our guests could enjoy a night of fun without worrying about any costs. When I went to get a drink, I noticed that the hotel had placed a tip jar on the bar top which had quite a bit of money in it (as if the $700+ for one bartender wasn't enough).

It has now been a few weeks since our wedding and I delayed writing this review in hopes that the banquet manager would call me for a follow up to apologize or at least seek our feedback to improve the experience for future clients. That has not happened. Being local to the area, I find it very disappointing to be writing this type of a review about an iconic local business. I'm at the age were many of my friends are getting married and I find it nearly impossible to recommend the Lewisburg Hotel because of these issues. For the community's sake, I hope our experience was an isolated incident or that improvements are made to preserve the hotel's wonderful reputation.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

This place needs a major overhaul. We stopped for lunch on a Friday and the place was absolutely dead. There was one barfly at the bar, other than that there was noone. There are better places in Lewisburg to eat with a lot better atmosphere and service. The food is simply average and a bit overpriced. Go to the Towne Tavern down the street. Not as bad as the Bull Run Inn but that's not saying much.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

We stay at the Lewisburg Hotel every year during the PIAA Swimming & Diving championships. Lewisburg is a quaint, historic town and the hotel is located right on the main street. You can have a nice walk up and down the street looking into all the nice shops. The hotel its self consists of a main building (the historic building with charm) and the attached motel. Even though it's a bit run down, the rooms are functional and housekeeping does a good job. To get wifi you have to take your laptop into the main building and sit in the restaurant or bar to get a signal. There are convenient power outlets right there. What makes this place worth it is the quality service. The staff, especially Carla, is very friendly and bend over backwards to take care of the guests.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms.....just rooms. If you're looking to spend a lot of non-sleeping time i...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

The front desk doubles as the hostess station for the restaurant and check-in. I arrived at dinner time and had to wait some time. The elevator was decorated as a room which added to its old-fashioned decor. The suite was a real disappointment. Although it had good space there were a lot of shortcomings. The door was lightweight and didn't come close to fitting the door frame. A lot of light could be seen from the hall. The door knob was flimsy and loose. The security chain was broken. The carpets were stained. The sheets were old, but the bed was comfortable. The toilet seat was pitted. The internet connection was intermittent and slow, at best. I was forced to go somewhere else to do anything on-line. At least the bar was clean, well decorated, but small. It had a nice selection.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

We were looking for a place to eat in Lewisburg. We heard the music as we were driving by, & in spite of the bad reviews of the hotel, decided to stop anyway. We were greeted by "wild Bill " the outside griller, & served by Kelly. Both did an excellent job. The performer was also very good. Our meal made it a very pleasant evening!

Room Tip: did not stay there.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 136 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lewisburg
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Lewisburg
Number of rooms: 22

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