“A real hotel. It may be old, but it was clean.”
We pulled into Punxsutawney at 7 at night. Stopped at a gas station and asked for hotels in the area. He said the only one he knew about was the Pantall. We called and got a room at a very reasonable rate. (July is not high season for this little town.) When we walked in, it was definitely old world hotel, not a chain. The lush green carpet and old woodwork was a pleasant change from the cookie cutter hotels we usually stay in. (I prefer chains because I know what I'm getting.) Our room was, uh, not the usual type, a bit smaller than we are used to. It had two twin beds with a window air conditioner, one desk with a TV on top. The bathroom looked like it used to be a closet. The room was clean and we had a good night's sleep. The water was hot and plentiful. What more do we need for a brief stay?
We ate breakfast in the restaurant and noticed construction underway. The food was OK. They have recently changed ownership and are renovating the hotel. We did not visit the top floor, but they said it is brand new for receptions, etc. There are a few repairs to be made, but still was a pleasant visit. They even have the original "Ladies Only " entrance sign by the side door.
The staff was very helpful, guiding us to a restaurant still serving after 9:00 pm. The next day, my glasses broke as we were preparing to leave town. The person on staff found an optometrist close by and called for me. They were able to repair my glasses quickly.
The small town was very quaint. Obviously, not much to do outside of Feb 2. We enjoyed the Phantastic Phils, whimsical 6' fiberglass goundhogs decorated in many different ways. There are a total of 32 with quite a few within walking distance of the hotel. Everyone we ran into was very pleasant.
We probably won't visit again, but it was a nice stop over on our way home from New Jersey. The nearby Pennsylvania countryside is breathtaking.
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