While the Red Lion is tastefully and charmingly decorated (could've done without the confederate flag image though - but that's me), there seemed to be no real attention to anything else. Granted, the wife, Danielle, was away at a garden show or something (according to another guest) and George was the only one running the place, while also caring for their two (adorable!) children, 5 years old and 7 months. I had to find George at around 11 pm when we discovered that there were no Wifi instructions in our room. (We'd checked in earlier but left to attend an event, not returning until late). Both my husband and I had work that needed to be done and internet access was crucial. So, unfortunately already in my bathrobe, I very uncomfortably headed downstairs and found George in the area where his family lives. That's when he gave me the wifi password and apologized for the oversight of not having done so earlier. Something about the printer not having ink and forgetting the wifi instructions had disappeared from our room. Whatever. Not the end of the world, but inconvenient. I wrote it off as a forgivable oversight. Not a deal breaker. However, when I arrived at breakfast the following morning at the agreed upon time, I sat in an empty room for several minutes with no George in sight; no water, no juice, no coffee, no fruit. Nothing. So, I sat uncomfortably, wondering if George knew I was even there. The door to his family's abode was wide open (which I found in poor taste) and I could clearly see and hear his children playing with, I guess, their grandfather and a couple of fairly noisy toys. Not the getaway I had in mind. That's probably around where I decided this would be my last visit. Eventually, a shoeless George appeared. I asked for coffee and then asked if they had half & half or cream. "We have cream", George said, and went to get it. He returned with a small carafe of "cream" and when I poured it, it was clearly milk. A few minutes later, when he returned I asked, "Are you sure this is cream? It pours like milk". That's when he told me they only have milk, no cream. Guess he thought I wouldn't know the difference. Tsk-tsk. For me, it meant no coffee which, for me, is tragic. (I know, I know. Only people who like cream in their coffee will feel sorry for me). My husband joined me a few minutes later and we were told what would be prepared for the breakfast we looked forward to. In our experience, which is vast, Bed & Breakfasts "always" have some special recipe that they show off at breakfast (stuffed french toast, a delicious frittata,. . .) but no. Not here. They served an egg & cheese sandwich on a croissant (the kind you can get at McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts) with partially warmed, but mostly cold, (cold!) tasteless potatoes and bacon. So between the really disappointing breakfast that an 8 year old could make, the insult of attempting to pass off skim milk as cream, sitting in a room with a clear view of the untidy play area of 2 small children, however adorable, (uhhh. . .with the confederate flag staring at me), we shall not return. The good news is that we promptly found a Starbuck's and the East York Diner (Blueberry pancakes! Yum!) and all was well. In conclusion, if you're looking for a cute place to stay and don't care about them feeding you anything good, and don't mind hearing small children early in the morning, even from your room, you'll be fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This bed and breakfast located in Red Lion, Pennsylvania is 9 miles outside of York and 30 miles from Lancaster. A full breakfast is served on the garden terrace or in the great room. The great room was designed by the original owner in the 1920's for hosting guests and boasts high ceilings, built-in book shelves spanning one wall, wide bright windows and a fire place. Each uniquely decorated guest room at the Red Lion Bed & Breakfast features free Wi-Fi Internet access and a TV with Cable. Guests can relax by the fireplace, play a variety of board games, peruse the book library, enjoy the gardens and the local park located one block away. Barbeque facilities and a common microwave and refrigerator are also available. Allegro Winery and Naylor Wine Cellars are 10 miles from the B&B. Four other wineries from the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail are also located 15 miles or less from the B&B. The York Expo Center is located 25 minutes from the B&B. The B&B is centrally located from Lancaster, Gettysburg, and Baltimore making it an excellent place to explore the region. ... more less
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