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Where NOT to stay in Lancaster,Pa.

Manassas, Virginia
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Where NOT to stay in Lancaster,Pa.

On a recent trip to Lancaster Country, we chose a motel that was pet freindly. WRONG move. It wasn't even people freindly. We checked in and out within twenty minutes. If you look at the padutchcountry.com website you will see a nice room and write0up about it. The picture is not what you get.The Bates Motel would have been better. This place is the Paradise Motor Lodge, Route 30, Paradise,Pa..AVOID IT!

While I was walking our dog, my wife was in the room with the owner. After she left we took a closer look at the room we noticed that the sheets were not changed, we found HAIR on the pillows. That was enough. As my wife stood there in tears, I called a Comfort Inn that we passed on the way in on Route 23 in New Holland. I told them the situation we were in and that we had our son and daughter-in-law joining us, plus our dog. She asked when I needed the room , I said NOW. They had a beautiful room with a great rate and pet freindly. Now this was on a Friday afternoon and we got a room. When you come to Lancaster County check out the motels carefully and IF you are not sure about a place, call the Visitors Center. That's what they are there for. To help you have any enjoyable and memorable stay and so that you would want to return.

We live in New Jersey and go often and have learned a lesson about checking out your choices of where to stay.

ENJOY!

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Another hotel to avoid at all costs is the Days Inn on Keller Avenue. How this place is allowed to stay open (and remain a Days Inn) is beyond me. The hotel is not in the best section of town and there seems to be a lot of criminal activity at the hotel over the past year. Last summer there was a major drug bust at the hotel. So far this year there has been a triple shooting at the hotel's bar, several guests of a room robbed and beaten, a robbery, and I cannot say that I am any bit surprised that this hotel has been rated the 8th worst hotel in America by Trip Advisor. From what I understand the property is very rundown and poorly maintained. I have never been in the hotel (or ever care to stay there), so I cannot comment on its cleanliness. Several reviewers have mentioned that the outdoor pool is green and algae can be seen growing in it. Other things that I have heard that really concern me are that some of the exterior corridor rooms' doors do not lock and that the hallway doors are often propped open (if the area isn't scary enough!). My guess is that the people who frequent this hotel are criminals, such as drug dealers and prostitutes, and guests who don't know how bad this hotel really is (or mistake it for the Days Inn in Ronks). My intention is not to bash this hotel but to make others aware that this hotel is very unsatisfactory and unsafe so that they can save themselves a headache as well as money (I hear they don't give refunds). If you have questions about lodging, dining, or area attractions, I will be more than happy to answer them.

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I am pleased to reply to this posting. We stayed at the Paradise Motor Lodge on a recent Saturday night in October. It was a desperate move on our part. There was truly nothing else available on that night and we were too tired to drive on. We SHOULD HAVE SLEPT IN OUR CAR! This place was dark and dirty, really dirty. The rug was so bad that we kept our shoes on except when we got into bed. The shower was full of soap scum. The room was just gross. The owner was quite chatty and didn't seem phased by the filthy rooms she was renting. Also, the room was by no means inexpensive.

I agree with 'Where NOT to stay in Lancaster,Pa'. This was one of the worst places I have ever stayed. Lancaster is such a lovely place. PML is a blight on this picturesque countryside.

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Its ALWAYS a good idea to see the reviews of the motels/hotels before you stay in them. From past experience I will not stay in any place under 3.5 rating, ideally 4.0 & up. I have stayed in really nice places that deserved better ratings but some people really pick apart places. If the majority of people complain about a certain thing than stay away from the place.

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We stayed in the Ronks Days Inn (Routes 896 & 30) last fall. It was the closest, available motel to our hot air balloon launch site in Strasburg. We were not pleased with the motel. There was no elevator to our second floor room (we have a son in a wheelchair), the carpet was loose in the stairwell and hallway and they had no milk for the continental breakfast. Must be normal operating procedures for all Days Inns. Even the one we stayed at off of I-80 near Bloomsburg was bad. I suggest staying at any of the rooms available in Intercourse at the Kitchen Kettle Village. Beautiful, clean and well decorated. Plus, you get a free breakfast at the Kling House restaurant.

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To MDtraveler51, sorry you got stuck at Paradise Motel. I must tell you we took action with this place. We tried,but unsuccsefully, to get a full refund from our credit card company. We did get some money back.

On my return home I called the Lancaster Health Dept.,the Lancaster Visitors Bureau and the Better Business Bureau. The board of health check out the place and said they would be back to follow up.On their return they were asked if they had a warrant to inspect the place! A WARRANT, do you beleive the nerve of some people. I told the visitors center, that the Paradise Lodge does NOT represent Lancaster County at all. Due to my complaint,they plan on useing a star rating. I think the PML's star burned out. By the way, did you happen to notice the phone book out side? Looked like it was there for years.

I still feel that I'm not done with this place. I know people will say it's over, let it go, BUT how about the next couple coming down the pike? Should others be subjected to this filthy place?

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I've heard a lot of very negative things about the Days Inn near the Amtrak stations and wasn't surprised to find out that as of this week, the hotel is no longer part of the Days Inn chain. The hotel has been named one of the top 10 dirtiest hotels in America two years in a row now and has been the site of much criminal activity over the past couple of years(a major drug bust, several robberies, a shooting outside the hotel's bar, and probably many other things). I don't want to spread a rumor but I can't help notice that when you check availability through the hotel's website, they are only taking reservations until May 18, 2008. I hope (and probably so do the Manheim Township police) that this means that the hotel is closing as it is certainly an eyesore to the community and I feel that no one deserves to stay at such an unsafe, unclean, and poorly managed hotel that is notoriously bad. There are plenty of other choices. If you need help finding a place to stay in the area, feel free to contact the visitors bureau (they know which hotels not to stay at as well as which ones are nice) or you can always ask on these forums.

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Wow I am so glad i read this we almost booked our trip there!!! But went the B&B route instead. WE will be going for the first time in july.

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mamateresa2006,I'm glad you saw my post. If it saves even one person from the aggrivation we went through,it was worth posting. You should ride past the place and you'll see some of what I'm talking about.To update the old saying,"let the vacationer beware." Have a safe trip and enjoy.

God Bless, popc

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NEVER go to Cherry Lane Motor Inn in Ronks on Ronks RD. That place should really be bulldoxed down. The smell was horrible. There was no know on the AC unit so I had to get a pliers from the office and stand on a chair to adjust the temp. The beds were like slepping on a slab of cement. The wallpaper was falling off the walls. Black mold was on the windows. Popcorn was underneath the bed. Draperies were so dusty that anytime I opened them I had to wash my hands. Mattress was comming apart at the seams. Very dark interior. No blow dryer or shampoo. Very, very old motel that really hasn't had any updating in about 35 years or longer. Took the AC cover off to clean the air filter and inside the unit there were so many live spiders and cobwebs that I just put the cover back on and figured it wouldn't help anything at all. Dustiest place I ever went to in my life.

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Oh that is terrible.....we were going to go to lancaster county this month but ended up canceling ....good to know for next time.

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