I'm from the DC area and wanted a room for an overnight getaway. We wanted something not too far away, special, private and perhaps even romantic, but most B&B and cabin type escapes require a two day stay, which we didn't have the time for. After I booked our room I kept figuring it HAD to be too good to be true... I made the reservation on line and the AAA rate was very reasonable, certainly in line with a medium end chain like a Marriott, Holiday Inn, Hilton, etc. It was not too good to be true, it was just perfect.
The space itself was everything I could have hoped for and more. Definately modern, but not sterile in the least. I felt like I was borrowing a friend's Soho studio for the night - minimalist and therefore spacious even though the square footage was small. Our queen room was just a bed, a desk, a wardrobe two end tables and the bathroom. The exposed brick outer walls were fun, as were the wood floors. We were right by the elevator which meant a little noise through the door, but it wasn't a problem. The bathroom did not have a tub, just a very nice shower stall, but this was clearly stated in the room description and not a surprise. For one night that was fine, but if I stay two nights I would probably upgrade to a studio style to have the tub and a sitting area. Silly thing, but the hand soap smelled divine.
The front desk staff was great. They were able to check us in about 45 minutes early. The young man who checked us in was very helpful at pointing us to a restaurant for lunch that a vegetarian and an omnivore could both enjoy. I happened to be feeling very poorly when we left and the same gentleman procured a cup of water for me and I was able to curl up on one of the out of the way lobby couches until I felt better.
The continental breakfast was ample and lovely. The noon check out versus the normal industry standard of 10 or 11 was absolutely wonderful. We were able to have a very leisurely morning.
The room and restaurant staff were perhaps a little overly helpful, but it's hard to take issue with that. The turndown service would have been lovely to come back to, but since we were there we really just didn't want to be bothered, which really concerned the staff. :) I suggest putting out the "do not disturb" sign early if you don't want the turndown service.
I also don't think I'd do dinner in the hotel again unless I really objected to going out - every time we looked up the restaurant staff attending to us, and it was just a little much from me, I'd have preferred to be left alone. The food was a bit rich for a late dinner, even the small plates. However there are plenty of other places around, you're not trapped into the hotel dinner.
The wine cooler was a little silly for me. I'd have preferred a regular refrigerator of the same size (and based on how the wine cooler worked, you couldn't really just tuck leftovers into it).
We didn't utilize the bike or taxi service, but I think it's wonderful that they offer it! They also offered a non-vegetarian bagged lunch for a very reasonable fee (7 or 8 dollars as I recal). There were lots of places to sit in the lobby - both chairs and loveseat type couches. My only regret was that I wanted more of the public area to wander around in. If anyone happens to know Artisan Works in Rochester, NY, the Lancaster Arts Hotel feels very similar but on a much smaller scale. We didn't utilize the wifi or the other services. I do wish it had a pool, and the indoor complimentary parking was much appreciated!
I will definitely return, and I have a new favorite one day escape destination. I wish I had taken some pictures!
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