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The Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #9 of 22 Lancaster B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“"Won't be going back..."”
Reviewed 24 October 2011

I was worried when we first drove up to the Bed & Breakfast & saw a for sale sign in the yard. This Bed & Breakfast was a disappointment. The clutter in the main room one the first floor carries throughout the home. The first room you see upon entering is a messy computer filled room with a young family member playing games the computer with ear plugs in. Not my idea of a welcome. While the home has some fine old qualities, the state of repair leaves much to be desired. We stayed in the Celestial room where the ceiling was cracked, the wall behind the bed was cracked and some pictures were hung there to try & cover up the problem. The window in the bathroom was cracked from top to bottom & a window near the bed had a window unit air conditioner that had clear plastic over the gaps between the window & the unit & the window was screw shut so that it could not be opened. The plastic also had black mold growing on it. When you look up at the ceiling in the corners there were low hanging cobwebs. The room was a very nice size with a private bath but there were so many things in the room that the openness disappeared. The one nice touch in the room was an electric corner fireplace. When traveling we prefer to stay at a Bed & breakfast but this one is off the list.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Terri52011
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Linda B, Owner at The Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 29 June 2015
We are sorry to learn of your experience in 2011 and wanted to let you know that our bed and breakfast was completely restored in 2013. As the new innkeeper, I would be delighted to welcome you back to The Hollinger House to experience the quality, exceptional service, and unforgettable experience that now sets us apart, worthy of being part of the Select Registry portfolio. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you again if you find yourself in the Lancaster, PA area!

Linda Beiler, Owner & Innkeeper
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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

I find it surprising that anyone would have a negative thing to say about this B & B. My first B & B experience was here in Feb 2009. Dave and Cindy were awesome and the bed was the most comfortable bed I had ever slept in and I travel alot. I loved this place so much that when we wanted to plan a romantic weekend for our honeymoon, this was the place I wanted to share with my husband and he loved it just as much. We are already planning another stay for next summer with our daughter in the cabin. Anyone can find somrthing to complain about no matter where you stay if you want to complain. This B & B brings great memories for me because of all that Cindy does to make your stay enjoyable. The food is delicious, the rooms are clean, the place is quiet and I have stayed in the 2 front rooms. Some B & B's are right on the road, for the money there is no greater value. I think people are confusing an authentic B & B to perhaps a mountain cabin hidden in the woods. I cannot recommend this place enough and cannot wait to return. If you are ever lucky enough to stay here, please read the books left by quests over the years to how wonderful their stay was and then you will know, but if you do stay here then you will know just how wonderful and quaint it really is.

A returning guest

Sherri & Jim
P.S. The french toast is the bomb!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2011

Bed and Breakfasts are usually known for giving you the feeling of a home away home but this place was truly opposite. It looked okay in the pictures and we were hoping for a comfortable stay. We rented the barn for few days as the owner took us to the barn it looked shabby from outside. Our first thoughts were is it really what we rented? Since it was rainy season lot of algea was present on the pavement of the house and was very slippery.

As we went inside the place looked clean but as soon as we reached the kitchen and opened the oven we found ROTTEN FOOD inside. It was stinking like hell. It looked like the rotten food was kept there since months. We called the owner and told them about this they just came and took the dish away without cleaning the oven or spraying something in there. We got lot of frozen food which we could bake during our stay but looking at the condition of that kitchen we just had to order the food from outside.

Room Tip: I would not recommend to go live there.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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mommyeight, Owner at The Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 16 May 2011
I was mortified that the guests found the former guests dinner in the oven. I had forgotten to look in there when cleaning the house. This had never happened before. I never smelled anything, one reason for the oversight. I removed it within two minutes of the notificatin and said I was so sorry. I didn't spray anything for there was no smell.

I can't help but mention that when the guests left, they failed to tell me that they had burned holes in the living room rug which could not be repaired. I called them within 30 minutes of their departure to ask about the damages. They pretended not to know what I was talking about. They had tried to hide it by moving the furniture out of place. I found it real fast. Finally they admitted to their careless mistake but where not happy that I wanted them to pay for the damages. I thought it only fair since I could not rent it again without a new rug in place. They did pay for their mistake and wrote their review.
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Philadelphia
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

We loved to stay at the Hollinger House in past years when Gina was the owner. Since she has sold it, we decided to try it once again and see if her "touches" remained with the house. Well, we were very disappointed. The house has become very cluttered in the common sitting areas, the innkeepers ask for a "donation" for their snacks in a dish strategically located next to their location, and the "family style" dining setup sorely loses its intimate setting for breakfast. Plus, before we could even drop our bags in the foyer, the innkeepers wanted our credit card for payment....not a very welcoming gesture. The breakfast was somewhat plain, however it was livened up by the innkeeper's husband who was pleasant to converse with during the meal. The rooms did have a nice touch with the mechanical fireplace and the room had nice furnishings....most left by the past innkeeper and owner, Gina. With the clutter (computer monitors/cpu's) in the room off the entrance and the hap hazzard arrangement of the furniture and decorations in the common sitting room, it just is not a "homey" place to stay anymore....it is a shame, because the outside grounds and location would make this an ideal respite in the Lancaster area.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, PA
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2008

Just returned from a 2-night stay at the Hollinger House, and left feeling there were some things that would have been helpful to know before we booked the place. As mentioned in some previous reviews, there is a major road fairly close to the property which could be quite loud at times. We were especially disappointed about this because we specifically booked the Hollinger House over a different B&B so we could have a private balcony. In addition, the owners and their 8 children reside in the house, which was never mentioned to us when we made our reservation, nor was it mentioned beforehand that our room backed up to one of the rooms the children were in. Although they never disturbed us, we would have liked to been aware of the living situation ahead of time. Another aspect of our stay which was disappointing was breakfast itself. Although the pancakes with raspberries and bacon served were tasty, they were the only things served. Having stayed at other B&Bs in the past that served quite a few main dishes in addition to an assortment of breads, pastries and fruit, we found the Hollinger House's breakfast to be on the skimpier side.
Aside from these issues, the room was quite clean and comfortable. The towels and linens were fresh, and we were able to relax for a good part of our stay. The owners also were helpful when we needed recommendations for dinner and things to do. If you are thinking about staying at B&B while in Lancaster, the Hollinger House may suit your needs as long as you know what to expect.

  • Liked — Cleanliness of the room
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Bryde2B
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 28 June 2008

My family and I ( 3 adults and 2 children ) stayed at this property for 3 nights during June after reading the reviews on TA and booking via their website and I can say without fail it was a fantastic choice while visiting Lancaster . The hosts Dave and Cindy made us feel welcome , and part of their large family from the moment we arrived . We booked the Brick House which turned out to be a great choice and there was plenty of room inside and out for the kids to stretch their legs after many hours driving around the area . The Brick House was extremely comfortable with 3 bedrooms , 1.5 bathrooms a laundry and more than well equipped kitchen and all were kept extremely clean. Shops were close by and Dave had given us some great dinning options in the area which we took up , and glad we did . Dave also gave us some great tips while visiting the area which made our 3 days a lot easier and allowed us to maximise our time there . We took the opportunity each morning to eat breakfast in the main house and were more than happy with the fantastic food Cindy prepared and the various topics discussed with Dave . If we were to visit the area again we would have no hesitation in staying there and picking up where we had left off .

  • Liked — Feeling like your part of the family
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Arlington, VA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2008

Neat big, old house, but it really is located rather close to the main drag into Lancaster. Since the road is on a hill, trucks and motorcycles make a lot of noise going up and down it at 50+ mph, so the front two rooms are loud enough at night to be a bother.

Breakfast was good both mornings we stayed, but not spectacular...

  • Liked — Close to Lancaster
  • Disliked — Noisy road out front, owners not terribly knowledgable about area restaurants.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 2336 Hollinger Road, Lancaster, PA 17602-4728
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lancaster
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Lancaster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are so many ways you'll be delighted during your stay at The Hollinger House. From the moment you step inside, there is a sense of belonging. Natural light seeps through windows that extend from floor to ceiling enhancing the details found in each room. Works of historic value and from local artists adorn the walls and ceilings, placed to add beauty and stimulate conversation. From the hand-carved furniture to the intricate hand-painted gold leaf, every room has its own individuality. Influenced by the history of this 1860s farmhouse, the sitting room features a baby grand piano and reflects the original owner's love for French architecture. You'll start each day with the best of the season. There's coffee that's freshly ground from locally roasted beans and breakfasts made from Lancaster County's fresh produce and meats, all served in the casual elegance of our spacious dining room. The location of Hollinger House is central to everything you'll want to do. Historic Lancaster City, with its shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, and historic sites (including the home of President James Buchanan) is just minutes away. Amish country, outlet shopping, major entertainment venues, antique shops and flea markets, parks and nature centers, and all of the county's charming small towns are easy visits. Our staff is eager to help with maps, brochures, and recommendations. When you stay at Hollinger House, your visit to Lancaster County is one you'll treasure. ... more   less 
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