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Review of Amish Lanterns Motel

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Amish Lanterns Motel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Strasburg
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Buyer Beware!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

It is time for the owners to put some money into updating the basic needs of a hotel room. We were disappointed when we found our room to be nothing like the room shown on this motel's web site. There was only one floor lamp in the room, which was not in complete working order, the refrigerator had a very strong odor and had mold inside it and the room had a stale musty odor. With the poor conditions and appearance of the room, we immediately decided to check out and did not even stay the one night as planned.
The desk clerk was very nice, offered us another room, which we declined, and refunded our money without question.
This motel is at a wonderful location to the sights of Lancaster, but we will never consider staying here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DKK515251
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Laurie D, Manager at Amish Lanterns Motel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Thank you for your review although negative it is vey helpful to us. Our staff has been refreshed on the cleaning procedures of a room and I can assure you nothing like this would happen again. I hope you did enjoy your time in Lancaster County and possibly give us a second chance.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Booked a room for 3 based on price & location to planned activities. We are three adult women who do not expect 5-star rooms; however, to say room was shabby would be kind. It was a complete dump. The air conditioner, which barely worked, blew black crumbly insulation onto the refrigerator. Upon opening the refrigerator we were assailed by a horrible odor and the sight of mold. The one light in the room was a pole light and not all the lights worked. We inspected the sheets and found one to have a nasty orange stain. The only upside to the whole experience was that upon speaking to the manager and telling her that the room was unacceptable she immediately offered to refund our room fee. In retrospect I should have cancelled the room after reading previous bad reviews. Perhaps the Health Dept. should check this place out!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank 60somethingsbffs
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Ellijay, Georgia, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

Dirty, run down. There was food left in frig from previous visitors. The only light in the room was broken. the commode was broke, had to lift off the lid to flush. The lady at the desk was extremely rude and refused to refund our money. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PLACE

Room Tip: This do not stay here
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Debbie H
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Roanoke, Virginia
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37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

We were in lancaster visiting family over the weekend. Due to extenuating circumstances, at the last minute we had to book a room, instead of staying with family. My inlaws booked this motel without really knowing any better, and also because it was the only motel in the area- on memorial day weekend- that had any rooms avail. well it is no wonder. The place was absolutely disgusting. I took off all the bedding and we used our own blankets and sheets and pillows, i still felt bugs crawling over me all night. the carpet and walls were stained, the bathroom was covered with mold- floor to ceiling. It smelled like mold and stale smoke. All of the sheets, and towels we packed were rank with the smell of that place when we got home, i threw everything in the wash immediately. I stayed in nicer places than this in the slums of mexico when i was a missionary. Do not stay here. you would be better off pitching a tent at the camp ground down the street.

we were supposed to be here for 3 nights- and left early on the 2nd day, i went to the desk to check out, and asked for a refund- the lady got nasty to me immediately before i even finished my sentence. She said 'the rooms already been paid for- i cannot refund your money' i pushed back of course trying to be polite- i explained that we had decided to leave early. she continued to be very rude. Finally i began to get a little rude also "ma'am this place was unfit for my family, especially my young daughter" she asked what i was talking about, she would interrupt me and disagree with me every time i would mention what was un clean. I started to raise my voice "stains on the bed, on the walls, sticky (eww) carpet, moldy bathroom, smells of smoke, thin - stained mattress, dirty linnens..." she changed her tune and finally agreed to refund the money for the night we left early. I really should have asked for a refund of the whole stay, but didnt care to push it any further.

The absolute only thing about this place that is good is the location. It is actually a beautiful area, very safe and central even. Strasburg is a lovely little town but they should condem this motel. gross.

Room Tip: No good rooms, the place is disgusting, dont do it
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank jenniwren382
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Churchville, Virginia
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here last fall for several days and were very impressed for what we got for our money. Understand this is an older motel and everything will not be perfect and shiny. However if you are willing to overlook a few blemishes you can stay in a place that is comfortable and is central to most of the Lancaster, Ronks, Bird-In-Hand, Strasburg area. We did not find anything wrong with our room and the bed was super comfortable. The way the heat is set up in the room means it can be a bit on the cool side but that was not an issue for us. The staff was super and actively wanted to know about any problems we encountered so they could be fixed. The room also came with a voucher for a free breakfast at the adjoining diner. I feel we really got our moneys worth and were very happy with our stay. In fact the next time we visit we will stay here.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank midnighthauler
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Oneida, New York
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

Broken lamp, bathroom door jamb looks like a SWAT team broke it down and was patched using wood filler instead of simply replacing the molding, filthy carpet, very old bedding, ripped bedspread. Took our dog (charged $10 for him and he was cleaner than the room) and he had a blast sniffing up goodies from under/around the beds: Jr Mints, something that looked like a recently used gauze bandage, numerous misc items I won't gross you out with. For the price, on a nothing-going-on Friday night in late February it was ridiculous. Glad we only stayed one night.

Room Tip: None- just stay away!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KatyDid2013
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Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012 via mobile

I do not know where to start. Stayed a single night (was due to stay 3) in July with my mother. The dirtiest, smelliest, just awful hotel you can possibly imagine. Beyond outdated. Dark, dingy smelly rooms with fixtures and appliances that do not work. No AC. Bugs of all sort are everywhere and in the beds. Bedding is old and worn and should be tossed. No toilet paper, and more mold then paint in bathroom.
Ownership no where to be found.

What's worse is the restaurant, JJ's Diner. Gross. Food is awful. Looks like they found it in the couch.

This motel should be torn down or closed by the health department. Still sick just thinking about it.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BrooklynGirl61
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Additional Information about Amish Lanterns Motel

Property: Amish Lanterns Motel
Address: 410 Hartman Bridge Rd # (896, (Off Route 30), Strasburg, PA 17579-9602
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Strasburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Strasburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Amish Lanterns Motel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amish Lantern Motel is a 33 room motel which consists of 3 room types 2 double beds, 2 queen beds, and a King bed. All rooms come with microwave, fridge and 32 flat screen TV. We also have free wifi and a continental breakfast every morning. We are located in the heart of "Amish country" We are just off the highway(RT30) near great shopping outlets and many other venues. ... more   less 
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