Built as a Hilton in the 1960's, the property at 26 East Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA underwent renovations in 2013, emerging as the fresh-faced Hotel Lancaster. Our devoted team members all agreed that a locally owned and operated hotel with a devoted focus on local life in Lancaster was the spirit they wanted to infuse into the newly painted walls of the property.
Quietly tucked away into the Southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Lancaster offers the perfect blend of business, history, stunning architecture, city life, art, culture and neighborhood. Guests of The Hotel Lancaster will feel productive and at ease with the use of our service oriented amenities. We also encourage all guests to get outside the four walls of the hotel and experience everything that Lancaster has to offer. Regardless of whether you’re here on business, traveling with a family or are simply passing through for a night, there’s always time to experience the city you’re staying in!
We love Lancaster, Pennsylvania and believe that our guests at The Hotel Lancaster will share in our enjoyment of this vibrant and cultural city.
We embarked on the development of The Hotel Lancaster because we want our guests to experience the true flavors, cultural depth and feel of Lancaster city.
Lancaster offers the ideal blend of history, stunning architecture, hip excitement, awesome art galleries and tons of ethnic culture for its residents and visitors, Lancaster is more than Amish, fresh produce and inspirational theaters; it's a fantastic, walkable and enjoyable city.
We all live in Lancaster, in fact just a few blocks from The Hotel Lancaster and we are proud to share our neighborhood and love for Lancaster with our guests and friends.
- John, Sam, Lori and John
If anyone understands the success of Lancaster, as a city, it is John Meeder. He has been revitalizing Downtown Lancaster for decades. John understands how properties work within the community and is able to re-develop neighborhoods into thriving business centers, schools and homes. His award winning ability to improve the overall community with each revitalization project has played a considerable part in the growth of Lancaster into one of America’s most livable cities.
John Meeder is now focused on The Hotel Lancaster to bring it to a level worthy of the city he calls home. His love of a challenge and true desire to make the world around him a better place makes The Hotel Lancaster well suited to his skill set.
The city of Lancaster is very important to Sam. He serves as Chair of the Lancaster City Planning Commission and as a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, in addition to other community boards. You will also see Sam working “hands on” with project and construction management.
As the youngest partner, Sam brings an energetic perspective to the diverse views of the group. His knowledge of what’s current in Lancaster city and hospitality encourages The Hotel Lancaster to continue to grow in the right direction. To Sam the most important aspect of the hotel is the impact it can have on the future of the community. As the hotel has grown from 32 to 134 rooms this year, Sam has seen the energy of the guests flowing from the hotel and into businesses as they explore Lancaster. “While we want you to enjoy your stay inside of our hotel,” Sam says, “it’s important to us that you get out and enjoy the city!”
With more than thirty three years in the hospitality business Lori is well versed in the millions of details it takes to successfully run a large hotel. She works with the entire staff to make sure the entire team is running at peak performance in order to deliver the expected level of service to the Guests. She is also a serious team player. If that means answering phones and restocking the yogurt at breakfast, she will be there.
A lifetime resident of Lancaster she sees herself as a part of the city. As a little girl she would shop with her Mom in the nearby stores and continues to do so. When she saw the city of Lancaster entering its current renaissance she saw the importance (and potential) in the revitalization of The Hotel Lancaster. To Lori “the city is thriving and the hotel needs to be there to present the city and our community to visitors and provide a place to stay when visitors come to the city.” Lori understands the importance of creating a positive city experience not as an individual but as a whole community.
As the Director of Sales for the hotel, John is responsible for booking group business, making sales calls, and being a strong advocate in the community for the hotel property. But to John, it is about one thing; building personal relationships. With over 48 years in the hospitality industry in Lancaster County, he has always been “in the people business”.
John is almost always at the hotel working with guests and the community to help in any way he can. “People can tell if you are genuine or not and if you are there every day working your hardest then it is easy for people to see how important the hotel and the Lancaster experience is to us.” He sums up The Hotel Lancaster with a comment from a guest: “We are the hotel that offers bed & breakfast hospitality.”
When it came time to open the doors to the renovated Hotel Lancaster, the owners decided to incorporate a locally owned, locally operated and locally focused spirit into the hotels culture. From a constant presence in neighborhood events and fundraisers to our locally sourced breakfast, your stay here will be 100% Lancaster.