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The Inn at Leola Village, Est. 1867


    The Inn at Leola Village, Est. 1867
 in Leola
    The Inn at Leola Village, Est. 1867
 in Leola

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  • Classy and Beautiful

    by princessmitzi24 on 2018-06-13 09:06 am

    If you're looking for a first class place to stay, this is the place. Everything from the food to your room to the friendliness of the staff is outstanding. We come here every year and enjoy the uniqueness of each room. We had some special treats waiting for us in our room upon our arrival. If you're looking for an elegant setting for a wedding, look no further. We also love the history behind the inn. Put this place at the top of your list.

  • Amazing service and Accommodations

    by jrebeck on 2018-06-09 12:45 am

    We recently stayed at The Inn at Leola Village. The room accommodations are so beautiful! We had great room service after a long day of travel! The pool is so nice to relax or cool off on a hot day! The breakfast and dinner was also great! They have indoor and outdoor dining tables! There is a nice gift shop and a spa there as well! The grounds are so beautiful and well maintained! I cannot wait to return!

  • Italian Get-Away In the Heart of Lancaster County? Yeah, It Makes No Kinda Sense

    by Renee S on 2018-06-08 02:27 am

    Are you looking for an Italian get-away in the heart of Lancaster County? Neither was I. But that is the situation in which Dirk and I found ourselves on our trip through Amish country.

    The Inn at Leola Village is a real head scratcher. It almost defies description.

    WHAT IT IS:

    - A wedding venue, with an "Old World European" vibe
    - A conference center
    - A collection of buildings on a well-trafficked road
    - A reasonably priced three-star hotel (out of 5, in my opinion)
    - A good place to eat if you are looking for high-end Italian cuisine and wine while in rural Pennsylvania
    - A good place to charge your Tesla while in rural Pennsylvania

    WHAT IT ISN'T:

    - A place to have an authentic Amish experience or sample local food/culture
    - A high-end luxury resort

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    When Dirk and I were planning a quick trip to Lancaster County, I presented The Inn at Leola Village as an option for accommodations.

    "Is it weird that the only dining options are fancy Italian restaurants? Like, who comes to Amish country with a hankering for Sicilian swordfish?"

    "Yeah, it's weird," said Dirk. "We'll have to find somewhere else to eat."

    "I mean, don't get me wrong -- I enjoy a glass of good Nero D'avola and I love the idea that there is a bar on-site where you can have a decent glass of wine, but I don't know... I want to eat down-home comfort food when I'm in Pennsylvania -- scrapple and sticky buns and such. Right? Should I book it?"

    "Sure."

    So I booked it...specifically I booked the "Amish Experience," which is described on the website as "An Authentic Experience." More on that later....

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS/THE LOCATION

    We pulled into a crowded parking lot off a busy stretch of highway. The Inn is located directly across from an auto body shop and quilt fabric store. I didn't feel like I was transported. I felt kinda like I was in a strip mall. I noticed a sign for "The Art of Shaving" store, which seemed like a bizarre choice for a country Inn.

    The two dedicated parking spaces for Tesla charging stations seemed like an aspiration rather than an amenity as they were vacant during the duration of our stay.

    THE ROOM/THE AMISH EXPERIENCE

    Look, I get it. This place is trying to combine modern comforts with a rustic heritage. I didn't really expect to have an *authentic* Amish experience at The Inn at Leola Village. I mean, an authentic Amish wine cellar? Please. But I did expect more luxury and charm and what I experienced was more like a mid-range B&B room.

    When you have a handful of specialty rooms and suites that vary wildly in their quality, size and amenities, you *HAVE TO* let guests reserve specific rooms. If you don't, you're just setting the guests up to be disappointed.

    (The Madonna Inn does this very successfully -- you can reserve exactly the room you want. No surprises. No disappointments.)

    Upon check-in, we were given a room in The Bard House. This has to be one of the less nice options in the Amish Experience (judging from the photos on the website). Despite the fact that the website indicates "King Beding" (sic) in The Bard House, our room had a Queen bed (maybe a full?) with seven (!) pillows on it. Maybe this was the authentic Amish part?

    So the room was nothing special. And we heard cars on the highway all night.

    DINING

    Despite the fact that I had no interest in eating Italian food in rural Pennsylvania, I guess it's nice for locals to have a fine dining venue for special occasions. Drinks were served with local cheese pretzels, which I appreciated.

    We had breakfast at Osteria Avanti, which served authentic Amish chocolate biscotti with the morning coffee. ;) Breakfast options were plentiful and included capicola (aka gabbagool), which gave me a good chuckle. I had an enormous omelet. Dirk had french toast with mascarpone cheese.

    THE VERDICT
    (out of 5 stars)

    Room -- 3 stars
    Location -- 2 stars
    Amish Experience -- 2 stars
    Service -- 3 stars
    Dining -- 4 stars

    Owner Response
    Renee, Thank you for your feedback. Here at the Inn at Leola Village we do classify ourselves as a Italian/European inspired property. Originally an Amish tobacco farm a majority of our buildings have been renovated from original structures which we pride ourselves being recognized by the Historic Hotels of America. We do offer a few Amish inspired room types on property which do have authentic furniture, woodworking, and fabric On property for the enjoyment of our hotel guest we do have our casual restaurant Osteria Avanti open 7 days a week as well as our award winning restaurant Te' for more of a formal dining experience both of which use some of the best Lancaster County produce and fresh herbs from our garden.. If any guest wanting to experience an authentic Amish meal our fantastic concierge team at the front desk can assist anyone with recommendations that would only be a few minute drive away. As well we do have extensive information and able to make recommendations for horse and buggy rides, Jam and jelly shops, Amish furniture, and a wide arrange of locations that should be on anyone's list interested in the Amish experience. On the other hand we can absolutely cater to any guest not visiting Lancaster for the Amish experience such as corporate guest, wedding guest, or couples that may just be looking for a romantic weekend getaway for a special occasion. Offering a fantastic array of amenities such as our Destinations Hair Studio and Spa , Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool, Billiards room, Sauna, as well our casual restaurant and our award winning fine dining restaurant.

    Anthony H, General Manager at The Inn at Leola Village, responded to this review

  • Good Food!

    by Lono007 on 2018-05-27 05:45 pm

    We were here for dinner & a financial meeting. The food was excellent. I had the poached salmon fillet. I chose this over the steak, which others said was really good also. The place is a little hard to locate on busy Rt 23 with a number of other businesses very close to it. We pulled into the wrong parking lot till we figured it out. Then you have to figure out which door to go in, a little confusing, but worth it.

  • Warm and Welcoming!

    by Sheila S on 2018-05-27 03:54 pm

    Hard to believe that you are directly off the main drag in downtown Leola, but once you pull into Deborah Dr., your whole world changes! Just as lovely as the photos on their website, we loved our comfy four-poster beds and the exquisite decor. Lots of towels were stacked in the hardwood floor bathroom, with grapefruit soaps abounding. We made use of our separate sitting room as well. Front desk service was excellent - both by phone and in person. Enjoyed dinner in the causual restaurant but our breakfast there was lacking. Highly recommend making advance reservations at the spa if you plan to take advantage of their services, located there in the village. A delightful get-away!


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