Posted: 09/24/2021

Five Unique Lodging Options in Lancaster, PA

When you choose one of these five unique lodging options in Lancaster, you are guaranteed not to have a run-of-the-mill hotel experience.

Unique Lodging in Lancaster, PA

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Five Unique Lancaster Lodging Options

After a day of exploring Lancaster, it’s time to refresh and relax. When you’re looking for a place to stay, whether for a weekend getaway or a week-long family vacation, do you prefer a typical hotel or something with a unique twist?

If you answered, “a unique twist,” then this is the list for you! We’ve rounded up five of Lancaster’s coolest lodging options to help with your trip planning.

Red Caboose in Lancaster

1. Red Caboose Motel

All aboard for our first pick – the motel that named as the Pennsylvania representative on their list of “coolest places to stay in all 50 states.” Red Caboose Motel, located in Ronks, features 38 cabooses refurbished to sleep two to six guests. Train fans, along with those who simply appreciate quirky lodging, will love the chance to climb aboard and cozy up in a train car that is outfitted with great amenities. During your stay, stop by their on-site restaurant, Casey Jones’ Restaurant— also in a train car—for a bite to eat, and grab ice cream at Janie Jones’.

There’s plenty to do while staying here:

  • petting zoo and viewing silo
  • buggy rides through the countryside
  • free movies in the barn

For more information on train-themed attractions. in Lancaster, check out our blog post on all things train!

Lancaster Arts Hotel

2. Lancaster Arts Hotel

For an urban vibe, check out Lancaster Arts Hotel, a boutique hotel in Downtown Lancaster. The lobby, guestrooms, and suites are brimming with exquisite art and striking decor, making this hotel a far cry from your typical lodging option. Venture down to the connecting restaurant, John J. Jefferies, for superb seasonal, farm-fresh offerings and artfully crafted cocktails.

Lancaster Arts Hotel is located within walking distance of a multitude of dining options, exciting things to do, and great places to grab beer, coffee, and even mead.

To carry the art theme a step further during your Lancaster visit, check out our Arts Itinerary.

Verdant View Bed & Breakfast Lancaster

3. Verdant View Bed & Breakfast

Get a glimpse of life on the farm with a stay at Verdant View Bed & Breakfast in Paradise, where you’ll be staying on a real working farm among sweet animals and Amish homesteads. To dive deeper into the Lancaster County experience, you can roll up your sleeves and join in the morning farm duties. This is encouraged and is actually quite a bit of fun!

Before starting your day, enjoy a family-style farm breakfast complete with homemade goodies, fresh eggs, and more.

If staying among the Amish piques your interest and you would like to learn more about this fascinating region, subculture, and religion, click here.

Lake in Wood Campground Lancaster

4. Lake-in-Wood Campground

Want to stay in a refurbished double-decker bus? How about a treehouse? Or maybe a yurt on the lake?

All of these uniquely charming rentals can be found at Lake-in-Wood Campground in Narvon, where guests can glamp—camp in the countryside of Lancaster with touches of modern luxury. The campground is great for families, especially since it has a zillion amenities:

  • a mini-golf course
  • basketball courts
  • trading post
  • two playgrounds
  • indoor and outdoor pool
  • scheduled events during the spring, summer, and fall

If you feel like venturing beyond the campground for other things to do, check out this amazing list of outdoor adventure options in Lancaster!

Cartoon Network Hotel

5. The Cartoon Network Hotel

The Cartoon Network Hotel, located adjacent to Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, is the world's first of its kind!

  • Play interactive games in the Toon Room's play area and virtual reality arcade.
  • See characters when they stop by for a visit.
  • Have a meal in the first-floor Cartoon Kitchen or a cup of Joe in the Bearista Café.
  • With both indoor and outdoor pools, this full-service hotel offers family fun all year!

A place to stay is just the beginning! Find plenty to do, see and eat in our FREE Getaway Guide (order here) or sign up for our e-newsletter to be in the know.