Liked the Netherlands Inn
We stayed at the Netherlands recently for one nght. The room was clean and nice but not spectacular. The Inn is both "off the beaten path" and close to everything you want to visit at the same time. By this I mean you are within a mile or so of the Strasburg Train and just a couple of miles from loads of shopping and Amish tours, yet the Inn is set back off of the road and is in a very quiet atmosphere. We thought at first that the price was a bit high (we paid $109 plus taxes) but the full breakfast for our family of five brought the price down to a more acceptable level in my opinion. We were not there long enough to experience the Spa or any other amenities, but I did feel safe and comfortable there.
Relaxing and Friendly
We stayed at the Netherlands Inn and Spa again. We had such a wonderful time. We came to front desk and were greeted by our regular courteous and friendly staff. We talked with them awhile. They always remember us and we only come about three times a year. We took a bike ride after we checked in, we rode up to the Creamery and had some icecream. The bike rentals are a welcome surprise. We also had dinner in the Bistro. Our food was very good. They use fresh ingredients from Lancaster County. Our rate was $129.00 per night for a room with a king size bed. They also offer some packages at higher rates with spa services included but we didn't choose one of them. We haven't use the spa yet. We always come when the spa is closed. I want to say we have stayed in many hotels in Lancaster but this is by far the best hotel at the best value. We will be back again in December.
Great for Kids, Wonderful area
I thought of the choices of motels in the area this was the best. It is a step up from most of the other motels, but it's not posh by any step of the imagination, despite the name or website. However, it was clean, very quiet and the pool and playground were great for my young children. It was quaint. I loved the balconies and the location (not in the middle of tourist trap Lancaster) but rather in the countryside with views of silos and cornfields. The front desk staff was not the friendliest and the lunch time service at the restaurant was downright appalling (we left after 10 minutes when no one even approached the area and we noticed many others waiting for food, bill, etc). The buffet breakfast was OK and was included in the price ($99). All in all, we would go back again since many of the B&Bs in the area are not appropriate for young children. We absolutelly loved the county --there are all kinds of things to do with young kids.
Food was great, but
Taking advantage of the winter package, we loved the Bistro and had lobster for dinner - three courses (any combination) with no $ limit! It was great. Breakfast buffet was nothing exceptional. The rooms were recently painted/remodeled but nothing to get excited about. The spa was very nice. I would recommend the Bistro for dinner, the spa for a treat, but stay somewhere else. Very convenient (minutes) to the Sight and Sound theatre.
Somewhat disappointed but price was right.
I did read the reviews on this site and was not sure what to expect. I think if someone likes quaint, quiet and historical, someone else may think it's just old. Their website is misleading. We stayed in a jucuzzi suite for our anniversary weekend.
We actually did not like the first room we were assigned and was lucky enough to have been the first one to check in with a jucuzzi suite (there are only 4) and the front desk allowed us to pick out which room we preferred. These rooms are NOT renovated yet. I believe only the King Size Bed rooms are renovated, we did not see one. It has an old feeling to it, but nice if your not expecting new. The first room in Building 5 #154 did have an odor and felt like you were in the basement even though there were windows to a not so good view. The jucuzzi was right next to the bed and it seemed worn and in slight disrepair. There was a separate room with a day bed and fireplace. Maybe more appropriate if you had kids with you. The second room (Building 3 #125) the view wasn't much better, the view from the jucuzzi room was a fence with a couple of junk trucks beyond. I believe the fireplace was in the same room with the bed, the decor was in blue. The final room (Building 3 #124), which is the one we picked, had a view to one of the other buildings which was actually the best for views. The fireplace was in the room with the bed which was nice. The jucuzzi was in a separate sitting area. We prefered the decor in that room and it made us feel more comfortable. The room was clean. The bathroom had a newer floor but the tub surround had been painted and was streaky, giving the appearance of wear.
The desk clerk was pleasant and accomodating. The maintenance man gave me the creeps. We actually locked our keys in the room so I went to the desk, the maintenance man happened to be behind me and the clerk was going to get a master key to unlock the door. The maintenance man was eager to help unlock the door and the clerk allowed him to do so....I was glad my husband was waiting at the door of our room with our luggage. It may have been more appropriate if he was not wearing old torn dirty clothes and looked like he had been working in the yard all day. I would think if a place like this is trying to boost their image (as apparent by their web site, spa and bistro), their maintenance (cleaning and otherwise) would have some kind of dress code to be more presentable.
The buffet breakfast was a full breakfast and nice for it being included in the room rate. I was surprised, however that their was no fresh fruit, only orange juice. Overall we had a nice quiet time. The place definiately has an old quaint feeling to it, if that is what you like. We did not go to the spa or eat at the Bistro. The prices at the Bistro were too high for our taste. We discovered on the last morning the Billard room upstairs from the Bistro. I nice place for pool, darts and socializing, if people go there at night??. It was not a bad experience overall and the price was right.
We did find a newer hotel that would be our first choice and the price was not that much more. It's called "Amish View Inn and Suites" right in Bird-in-Hand. We were able to get a tour. They have suites with jucuzzi's and a nice farm view, very modern and very new with an indoor pool. It's all on your taste and what you expect or don't.
Just a side note. If you are a couple looking for a place to eat and are do not want to socialize, DO NOT eat at Good and Plenty. We knew it was a buffet, as you pay when you enter. You cannot see the dining area. Anyway it is completely family style. They seat you in long tables across from each other and every other stranger just files in. You serve yourself from serving dishes set out for everyone to share. They must have thought my husband was kidding when he asked for a table for two. The food was good..home cookin'. A better choice for bus trips or families. Had we only known before we paid.