We were very pleased with our two-night stay at the Cork Factory Hotel. I almost gave it an "Excellent" rating -- it was a toss-up. The few complaints are minor, so consider this an "Almost-Excellent" rating. I would definitely stay there again.
The location, very near downtown Lancaster, was convenient to our sightseeing around the extended Lancaster area and small towns. The price also, compared with other Lancaster hotels, was fair -- though more than we usually pay for a hotel ($98 Wed nite / $116 Thur nite + tax - May 30 & 31). I booked the first night online and then decided to stay a second night. Online, the room for Thurs night was listed at $125 - more than we want to pay. I called the hotel and they had it offered at $116. So, you might check both online and the hotel desk on the price. Perhaps you too will be pleasantly surprised with a cheaper price.
Our room was considerably larger than the average chain hotel room -- and it had two queen beds. We were on the fourth (top) floor and had vaulted ceiling of massive beams, original to the factory. Also original is the brick outside wall which features two very tall windows. It looks really nice, but the fact they only have blinds (albiet, very nice blinds) at the windows means that sunlight floods the room very early in the morning (I believe they call it "sunrise").
The bathroom is modern, large and nice. A nice glass-in shower, dark colors and modern features (including neat soaps) make the bathroom a real winner.
The few little complaints are: (1) The floor in our room (412) squeaked with every step. I just hope the people below us couldn't hear it. (2) The A/C was hard to regulate and get the room comfy, but that is not unusual in a hotel, and it wasn't all that bad. (3) The continental breakfast, while very nice the first morning, was inadequately replenished the second morning (more guests) and tables were not cleaned off. Don't let these few negatives influence whether you stay at Cork Factory. I would not even include them because they're not deal breakers, but I like to give a fair and balanced account.
The continental breakfast that is included in the room rate is generally a nice little upscale breakfast. They use real dishes and utensals, have nice sliced fruit, nicer than usual pastries, cereals, and choices of juice, coffee and tea (you have to ask the lady for hot water for tea). The presentation of the breakfast is very attractive. The dining area, part of their restaurant, is also very nice and decidedly upscale. You won't be disappointed with this continental breakfast.
All in all, the hotel is very attractive, the people who work there were friendly and helpful. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and very attractive. It was a neat experience to stay in a building that had once housed a factory of people working and producing cork, and later glass jars. It makes a place special and unique. I would highly recommend a stay at this hotel.
Ask for the fourth floor if you'd like vaulted ceilings
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