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“Quaint B&B near Antique shops but a distance from Amish Country”

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Amethyst Inn & Cottages
Ranked #1 of 3 Adamstown B&B and Inns
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
72 reviews
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“Quaint B&B near Antique shops but a distance from Amish Country”
Reviewed 30 May 2011

We recently stayed in the Ruby suite. We had our own separate handicap accessible entrance, king bed, jetted tub and handicap accessible shower. Also, we had a sitting room and a 2nd shower/bath room that had a steam shower. The bed was fairly good. The layout of this suite is a little odd, and had steps to get from the main bedroom to the sitting room, and another step into the hallway before the final step into the steam shower. Not an issue for us, but if you are handicap, you'll need to know. The 2nd bathroom is also where the towels and hairdryer are. There were no towels in the bathroom off the main room, but there were towels next to the tub (which is in the bedroom itself.

The suite was nicely decorated, less frilly than most B&Bs, but the furniture in the sitting room is not the most comfortable - but they're antiques, what do you expect? There's also a tv in the bedroom and sitting room. No windows in the bedroom. Also, its right off the entrance, so there can be a little bit of noise.

The outside of the inn is a deep purple with accent colors. The driveway is VERY steep and narrow, but there is parking at the top. You may also park on the street. The house has a nice wrap around porch, with chairs and a swing. If you don't have a private entrance, you'll have to use the main door (On the opposite side of the house from parking.) which has a combo lock to open. Breakfast is on the main floor, and Tom chats up the guests while pouring coffee. The breakfast had a good variety - fruit cup, egg dish, croissants, and oatmeal. We don't like really fancy pretentious meals, so this was good for us.

The main drawback for us was the distance from Amish country. Had we been there for the antiques, it would be a fantastic location. Also about 30 min form the Renn Faire. There were a few other odd little things like putting the hairdryer in the 2nd bath, and not having towels in the main bath. Also, there was no hand soap, only little packets of body soap, which we found a bit odd.

Overall, it was a nice stay, and we'd stay there again, but for Amish country visits, it is a bit out of the way. We did enjoy the drive there, though.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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AdamstownInns, Owner at Amethyst Inn & Cottages, responded to this review, 21 July 2011
Thank you choosing the Amethyst Inn and the sharing this review of your visit. We consider all reviews a chance to improve our guest experience. We are striving to be more “green” oriented with our soap and shampoo amenities, but we still have the traditional bars of soap and bottled shampoo upon request. We do offer all our guests handmade scented hand soap for their room upon check-in. We apologize that you did not receive any soap prior to checking-in to your room. We have also added a second hairdryer and have repositioned some of the towel s making them more convenient to both bathrooms. Although many of the Amish attractions are a 20min.-30 min. drive, we are truly fortunate to have Amish neighbors only ½ a mile away, as well as wonderful driving tours thru Amish farmland within minutes of the Inn. We’re glad you were able to enjoy the drive through Amish country during your stay. Again, thank you for taking the time to comment on your visit at the Amethyst Inn.
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Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

Just a Great time. We stayed May 6th and 7th it was Relaxing to the max. We stayed in the Ruby suite 2 Fireplaces a European steam shower and a Jacuzzi tub right near the bed. A sitting room with a TV Leather couch and a fireplace was great to just relax and enjoy our time. Will be staying there again the whole staff is Great and Cecil the dog is very friendly. The gift shop is great for a special gift and all of the little snacks sets this Bed and Breakfast above the Rest. 5 Star all the way. We can write a book on how awesome our room was. We were very sad to leave. Thanks for a great stay!!!!!

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lawnside, New Jersey
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Reviewed 14 March 2011

My husband and I just returned from our Babymoon at Amethyst Inn. It was wonderful and amazing and we did not want to leave. We requested the Babymoon package which came with a basket of goodies and mommy and daddy massages. The massages were WONDERFUL. We stayed in the Ruby Room which is on the first floor by the breakfast area. It has it's own entrance which was very convenient for us. I was in the jacuzzi several times a day and the steam shower was amazing! Plus this room had a sitting room and two bathrooms. Snacks, coffee and tea is always available, and there are always little goodies given to guests. We will surely stay again!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Eastern Shore, MD
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Reviewed 27 December 2010

My husband and I were looking for a last minute b&b to stay at for our anniversary. Wanted something special, hopefully with a jacuzzi in the room, but yet not extremely expensive. I used the Amethyst Inn website to check and see if they had openings, and it appeared that they did. When I called, it was true - they did have openings AND a special weekend deal- buy 1 night, get 2nd night 33% off. Great deal, as you don't see many discounts for the weekend, especially in December in the Lancaster area.

Well, when we arrived we were greeted and everything was explained in detail. (We were even given a totebag with all the information and local pamphlets and coupons.) We were shown our room, and unbelievely, they had even put a wrapped up bottle of sparkling cider and homemade truffles by our bed, as I had mentioned it was anniversary weekend. It was a wonderful touch, but the thing that made it even a bit more special was that I had just called THAT MORNING to reserve the room! We had the Cobalt room, a nice room with antiques, jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, a gas fireplace, a small separate bedroom, and a balcony. It was a nice room! I just wished I had brought my slippers, as the tile is really cold in the bathroom! (Sidenote: It does have that second room, a small bedroom attached; However, I can't imagine anyone using it. The door to the main bedroom would have to be wide open, as the only source of heat is from the gireplace, and those people- or kids - would have to walk through your room to get to the bathroom.)
The whole inn is lovely. It is nicely decorated and there are a lot of antiques, or antique looking pieces.. Maybe even a little on the country side, but not overwhelmingly so. The innkeepers are also wonderful and helpful, but not intrusive. Now, onto the best part. The food! There is a homemade snack/goodie of some sort left in the breakfast room ALL the time in case you get hungry. (There is also a Keurig coffee maker, water machine, and a fridge for guests to use.) And then there is breakfast. What can I say - it is just out of this world. You can tell they love to bake and they do it well. Seems like breakfast always started with some type of fruit or fruit & cheese. Then something homemade, like the apple & cheese strata we had one morning. YUM! Oh, there is also homemade granola, hot chocolate with whipped cream, and some cereals. On the second morning when we came back to our room, there were more snacks left for us. And then on day that we left, we got a box of snacks "for the road"!
You can tell these are people that love what they do and they are also quite good at it. I can honestly say that the only even slight downside was that there seemed to be a lack of hot water. Not that that is surprising with six bedrooms which all have large soaking or jacuzzi tubs. I don't claim to be a plumber, but maybe a tankless heater would be more suitable for a place like this.
Overall we totally loved this place, would give it a 9.9 out of 10 and can't wait to go back again!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bayville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

We had a wonderful Anniversary weekend. The Ruby room was phenominal! Warm and romantic, and soo clean and comfortable. The staff and food were excellent, they were friendly and helpful for local attractions and restaurants. We would love to go back there again!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Amethyst Inn & Cottages
Address: 144 W Main St, Adamstown, PA 19501 (Formerly Adamstown Inns & Cottages)
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Adamstown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Adamstown
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,920 - ₹ 15,016
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amethyst Inn & Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Amethyst Inn, a Lancaster PA Bed and Breakfasts located in the heart of Antiques Capital in Lancaster County’s Amish country. We are minutes from outlet shopping, historical sites and golf ... more   less 
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