After years of planning trips for myself, my family and others, I learned that one of the toughest decisions to make is finding where to stay. Things tend to get harder for me because, even if I like them, I try not to take my family to large chains or all inclusive resorts. To me, the hotel we choose is more than 50% of the experience of our trip. Anyone can stay in a large, generic resort but the art is in finding the unique places that will be one of the best memories of our trip.
The main issue I have found while doing this is that the websites of most hotels don’t let you know how unique, artistic and creative they can be. This makes it really hard to know 100% if you are getting what you are promised via images and text.
Luckily, during a recent trip General Sutter Inn not only surpassed their promise, but I don’t understand how they aren’t among the most unique and creatively decorated hotels, plus historic IN THE WORLD!
This might sound like I am exaggerating but its NOT!
Lititz, Pennsylvania – Get Ready for a Surprise
Going back to when I started my research on Lancaster County and the surrounding towns, I remember thinking that I knew almost nothing about the area. I had no idea about what the towns where like or where anything was located.
For me, the town of Lititz was just a name on the map, but after checking out many websites I thought that General Sutter Inn looked like a great choice and we decided to go for it.
I will admit, that you think you know what to expect from the cities and towns they can end up being totally the opposite.
That’s exactly what happened to me. I considered staying in Lancaster City, but when we arrived and drove through there, it wasn’t at all what I expected. I’m super grateful we didn’t stay there.
Lititz on the other hand BLEW OUR MINDS! This must be one of the cutest towns we’ve been in on this whole trip. It was totally different and historic. It literally felt like walking down a street from the 18th century Britain.
What Makes General Sutter Inn So Different From Other Hotels
When I first contacted the hotel to make reservations they recommended the Penthouse Floor, 3rd floor, where the suites are. Just hearing those words gave me a price attack. But they sent me the rates and I noticed that it was actually quite affordable considering we would have a suite with two rooms. One was the actual bedroom and the other one was a sitting area that turns into a bedroom for my dad.
Jokingly, in the email correspondence when making the reservation, the girl told me to be prepared to be treated like a rockstar. I figured this was just their marketing tool.
I am so happy to say that she wasn’t kidding!
Here’s the short version of how General Sutter Inn designed:
The hotel has three floors. On the first floor you will find the reception area, which is decorated old-Victorian style with a sitting room and even a Piano area. Off to all sides, there are restaurants, a pub style restaurant, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, a banquet hall, and another family style dining room.
The second floor also has that old fashioned Victorian style and is where the hotel rooms begin. This is where my brother and his girlfriend where staying. It was just perfect for a couple!
The third floor is where the penthouse is – Rock Lititz Penthouses. When you stay there you get a separate key and no one without this key can head upstairs. I am always looking for as much privacy as I can get so I really loved the sound of that. Nothing like exclusivity to get me stoked about the room.
The third floor’s rooms all have names – ours was On Stage. The sitting area was spacious with a fridge, coffee station and TV. The master bedroom was huge and it had a king sized bed and another TV.
The Bathroom was super fun with three shower heads, robes and other fun things to play with. My boys had a lot of fun at shower time. I’m also a big bathroom fan and really enjoyed the showers.
NOW FOR THE SURPRISE AND FUN PART
The whole third floor was decorated as though we were part of a rock concert.
But that was secondary. The floor also has a kitchen that is fully stocked to be used whenever we want. And we loved having breakfast here.
But our favorite spot of all was the lounge room. We literally spent 90% of our time there. It has a huge TV, comfy chairs and an outdoor private porch, why would we leave?
However the best part was that we got there during a weekday, so we were the only ones on the entire floor. There was no one around to share these extras with.
RECOMMENDATION – If you decide to stay in this hotel, ask for a Penthouse, you will get every bit of your money’s worth.
History and Fun Facts for General Sutter Inn
General Sutter Inn is full of amazingly interesting stories:
• In 1776, the Moravian town of Lititz was created. It was named after the Bohemian town of Lidice.
• The Town Regulations of 1756 were adopted. This meant that you had to sign the Regulations to be allowed to live in the town.
• A few of the rules were: No light-minded, disorderly and needless conversation allowed, no changing of professions, no dancing, no giving a night’s lodging to any person, no undertaking a journey, either far or near, without permission, parents shall be accountable for their children and families if they misbehave.
• Marriages were arranged.
• By 1856 the church found itself unable to enforce a way of life that no longer had community support.
• The rules were abolished and the town opened to people of all religious persuasions.
• It was “for the necessary entertainment of strangers and travelers” that in 1764 the present Inn was built and named the “Zum Anker”.
• Then in 1930 the name was changed to The General Sutter Inn to honor John Augustus Sutter.
Information for General Sutter Inn
Address: 14 E Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Phone: (717) 626-2115
Price: $70 – $180