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AmishView completes $6M expansion that adds 40 adult-only upscale rooms

Al Duncan is reluctant to describe how guests are reacting to the new rooms at the AmishView Inn & Suites.

Duncan, who heads the firm that operates the upscale Bird-in-Hand property, prefers to let the guests speak for themselves.

“Spectacular,” one visitor said on TripAdvisor, a travel booking and review website.

“Absolutely loved it!” said another.

“If we’re ever back in the area, we will definitely stay here again,” a third guest said.

The 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike property recently completed a $6 million expansion that added 40 elegant, king-size rooms for adults only.

Part of a five-story addition, all of the new rooms face an adjacent picturesque farm, visible through a 10-foot-wide window.

The project also enlarged the hotel’s gathering/breakfast great room and kitchen, and added meeting space.

“This is not a typical hotel,” said Duncan this week. “It’s more than a place to sleep.”

Decorated in tone-on-tone contemporary, muted colors, each new room has a 60-inch flat-screen television, sofa, recliner, concealed kitchenette and high ceiling.

The spacious bathroom includes a large clawfoot soaking bathtub (with 26-inch flat-screen TV at the foot), oversized shower, double sink and large counter.

Though those features catch a guest’s attention, much effort has been devoted to subtler details as well.

For instance, the printed information for guests that’s left on the bureau has been minimized, to reduce clutter; it references more materials that are placed in a drawer.

Custom-made window curtains retract all the way past the window’s side edges, to expose the full window and maximize the view.

Despite the electronics in each room, such as lamps and the flat-screens, not a single wire is visible; all go through furniture and walls.

The AmishView opened the first of the new rooms March 15. The final rooms were opened Friday.

New rooms are priced from as low as $154 (during the off-season) to as high as $259 (during the peak season).

The AmishView, on the grounds of Plain & Fancy Farm, opened in 2003.

Including the new rooms, built by Weaver Construction of East Earl, the nine-acre property now has 86.

To handle the extra workload resulting from the new rooms, the AmishView’s staffing has been increased from 15 to 25.

The AmishView is operated by Thomas E. Strauss Inc., which also runs Plain & Fancy and Miller’s Smorgasbord.

“Where else in this market is there this view, this quality of room and these amenities?” said Duncan, chief executive officer of Thomas E. Strauss Inc.

“We want it to be an oasis, just a place where people can come and decompress with their significant other,” said Bill Moshos, director of marketing for Thomas E. Strauss Inc.

Written by Tim Meekel, courtesy of Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. http://bit.ly/1qt3vxA

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