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The Yorktowne Hotel in York, PA Exists in a Time Warp

November 14, 2014

The Yorktown Hotel was imposing when it was built in 1925

The Yorktown Hotel was imposing when it was built in 1925

Time Warps have their ups and downs. For example, 1925 would have been a hell of a year to visit a real speakeasy in York, PA (assuming they had some). Chances are the Yorketown Hotel was hopping. You can almost hear the din of the jazz and the flappers.

The hotel exists today in pretty much the same state as then. Elaborate. Panelled. Bedecked with chandeliers. But only ghosts of the high life remain.

The lobby

The lobby

There are some modern touches, like free reasonable wifi. But the downside to timewarps also applies. Room 814 is the best room in the house. Sadly, it exists in grandma style with grandma technology and grandma wallpaper. And the shower…it’s not glass. We expected that.

814 sitting room (the king suite)

814 sitting room (the king suite)

Flowery bedspread.

Flowery bedspread.

One of those bathrooms from the '50s.

One of those bathrooms from the ’50s.

A bonus kitchenette with an imposing garbage can.

A bonus kitchenette with an imposing garbage can.

So if you’re looking for high style, this is not the hotel for you. Or more properly, this is not the town for you. But if you wonder how much the world has changed since the cold war ended and what it used to look like before, this place is an interesting historical study.

Three showerheads for the Yorktowne, an aging dame well past its prime. Top notch for the absolute middle of nowhere.

Ding...going up.

Ding…going up.

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