A first-of-its kind hotel with a rock ‘n’ roll theme opened to overnight guests Nov. 18 in Lititz, about 15 minutes south of Lebanon County.
Hotel Rock Lititz was designed with touring musical artists and their entourages in mind, but is so cool, you may just want to book a night to experience it yourself. Or you can make reservations at the trendy new restaurant, Per Diem, attached to the hotel lobby and at least check out the ground level.
Who knows – you may even meet an actual rock star during your visit.
Lititz’s rock ‘n’ roll lineage
You might be amazed to learn a little town in Amish country with a population under 10,000 and no major concert venues nearby has a claim as the rock ‘n’ roll capital of the world. This is due to the numerous production companies in Lititz which specialize in everything from sound and lighting to set design, many located on the 96-acre Rock Lititz campus.
Musical artists and their crews come from all over to create and rehearse their shows. With the addition of Hotel Rock Lititz to the campus, accommodations befitting of the stars are now within walking distance.
“I think the hotel is the first time that, other than anecdotally, that the Lititz community will have kind of access to what these companies really do,” said Joshua Funk, owner of Per Diem and a Lititz native. “You walk in here and you’re like, ‘This is about right.’”
It’s not an exaggeration at all to say Hotel Rock Lititz is completely unlike other lodgings in the area, or anywhere else. That much is evident walking through the front door.
Everything is visually impressive. The hotel lobby makes use of repurposed set pieces, including a wall of used speakers at the front desk, with a collection of rock band posters on display. The rooms have a strip of wallpaper created from real concert stage passes and doors and desks made from touring cases. Even the hallways are adorned with art, concert photos, and each floor has its own custom-built “set.”
“What we have created here with the intersection of music and technology is so unique and cannot be found anywhere in the world,” said Nimesh Shah, part of the Hotel Rock Lititz ownership group.
Restaurant and full-service bar
Even if you don’t need a room for the night, Per Diem, might be worth the trip. Funk also owns Gravie Kitchen & Commons and Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House, both of which are popular destinations in Lititz.
The new eatery aims to make “interesting food approachable,” said Funk, using farm-to-table foods from Lancaster County for a different take on comfort food. Per Diem also brought in specialists from area establishments to form cocktail and beer programs for the bar.
Per Diem is open for breakfast from 6-11 a.m. and for dinner from 4-10 p.m. seven days a week. Bar hours are 4 p.m.-midnight Sundays through Thursdays, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Is there room for me?
Yes! You don’t have be Mick Jagger or one of his roadies to appreciate Hotel Rock Lititz and Per Diem. Both the hotel and restaurant are open to the public. Granted, you may not be staying in one of the two penthouse suites located on the fifth floor, but there are still 16 king suites, 81 deluxe king rooms and 40 deluxe queens.
For a full list of accommodations and to book your stay, visit hotelrocklititz.com. Hotel Rock Lititz is at 50 Rock Lititz Boulevard, Lititz.
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