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Anchoring Lancaster’s historic Penn Square, the integrated Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott Hotel are located in the heart of energetic Downtown Lancaster, recognized as America’s oldest inland city.

With more than 46,000 square feet of unobstructed meeting and exhibit space and two ballrooms each offering more than 8,500 elegant square feet, the facility offers meeting planners abundant, flexible space for groups ranging in size up to 5,000. Savvy visitors will enjoy the very latest in high-tech amenities within a total combined meeting space of more than 90,000 square feet. This facility offers vast expanses of bright, naturally lit space, luxuriously appointed interiors with warm cosmopolitan tones and generous cherry wood accents, and singular vantage points onto the Downtown.

  • Spacious 45,000-square-foot exhibit hall
  • Elegant 9,000-square-foot ballroom
  • Flexible pre-function space with more than 10,000 square feet
  • VIP show manager suite
  • Integrated with Lancaster Marriott’s 300 guest rooms and additional 15,000 square feet of meeting space

Generous amenities include full-service gourmet banquet facilities; wireless connectivity throughout the facility; two on-site business centers; concession areas in the exhibit hall; a fine dining restaurant/lounge with 100-seat dining room and private dining; lobby bar; lavish indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi; 2,000-square-foot exercise room; and two spa treatment rooms.

A complex that helps bring American history to life

Paying remarkable homage to the region’s history, the integrated complex incorporates historic structures and important historical narratives within and around its own new architecture. The entrance to the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square incorporates the iconic 19th-century façade of the landmark Watt & Shand department store, a Beaux Arts style structure designed by Lancaster’s first native professional architect, C. Emlen Urban.

The complex also will encompass a separate 20,000-square-foot, $20-million interactive museum, the Stevens & Smith Historic Site (www.stevensandsmith.org). Thanks to partnership with and leadership from the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, the educational complex will incorporate the former residence, law office, and Kleiss Tavern owned by powerful political leader, U.S. Congressman, and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens is considered the father of public education and also of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution – those ending slavery, extending equal protection to all citizens, and granting all male citizens the right to vote.

In addition to the Stevens’ properties, the complex will include boarding houses that belonged to Lydia Hamilton Smith, a free woman of color and Stevens’ business manager and confidante. Mrs. Smith was a widow with two young sons when she first became Stevens’ housekeeper in 1847, and she would come to operate her own successful businesses in Lancaster and Washington, D.C. at a time when few women had yet done so.

The museum exhibits include a water cistern unearthed during the pre-construction archeological dig that dates from the Civil War period and was modified in a manner that more than suggests Stevens and Smith used it to hide Americans escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad system.

Together, these historic structures help define a historic precinct in Downtown Lancaster that provides a tangible link to Stevens and Smith and the inspiring narrative themes connected to their achievements – civil rights, equality, slavery, the Civil War, women’s history, and public education – themes important to the understanding and appreciation of the quality of life we enjoy in America today.


Unique among northeast meeting locations, Lancaster offers an unmatched blend of unique tradition, solid customer service ethic, and friendly urban sophistication. Its convenience to metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York, along with its reasonably priced goods and services, make Lancaster an exceptionally sound choice as a business destination.

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