The U.S. Hotel
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3.4/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
Well this place has a storied history. Back in the day, just before railroads, the main way to get around was by canal boat. The Pennsylvania Canal ran from somewhere down around Philly up to Hollidaysburg which sits in the middle of the state. That's where the mountains became too big for the early railroad engines to pull much weight and where rivers were not in abundance so the canal boats came up to Hollidaysburg, which was the terminus of the canal system, and were loaded onto railroad cars which hauled them up the moutains until they reached the other side where they were placed back in the water and floated downstream to Pittsburgh and points west. Thus the U.S. Hotel came into being to serve those who traveled the canal system.
The decor of the Hotel is pre 20th century with dark wood, a huge behind-bar mirror, and a nice tile floor accented by a sky blue ceiling with wispy white clouds. Pretty cool stuff. Also, there's still a working spitoon trough that runs along the brass footrail beneath the bar where bar patrons used to spit their chaw, when spitting was socially accepted, to be whisked away to some undisclosed location.
The Hotel nowadays seems to be an establishment stuck between two worlds. They have both fine dining and quality beers right next next to macro garbage. The day I stopped in and looked at the taps the bar had the following: Yuengling Lager (local beer and nothing to be ashamed of), Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Guiness, Miller Lite, (ouch) Coor's Light, Foster's and Labatt Blue. Odd combination. The bottle selection was also strange with the usual macros alongside Franziskaner and Red Hook ESB. The thing that threw me a real curveball was that they had Lindeman's Lambic Framboise. $5.00 per bottle but so out of place in this bar that caters to a working class macro crowd while giving a nod to the working class micro minority.
The food at the Hotel is excellent. Honestly, I've worked in restaurants all my adult life and I can truly say the food is fantastic.The service on the other hand was seriously lacking. THEY NEED MORE SERVERS. I don't know how else to say it. Get some more employees, pick up a few more craft beers, and I'll be hooked.
03-07-2004 05:09:23 | More by LambertHam5859
The U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg, PA
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