The Yorktowne Hotel Celebrates More Than a Decade of Winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

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As guests flow in, so does the wine at the hotel’s Commonwealth Room.

How about a crisp glass of Ponzi Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley? Or, a lush and velvety J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon? Maybe a rich Amancaya Malbec from Argentina is your preference. Selecting the best wine for a meal can be a difficult decision, but the choice is always right if it’s on the list at The Yorktowne Hotel, a recent winner of the 2012 Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence. The hotel and its AAA Four Diamond fine dining restaurant, The Commonwealth Room, have won this award 11 consecutive times since 2002.

“While the magazine determines winners based on quality of wine producers, theme of the wine list and menu, inclusion of vintage and presentation, among other things, it’s our variety that makes us really stand out,” The Yorktowne Hotel General Manager Rick Cunningham said. “This is a selection that you can’t find anywhere else nearby and we are very proud of it.”

This past February, HHM, an industry-leading hospitality management, investment and development firm, took over management of the historic property, adding the hotel to its full service division. HHM manages 20 full service hotels offering comprehensive, and delicious, dining options for guests and other visitors. Cunningham said that he is excited about the opportunities as a part of the HHM family, and that the integration will provide his team members with a chance to enhance their expertise – across all operations.

The Commonwealth Room boasts around 125 varietals at any given time, making sure to cover a diverse geographic range including French, South American, Australian and Californian wines. Bottles from local wineries often show up on the list as well. The menu is inspired by the preferences of guests, from international business travelers to nearby York residents, and is carefully handpicked by Executive Chef Derek Myers and Director of Sales Leslie Einhorn-Ravitz.

“In addition to the level of service and elegant atmosphere, we make it a priority to have what matters most – exciting, quality food and drinks,” Myers said. “Leslie’s comprehensive wine
knowledge and West Coast background, combined with my passion for the menu, allow us to offer a completely unique experience. Guests will often come in for a three-course dinner and let us choose the whole menu and wine pairings – the entire meal is a surprise and specifically tailored to their tastes.”

For more information about staying at The Yorktowne Hotel or eating at the Commonwealth room, contact Rick Cunningham at or 717.848.1111.

About The Yorktowne Hotel
The Yorktowne Hotel is a prominent landmark that reflects the history of another nostalgic era, the roaring twenties. Built in 1925, The Yorktowne Hotel stands 11 stories tall in the heart of downtown York's historic neighborhood. Amenities include 121 spacious rooms, free wireless high speed Internet access, washer and dryer, valet parking, two restaurants, a complimentary fitness center and business center, lobby ATM and meeting and banquet space. The hotel is within walking distance of various attractions in the city of York, such as Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York ExpoCenter and the Downtown York Visitors Information Center. The Yorktowne Hotel is managed by HHM.

About HHM
HHM, formerly known as Hersha Hospitality Management, operates 115 hotels across the United States. It provides turnkey hotel management, asset management and receivership for properties with leading brand affiliations through Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HHM also operates 14 independent hotels ranging from The Rittenhouse Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond property in Philadelphia, to the oceanfront Postcard Inn in the Florida Keys. Its highly experienced team is accustomed to serving as a fiduciary to publicly traded companies, joint ventures, institutional real estate owners and private investors. Additional information on HHM can be found at

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