David Kane slept beneath three blankets Wednesday night.
"Still frozen," he said. "It was cold in that house."
Kane, 74, said the power went out at his Winterstown home around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, making him one of thousands across York County to lose electricity after a storm coated the area with ice.
After 24 hours in the cold, Kane said he woke up Thursday morning determined to find alternative accommodations. He called five hotels before he finally found one with an available room.
At 4 p.m., he was waiting patiently in the lobby of the Quality Inn, 2600 E. Market St., for his room to be ready.
All 105 of the hotel's rooms were booked Wednesday and Thursday. Many of its guests are locals seeking refuge from their electricity-lacking homes, owner Perry Patel said.
"They don't know when they expect to get back in their home. They're really tired. They're cold," Patel said.
Hotel staff is "working hard" to meet the high demand for rooms, he said.
Sam Newman, 58, said he spent Wednesday night in his chilly Hellam Township home before abandoning it for a hotel room. He was also waiting Thursday afternoon in the Quality Inn lobby.
"It's 44 degrees in the house, and I can't take it anymore," Newman said.
To add insult to injury, Newman said, his generator refused to do its job. He ordered parts, but it'll be 10 days before they arrive, he said.
"I need a shower," he said.
Newman said he also called several hotels looking for a room Thursday. Everything is booked to capacity, he said.
That was the case Thursday at the Hampton Inn, 1550 Mount Zion Road in Springettsbury Township.
Manager Marci Paniagua said it's not unusual for the hotel to be booked to capacity. But, usually, the majority of guests are corporate travelers, she said.
This week, the Hampton Inn has been hustling to accommodate stressed-out Yorkers.
"We have a commitment to the community to take care of them," Paniagua said.
Handling phone calls is a big part of the job. The phone is ringing off the hook with locals looking for rooms. Meanwhile, they're handling cancellations from out-of-area guests whose flights or appointments were canceled because of the weather.
Some local guests are also changing plans as they learn the power companies have restored electricity, she said.
Paniagua said she and her staff have been trying to help the guests make the best of a bad situation.
"Don't worry," she said. "We'll make the beds."
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