Upon planning our Gettysburg trip, my husband and I booked this hotel with high expectations. He had traveled here prior (around 2008), and enthralled me with stories of a fantastic indoor pool, a pool bar/restaurant, a ceiling that opens above the pool, and just a general "fun" place to be. He did warn me, however, that the hotel was a bit dated, but still clean. "No problem", I thought! The website exemplified a neat, tidy, and inexpensive place to stay, so we booked two nights.
Let me just tell you, a LOT can happen in four years. Walking up the steps to the door of our room, I was immediately appalled. A giant bee hive sat close to the door, a tattered and dirty awning flapped in the wind, and the place where you insert your key was covered with a giant layer of dirt. The walkway to our room wasn't much better. It looked as if someone had taken some sort of food and squirted it on the carpet and walls, and it had dried and caked.
Our room was pretty terrifying. We had paid a little extra for the suite, but I can assure you, it was anything but sweet. Random stains littered the walls, floor, and YUCK-the bed spreads and sheets. The fridge/freezer was so disgusting that the handles were black with filth. Also, the wall was built in such a way that it actually prevented the freezer part from even opening (which was probably a blessing-who knows what was in there!)
Alright, so we cancelled our second night but tried to make the best of the one which which we were stuck. We slid open our door to the pool area and stepped out into what I hope would be-the hotel's salvation. Wrong again! What was once a great indoor/outdoor pool area, has been left for dead. The pool was grimy, all the plants were long dead, and the fantastic pool bar? Nothing but a dusty, crusty remnant of what was once great. The booths by the pool were filled with bugs, dirty rags, and sadness.
What had happened in only a few shorts years, we wondered. Upon talking with numerous other bed and breakfast and store owners, the conclusion was all the same-when they heard we were staying at the Eisenhower, they cringed and debated warning us (the hotel has a bad reputation in town, apparently). A few years back, there was the chance that the casino might be put where the hotel is, and in addition, the original management passed away and those left with the hotel didn't know what to do with it. Those two combined led to a quick downfall of what was once a classy, inexpensive place to say. Now, I would most definitely say this place is disgusting and cheap. They have clearly given up and do nothing to deserve your hard earned money.
PLEASE do yourself a favor, spend a few extra bucks and stay at a Bed and Breakfast...or at the very least, there are much nicer hotels around the same price.
DO NOT STAY HERE-you will regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Eisenhower is a unique resort with taste, style, and a staff proud of it's tradition of friendly attentive service. It's the hotel that guests remember with pleasure and return to again and again. Make The Eisenhower your Gettysburg Address and you're only minutes from the Historic Gettysburg National Military Park, golf, and skiing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eisenhower Inn And Conference Center
- Eisenhower Hotel Gettysburg