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“Lovely and Charming Inn” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Federal Pointe Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

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Federal Pointe Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
3.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   75 Springs Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325   |  
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Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Gettysburg
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Lovely and Charming Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I recently spent a weekend at the Federal Pointe Inn for our anniversary. The Inn was lovely and charming! Our room was very comfortable and beautifully appointed. We enjoyed the Keurig coffee and tea in our room and in the hallway lounge. The lounge area was a wonderful place to relax and peruse books for guests and to admire the authentic Civil War paintings. All of the staff at the Inn were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed breakfast at the cozy restaurant just behind the Inn. The historic district of Gettysburg with quaint shops and restaurants is just a short walk away. There are so many things to do in and around Gettysburg and the Federal Pointe is ideally and conveniently located. We look forward to our return visit!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Monarch Beach, California
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is a unique experience in fabulous environment! My husband and I stayed at the Inn for three nights in October of this year. The Inn has only been open for three months so there were a couple of very minor issues that I am sure will resolved very soon. There are just 18 rooms in the Inn so it never has a feeling of a hotel. Our room was a very large corner room with a comfortable king bed. It was beautifully and appropriately decorated. The bathroom had both a tub and a shower and was quite large and well appointed with luxury soaps, shampoos etc. There was a small refrigerator and coffee maker in the room. If I remember correctly, there was coffee but no tea. We drink tea and since lots of places that have coffee makers have coffee but no tea, we carry our own so it is never an issue with us. There is no food service at the Inn but there is a handy cafe just across the parking lot and lots of places to eat in the town of Gettysburg and its surrounding areas. The couple of little things I brought to the attention of the receptionist were: 1) the large lovely desk in the corner of the room had a large lamp on it but there was no electrical outlet within reach of the desk so that corner did not have enough light to make the desk useful. 2) the room had only one outlet that was available for charging electronics unless you unplugged the coffee maker which gives a second outlet. We carry a power strip so we could make this work but I suggested that with everyone carrying cell phones, computers or ipads, cameras etc., it would be good to address this issue in the rooms. 3) we had no luggage racks the first night and only one the second and third nights. As most rooms are filled with two or more visitors I suggested that have two luggage rack per room would be reasonable. We were very careful covering the desk with towels on the desk for one suitcase but I would have been more comfortable with luggage racks. As I said these issues were very minor but I would hope that the Inn would address these as it would enhance visitors' stays. The staff was very helpful in assisting us with reservations and how, where and what to do and see. Our visit was mid October and if you plan to be in Gettysburg on a weekend in the fall you must make restaurant reservations at least a couple of days before arriving. Everything was booked when we arrived but Colleen did get us in Dobbin House the second night and it was wonderful. Staying in the school, now the Inn, was a special experience. The owner has contracted with an archivist and is going to be doing more to bring the school's history into the experience of staying in the Inn. That said, there are a few pictures in the downstairs common area of classes from way back that are not to be missed. I also want to point out that there are some issues regarding accessibility. Parking is close to the entrance and easy. There is a nice ramp up to the front door but there is no elevator so if stairs are an issue be sure to book on the first floor. Also the stairs to the second floor are more than the average number of steps and the ceilings on the first floor are very high. You pretty much have to do your own luggage so if that is an issue just be sure you are on the first floor. We managed the second floor just fine but I am writing this so if this is an issue for you, you can plan for it. We enjoyed our stay at the Inn and think that staying there added a wonderful plus to our fabulous experience in Gettysburg. If going to Gettysburg definitely plan a stay at the Federal Pointe Inn.

Room Tip: The upstairs corner rooms are lovely and well worth the little extra to stay in one of there rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bel Air, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

From the minute we arrived everything was great. Very close parking, a great greeting, very friendly staff and a great location. Loved our room - very nicely done with lots of room to move around. Rooms have a small bar area, mini fridge, Keurig coffee maker and a selection of coffees and teas. Wonderful paintings throughout the Inn. The bed was super comfortable and we slept very well. Walking distance to downtown Gettysburg and plenty of good restaurants. Highly recommend the Federal Pointe inn.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, TX USA
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102 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Vickie at front desk did super job greeting us and making dinner reservations. Rooms and bathrooms very nicely done, parking close to entry. Easy walk to Lincoln Sq shopping and eating. Inn very quiet. Couple things missing in this excellent new inn: folding cradle for luggage and night stand both sides of the comfortable bed would be nice addition. Inn is located less than a mile from battlefield. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed one night at the Federal Pointe Inn on a cross country trip to AZ. I booked the room on the hotel’s website after reading other TA reviews. We were not disappointed! We are budget travelers but chose to stay in this wonderful place for our 10th anniversary. We arrived late in the evening after a 10 hour drive and the woman at the desk was wonderful and friendly. She was kind and offered that our 1 year old could stretch his legs in the lobby while we checked as no one was below us that he could bother. She showed us to our room # 204 and informed us about the window units and floor heaters. Since they just opened in July they are still fine tuning a few things (not a big deal for us). The lobby is small but functional, which is what you’d expect from a 100 year old school house.

The bed was ooh so comfortable and we had the best sleep in a hotel in a long time. Our queen only room was nicely appointed with upscale furniture, the bathroom was gorgeous and there was a small bar area with mini fridge & Keurig coffee maker. The rooms are quite large and we had plenty of room to walk around after setting up a pack-n-play for our son to sleep.

The owner and staff were in the lobby in the morning. They were fantastic recommending a place to eat, offering us several different travel guides for the area and they directed us to a store steps away after our cooler broke on the drive the day before. Thanks to them we found a replacement cooler.

The hotel is beautifully lit at night and because we were on the ground floor some light seeped in at the very top of the window above the curtains. It did make the room a bit bright so if that’s a problem request a room away from the lights or on a higher floor.

I am so glad we chose to stay here on our cross country trip and would stay again if in the area.

Room Tip: If outside light is a problem ask for a room away from the lights that light the hotel at night.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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98 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I was in a king suite with an air-jet bathtub (and a separate shower). The room was strikingly beautiful and quite large, as was the bathroom. Super clean! This hotel is in an old school building; the chalkboard remains in my room even though it is painted over and the erasers are gone. Ceilings are very high; decor and furnishings are quite appropriate to the building. They obviously had a top-notch design firm/team to renovate this building.

Location is ideal--just a block or two down the street is where shops and restaurants can be found. A local restaurant (Dunlap's) is just across the parking lot and is convenient for breakfast or other meals.

The reception desk was always friendly, personable, and entirely helpful. I even had to call back just after my check-out with a question not related to the hotel and got helpful assistance.

Why then am I not giving 5-stars? The hotel is a limited-service property and even though my room was one of the nicest I have ever stayed in, I don't think the hotel qualifies as 5-star.

I did have some minor issues with being chilly in the room and bathroom. I'm guessing that as winter approaches the heating system (a boiler?) will be fired up. The rather small baseboard heater in the bathroom seems to me to be at least one design flaw and not nearly adequate for such a large bath space.

I definitely recommend this property. It is unique in its setting and design.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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442 reviews
112 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I don't agree with some of your reviewers. From the moment we entered the hotel we were disappointed. The foyer is small, cold and unfriendly. It was a cool welcome too. We noticed they advertised complimentary tea and scones but when I asked, there were none, and as it turned out, only one tea bag in the "inn" and it'd was green!

Our room 205 was on the first floor and as with the rest of the hotel, had been recently refurbished. The beds were really comfortable but the noise from the occupants of the bedroom above from 3am completely ruined our night. There needs to be some sort of noise reduction measures put in place.

There are no restaurant facilities and as it is listed under "Hotels", I was expecting something. It was suggested we go to the "family restaurant" next door for breakfast. It was not inviting. It also should be noted that it, as well as Montezumas Mexican restaurant nearby, neither are licensed.

I felt this place was really overrated and was therefore very disappointed as our choice failed to deliver some very basic requirements - a simple welcome and a quiet night's sleep.

Room Tip: Stay on the top floor only. Rooms below can be noisy.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 75 Springs Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Gettysburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Gettysburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Federal Pointe Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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