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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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“Clean and Good for value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

My experience completely aligns with reviewer LoriL3020. Our room was very clean and there was not one bug in sight as mentioned by another reviewer. I am very particular and obsessive about cleanliness and I didn't find one issue. My only suggestion is the bathroom could use better lighting over the mirror.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Federal_Pointe, Owner at Federal Pointe Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for expressing the truth about our award winning historic hotel and confirming the true experience guests who have stayed at the Federal Pointe. As of today, Federal Pointe Inn is rated number 2 in the United States of all Choice Hotels International Ascend Collection Hotel properties. This rating is based on surveys of our guest over the last year. We are proud of our hotel and appreciate all the guest that made our hotel #2 in the US!!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We booked this room because it was in town at an acceptable price with a bonus sitting area. There are only a few hotels in the center city area. Our room was ready at the time promised and the reception lady walked us up to the room telling the history of the hotel which was once a school. Very charming - and so was the room! We were surprised when we opened the door. The room was a perfect blend of old style (12' ceilings and large windows etc.) with new (bedding, tvs, and an updated and modern, spacious bathroom) that really set the mood for a Gettysburg stay. Very pretty. The tall ceilings made the room seem larger. Our room was clean and bed and bedding were comfortable. We checked for bed bugs, as per normal. They had a big mini-fridge as well as tvs in both the sleeping area and sitting area. Parking was free. It was a few blocks walk to many restaurants and other places in town. We ate dinner at the Italian restaurant 1 1/2 blocks towards town on the left. It was a good experience for our family. Some of the touristy locations are further south from the hotel so bring walking shoes. No breakfast at the hotel but there is a restaurant next door. We choose to bring our own breakfast which was fine with us because we wanted a good start at the Military Park. We had a room on the 3rd floor and didn't hear a thing during our stay save a few motorcycles in the night which was probably heard all over town. We drove in that day, stayed the night and left late the next afternoon. We wished we'd stayed two nights to get a full Gettysburg experience and overall we were glad we chose this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a 3rd floor room. The floors are creaky.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is a beautiful renovation of the Meade School in Gettysburg. 3 blocks from center square and close to good restaurants. It is really nice to be close yet far enough away. It is very quiet at night promoting a good rest. Bathrooms are very nicely done with tile and marble.

Room Tip: Rooms on side of building with lobby allow sleep in AM as this is west side.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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6 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at The Federal Pointe Inn for one night and we're glad we did. Much of Gettysburg is very touristy and this was actually a good location - only a couple short blocks to the center of town and away from the crowds in the southern part of town. The inn is a former school and its amazing what the owners have done with the renovation. We had a beautiful corner room on the second floor with furniture, carpeting and drapes that would rival some of the nicest hotels in any city. Plus, the bathroom was well lighted and modern.

There's only 18 rooms so it's kind of between a B&B (with no breakfast) and a hotel. The lack of breakfast was no big deal. There's a Keurig in the room and there are several restaurants within walking distance. So, if you want a step up from the typical tourist places and don't want a B&B, this is the place! We really liked it.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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College Park MD
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This newly renovated hotel is in a great location for visiting the town, the battlefield or Gettysburg College. The rooms are nice -- especially the beautiful bathrooms. However, our visit was ruined by the discovery of bugs on the seam of our mattress -- under the sheets and the mattress pad. I don't know what they were but the hotel honored our demand to be moved to another room and the management kindly offered us the opportunity to come back for another visit. I doubt we will accept.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We just stayed at the Federal Pointe Inn for one night. We loved this place! The room was clean and quite large enough for our family of 4. The bathroom was nicely done in marble. The staff was very friendly and helpful and made us feel "at home." They also gave us the background of the hotel. It is an old school converted into a hotel and not much impresses my husband but he enjoyed walking around the hotel looking at the Civil War paintings and at how the hotel is decorated. We would definitely stay here again! Also loved the kitty out front!

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Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Bergen County, NJ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I selected to stay at this hotel during the 150th battle anniversary because it was the only one available at the time I booked with a decent price and cancellation policy. And being newly renovated, I thought it would be perfect. When I booked ( a year in advance), I asked for a quiet room and one with no bug history. At check-in, I repeated these concerns. I was given a room which had the hotel's HVAC unit just outside the window so all I ever heard was the hum of the HVAC unit. I can't say I heard guests next door nor road traffic because if there was any, the HVAC unit hummed drowned it out. So they did not accommodate my request for a quiet room. As for bugs, this room was full of them - lady bugs, carpenter ants, earwings, centipedes (both large and small), millipedes, fireflies, and carpet beetles. Luckily, most of them were dead. After housekeeping came by the next day, the dead bug skeletons remained so obviously they don't clean up the rooms well - also attested by the coatings of dust found throughout the room and by the garbage I saw behind the dresser. The next day I left a note for housekeeping to please clean up the dead bugs. They did not! So I'm wondering if they ever do? How long have these dead bugs been here? So I cleaned them up. It was much nicer to be in room without bugs. So they also did not honor my request for a room with a bug-free history. Now it's possible that the bugs came in because the room was cool and the HVAC unit was hot and/or blew them in. The windows, in particular the screens were gross and dirty. Filled with spider webs and more dead bugs and just disgusting. I kept the curtains drawn my entire stay because the view of the HVAC unit and the dirty screens were just too disgusting to look at.

The rooms do indeed have high ceilings but the problem is lighting. Lights on the ceiling are not bright enough for people height. There are some lamps but do not provide enough light either. The toiletries have some funky fragrances that someone with allergies will not want to try, so bring your own. I was in a king room with a very odd layout, somewhat roomy but not in the right places. The bed was a king but the box spring was two twins so it got lumpy fast. One nice touch was two small bottle of waters provided each day. I did see a tea machine in the lobby but never saw a single scone. The lobby is small and not welcoming but the first floor hallway did have chairs where guests could sit and relax and talk.

While newly renovated, it was not entirely renovated for instance the walls and windowsills were not renovated, very old. Some of the furnishings were chipped so either they were inexpensive or supposed to be providing some sort of "look". The shower is granite which is beautiful but the soap holder shelf was too high for me to reach, the granite got slippery from using the soap, and there was no handrail - a great way to slip and fall. There are no full length mirrors which was a big disappointment.

I took a walk around the hotel and noted that only a caveman would accept a room on the first floor which is basically the basement. It is more dark and cold down there. The handicapped room is down there so be prepared if that' what you want. I wouldn't. The wheelchair ramp goes from the parking lot down to the basement level. The first floor has a wheelchair ramp that you can take to the "second" floor. The third floor can only be reached by two flights of stairs (because of the high ceilings).

The parking lot is small but the hotel only has 18 rooms. It is dark and full of insects. The restaurant nearby is convenient for breakfast since the hotel does not provide anything.

The best thing about this hotel is the location. It is away from the center of town by a few blocks so there are many back roads you can take to get around town and avoid traffic. There is also a small market nearby to pick up snacks and drinks and breakfast items.

Room Tip: Away from HVAC unit. Second or third floor. Avoid handicapped room which is in basement.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Federal_Pointe, Owner at Federal Pointe Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
We are grateful to the hundreds of guest that have stayed with us and post accurate protrayals of our award winning hotel. This posting is a misguided attempt at untruths and Inaccuracies!
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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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