Had stayed at this hotel many times over twenty years. We loved the historic feel and romance of the place. Dec 2013 was our first time staying since the renovation. Outside it is still an historic hotel. Inside - it could be any hilton, doubletree, clarion, etc., you would find anywhere else. The lovely old furnishings and light fixtures in the lobby areas and bar/dining room have been replaced by modern light (maple?) wood and chrome, the lobby desk replaced by a modern verson. The dining room used to have large stuffed chairs and dark wood tables, and the fireplace gave off a romantic glow while you had dinner or just a glass of wine with your honey. Now It is more suited to the retirement community early-bird special. They've broken through the wall behind the fireplace, installed diner booths down one side and even during the dinner hour and late night, the track lighting gave the place a brightness like the sahara at noon. The fireplace has been blocked by a modern maple hightop table that sits 6-8. In fact, during our stay when the town when the town had their Christmas parade, none of the three public fireplaces (lobby area and dining room) were in use. So disappointing.
Parking is an issue. The hotel used to pay for their guests parking in the municipal lot behind the hotel. Now you have to pay $10 per day and there is no in and out privilege. So it you go out to drive the battlefield in the morning, then come back and park and then drive out for dinner you have to pay each time you leave.
I give the hotel 2 stars because the "modern" rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. The bath was clean but you can't turn off the fan without turning out the light which is a noise problem, and it wasn't heated; the stone floors were ice cold.
While the hotel is centrally located and convenient to downtown activities, if you want historic or romantic - go with one of the charming B&Bs. If you want modern hotels, go with one out on the bypass where you don't end up paying everytime you leave the parking lot and probably get a cheaper rate.
Whoever took over this hotel has ruined its character and completed obliterated all the romance. After visiting for over twenty years, not sure we'll go back.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Gettysburg
- Gettysburg Best Western
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is located in the heart of historic downtown Gettysburg Pennsylvania and is walking distance to the battlefield, attractions, shops and restaurants.This historic Gettysburg hotel offers superior service in a charming and ideal setting; rich in history and hospitable ambiance. ... more less
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