A friend of mine had stayed hear a couple of weeks earlier and enjoyed it so , this being our first trip to Gettysburg, we booked there also. We arrived around two on Sunday afternoon. There were people eating but no one there to handle the lodging. I finally went to the kitchen and stopped the waitress. She said the owners had just left( they had been told what time we were coming) but she passed me off to the chef. Then the bartender came in and I was passed off to him. He got us set up in our room. Let me add that everyone we encountered there were very friendly and helpful.
Having never been to the inn, we booked the JEB Stuart room solely on it's historical merit. What we didn't realize was that it is on the front of the building, against Pa. 116, which is a very busy street. This made it almost impossible to sleep. This was our choice, but had we known about it in advance, we would have picked a different room. We were the only guest there for the two nights we stayed, which was nice, but a little strange. We had a key for the front door and our room. All other exits were locked. I guess we could have gone out a window had there been a fire. One other thing about the Jeb Stuart room, the floor slants noticeably away from both outside walls. This means that doors will not stay open and whoever sleeps on the outside of the bed is forever sliding down onto the person sleeping on the inside. Not a real problem, actually sort of quaint, adding character to the room. This also probably explains what earlier reviewers thought was ghost phenomena. Trust me, no self respecting ghost would stay in a room that noisy.
Since breakfast wouldn't be served until 8:30, I asked about coffee. The waiter took me to the dining room and showed me how to make it. No problem there. Breakfast Monday was on time and adequate. When we returned to the inn Monday night we met the owner, Sal, who was working on the books. He asked if we needed anything and said that someone would be in to fix breakfast the next morning. I got up around 7 Tuesday and made the coffee again and packed to check out after breakfast. We waited around until almost 9 and no one ever showed up. I noticed a small sign on the hallway table with a number to call in case of emergencies( I just happened to notice this, no one ever pointed it out to us). I called twice and the line was busy. I put my keys on the table and left.
I have very mixed feeling about my experience. It really is a nice old inn with a lot of history. The staff we met were very nice ( Jim, Brian) and helpful, and for all its quirks, we liked the room. Most of the problems were minor ones but on my blue colar salary $425 for this kind of service is hard to swallow. I just don't know if this laid back attitude cuts in in the B&B industry. It's good to a point, but after that, it poor business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Fairfield Inn offers an enticing, warm, unique and memorable experience. It has been in continuous operation since 1757, and is one of the five oldest continuously operating inns in the country. Our rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated, and our food delicious. The restaurant is noted for our Chicken and Biscuits, and our Ham and Bean Soup (which is the same recipe as was served to the retreating Confederate forces on July 4th, 1863). Visitors to the Historic Fairfield Inn include Patrick Henry, Thaddeus Stevens, Robert E. Lee, and Mamie Eisenhower. This is a "must stop" destination for visitors to Gettysburg. ... more less
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