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James Gettys Hotel
Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Gettysburg
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Columbus
1 review
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“Best Place to Stay in Gettysburg”
Reviewed May 27, 2012 via mobile

This was our 8th stay at the James Gettys. We first stayed here on a family trip in 2009. Now that our daughter goes to Gettysburg College we try to stay whenever we're in town.

The staff is very friendly. The rooms are clean and comfortable. And the breakfast has always been delicious. The best thing however is the location. We can park and walk to so many places, including the college which has been very convenient during busy times like move-in and parents weekend.

We cannot say enough good things about the hotel. We look forward to many more visits.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Glyndon, Maryland
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Delightful B&B. Perfect location, within walking distance of the center of town and Gettysburg College. Wonderful staff, very friendly and helpful. Thank you for a wonderful weekend!

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Geldrop, The Netherlands
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We had a great stay in the John Troxell Suite. The suite was neat and clean and decorated in a great style. The included breakfast was lovely, the service excellent. I can recommend this to anyone.

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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

This hotel that served guests during the Civil War has been nicely reodeled for guest comfort. My suite was very nice, but this does not seem to be a historic restoration. The lobby entry door looked to be taken from a modern tract home, for example.

Because it's an adaptation of an old hotel, the dimensions are odd. My rear-end bumped against the shower wall when I leaned over the sink to shave. I had to maintain good posture to sit on the commode because the dimensions were very tight. I actually had to call the front desk (on my cell phone - there are no guest room phones) to figure out how to activate the shower - it's a very subtle control ring on the tub faucet.

Do NOT take a guest room on the street unless urban streetscape noise is your friend. It's not mine. Street sweeper at 3:11 am, fire truck at 3:21 am, truck traffic starts at 4:30. Police car at 4:44. The Harleys had the courtesy to lay dormant until 6 am. I left the hotel's rear parking lot at 8 am and a trash truck blocked the alleyway to the street for 8 minutes, until I figured out how to escape through a neighboring parking lot that led to another street.

Wonderful staff. nice remodeling job, some nice special touches such as muffins and chocolate. Still, for me, the negatives outweighed the positives. I would never stay on the street side of this hotel again, and I might consider a quiet room on the alley side if I needed to stay in downtown Gettysburg.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Stephanie0917, Manager at James Gettys Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
I wanted to take a few minutes to respond to your review as I did not hear about your comments until you wrote them here. Thank you for the nice review and it was very nice talking with you at check in. Having a fellow hotelier stay with us is always nice.

Our property is very historic dating back to the early 1800's. However the building has been added on to many different times and the look of the outside today reflects that of the 1920's. Because our town is on the National Register of Historic Places there are guidelines that must be followed and approved. The front door for instance is a new door with historic character - again approved by our architectural review board. This is not a historic restoration - is was a renovation. There was no way we could take the property back to the design of 1863 - it was only two stories during the battle - nor could it be taken to 1888 when the top 2 floors were added - at that time there were 55 little tiny guest rooms with shared baths - that would not have made anyone happy.

The hotel is located in downtown Gettysburg and as you can see by other reviews - it can be a bit noisy at times. Gettysburg is a busy town and unfortunately we can not control what happens outside our walls. We have again with our guidelines used triple pane windows but the sounds does still carry at times. We do recommend a room to the rear if you are a light sleeper, however we have many many many guests who request the room that you stayed in so they can be on the main street. Obviously each person is different and we can not be the perfect place to all.

You also mentioned the shower - I know they are tricky and you are not the first guest to have a question about the use - that is why there is a direction card in each bath. Telephones have been in our suites for 16 years. We removed them two weeks ago to experiment - With the use of cell phones and computers - less and less guests are using the land line phones in our rooms. We recently updated our hotel phone system and decided to remove the phones from our guest rooms. Because of your comment and our aim to please our customers - we will be putting them back in.

Overall - we try our very best to accommodate our guests. It is just hard to fix a problem when you read about it online vs. at the time of a person's stay. So thanks again for the review - I do hope that you will give the hotel a try again in the future.

Very Sincerely,
Stephanie
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

A wonderful place in downtown. Clean, cozy, great rooms with seperate sitting areas from bedrooms. Nice touch with breakfast foods in the room with OJ in the refrigerator. Would definitely recommend and already have.

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New York City
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

The James Gettys Hotel is a delightful, homey, friendly, immpecable and incredibly convenient. When we park our car there we rarely move it for the whole weekend, whether it is to walk around the quaint town or visit the beautfuful college campus. This is a very special little hotel.

Room Tip: All the suites are great. The all come with homemade baked goods, twice a day!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Stephanie0917, Manager at James Gettys Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2012
Thank you so much for the great review. It is nice to know that after all these years we still meet your expectations.
Sincerely,
Stephanie
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Green Brook, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Room was great, very clean and offered everything we needed for a quick weekend getaway! Breakfast was great.... Grapes, cantaloupe, homemade blueberry muffins and lemon bread, it was great! Very accommodating for late night arrival. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the hotel walls are pretty thin....you can hear everyone talking through surrounding walls. Other than that, it was a great time!

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Stephanie0917, Manager at James Gettys Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2012
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and our special amenities here at the James Gettys. Thank you for the nice review.
Sincerely,
Stephanie
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Property: James Gettys Hotel
Address: 27 Chambersburg St, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1102
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Gettysburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Gettysburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — James Gettys Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The James Gettys Hotel is an all-suite boutique hotel with the personality of a traditional bed and breakfast. This historic property offers twelve tastefully-appointed modern suites, each with a bedroom, comfortable sitting room, kitchenette and private bath. Whether you stay a day or a week, our commitment to each guest is the same; we offer a relaxing atmosphere and friendly services that will aid you in experiencing all that Gettysburg has to offer. Details like our home baked continental breakfast basket, packets of freshly ground French roast coffee and spa-quality toiletries will help you greet each day with renewed spirits. Come see why so many call the James Gettys Hotel their home away from home! ... more   less 
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