In a town where hotels are not shy about charging top dollar, the Three Crowns Motor Lodge gives a value alternative, and not at sacrifice of comfort or cleanliness. And it’s a lovely reminder of when people stayed at a place called a “motor lodge”.
If you did a lot of traveling in the 50s and 60s, like I did with my parents, most overnighting was done in a motor lodge, or motel. Just like the Three Crowns, you pulled up to the door of your room (park free, of course), and opened it with a real key on a large plastic fob. Just like the Three Crowns, you knew you would be getting a room that was more eclectic than corporate, and there was more than a good chance the guy behind the check-in desk was the owner.
One of the best features of the Three Crowns is its location, which is superb. It is literally across the street from an entrance to the National Cemetery, which connects to the Gettysburg Address memorial. It’s also within walking distance to several historic buildings, ghost tours, and restaurants. If you need to travel to somewhere in the town by car, such as the Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, the Three Crowns is at the junction of main streets.
The room itself was spacious. I had some initial fear that the smallish air conditioner way at the back wall of the room would be insufficient, but it blew cold and hard during a warm and humid night. The bathroom area is not large, but adequate. The separate sink area is large, but if I were to make a suggestion to management, perhaps a better place can be found for the room’s dorm-size refrigerator. It works just fine, but having it on the sink top takes a lot of room away from other sink top functions. I also found the light over the sink not bright enough for easy shaving.
Having the refrigerator is quite handy, as the morning repast is coffee and pastries, two foods not on my breakfast list. There is a large supermarket in town, and my wife and I were able to purchase milk, juice, and other food to store in the fridge.
The lobby clerk (not “desk” clerk—the lobby was more interesting than just a check-in desk) knew Gettysburg well, and was able to make several recommendations, including a very nice Chinese restaurant. It also looked like tours could be arranged through the lobby clerk, but we decided to “freestyle” our visit. (By the way, there is a pool. We didn’t use it, but it looked nice.)
If comfort at a value price is what you’re seeking in Gettysburg, you’ll find both at the Three Crowns Motor Lodge.
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