The Best Gettysburg Hotels Pair Comfort With Civil War Battlefield History

Accommodations in Gettysburg are reflective of the characteristics of the town, definitively unique and well preserved. Many of them have one foot still connected to the past while the other is firmly grounded in the present. Don't be surprised to find just about every other inn, farmhouse, or bed and breakfast designated as a Civil War landmark. Gettysburg residents have known since 1863 the relevance of its small town and its responsibility to the nation. There are over six dozen establishments in the shape of historic inns, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, resorts, cottages, guest houses and even campgrounds, to accommodate the 3.17 million visitors who come to Historic Gettysburg annually. If you want luxury, the Federal Pointe Inn is your place. This 18-suite hotel used to be a high school. If you're looking to stay in the heart of the historic district or right on the battlefield, there's a place in Gettysburg for you. The Baladerry Inn sits within walking distance of Little Round Top, one of several strategic locations on the battlefield. If you love Victorian mansions, the Brickhouse Inn is an ideal bed and breakfast that delivers on several fronts. Located in the historic district, this inn is AAA rated and offers suites for its guests. For the more standard hotel stay, guests can rest their heads at the Wyndham Gettysburg conveniently situated just off the highway, 10 minutes outside of historic Gettysburg, offering modern creature comforts that everyday travelers have come to love. 


The Lightner Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast is a Civil War landmark that served as a hospital site for the Federal army. Situated on 26 acres, the Lightner Farmhouse is close to town and houses seven guest rooms including one family suite. All of its rooms have their own private baths. Guests are treated to a full cooked breakfast and snacks daily. The bed and breakfast hosts a history and nature trail as well as special weekend events. Other amenities include a library, free WiFi, and a fireplace in some units. This Federal style brick house also has a parking area for guests.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Lightner Farmhouse has a unique feature of a family suite, perfect for families looking for a bed and breakfast option.

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The Eisenhower Hotel Gettysburg is situated just south of Gettysburg and is nearby a host of attractions. Among these are the Eisenhower National Historic Site, American Civil War Museum, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Adams County Winery. Several golf courses are also within close proximity to the hotel. Other amenities include an indoor tropical courtyard that has a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool, a perfect diversion for families traveling to the area with younger children. This hotel also provides a fitness room, dry saunas and a state-of-the-art conference center. On-site dining venues include Richard's Restaurant and Lounge and The Marketplace.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Eisenhower Hotel Gettysburg offers a free shuttle service to Battlefield attractions for its guests.

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The Brafferton Inn
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Built in 1786, the Brafferton Inn is the oldest deeded house in downtown Gettysburg, and its oldest continual residence. You will take a step back in time when you enter the Brafferton. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Inn has 17 guest rooms and 8 suites. Categorized as a field stone house, the Brafferton is in the middle of Gettysburg's Historic District, located a half block from Lincoln Square. The Brafferton also has a three bedroom guest house located three blocks from the Inn, perfect for an intimate group or a large family. Complimentary breakfast is served daily with your stay.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Brafferton is the oldest continual residence in town and offers special amenities like its beautiful gardens to take you back in time.

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The James Gettys hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel. Located in downtown Gettysburg, this small hotel houses twelve tastefully appointed suites complete with living room, kitchenette, bedroom, and private bath. It makes an excellent choice for travelers looking to prepare a light meal in the comfort of their quarters. But there's no need to worry about cooking for breakfast. The Gettys serves complimentary home baked continental breakfast served in room. In addition, there's evening turn-down service and on-site parking, a jewel in the busy downtown Gettysburg area. The hotel is a block away from the Lincoln Square and two blocks away from Gettysburg College.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The hotel's bright red awnings give its exterior a unique flair, setting it apart from the other buildings on Chambersburg Street.

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1863 Inn of Gettysburg

The Inn's tagline is just as warm as its decor. "We look forward to being your Gettysburg address" permeates through the interior of this hotel. The hotel makes up for its lack of exterior charm with its country style decor and furnishings. The 1863 Inn of Gettysburg is centrally located in the Historic District and is within walking distance to most major attractions such as the American Civil War Museum, Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg National Cemetery and the Harley-Davidson Battlefield. And right next door is the Gettysburg Tour Center. The free "Rise and Shine" breakfast is offered daily to guests in addition to other amenities like free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and laundry facilities.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: You can walk to several of Gettysburg's popular attractions and grab dinner right across the street.

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The Lodges at Gettysburg
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The Lodges at Gettysburg is nestled on one of the highest and most beautiful ridge lines in all Gettysburg and offer the perfect escape. Its location is perfect for the traveler interested in a breathtaking view of the area, just minutes from downtown. The Lodges at Gettysburg features spacious guest private cottages. The main lodge, Gloryridge, is a beautifully designed stone and wood Lodge over-looking the battlefields and Hunter Lake. It offers a market store, cafe and fitness center for guests. The private retreat cottages are named after states that were home to troops fighting in the Battle and feature period art pieces, antiques, fireplaces, full kitchenettes, private bathrooms and porches, and other creature comforts.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Lodges at Gettysburg is one of the most serene accommodations in the town with a front seat view of the battlefield.

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The Courtyard Marriott Gettysburg is conveniently located off of highway 15 in the Gettysburg Gateway Complex, just ten minutes from Historic Gettysburg and all its attractions. Perfect for families traveling to the area, the Courtyard houses 152 guest rooms and suites which come equipped with modern conveniences that families love. Cable television, free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, ironing equipment, work desks and telephones are all standard. Private bathrooms come with hair dryers and shower/tub combinations. Select units have sofa beds, useful for larger families. This five-storey hotel also provides an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, a fitness room, an ATM, vending machines, and laundry facilities. If you're not interested in the Courtyard Marriott's on-site dining options which include the Courtyard Cafe, Old Eagle Grill and Garibaldi's, you have several other choices just outside your doorstep.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Courtyard Marriott offers three convenient on-site eating options, making it easy for families traveling with younger kids.

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Wyndham Gettysburg

The Wyndham Gettysburg is conveniently located off of highway 15 in the Gateway complex. Just across a large field you can duck your head into the Majestic Theater and catch a movie. The hotel is a short 10-minute drive from Historic Gettysburg's town center and offers all the creature comforts of your standard chain hotel, making it a perfect option for families traveling with young kids. On site, you'll find it's 1863 restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. When you aren't on the battlefield, you can chill in the pool or relax in the jacuzzi. You may even be interested in building up your sight seeing stamina by taking a go in the hotel's gym. An onsite gift shop and hotel concierge service will arm you with information and souvenirs of Gettysburg.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A large period canon greets you in the main foyer, quickly establishing and reminding you that you're in Gettybsurg.

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The Brickhouse Inn is an award winning bed and breakfast located in Gettysburg's downtown historic district. The hotel works effortlessly to provide modern day comforts in a style reminiscent of the turn of the century. Throughout the 1898 brick mansion and the adjacent c.1830 historic bullet-scarred Welty House, family heirlooms and selected antiques combine Victorian grace with modern amenities. The hotel boasts superb hospitality, bountiful breakfasts, serene gardens and attention to detail to create exceptional guest comfort. Innkeepers Tessa and Brian are just as excited about their town as they are about their visiting guests. The Brickhouse also offers on-site parking, a huge convenience in the busy downtown area.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Brickhouse does a great job coupling modern day needs with turn of the century interiors without compromise.

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The Federal Pointe Inn is one of Gettysburg's newest hotels. This commanding edifice is a former high school transformed into an 18-suite luxury hotel. Located on Springs Avenue, in the center of Gettysburg, the hotel is within a 10 minute walk from Gettysburg Railroad Station and Adams County Courthouse. The Federal Pointe Inn conveniently provides free parking for guests and is wheelchair accessible. The hotel balances 19th century character with sophistication in a relaxed setting. Art gallery sitting areas, a fitness center, WiFi, flat screen televisions and other modern day amenities will keep you from getting lost in time. The hotel has extra special touches like Keurig coffee makers in the room, afternoon tea and scones, granite showers, and arrangements with a battlefield tour guide to pick you up right from the premises.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The hotel offers extra touches like afternoon tea and scones and an art gallery sitting area to accentuate its hospitality.

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