The new lodging property - Best Western Gettysburg Hotel - will feature 81 guest rooms and include a scenic view of the Gettysburg battlefield from its breakfast room perched on the top floor of the hotel. The property will also include an indoor pool and meeting space for up to 50 people.
See below for a photo gallery of construction.
The hotel is expected to be completed and open to visitors in Spring 2017. The general manager of the hotel is Nathan Mares.
A Q&A with Nathan and Laura Mares
Can you tell us a little about the project?
The 81 room Best Western Hotel Gettysburg is planned to open in Spring 2017. Our contractor just started pouring the footers last week, and the goal is to have the building under roof by December. We will continue to be owned and operated by the Witt family, as the property has been since 1975.
Why did you decide to demolish the America’s Best Value Inn to make way for a new hotel?
Originally built as a Howard Johnson’s, the building was constructed in 1960 with a 30-year projected lifespan. Nearly 60 years later, it was definitely time for an update. The building was getting old, worn, and extremely costly to maintain. The site- with its fantastic proximity to the Battlefield and downtown Gettysburg- deserved better than what was there.
What do you feel this new Best Western will provide guests that the former hotel did not?
The three story, interior corridor hotel will offer guests an indoor pool, fitness center and business center. Most notably, our breakfast room will be located on the third floor, offering guests a beautiful panoramic view of Pickett’s Charge and Soldiers’ National Cemetery. During the afternoon and evening, our breakfast room will convert into a meeting room for groups up to 50 people. Lastly, the new building will be completely ADA accessible.
What makes this project special?
Although it will be a brand new building, it is very important to us to build something that fits into the landscape of Gettysburg. We worked closely with architect Shaffer Designs to decide on a brick and stone façade that ties into the history of our town. We are proud to be part of the investment that is currently happening on Steinwehr Avenue, including Appalachian Brewing Company, Gettysburg Heritage Center, McDonald’s, and the streetscape that was recently redesigned.
What made you decide to go with the Best Western flag?
There has been no Best Western in Gettysburg for quite some time, so they were very interested in re-entering the market. Best Western is a well-respected brand, offering travelers around the world a quality product at a mid-level price point. We felt Best Western was a perfect fit for our generally leisure traveler demographic.