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The Lodge at Glendorn
Certificate of Excellence
Eastern Seaboard
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66 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Almost Perfect”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2007

We spent a lot of time looking at reviews before deciding to visit Glendorn because we worried that the property might be past its prime and didn't want to commit to such an expensive and hard to reach location unless it was clear it would be worth the $. I'm happy to report that it was worth every penny. The food and service were truly exceptional -- far better than some reviews on this site and others would lead you to believe. The Chef's menus were creative and diverse and the wine options were also quite good and reasonably priced (the Australian wine selection is particularly strong, but the French selections could be upgraded a bit -- no Chateauneuf-du-Pape, for instance). The rooms are nice and very spacious with unbelieveably comfortable bedding, and the fireplaces make them even more wonderful on colder evenings. There is a bit of a retro feel to the cabins, but that's part of Glendorn's charm -- you really do feel like you've been transported back in time to a by-gone Gatsbyesque era.

We did not take advantage of the fly-fishing and skeet shooting options, but some of the other guests we met did, and they were all quite pleased with the experience.

We only have two criticisms, actually more suggestions than criticisms, since neither would be show-stoppers for us if we were trying to decide whether to visit again. First, upgrade the electronic equipment in the cabins. It is nice to get away from it all, but it would also be nice to have the ability to check out a good movie on a satellite dish while snuggling in bed w/a crackling fire in the distance. At Glendorn's prices, management should be able to upgrade in this area without much difficulty. The cabin we stayed in had two ancient televisions and video equipment that was out of date and a real deterrent to use. There's absolutely no reason not to put nice flat screens w/DVD capabilities in all the rooms.

Second, consider upgrading the available spa-style options. A first rate spa and exercise facility would fit in well and be used by many guests in our estimation.

As mentioned above, these are suggestions more than criticisms. The quality of the food and service were truly first class, and the location itself is worth the price of admission!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Outdated technology in rooms
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2007

What a wonderful getaway for our 1st anniversary! The property was overwhelming with trees and trails and the cabin we stayed in was rustic yet beautiful. We stayed for a three day, two night weekend and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We were fortunate enough to have reserved the Miller cabin which in my opinion was the best of all of them. It was very close to the Big House yet secluded by trees and a stream. We were able to sit outside on the patio that had a set of adirondack chairs, a table and a bench as we ate our lunch packed by Natalia. The sounds of nature were in the air and the CD they left in the room complimented our afternoon. Hiking the trails was quite an adventure and while we were able to follow the maps they provided, the lack of trail heads left us guessing more than we expected. With the 1280 acres of property including lakes and trails, I would've expected better signage throughout. One other complaint I had was the unexpected $25 corking fee that was charged on each bottle of wine we ordered for dinner. This was not conveyed to us until checkout when we questioned our bill. I'm sorry but for what we paid to stay at the Glendorn, I hardly think they should be charging $25 for our waitress to open our bottle of wine. Overall, the service was phenonminal and they certainly pride themselves on hospitality. The Glendorn is truly a rustic getaway with a fine dining flare.

  • Liked — Rustic yet elegant
  • Disliked — $25 corking fee and lack of signage / trail heads
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2007

My husband and I spent our 11th wedding anniversary at Glendorn this past weekend.

The service was excellent from original booking to check out. Glendorn experienced a significant storm a few days before our arrival causing their main transformer to go. They kept in contact with us prior to our stay to let us know whether full power would be restored and giving us many options of how to handle that.

When we arrived power was available in the Big House from generators but they anticipated electricity would be back soon. We were shown to our cabin and guest services arrived within minutes with candles and a welcome basket for our dog that was traveling with us.

By the end of dinner power was restored to the whole property.

Our cabin was more spacious then our condo. Some of the appointments are dated, such as the hi-fi with 8-track tape, but the intent of Glendorn has been to keep everything as it was when the family was the only residents. While we didn't bother with the 8-tracks the radio sounded great.

The rest of our stay was truly enjoyable. The staff was beyond accommodating with all our requests (packed lunches, specific times for housekeeping, eating dinner outside). The food was wonderful and we enjoyed the many opportunities to talk with the chef.

We took advantage of hiking on the gorgeous trails and some skeet shooting. There is much more to do but we took it easy.

We will definitely be returning.

  • Liked — Service, food and cabin
  • Disliked — not having enough time to enjoy everything
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Warren, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2006

We have always enjoyed our times at Glendorn, especially at the holidays but this year felt different. First of all the Great room with the fireplace is where dinner/lunch was always served and now they moved dining into the Game Room which doesn't have half the appeal. It felt much more like we got less for our money and to be truthful the prices are steep. Before we never minded (honestly it was priceless!) because we got our money's worth in ambiance but the last few visits we haven't felt that way.

Unfortunately when we arrived another group were seated in front of the beautiful fireplace, which in the winter is what it's all about, and they stayed until dinner. Because dinner was in the other, less cozy room we never had a chance to enjoy the fire. I felt gypped to be truthful.

The food has gotten to be almost outlandishly gourmet. It's beyond normal food, just "show." Two other parties we have recommended The Glendorn too both expressed this same thought. Instead of normal it feels like they have gone overboard trying to present foods that honestly don't appeal to every palate. Especially anyone under 30.

Drinks or wine before dinner and after were always included (they aren't now) and now even with dinner you are charged for some but not all of the wine. We were astounded! This is not the original warmth and hospitality Glendorn began with and came from.

We have been very disappointed the last 4 times we were there and others (including business guests and friends from far away) have voiced these same opinions.

Please don't ruin the unique and specialness of your Lodge. Don't you see, we don't mind paying so much if it's worth it but what you offer has gone decidedly downhill. I'm not sure whether to still send others anymore.

I hope at the very least you will move dinner back into the Great Room. This is what the Dorns wanted. Don't commercialize it all to make more money- it's going to backfire.
If you are going to have food that doesn't appeal to everyone, offer a choice.

Even the feeling we used to get when greeted of how happy they were to have us and treating us like important guests was gone. One "manager" was even snippy. I was embarassed in front of all my guests. To be fair, the waiter was convival and down-to-earth sweet and accomodating.

I hope you will consider these opinions and I just don't speak for myself, at least 7 others we sent to Glendorn on various occasions have concurred. I'm glad we have the memories we do have of the Early Old Days and in my heart I still believe that is what The Glendorn Tradition was meant to be.

Thanks for listening and please take these words to heart.

  • Stayed December 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2006

My wife and I just returned from our yearly stay at Glendorn. As always we packed our cross-country skis in anticipation of Bradford's renowned winters - only to be let down by Mother Nature, but, fortunately not by Glendorn. We always look forward to taking a few days each winter to experience the old-world charm of this rare location. Skiing, snowshoeing or hiking are just ways to fill the time between the incredible meals and, hopefully, to allow us to return home without gaining too much weight. The staff at Glendorn is very friendly and helpful. Over the past couple of visits we have started trying our hand at skeet shooting and have found the instructors to be very patient and tolerant of our obvious lack of ability. This is truly a great place to stay at any time of the year, but, for us, it is a special winter treat.

Bob & Jill

  • Stayed January 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2005

I've spent nearly half of my 20-year career in hotels and resorts, traveling all over the U.S. I've stayed in everything from boutique hotels in NYC and luxurious Florida resorts to New England B&Bs and California wine country inns. Glendorn ranks among the best when it comes to the total package.

We spent Valentine's Day there in 2005 and it was fantastic. The scenery is beautiful--everything was covered with snow and it snowed much of the time we were there. It was like jumping into a picture postcard of a rural winter wonderland.

Our favorite thing about it was certainly the food--"incredible" doesn't do it justice. The meals were perfect and the wine selections for each were exactly right. We also enjoyed the cozy atmosphere in the main lodge at dinner. If you're adventurous, ask the staff for the "cocktail of the day." Each day during cocktail hour, they fixed us a different drink and each was delicious.

Equally wonderful were the accommodations: private cabins with a fireplace, living room and even a hot tub. Each had rich wood paneling (made from native trees, such as butternut and wormy chestnut) and the bed/linens were sumptuous. The bathrooms were vintage tile with nearly all of the original fixtures--it was like stepping back in time 50 years.

We would especially recommend taking part in the outdoor activities. We shot skeet for the first time and the instructor was terriffic--he had us feeling confident within minutes. We also took advantage of hiking, snowshoeing and even sledding. We had the longest sled ride of our lives and felt like we were 12 years old again.

I would heartily recommend Glendorn to anyone who wants a romantic getaway in luxury. The service was impeccable and omnipresent, and we never heard the word, "no" from anyone. If you need to relax, I'd suggest 3 or 4 days at Glendorn, having a massage in your cabin and hot tubbing at night after a 5-star dinner. You'll feel brand new.

  • Stayed February 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2005

We had the most enjoyable trip. We have stayed at several Relais & Chateaux and Glendorn is the epitome of the 5-C's...Calm, Courteous, Charm, Character, and most all Cuisine. The Chef is fantastic. It is a tasing menu in the evening but if there is something you do not care, just mention it and a equally satisfying substitution will be presented. The rooms and cabins are reminiscent of a bygone area and that is where the "Charm" and "Character" come into play. If you want marble, glitz, then go to Vegas. If you want a truly unique experience, then Glendorn is the place. Damon in Activities is world-class in fly-fishing, his staff is wonderful in Trap and Skeet instruction, tennis, mountain bikes, swimming, Glendorn has it all. Can't wait to return in the winter for cross country skiing, wood burning fireplaces, and those full jars of cookies.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Property: The Lodge at Glendorn
Address: 1000 Glendorn Dr, Bradford, PA 16701-4648
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > McKean County > Bradford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Bradford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge at Glendorn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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