The Philadelphia area is often neglected as a tourist destination as it is somewhat dwarfed by its Northeast neighbors of New York City and Washington. But the city itself is worth a lengthy visit (Just watch out for where in town you go, especially at night) and the suburbs can be terrific. Among the suburbs, the Main Line ( Bryn Mawr, Villanova etc.) and Bucks County are probably the best. Most folks looking for a cool inn in Bucks County head for New Hope and over on the Jersey side to New Hope's sister city, Lambertville, and many people prefer an inn in the country-side. But, if, like me, you find New Hope (Or as we like to say, "No Hope") to be a little too contrived, touristy and precious and you enjoy staying in a fine old Pennsylvania town you will pleased to find the old historical city of Doylestown and the splendid bed and breakfast inn, "The Old Hargrave House". The rooms are large and elegant and feature jacuzzis, fireplaces, huge TVs, Wi-Fi and an in-room Keurig coffee-maker that should come with a hundred page instructional manual.
The place is clean and the public areas are filled with historical memorabilia, befitting a house that dates back to 1813. The innkeepers are bright and gracious people who will really do whatever they can to personalize your stay. Most of the rooms (Suites really) overlook the Doylestown Historical Society Park. A room upstairs can be converted into a small conference area. The town itself is alive with restaurants, bookstores, shops and a fine old movie theater showing artsy films. The country club is a five minute walk and hiking and biking (Peace Valley State Park and other nature trails) are an easy drive. The Inn is in the heart of Doylestown.
Slight quibbles: The only public space is a small sitting room/office. I always like an inn to have a nice living room, preferably with a small carafe of wine in the cupboard. Plus, a living room would add to the historical theme and gracious tone if furnished correctly. Speaking of furnishings, the brochure shows a couple of suites that are furnished in a nice quasi-historical style in keeping with the theme of the Inn. But my room was just too modern for that kind of place. The front of the Hargrave House is great, but the siding along the side looks more like 2003 than 1813. Parking is on-site, which is nice, but your GPS or MapQuest will take you to the front entrance and as for the parking area, "you can't get there from here". Essentially, you have to drive around the block to find the parking lot, which in narrow-streeted, "one-way" Doylestown is not as easy as it sounds.There should be some kind of directions to the parking area posted at the front door or given when you reserve your room. The breakfast is fine (We had a choice of bacon and eggs or french toast), but maybe at $195 a night, fresh orange juice instead of good old Tropicana would have been a nice touch. As I said, though, these are small quibbles and fine innkeepers in a great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hargrave House, the only full-service B&B in Doylestown, is located on Main Street in a home circa 1800s. There's free on-site off-street parking in our private lot near a lovely secluded patio shaded by old trees. We have 7 guest suites with modern amenities such as flat screen HDTV, private bath, individually controlled a/c and wireless internet. Five of our suites include Jacuzzis. We provide a coffeemaker, refrigerator, and a basket of snacks in every room. There's a full breakfast served in our dining room. Best of all our friendly innkeepers are devoted to seeing that your visit is comfortable and stress-free. We take great pride in the quality of our accommodations and service. ... more less