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Allegheny Street Bed & Breakfast
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Zanesville, Ohio
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“Beautiful place, but....”
Reviewed 25 July 2011

Our room couldn't have been better. It was artfully appointed, clean and beautiful. The house overall was filled with well-chosen antiques. On first glimpse, it was a great place. Initially, our hostess was kind and helpful and very welcoming. She gave us a great tip for a local place to eat dinner, which turned out to be a gem.

So, why, we wondered, did she ruin our breakfast the next morning by trashing many of her previous guests? Over the course of an hour--non-stop? I'm afraid that colored the whole stay for us. I can't even remember whether the homemade breakfast was good or not!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Allegheny Street Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 April 2015
Yikes! That does sound disturbing. Thankfully, the place is under new ownership and.we have very strict rules about not creeping out our guests -- all of whom remember our scrumptious and surprisingly huge full breakfast, made with mostly organic ingredients. Next time you are in Hollidaysburg, please give us another try!
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maine usa
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

With deep family ties to Hollidaysburg, I've stayed twice at the Iron Corbel Inn for various family get-togethers. I love the location,. Being able to walk around town is fun. The Inn itself is comfortable with nice bedding and relaxed atmosphere. Breakfasts are delicious (love the scones). I highly recommend it for business or pleasure. Will definitely stay here again the next time I am able to visit Hollidaysburg.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

we just loved our stay at Iron Corbel Bed & Breakfast. Beautifully decorated with antiques & finds, the B&B was spacious, welcoming and comfortable. Wonderful sitting areas in large glass window or cozy nooks wrapped in rich fabrics and pillows - Iron Corbel had it all.The bedroom was a mix of comforting favorite furniture mixed with top quality bedding - perfect for a break from our busy life. And, an easy walk into the downtown historic district.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Reviewed 26 July 2010

I was stopping in the Altoona area, and was plesantly suprised by my stay at the Iron corbel inn. It was beautifully decorated in a great quaint town. Wish I could've stayed longer.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

If you need to stop in or around Altoona, consider staying in Hollidaysburg, which is a real time capsule. Not much seems to have changed here since 1860. It's a charming town with tons of 19th Century houses. The Iron Corbel Inn is housed in one of the grandest of these gorgeous homes. The surrounding neighborhood is lovely and great for a nice stroll. We stayed only one night at the inn and found the hotel lovely and interesting. The innkeeper is a chef, who kindly accommodated our request for an early breakfast. Everything was homemade, even the scones. It was delicious!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 June 2010

This was our first experience with a B & B and we had pretty high expecations. The room was clean and comfortable, had air conditioning ana DVD player. The wi-fi is sporadic on the 3rd floor - pretty much useless. The only real disappointment was not getting breakfast - on weekdays a continental breakfast is availble at 8:00 AM, and on weekends a full breakfast is available at 9:00 AM. Since we had to depart by 7:30 AM, we were offered nothing to eat all. It seems to me that the owners should make some effort to accomodate their guests, being that the cost of the room includes breakfast. The lady of the house was up and about by 5:30 AM, drinking coffee and walking in her yard. Could a plate of muffins or some fruit been too hard to provide? If you are staying on a weekend and are in no rush to leave early, then the Iron Corble Inn might be worthwhile. On weekdays, I recommend passing for something better.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Allegheny Street Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 April 2015
While our only connection to the previous owner of this property is the address (we bought the place in 2012, and opened for business in 2014), we'd like to re-assure you that breakfast is now at the very heart of the guest experience here. All rooms include a full breakfast, made with mostly organic ingredients, served on the half-hour between 7:30am and 9:30am (except Sunday, when the chef starts at 8am). Even guests leaving before the official breakfast times will find fresh fruit, cereal, toast, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices waiting for them.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

Iron Corbel Inn
703 Allegheny Street
Hollisdaysburg, PA 16648 (nr. Altoona)

Website: http://www.ironcorbelinn.com/
eMail: info@ironcorbelinn.com

Dates of stay: 23 to 25 May 2009

This circa 1820 to 1880 house is now a charming B&B, situated perfectly for those wishing to explore the many railroading history sites near Altoona, including the Horseshoe Curve (a National Historic landmark). We spent two nights in the second floor/front corner, en suite “Oriental Room.” It is decorated in pale greens, and furnished with ample sitting options, numerous accent lights, and a comfortable bed. The owner/proprietor has installed a modern bath, including a roomy shower (with a bright overhead light—something many major hotel chains still fail to include!). Linens are fresh and towels absorbent. As a bonus (again—PAY ATTENTION major hotel chains—) there is FREE WiFi throughout the Inn. During our stay, as other guests departed, we were able to tour each of the other rooms and the third floor (very “cool”) “black and white” suite. Each accommodation is well displayed in the photos posted at the Inn’s website.

The owner has professional culinary experience, evident in breakfast menus. Morning meals (9 AM) are served in the main dining room or in a portion of the (huge) Great Room, lush with textiles and lit by a number of windows, including a center bay bordered with stained glass panels. Coffee and tea (and a small ‘fridge) are available, more or less around the clock, in a small first floor facility open to all guests. We were told that, by advance arrangement and at additional charge, dinners are offered, also.

Only two minor caveats: All accommodations are on the second (four rooms) or third (the suite) floor, with access via stairs only. Persons with serious mobility issues might wish to consider more accessible lodgings. Television addicts will find no “tubes” in the Inn. The only (minor) suggestion we would offer is for enhanced stairwell lighting.

In the mid-19th century, Hollidaysburg was a major hub for travelers using the Pennsylvania Canal and the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Today, it is a quiet place with a sense of history, set among the scenic slopes of the Allegheny Mountains. While dining options are limited in town, we found the US Hotel Restaurant and Tavern (building circa 1905; site history dating to 1835) for a memorable Saturday dinner. The food was good, service most attentive, and they offer a respectable wine list. Prices are more than reasonable—at least for those of us accustomed to Washington, DC pricing! [http://www.theushotel.com/]

Despite a link on the Inn’s website to what appears to be a central booking site, we found it best to contact the Inn directly by phone (voicemail), with a follow-up eMail. We hope to use that information soon for a return trip and would—without hesitation—recommend the Iron Corbel Inn to friends.

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Property: Allegheny Street Bed & Breakfast
Address: 703 Allegheny St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-2003 (Formerly Iron Corbel Inn)
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Hollidaysburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hollidaysburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Allegheny Street Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This elegant Second Empire residence is full of nooks & crannies to explore. There are six bedrooms to choose from, each with a private full bathroom. There is a large dining room, a parlour and an even larger "great room", with 12-foot pier mirrors and a baby grand piano. The common areas, appointed with period furniture, are ideal for receptions and recitals. There is free high-speed WiFi, but there are no televisions anywhere on the property. There are also books, newspapers and periodicals. We offer the finest breakfast in the area, made with mostly organic ingredients. Breakfast includes organic eggs, turkey bacon, hot and cold cereals, yoghurt, fruit, juices, teas and very good quality, European strength coffee. This historic residence is home to an extensive collection of vintage folk instruments, most of which are available for guests to play. ... more   less 
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