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“Cecilia and Gordon went out of their way for us”
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Hillard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Wilkes-Barre B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
“Cecilia and Gordon went out of their way for us”
Reviewed 30 March 2012

We stayed at the Hillard House for a recent weekend away to visit friends in the Wilkes-Barre area, and had a lovely time. The house is beautiful, yet comfortable, with welcoming common areas. We benefited from the exquisite vintage mini-elevator, as I was on crutches following surgery. While I had to navigate the few stairs up to the front of the house, it could not have been easier to get up and down from the room. This was a major plus for us, as we love B&Bs, but most of the time you have to deal with many stairs.

We stayed in the Gold Room, which was comfortable, spacious and quiet. My husband and I both found the mattress soft, but I'm sure it wouldn't bother most people - we have a personal preference for firm mattresses.

Cecilia and Gordon were unbelievably helpful. Right from the start when I emailed them with questions, they were responsive and friendly. My husband has some complicated dietary restrictions which Cecilia took in her stride, providing us both with delicious breakfasts. They voluntarily printed us out directions to various locations we were visiting and gave us great advice on nearby local restaurants.

We were also happy to find out that they are ok with having kids stay, as so many B&Bs aren't. We may well be back with our little one (due in 3 months).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

You're simply not going to find something in this price range in this area that offers the amenities and personal care that Gordon and Cecilia at the Hillard House do. The house retains its 1860's extra-tall ceilings and classic feel, while offering refurbished and modernized facilities and the little personal touches that turn a set of spare bedrooms into a real B&B experience. The elevator helps with bags or handicapped individuals, and Gordon and Cecilia were EXTREMELY accommodating with enthusiastically imparting us information about what to see and where to eat our first time in Wilkes-Barre. It was the day that we rolled back clocks for the end of DST, and Cecilia even took the time to set the clocks in the room back for us before we got there. Wine and cheese and fresh fruit on arrival, amazing breakfast the next morning...all in all a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: The Gold Room was well-appointed and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Salem, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

My husband and I spend our wedding night as guests here and it couldn't have been more perfect. The room was exquisite - beautifully decorated and appointed, spotless and very comfortable. Cecilia and Gordon were wonderful hosts - warm and welcoming. If we ever have reason to travel to Wilkes-Barre again, we will definitely stay here.

Room Tip: There are only 3 rooms in this B&B. The Gold and Rose rooms are on the second floor. No noise...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Georgetown, Texas
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

We arrived late but Gordon carried our bags in and helped us get settled in the Gold room. It was immaculate and beautiful, as is the entire house. The bed was very comfortable (though squeeky!) and the breakfast Cecelia made was one of the best I've had at any B & B. The house is on an old residential street a few blocks from the college. The walk along the canal at night is very nice and well-lit and Gordon was very kind to call ahead to make sure Toscana Cafe was serving so we could have a superb dinner. Hillard House is a wonderful place to stay with top-notch service from the owners!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

This B&B is a great place to stay in Wilkes-Barre. We arrived late, after riding a huge storm all the way from Washington DC, and found our room very comfortable and cozy. Our hosts directed us to a good Italian restaurant nearby, and phoned ahead to make sure the kitchen stayed open for us. We had a great time over a very good breakfast the next morning, and felt like we were leaving old friends. We will certainly try to stay at Hillard house next time we travel from Virginia back to our home in Ontario, Canada.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Collingswood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

From the second we arrived, Gordon and Cecelia could not have done more to make us feel at home. This was a family trip -- my mother (83) and aunt (90) grew up in WIlkes Barre and had lots of questions and remembrances to share with our hosts. They were treated like VIPs. Perfect set up for us, from afternoon aperitifs, to delicious breakfasts, and a darling little elevator to help tired guests up the stairs after a full day. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

I stay at Bed and Breakfasts whenever I am traveling. The accommodations tend to be more comfortable than a hotel and the attention to small details to meet my needs has ALWAYS been superior to a hotel. Staying at the Hillard House in Wilkes-Barre is no exception.

Cecelia and Gordon Williams have welcomed me into their home several times when I visited family in Wilkes-Barre. I’ve always stayed in the Gold Room, but have seen the others and find they are equally appointed. Breakfast? Well, if you’ve never had Gingerbread pancakes with whipped cream and the idea of them is intriguing, you must stay here. Breakfast is always something different – you will find fresh fruit salad and the hot muffins ranging from apricot almond to strawberry coconut or banana nut…

Top it all with off street parking in a lovely neighborhood. Add a refrigerator stocked with water and soda. Free secure WiFi lets you stay connected if you want to link to the outside world. And if you wander in after a long day of being out and about, you are likely to find a tray with cheese, crackers and a carafe of wine being brought to you. Those are a few of the reasons I have stayed there more times than I can count over the past 4 years (along with the gingerbread pancakes!).

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hillard House Inn

Property: Hillard House Inn
Address: 58 W River St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-2402
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Pocono Mountains Region > Luzerne County > Wilkes-Barre
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Wilkes-Barre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hillard House Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hil lard House Inn, circa 1865, is an elegant B and B located in Downtown Wilkes-Barre PA. Rooms feature queen beds, private baths, cable tv, wifi, fridge,ac.The Duchess Suite has sitting rm w/pullout twin and Bedroom w/queen bed.The bath has 2 vanities,walk-in shower and whirlpool soaker tub.Breakfast served in our formal dining rm.Offstreet parking and secure wifi are included in the rates.Close proximity to interstate I81,colleges, Mohegan SunArena, Mohegan Sun Casino,F.M. Kirby Center. ... more   less 
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