Hillard House

58 West River Street , Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA (Show map)


Located in Wilkes-Barre's downtown historic district and on Wilkes University's campus,Hillard House is a 1865 Second Empire architectural gem that offers elegant overnight accommodations and delicious breakfasts.Each room features a private bath,queen bed,Direct TV,refrigerator and coffee maker.A gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room with its twelve foot ceiling,crystal chandelier, and parquet flooring.Relax in the music room and play "Heart and Soul" on one of the two baby grand Pianos. Hillard House is within easy walking distance to downtown Wilkes-Barre,restaurants and the FMKirby Center and a short drive to Kings College and Wyoming Seminary.Allow us to be your home away from home for special weekends and business trips.Come visit us.


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Innkeepers: Cecilia and Gordon Williams



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

My Dissertation Defense Stay

5 on July 02, 2015

I am grateful I included a stay at the Hillard House on the eve of my dissertation defense. It brought me the best energy in preparing for this important event. LOVE the seating on the front porch!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to review our Inn.We were happy to be part of this exciting time for you and your family.Glad you enjoyed our lovely front porch-it is a great place to relax and unwind.Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

comfortable stay

4.6 on June 09, 2015

Have stayed several times and it is always a pleasant experience.

Perfect Stay

5 on March 06, 2015

Cecelia & Gordon don't miss a trick with their B & B. There is nothing you want for. Everything was wellkept, clean and in great working order. The breakfast was outstanding: fruit bowl, banana cocoanut muffins, eggs benedict, toast, coffee and juice. Hospitable folks who make you feel right at home. We will be coming back to Gordon and Cecelia next year.

We stayed one night

5 on February 18, 2015

The innkeepers were very friendly the breakfast was exceptional, the room was beautiful. I wanted to take a bath, but I couldn't because the water did not stay hot enough to fill the tub. Other than that I would definitely stay again

A Christmas Visit

5 on January 02, 2015

Our stay at Hillard House was wonderful during our Christmas visit with family. We found the accommodations to be very peaceful and relaxing. Our hosts Cecilia & Gordon were so gracious and hospitable. Breakfast each morning was delicious. And the home was very nicely decorated for the holiday. Located in the midst of a small private college - much to see and experience in the area on foot. Will always be our choice to stay during future Christmas holiday visits with family. Can't wait to stay at HH during our spring visit. Rudy & Chris H.

Excellent Stay at Hillard House

5 on December 19, 2014

A huge thanks to Cecilia and Gordon for their wonderful hospitality at Hillard House. I wish I was not traveling for work and could have enjoyed another day. My late arrival was not a problem and I never felt rushed checking in or out.The bed was the most comfortable on my 5 day state wide journey and the special elevator was a real help with luggage. I was totally surprised when I said I had an allergy and was surprised wit gluten free blueberry pancakes for breakfast. They were awesome. I'd love to go back and stay again.

The only complaint is that we had to leave!

5 on November 30, 2014

This was our fourth stay at Hillard House...we love being in the company of Cecilia and Gordon. Their hospitality is outstanding...the home is very charming and cozy -- like stepping back into time...the rooms are tastefully appointed (I especially love the Gold Room)...breakfasts are outstanding (Cecilia is a genius in the kitchen and Gordon is the most entertaining "waiter" that ever was!)...the location is FABulous, in the nicest section of downtown Wilkes-Barre...The only thing we ever complain about is that our visits have to come to an end! I can't wait till the next opportunity to stay at Hillard House!

Worth a Return Visit!

5 on November 06, 2014

Loved the history and charm of Hillard House. Had a wonderful breakfast of Eggs Benedict with fresh homemade Pineapple Coconut muffins, so delicious. Wish we had had more time to stay and visit with the friendly innkeepers. Looking forward to returning soon!

Awesome stay and a Inn a Keepers

5 on November 04, 2014

Cecilia and Gordon were exceptional ! We had a late check out and they accommodated us no problem! Super friendly and felt like they were family! The place was decorated so nice and very, very clean!

Historic and Charming B&B

4.8 on October 31, 2014

The Willilams welcomed us with open umbrellas and helped us with our luggage. The house has so much architectural detail still intact. The three-story house was built circa 1865 and is elegant. For those who find the steps challenging, there is an elevator. Our breakfast was picture perfect and delicious.

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Rooms & Rates

Gold Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $140

Rose Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $140

Blue Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $140

Duchess Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $145 - $165

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Location Type

Near Poconos, Mohegan Sun Arena and Casino, The FM KIrby Center for the Performing Arts, Steamtown National Park, Wilkes University, Ricketts Glen State Park, Downtown, Mountains


Wilkes-Barre, PA (AVP-Wilkes-Barre Scranton Intl.) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From 1-81 N or S: Take exit 170B. Follow 309N. Take exit 3, Wilkes-Barre/ Plains. Make a left at end of exit ramp onto River Street. At the 9th light, turn right onto South Street. (Wilkes-U's electric marquee is before you!) The road bends left and becomes West River Street. We are the 4th house on the left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Sports venue, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Parking, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 Am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of one nights rate or 50% advance payment is required to guarantee your reservation.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made no later than 7 days before the reserved dates.Full refund less $25 service provided room is rerented.



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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , on request

Signature Dish

Gingerbread Pancakes
The aroma of these tender,exceptionally flavorful pancakes will get even the sleepiest heads out of bed and to the table.Served on a heated plate with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle of syrup,gingerbread pancakes,fresh sausage,and a baked Granny Smith apple is a lovely way to start the day.