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

Very Comfortable and Welcoming

5 on April 16, 2016

A beautifully appointed, elegant house with gracious hosts. All the common rooms on the first floor are available for guest use. One is a music room with two pianos! We don't play piano, but we brought our guitar and were joined by Cecilia and Gordon. They know a lot about local history and we enjoyed hearing about the life and times of Wilkes-Barre. It's a beautiful, walkable city. We felt privileged to be able to stay in one of the finer homes, so near the riverside. The breakfast was one of the very best we have ever had in a B&B and the dining room and table setting were lovely. The room was comfortable and beautiful, with a private bath. The hosts provided a well designed guest information book, yet still took the time to discuss where we might go to eat. We certainly hope to be back!

2nd stay was as excellent as the first

5 on March 21, 2016

Sometimes after an initial experience, where the service or accommodations exceeded expectations, the next visit is not as memorable. This was not the case at Hillard House. The room and amenities was excellent once again as was the hospitality of Cecilia and Gordon. We highly recommend staying in the Suite. The bathroom with tub & shower, down the private hall from the bedroom made for a very intimate setting.

Innkeeper Response
We are very happy to learn that your second visit at Hillard House Inn met your expectations.We depend on return guests and have built great relationships with visitors that have stayed with us several times.Thank you sharing your experience and we hope to see you again soon.

Great Valentines Day stay

5 on February 24, 2016

We stayed at the Hillard House over valentines weekend. We booked this location based on the reviews from this site and we're not disappointed. Great communication via email and flexibility with our plans as our schedule changed. The location is easy to find and the house is well kept from the outside. We knew it would be great from the moment the owners enthusiastically greeted us as we walked in. They greeted us by name and immediately made us feel welcomed. We had the suite which is simply amazing. Private sitting room, pantry, bedroom and amazing 2 level bathroom. We went over to the nearby casino for dinner and to play anit which was very convenient. Approx 10 min car ride In am the breakfast was great as was the conversation with the two other couples staying there. We will definitely stay again if our plans involve the Scranton / Wilkes Barre area.

Innkeeper Response
We are so pleased that your Valentine stay with us was such a success!It is always good to hear that our guests enjoyed their time at Hillard House Inn and are anxious to return.We appreciate you taking the time to write such a terrific review and hope to see you again.

Consistently a wonderful place to stay.

4.8 on December 27, 2015

I have enjoyed multiple stays at Hillard House.The owners Cecilia and Gordon are very hospitable and accommodating. They know so much about the area which enhances the experience of spending time in the Wilkes- Barre.The food is always fresh and special. I highly recommend Hillard House for those visiting NEPA.

One stay at Hillard House and you'll want to return again and again!

5 on December 20, 2015

I just LOVE staying at Hillard House with Gordon and Cecilia...I wish I could do it more often (but sometimes I actually have to stay in Wilkes-Barre with family)! This was my 5th visit, and since there were to be three of us, I booked the Duchess Suite (it should really be called the Duchess Apartment!). As it turned out, it was just my son and me, so I gave him the bed and took the sofa-bed in the adjoining room...I slept like a baby, even on a single sofa-bed! My son was blown away by the whole experience and couldn't believe that such a wonderful place exists in Wilkes-Barre, PA! The bathroom is gigantic--two separate areas with a sink/vanity...shower...jacuzzi tub (wish there had been time for that)......I love the long hallway, which gives the feeling of being in your own apartment...Nice pantry with fridge and microwave......a shame that we were there for only one night! And always a shame to have to say goodbye to Gordon and his amusing anecdotes, and Cecilia's fabulous breakfasts! GO!!

Hilliard house

5 on November 23, 2015

Cecelia and Gordon very hospitable and the home was beautiful.

Great, welcoming place

5 on November 22, 2015

Beautiful old house close to local restaurants. The rooms were lovely and comfortable. The owners were very welcoming and eager to answer all our questions about the area. Breakfast was wonderful.


4.6 on November 18, 2015

We visited for college open houses in the area. The innkeepers were incredibly hospitable. the room was very clean and the breakfast was just terrific. We would stay again whenever we are in the area.

Looking Forward to Going Back

5 on November 07, 2015

I greatly enjoyed the quiet of the neighborhood and the room, which was elegant and cozy at the same time.

Review of Hillard House

5 on October 26, 2015

Absolutely wonderful! Comfortable, amazing breakfast, accessible to many restaurants downtown.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review for Hillard House Inn.We are so pleased that your first experience staying at a Bed and Breakfast was a great one.We hope that you have many more pleasant stays.

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Rooms & Rates

Gold Room

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

$120 - $140

Blue Room

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

$120 - $140

Duchess Suite

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

$145 - $165

Rose Room

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

$120 - $140

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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, Night life, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Sports venue, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Mansion

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, 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.



Cecilia and Gordon Williams

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


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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.