Hillard House

58 West River Street , Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA (Show map)
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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 room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Outstanding Elegance!

5 on January 04, 2018

Rooms are so beautiful and breakfast was delicious!

Lovely place!!

5 on December 06, 2017

I booked the Hilliard House for my husbands birthday last weekend. I asked the owner, Cecilia, if she would be able to have some chocolate covered strawberries in our room for his birthday. It was so nice that she honored my special request! We stayed in the gold room and what very lovely! The history on the home was so interesting. Our breakfast was a choice of eggs Benedict or a pear crepes..we choose the crepes and they were amazing! Our hosts were so friendly and we had such a nice stay. I recommend this bed and breakfast!!

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad that your stay with us was such a pleasant experience and that you had such a nice time at Hillard House Inn.We hope to see you again soon.Thank you for your excellent review.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

A Must Stay In Wilkws-Barre PA

5 on December 06, 2017

Hospitality and Service are to be commended!!! One of the BEST MOST comfortable and relaxed experiences of my lifetime travels!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review-we are very glad that you had such an excellent experience at Hillard House Inn.Hope to see you again when you come to a show at the F.M.Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

Quick one night stay

5 on September 11, 2017

Wish we could have stayed longer. Cecilla and Gordon were great hosts. Met us to help with bags in the rain even as we arrived pretty late. Served up a fabulous breakfast and Gordon was delightful sharing his history and knowledge of the area. The house is a virtual museum of interesting items and the hosts know the stories of each piece. Stay here if you can!

Hillard House

4.0 on July 29, 2017

A very relaxing enjoyable stay. Cecilia and Gordon are gracious hosts.

Classic Elegance

5 on July 24, 2017

The innkeepers, Cecilia and Gordon, were most welcoming. They helped us carry in our luggage and showed us to the room we had reserved - the Rose Room. Their knowledge about the history of the home was impressive, and they know the city well, too. We had dinner at Cafe Toscana, one of their recommendations, and were not disappointed. The restaurant was upscale but not stuffy, the Italian cuisine authentic and delicious. We enjoyed a comfortable night's sleep in a clean room with all the modern conveniences but decorated with period pieces in keeping with the historic architecture and design of the house. Our hosts sent us on our way with a delicious gourmet breakfast, and we felt we were saying goodbye to old friends. We definitely plan to return to this lovely place!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for sharing your experience at Hillard House Inn. We are very happy that your stay with us was a pleasant one and that you found our restaurant suggestion to your liking.Hillard House Inn is conveniently located within walking distance to several dining choices which offer a varied selection of cuisines and dining experiences.Most guests welcome the chance to stretch their legs and walk to a place to eat after driving a distance. We are glad that you enjoyed the breakfast and plan to come back.We look forward to seeing you soon.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

Summer get-away

4.0 on July 22, 2017

Enjoyed our stay, the personal service, and friendly conversation with the innkeeper.

A Pleasant Stay

3.2 on July 14, 2017

In a fine old house in the historic city of Wilkes-Barre, Cecelia and Gordon provided a comfortable stay and a good breakfast. Several of the rooms contained many knickknacks and keepsakes, which some guests might consider fascinating and others might find a bit claustrophobic; in general, the furnishings and decor might benefit from updating, but our hosts made us feel welcome.

Innkeeper Response
We are pleased that we made you feel welcome,provided you with a comfortable stay and a good breakfast.Those are our three primary aims as Bed and Breakfast owners. Our house is over 150 years old and is furnished with antiques and reproductions that reflect its age and history.In the public rooms(Music Room,Small Parlor,Dining Room and Den)there are items,pictures and books that help tell the story of the Wilkes-Barre area.Most of our guests are interested in those things,choosing to stay in a historic house instead of a generic hotel. The Hillard House Inn is a true Bed and Breakfast.It is our home that we open to overnight guests and we invite them to experience the history and atmosphere. We thank you for your review.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

All good!

5 on June 28, 2017

Very nice owners! Comfortable room. Great breakfast. This house has lots of character!

Excellent in Evey Way

5 on June 24, 2017

We stayed two nights in this gorgeous Victorian home and enjoyed our private suite with a fantastic whirlpool bath. (Duchess Suite) The hosts are gracious and eager to provide information about the surrounding neighborhood and good places to dine. Both breakfasts - made to order - were amazing - blueberry pancakes and Egg Benedict -muffins, fruit -all served in a beautiful dining room. Thank you Cecilia and Gordon! We look forward to coming again soon!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for posting such a nice review about Hillard House Inn. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in our Duchess Suite.It sounds like you had a relaxing time which is what we hope for our guests. The two breakfast entrees you mentioned-Blueberry Pancakes and Eggs Benedict-can both be made gluten-free upon request. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Gold Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blue Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Duchess Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Rose Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Check Dates


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

Check Dates


  • 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

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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.