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 room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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)

Very nice!

5 on June 17, 2017

My wife and I stayed at the Hillard house for one night. The owners were extremely nice. Cecilia allowed us to use the one person ol' time cage elevator to send our luggage up to our room. (We had a lot of luggage for just the one night.) Gordon visited with us about his days as a food broker while serving breakfast. The house was very clean and our room large. Excellent breakfast. All in all, a great place to stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your lovely review and for taking the time to write about your stay with us.We both enjoy visiting with our guests and can always find something in common.That is one of the most enjoyable parts of being Innkeepers! We hope to see you again.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)


5 on March 25, 2017

The hosts were great! The rooms were perfect, very quiet and romantic. We took our honeymoon there and would highly recommend it. The rooms were neat, clean, well stocked, and beautifully decorated. The breakfast was nice too. The hosts were very accommodating and thoughtful.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for choosing to stay at Hillard House Inn for your Honeymoon and for writing such a nice review.We wish you much happiness in your life together.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

Perfect relaxing getaway!

5 on February 22, 2017

This house turned into B & B is beautiful! Stunning! We stayed in the suite which was like our own little apartment. We felt so at home! Breakfast was amazing!! Plenty of food and great conversation with the other guests and Gordon and Cecilia. We will definitely return!

Fantastic Place, well worth it

4.4 on January 07, 2017

My girlfriend and I stayed in the Rose Room here on New Year's Eve 2016 and New Year's Day 2017 to Ski at Elk Mountain less than an hour away. I had never been to a B&B before, and wasn't sure what to expect. I am used to upscale hotels, and was concerned about the cleanliness and quality of the place. My experience exceeded my expectations in every regard. The home was like an old hotel that had been modernized, with lovely decor and a welcoming ambiance. This is truly a Mom-and-Pop operation, which leaves you feeling like you've stayed at a beloved relative's home rather than a hotel. Cecilia will serve you a five-star breakfast (truly divine, and it made the whole experience worth it), while Gordon caters to your every need, including giving driving directions that outflank Google Maps. Admittedly, we were the only guests there, and so we may have received special attention, but even if we had shared the house, I would not regret my stay one bit.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Hillard House Inn and were kind enough to post a review.Most people are a little apprehensive about their first stay at a Bed and Breakfast but they soon realize that there was nothing to worry about and so much to enjoy.There is the personal attention to details and the interaction with your hosts. The home itself is usually the star because so many b and bs are historically significant to the locale.We hope to see you again soon.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

Weekend Getaway

5 on January 01, 2017

Awesome place to stay! We will definitely be back!

Loved it!

4.6 on December 20, 2016

Very great stay. Innkeepers make you feel like family. Spacious room. Great breakfast. Great value.

Warm and Friendly

5 on November 08, 2016

We've stayed in both the Gold Room (quite wonderful) and the Blue Room (totally charming) and enjoyed our visits every time. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are well appointed with fine furniture, coffee cups and wine glasses, and towels and toiletries. The Blue Room is on the third floor, so a little rough on arthritic knees; but very cozy. Everything is as clean as can be and the house is an architectural wonder. There are even pianos in a music room! Cecilia and Gordon are very friendly and the breakfast is always amazing. A favorite stop in Pennsylvania.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your lovely review of Hillard House Inn.It is always good to see you on your travels and we are glad that you can depend on our Inn as a comfortable and pleasant place to stay. Gordon and I are happy when our guests spend time in the Inn's Public Rooms.The Music Room has two baby grand pianos,conversation groupings and books about the area.The den has comfortable leather seating,a gas fireplace and 55" flat screen TV.We try to provide a welcoming atmosphere for our visitors. Hope to see you soon.

- Cecilia (innkeeper)

Hillard house

5 on October 29, 2016

The Inn owners are pleasant and friendly. The house is historic , beautiful

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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

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


Check Dates




  • 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.