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.




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

Charming B & B

5 on October 18, 2016

We enjoyed our stay. The rooms are comfortable with a lot of nice extras, such as water and drinks in room. The home is a beautiful historic home. Cecilia and Gordon are great hots who make you feel welcome the minute you step through the door. And the breakfast.....awesome!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your lovely review.Gordon and I are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.We try to provide the little extras that make a guest's stay the most pleasant it can be.It is good to hear that seasoned Bed and Breakfast travelers such as yourselves rate Hillard House inn so highly. We hope to see you again soon.

We will definitely be back!

5 on September 13, 2016

We had an amazing five day/four night stay at the Hillard House Inn on Labor Day weekend. The stately house is situated on a charming tree-lined street next to Wilkes College. The Duchess Suite provided two separate bedroom/lounge areas for me, my husband and 90 years old mother to share in an apartment-like setting along with a private bathroom. The décor of the suite was lovely and the beds were extremely comfortable. The elevator was an added bonus getting my mom to the second floor suite. The owners, Cecelia and Gordon were delightful, sharing the history of their house over the five star breakfast provided. We even spent a fun-filled evening on their spacious front porch with a British couple staying at the Inn. No hotel in the area can complete with the amenities the Hillard House Inn can offer. We will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
We very much enjoyed having your family stay with us over the Holiday weekend.Our Duchess Suite is perfect for a stay in the area because it provides that extra bit of space to relax in a homelike atmosphere. Gordon and I enjoyed speaking with your mother and I think she was entertained by the conversations at the breakfast table.We certainly hope to see you all again.

Charming Bed and Breakfast

5 on September 13, 2016

This was a great place to stay. The room was clean, quiet and spacious. Breakfast was delicious and they even accommodated my special dietary requests. Our hosts, Cecilia and Gordon, were very knowledgeable about the area and were willing to share the favorite places with us.

pleasant one night stay

4.4 on August 14, 2016

The hosts were very helpful and the house is located adjacent to Wilkes College and in a nice neighborhood. There is a river walk within a block from the house that provides a convenient place for a short walk.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review.We are happy you enjoyed your stay at Hillard House Inn.Our location in downtown Wilkes-Barre makes it a pleasant respite from traveling.Guests can walk along the river or wander around the lovely historic neighborhood.Downtown restaurants are also only a short walk away. We hope to see you again.

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast

5 on August 02, 2016

I returned to Wilkes-Barre for a reunion. Hillard House offered a perfectly located Bed and Breakfast close to the Wilkes campus. Cecilia and Gordon are lovely. They provide helpful information but are not intrusive. My room was beautifully furnished and offered some wonderful amenities such as a coffee maker, wine glasses and opener and toiletries. All and all, this is an excellent choice if you need a Bed and Breakfast in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Innkeeper Response
We are happy that we could contribute to making your reunion a pleasant time.We do get quite a few people returning to Wilkes-Barre after a long absence and they are happy to have chosen us because of our central location and our comfortable accommodations.Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again.

lovely bed & breakfast

5 on July 28, 2016

we stayed one night in the gold room loved the charm of old house cecilia &gordon were most gracious host the breakfast was delicious if ever in area would stay there again

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for reviewing Hillard House Inn and letting us know how much you enjoyed your stay.The Gold Room is a very popular choice with guests because of its sunny color and comfortable chaise lounge.We certainly hope to see you again.

Wish we could have stayed longer!

3.8 on July 19, 2016

This is a beautiful home that takes you back to a time when homes were works of art. The rooms are large and wonderfully decorated. The home is located right next to the river and right at the beginning of the river walk. We enjoyed being able to walk to the central square and have a choice of restaurants. The walk home with the sun setting over the river was breathtaking. Cecilia and Gordon both greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the home. They were friendly and delightful. Breakfast the next morning was a three course meal and they never let the coffee or juice run out. We are looking forward to our next stay at the Hillard House Inn.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for posting such a lovely review.The Hillard House Inn's location along the river and close to downtown make it a great place to stay in Wilkes-Barre.We can't take credit for the beautiful sunset but the view is always gorgeous from the riverwalk. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon.

great place to stay in Wilkes-Barre

4.8 on June 16, 2016

My room was lovely with a very comfortable bed and large windows looking out onto the front garden. I enjoyed the wooden swing on the front porch in the evening. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. Hosts Cecelia and Gordon are warm friendly. A great place to stay in Wilkes-Barre!

Wonderful hosts.

5 on May 25, 2016

Cecilia and Gordon are as gracious and considerate as anyone could be. When I accidentally left my briefcase behind, their efforts to contact me and then to take special steps to return the briefcase to me quickly were above and beyond the call of duty. Great in-town location, beautifully decorated rooms, elegant breakfast, engaging hosts.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us.We are always happy to see you again and rely on our repeat guests as they are an important part of our business.Glad we could make arrangements to get your briefcase back to you so quickly.Gordon and I hope to see you soon.

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!

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

Gold Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blue Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Duchess Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Rose Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Check Dates Visit Website


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 Visit Website


  • 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 Visit Website




  • 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.