We were delighted with our stay in this historic building. (Built in 1909 by the Glidden Paint family, it is on the National Registry of Historic Places.) The front portion of the hotel, which appears to be the original home, is furnished with lovely antiques and museum-quality prints and sculptures. There are large lounging areas, a pretty bar with an outdoor patio perfect for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, and several dining areas, including a sunny enclosed porch. The newer rear addition contains the very clean rooms, which are not huge, but are large enough and comfortably furnished in pretty antiques with contemporary touches to the decorating scheme. The breakfasts were wonderful: you could choose among offerings from eggs, bacon, and sausage to pancakes, sweet breads, and croissants. Granola and generous bowls of fresh fruit were also available, along with European-style cold cuts and cheeses, with miniature bottles of condiments. We had such a large breakfast that we were able to skip lunch (even with walking 5 miles a day!) both days of our stay. The breakfast room, which looks out onto the grounds and patio, is a lovely plae to eat. The location is amazing; the house is almost on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, and is just a few steps from the Botanical Gardens (beautiful). Walk another block or two and be wowed by the Cleveland Art Museum. I was excited to see a huge Rodin sculpture against the blue sky in front of the museum, then found an entire room of his work inside. The collection ranges from prehistoric through Africa, Greece, Rome, and Egypt to Renaisssance works, Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Fauvists, Surrealists, and Contemporary art (and I'm sure I'm omitting a lot!). We are usually out of a museum after two hours at most, but I think we spent 3-1/2 hours here and could easily have spent more. We'd intended to go downtown in the afternoon, but stayed here too long for that. No regrets! We found two wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the house: L'Albatross is less than a block away and serves French-influenced food on a large patio on summer nights. A few blocks farther away, in Little Italy (worth the walk in itself) is Etna, whose chef hails from Sicily and whose food and service are incredible. La Dolce Vita is a great place for a pre-dinner glass of wine (we didn't get a chance to try their food). We walked down to Wade Oval on our second night for the Wednesday night concert, which was a blast! Good music and an enthusiastic crowd including all ages - too much fun! We also walked to the cultural gardens on the advice of two very kind Cleveland natives we ran into and enjoyed the information and sculptures from many different nations. We were just astounded at what this city has to offer and hope we can get back again. Don't know if we'll ever be able to tear ourselves away from this neighborhood to check out downtown, though!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Glidden House Hotel in Cleveland Ohio is a stunning and beautiful historical mansion built in 1910; The Glidden House is a full-service boutique hotel conveniently located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Glidden House offers guests a rare mix, an opportunity to indulge in both historical luxury and modern convenience with easy access to all that Cleveland, Ohio has to offer.The friendly and experienced staff strives daily to make your stay memorable and comfortable; it's much like staying with friends! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glidden House Hotel Cleveland
- Glidden Hotel Cleveland
- Glidden House Inn Cleveland, Ohio