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Glidden House Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1901 Ford Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106   |  
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Ranked #5 of 35 Hotels in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Asheville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“What a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

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!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed here Sunday night over Labor Day weekend. I had been cycling all weekend and we got in very late Sunday night. Before we went to bed Sunday night we asked about the hotel's breakfast for Monday. We were told breakfast would be running until 10:30. When we arrived at breakfast at 9:50 almost everything was gone. There was no oatmeal, no eggs, no pancakes. We asked the servers if any of the items would be replaces and they said that breakfast would be over by the timer they made more. When I went to the front desk and asked for the hotel manager I was told there was no manager on duty. I mentioned that there was no breakfast left and this was not meeting our expectations. I was asked to wait for a minute and one of the servers came over and said she would make some pancakes, but nothing else. No one seemed to care that we were told the night before we could get breakfast until 10:30.

The hotel is nice with a pleasant atmosphere, but the service was terrible. Not worthy of the #1 rated hotel on TA for Cleveland.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Grayslake
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed for four wonderful days at this charming hotel. It was so much more than we were anticipating. The staff were very inviting and gave us much information about the hotel and surroundings. Breakfast is included and was elegantly presented and if you're lucky to have the chance to sit in the enclosed garden room your experience is double. The breakfast staff is very friendly and the banquet table is situated in a gorgeous vintage room.. You are close to everything. The Cleveland Art Museum is in walking distance as is the Botanical Gardens. Assigned parking made it easy to park.We can't wait to come back again. A Wonderful experience. First rate.
Bob and Margaret Jones
Illinois

Room Tip: We were on the 2nd floor near the end of the hall Never heard any noise at all. If you are looking...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mansfield, oh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

My husband and I spent the night here and we loved it. The concierge was great, super friendly and really helpful. We were there on a Wednesday and he showed us a flier about an outdoor concert and festival that was very close. We walked over and had a great time. It was free and happens every Wednesday during the summer. All of the other employees were really friendly too.

The room was very, very clean and really nice. Not huge but great for two people. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was immaculate. The woodwork throughout the hotel is fantastic and gives the place an air of comfort and sophistication. The price was also great and included breakfast in the am and two tickets for drinks at the hotel bar.

Finally,what a great location. It was a beautiful night and we had the best time walking around the Case campus and walking to Little Italy. There is a coffee house next door that had live music the night we were there. You could just walk over and listen for awhile. We will most definitely go back. This place is a gem.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Wedding reception or just staying here for a few days the Glidden House is a great place to stay. The rooms are nice and the help very friendly and helpful. Close to Case Western College and the museums the location could not be better. A hot breakfast with sausage and pasteries. Except for no pool or excercise room this hotel is a nice place to stay.

Room Tip: Get to breakfast early pastries are very good and are in limited quanties.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midwest
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Everything you read about the Glidden House is true. It is clearly one of the best places to stay in Cleveland. I am originally from Cleveland and usually stay with family. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary the first week of August and decided to play "tourist" instead. The stay at the Glidden House was just excellent. We actually booked our room through AARP and got a very good rate. Especially when you look at the breakfast - much more than a continental. The breakfast included an egg dish, homemade pastries, fresh fruit with berries, cereals and much more. Plus, you got two free drink tickets for the bar. Add it all up and the place was very reasonable. We stayed in one of the modern rooms. It was beautifully appointed, immaculately clean and very up to date, including a 42 inch flat screen TV. Staying on the Case campus was fun in the summer. Not sure how it would be when school is on. But, the campus and University CIrcle are really lovely areas. We walked around quite a bit. There is also a gym on campus that offers a reduced day rate for Glidden House patrons.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

At Case Western Reserve University. Easy walking to art galleries, botanical garden, natural history museum, French and Italian restaurants, parks, enormous historic cemetery, outstanding architecture. An easy drive to other Cleveland attractions. Excellent included breakfast, nice small bar, very friendly staff, lots of nice parents of smart students.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1901 Ford Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106
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Location: United States > Ohio > Cleveland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Cleveland
#3 Business Hotel in Cleveland
#9 Family Hotel in Cleveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glidden House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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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