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“It's a good option in a location with few (if any) better.” 3 of 5 stars
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Historic Summit Inn
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   101 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Farmington
Prospect
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“It's a good option in a location with few (if any) better.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

It's an old hotel with a fabulous view. The rooms are clean, yet definitely not updated. No elevators, which seemed to bother a lot of other guests; however, I can't imagine someone visiting this part of the country and NOT intending to do something physical (either hiking, biking, rafting, exploring the Frank Lloyd Wright properties). The veranda is really spectacular, great views of sunsets, and the outdoor pool is very nice. The restaurant was average - breakfast was better than dinner. Prices were reasonable - remember, you're in very rural country with few options.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

You can tell The Summit was a Grande Dame in it's day, but it's definitely showing its age. I appreciate what the current owners are doing on what is probably a shoestring budget, but if you expect a hotel with all the latest amenities and everything new, then this isn't the hotel for you. When traveling on business, I try to stay in historic hotels when I can and will say that the Summit is on par for other hotels in it's price range. If you like historic hotels, I suggest you give the Summit a try. I didn't find the restaurant food to be high end, but quite acceptable. Best part was sitting in wicker chair on porch, with martini, as sun set over mountains.

Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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Normal, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

The hotel was interesting. The room was clean but needed some repairs.

The restaurant had terrible service. I had to change my reservation time at Falling Water because the breakfast service was so slow. I got very sick and was up all night as a result of the chicken pot pie. The next morning I was served spoiled milk for cereal. I reported being sick to the staff, but they didn't seem very concerned and offered no reparation.

The noise from the adjacent highway is very loud, caused by many semis struggling up a very steep incline.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

My husband and I went on a romantic getaway for our 1 year anniversary. This hotel has a fabulous mountain view and the sunsets there are absolutely gorgeous. Not sure why some people didn't like it - I think people will complain about anything. Please keep in mind that the hotel is over a hundred years old and they like to preserve as much of the history as they can so if you are looking for a modern hotel, this is not for you.

I felt that the resort has a great deal of charm that made everything seem comfortable. From sitting by the beautiful fireplace in the lobby to enjoying a dip in the pools (2 total - 1 indoor, 1 outdoor and a hot tub) this place was so nice. It's amazing the amount of out of state guests you will see. We chatted with many guests, many there to tour Falling Water. Also, weddings are very popular here.

Our room was a typical hotel room - nothing very fancy but it was clean and comfortable with soft pillows and a very comfortable bed. I got a great night sleep. The bathroom needed some updates but it was clean with decent water pressure. No hair dryer or conditioner in the room so I would suggest bringing your own.

As far as the dining, the food was delicious and the service was even better. The staff was very friendly and pleasant. We ate there for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and the restaurant has great variety and tasted great. You can sit outside for dinner and watch an amazing sunset. We also had some cocktails in the bar and the staff was very friendly.

They have a 9-hole golf course which was so much fun. We played there 3 days out of the 3 days we were there as hotel guests get a great discount. The staff there was also great. It's not a fancy course but we had a great time there. As far as area attractions, there are too many to include - We went to nearby falling water and Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle for hiking and whitewater rafting, Wine tasting at Christian Klay Winery store (you can also view the winery on appointment). There are nearby caverns and historical battlefields if you are interested but we did not go there. You can also get a massage at the hotel but we didn't have time.

Overall, I had a great experience and a great anniversary and hope we can return again soon.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Erie, Pa
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

A nice room, a great view, a wonderful porch for dining or relaxing if the weather is good. It was perfect our weekend. Two great pools, but no lifeguard. Golf, historic sites, crafts and antiques. Near Falling Water. Pet friendly. Courtous service. The downside, no elevator which means carrying bags upstairs. No beverage or ice machines on the guestroom floors, meaning more schlepping up and down stairs. The food is not exactly as described on the menu and the chef has a tendency to overcook things. Better to eat at The Stonehouse Inn about 4 miles down the road.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfax
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

Just spent one night there but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The decor of the lobby is wonderful (especially if you like historic inns) and our room was quite nice. I was in a room with 2 double beds and it was a very large room, certainly plenty of space. The bathrooms were a little dated but everything was very clean and in working condition. The beds were incredibly comfortable, too. And the views from the porch are just spectacular - a great place to sit and relax, read a book, have a drink or even dinner. If there was a complaint I would say that the food did not live up to the rest of the experience. However, there aren't really any other good restaurants nearby and so this one is certainly extremely convenient. All my friends seemed quite pleased with their meals and our stay there. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Flushing, New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

Booked our room before we read the reviews here (it was second choice). Was daunted by the vitriol directed at the place by the reviewers but our options were limited. We were very pleasantly surprised. Yes, our room was rather generic but the bathroom was agreeably funky/nostalgic & the bed was VERY comfortable with lovely linens & nice pillows. Coming from a Pittsburgh Hampton Inn with crappy, non-absorbent towels and Wal-Mart linens, we found the accommodations more comfortable. We loved sitting by the fire in the lobby & the wi-fi was adequately fast. The food, both dinner & breakfast, was fine with the exception of rather weak coffee (a problem common to PA hotels, we found). Our dinner waiter was especially pleasant, as was all the desk staff, helpful with directions. We did not stay long as we arrived for dinner & were gone after early breakfast to catch the early Fallingwater tour, but did take time to enjoy the view from the porch. It is nowhere near the freeway as alleged, unless you consider the 2-lane road in front a freeway. Our biggest complaint is that the charming dining room atmosphere was rather spoiled by the "smooth jazz" piped in; light classical or standards would have been more appropriate.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 101 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Farmington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Farmington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Historic Summit Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1907, the Historic Summit Inn is one of the last remaining grand porch hotels. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and with Stunning mountain views. Offers both indoor and outdoor dining and a full service bar and lounge. Whether you are on a romantic vacation for two or attending an event here you will find plenty to enjoy. Enjoy an afternoon at our indoor or outdoor pool or at our nine hole golf course where guests golf for free. Located near Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Moments from Lady Luck Casino and Ohiopyle River Rafting. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Historic Summit Hotel Farmington
Historic Summit Resort
Summit Farmington
Farmington Summit

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