Iron Corbel Inn
703 Allegheny Street
Hollisdaysburg, PA 16648 (nr. Altoona)
Dates of stay: 23 to 25 May 2009
This circa 1820 to 1880 house is now a charming B&B, situated perfectly for those wishing to explore the many railroading history sites near Altoona, including the Horseshoe Curve (a National Historic landmark). We spent two nights in the second floor/front corner, en suite “Oriental Room.” It is decorated in pale greens, and furnished with ample sitting options, numerous accent lights, and a comfortable bed. The owner/proprietor has installed a modern bath, including a roomy shower (with a bright overhead light—something many major hotel chains still fail to include!). Linens are fresh and towels absorbent. As a bonus (again—PAY ATTENTION major hotel chains—) there is FREE WiFi throughout the Inn. During our stay, as other guests departed, we were able to tour each of the other rooms and the third floor (very “cool”) “black and white” suite. Each accommodation is well displayed in the photos posted at the Inn’s website.
The owner has professional culinary experience, evident in breakfast menus. Morning meals (9 AM) are served in the main dining room or in a portion of the (huge) Great Room, lush with textiles and lit by a number of windows, including a center bay bordered with stained glass panels. Coffee and tea (and a small ‘fridge) are available, more or less around the clock, in a small first floor facility open to all guests. We were told that, by advance arrangement and at additional charge, dinners are offered, also.
Only two minor caveats: All accommodations are on the second (four rooms) or third (the suite) floor, with access via stairs only. Persons with serious mobility issues might wish to consider more accessible lodgings. Television addicts will find no “tubes” in the Inn. The only (minor) suggestion we would offer is for enhanced stairwell lighting.
In the mid-19th century, Hollidaysburg was a major hub for travelers using the Pennsylvania Canal and the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Today, it is a quiet place with a sense of history, set among the scenic slopes of the Allegheny Mountains. While dining options are limited in town, we found the US Hotel Restaurant and Tavern (building circa 1905; site history dating to 1835) for a memorable Saturday dinner. The food was good, service most attentive, and they offer a respectable wine list. Prices are more than reasonable—at least for those of us accustomed to Washington, DC pricing! [http://www.theushotel.com/]
Despite a link on the Inn’s website to what appears to be a central booking site, we found it best to contact the Inn directly by phone (voicemail), with a follow-up eMail. We hope to use that information soon for a return trip and would—without hesitation—recommend the Iron Corbel Inn to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant Second Empire residence is full of nooks & crannies to explore. There are six bedrooms to choose from, each with a private full bathroom. There is a large dining room, a parlour and an even larger "great room", with 12-foot pier mirrors and a baby grand piano. The common areas, appointed with period furniture, are ideal for receptions and recitals. There is free high-speed WiFi, but there are no televisions anywhere on the property. There are also books, newspapers and periodicals. We offer the finest breakfast in the area, made with mostly organic ingredients. Breakfast includes organic eggs, turkey bacon, hot and cold cereals, yoghurt, fruit, juices, teas and very good quality, European strength coffee. This historic residence is home to an extensive collection of vintage folk instruments, most of which are available for guests to play. ... more less
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