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Black Bass Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Lumberville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Review your bill before paying. We dined with a party of six. They added a 20% gratuity based on the bill and tax without telling us. They also had another receipt line for tip. Food was good, but the management is a bit deceitful. Their wine prices are marked up about 175%. The water was undrinkable. You can get a better deal and meal without getting gouged here. Don't think I will be heading their way again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

This has always been one of my favorite places to visit. The bar with all the old British plates and memorabilia, roasted seafood soup, a window seat over the river--atmosphere like nowhere else. Best of all, after lunch you can just walk outside the Inn and stroll from Pennsylvania to New Jersey on a footbridge crossing the Delaware. Beautiful any time of year but, of course, fall leaves are breathtaking. Don't miss this one.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Answer....I don't know. I've lived in the area for most of my adult life and never experienced the Black Bass Hotel. The Sunday brunch was excellent. Warm apple crepe. fruit yogart and granola,crap cakes, desert. and a bottomless glass of champagne all for a fixed price of $35 really can't beat that right. The servers were friendly and attentive. We set by the window which any season of the year would be enjoyable to look at as you dine. So if you live near or far to this lovely jewel on the Delaware stop waiting call someone you love and go this weekend you will be glad you did.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank rickpenne
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

The Black Bass is way more than a B&B, this is a real Inn, with a restaurant, and two terrific bars. Beautifully restored without losing it's historic charm and character there is an attention to detail here that is hard to find. We've stayed here more than once and have always had a wonderful time. The staff is accommodating, the beds are comfy, and the decor is appropriate for the historic character of the building while being modern and comfortable. Beautifully renovated bathrooms. Breakfast is terrific in the main dining room with beautiful views of the Delaware River below.

The location can't be beat. We bring our bikes and use the adjacent tow path bike trails to get to New Hope, Lambertville, and French Town. It's a terrific weekend away without traveling too far from home.

Our latest visit was during peak foliage so the hotel was fully booked and we had to take the smaller Grover Cleveland Suite on the road side of the building. While we were pleased to save a bit on the rate for the cheaper room we agree with a few of the other posts here. This room and NOT quiet. Surprisingly the sound isn't from the main road but from within the building. Being adjacent to the main stairs you can hear every word and every step anyone takes en route to their rooms. It's not only annoying, but it also make you uncomfortable that if you can hear what everyone else is talking about, that probably means they can hear you in your room. It was not relaxing and there was an awkwardness of not having your privacy. The room was beautiful however, with a gorgeous bed and a fantastic bathroom with a giant tub.

Our suggestion is for the hotel to take a few measures to fix the sound issues. Maybe some weather stripping or a treatment to the door of the room to block out some of the sound, and some blown in insulation in the wall against the stairs would probably do a lot to buffer the paper thin walls and ease the sound problem. While we love going to the Black Bass, I would never book the Grover Cleveland Suite again, until that issue is resolved.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mestaunton
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

I didn't think it could be better, but, it was. The staff is so courteous and helpful, just makes the stay pleasant. Probably the best lobster dinner I ever had. A great way to get away from it all, do some hiking and just plain relax.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jack M
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed at the Black Bass recently to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We'd stayed there on the first night of our honeymoon, and things sure have changed for the better in 30 years! We've been in all the rooms and the River Suite is our favorite, based on size, layout, and view. Plenty of room to lounge with another couple celebrating their anniversary with us. King bed was extremely comfortable, decor and furnishings antique and very charming, small armoire for clothes, so don't bring too much to hang up! Small deck off of the living room and a nice big shower in the bathroom, with a claw foot tub too. TV didn't always work (mgmt fixed quickly), there is no clock or iPod docking station and a small refrigerator would have been nice, but you don't come to an inn founded in 1745 for the high tech. The rest of the inn is totally period and charming. Atmosphere to burn. We had a very nice dinner and though pricey it was not out of line with others of similar quality in the area (we are locals). Terrific for a romantic getaway. The house label chardonnay is quite acceptable. Service was very good. Breakfast was included in the room rate and we found that the service and quantity of food was much better on Monday morning than on Sunday morning when the kitchen and staff are preparing for their Sunday brunch. There is also a very charming bar and tavern area with a large collection of British royalty memorabilia. Go across the street to the Lumberville store for nice sandwiches and salads (same owners as the inn).

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tankr
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Being locals of the area, this wasn't our first outing at The Black Bass for dinner on a Saturday night. I love this place and I am a frequent visitor of it for special occasions. My family and I made reservations a couple days in advance, specifically asking for a window seat for my father's birthday dinner. The hostess wrote our request in and said that would be fine. We arrived at the establishment twenty minutes early, thinking we could sit at the bar and have a drink while we waited for our reservation time. The snippy older blonde haired hostess informed us that we would have to skip the bar and take the window seat now or they would have to give it away by the time our reservation was for. We ended up taking the table and skipping on drinks. Our waiter and our food were fantastic as well as the ambiance of the location. We were having a great time until an hour and a half in, the same blonde haired hostess approached our table and asked us to finish up and move to the bar because it was too busy. This has been a first time for me that a hostess has come and asked me to leave, and frankly I left feeling a bit insulted. The prices are high enough that one would think that one would have some time to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Don't get me wrong, this place would be great, but the fact that management thinks its right to rush your meal is highly upsetting. We will not be returning.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Mike S
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Additional Information about Black Bass Hotel

Address: 3774 River Rd, Lumberville, PA 18933-9715
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Bucks County > Lumberville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Lumberville
Price Range: $195 - $395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Bass Hotel is a renowned restaurant and inn on the banks of the Delaware River. Located in picturesque Lumberville, PA, just a few miles north of New Hope, the Hotel is celebrated equally for its fine dining, hospitality, rich history, and diverse collection of art and antiques. ... more   less 

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