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Historic Summit Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Farmington
Reviewed January 4, 2006

We stayed at this hotel one night during our trip to Fallingwater house. Hotel open only April-November and closed during the winter (reason - this hotel doesn't have an updated heating system). Outdoor parking, big dinning room, indoor/outdoor pool, big rooms, fireplace at the lobby, big reception room(great place for romantic wedding), bar ... this hotel will be great on your stay in PA.

6  Thank Tatiana I
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Reviewed October 7, 2005

From the moment we walked into the lobby of The Summit Inn, with its grand staircase, articles decorating the walls describing the Inn in its heyday, and friendly, helpful staff, we felt as if we were transported back to a simpler time and place. No internet, no fast-paced atmosphere, just a spacious sitting area with a wide screen TV and table set up if you wished to play checkers. There was even a phone dating back at least 60 years which was still operational. The furniture in the room was a bit dated, but that just added to the charm. Besides, we didn't drive 425 miles to sit in the room. We visited Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Laurel Caverns and Fort Necessity, all of which were less than 10 miles from the Inn. We also went to many other places while heading west on Route 40 (The National Road). At night, there was live entertainment on the porch. And in the afternoon, inasmuch as the Inn sits atop a 2,300 foot mountain, the porch afforded us a beautiful view of the area. The Inn has an outdoor pool, indoor pool, and game room which is downstairs. Also downstairs is a ping-pong table, pool table, and workout room.

The staff at the Inn, from the front desk to the waitresses, waiters and chambermaid were friendly and helpful. The light went out in the bathroom, 2 men worked very hard to fix it immediately. At the end of our stay, the Inn offered us an opportunity to stay longer for half price. We would have loved to; my wife was not working, my kids were home from school, but I had to get back to 2005. Back to work, in Times Square, which is about as far away from The Summit Inn (much further that 425 miles) as one can imagine.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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6  Thank Familyof4Bayside_NY
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Reviewed October 1, 2005

We have stayed here 3 times in the last 10 years. It only gets worse each year. They say they want to preserve the "oldness and charm of it" but what is the next step, outdoor bathrooms? There are many old hotels in the US that are updated and comfortable but this is not the case with this hotel. They don't even have ice machines and elevators. The value for cost makes me think they are stuck on stupid! Rooms are old and outdated and in serious need of paint. And the charm of the hotel is overshadowed by surley hosts. My cousins stayed in one room, my mother and I in another. Their AC did not work the whole time they were there. They are not complainers but told the front desk upon checking out and they said "well if you had made us aware of this we could have fixed it for you". This after they had already changed rooms once for other problems. The staff should have given them a discount or something for their trouble but even an apology. The outdoor pool is not heated, the spa is hot but has no jet action, the restaurant had a limited menu, not even close to what they adverise online and talk about dark and dingy, the lobby, and just about every other place unless you are outside.

My husband and I are frequent travelers and are 43 and 60. We will no longer stay at the Summit until they get their act together. So sad for what could be a class A number one resort if they only would put some money into it. I like old places but classy old places that have been taken care of and meet the needs of todays travelers.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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9  Thank Windy
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Reviewed July 27, 2005

The Summit is a wonderful place to stay. The views are lovely, the atmosphere is warm, inviting, and comfortable. The management does all it can to make your stay a pleasant one. The rooms are updated and well-appointed. My family have been guests at the Summit over many years. The new owners have done a terrific job in updating the rooms yet leaving the old-time charm of the public spaces intact. My family has had both reunions and wedding receptions here, and it was an ideal location for both. The food is quite good, and the service is also good. In fact, one friend who stayed at the Summit with us went to a nearby posh resort for dinner one night and said that she wished she had remained at the Summit for dinner. Another advantage to the Summit is that it is near many interesting places: Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle, Fort Necessity, the Allegheny Passage bike trail at Ohiopyle (fantastic!!), and Touchstone. The Summit has a couple of drawbacks, such as no elevator, but there are rooms on the first floor. Also, it can be a bit noisy, as it is an old place, and a bit creaky. However, neither of these things have really been a problem, and since we love older places, we will always choose to stay here when in the area.

  • Stayed: May 2005, traveled on business
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11  Thank Patsykay
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Reviewed July 20, 2005

The lobby and pool are nice. The rooms are in much need of updating.
Shag carpeting, pink bathroom fixtures. No amenities. Very very pricey for what you receive.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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6  Thank Florence0948
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Reviewed July 12, 2005

My husband and I stayed 2 weekdays in June 2005. We paid $409.00 for 2 nights, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and tours of Kentuk Knob and Fallingwater (ground tour only- no inside tour). The room on the third floor was up many, many steps, but we didn't mind the exercise. The view from our room was great! (10 county view). The room was a bit dated, but clean and comfortable. I wasn't expecting too much from the food, but was pleasantly surprised. The tuna and duck were great, and the view from the outdoor dining deck was beautiful- the sun set just as we were finishing dinner. Their huge outdoor pool was sparkling clean but quite cold. We didn't go into the indoor pool, but checked out the game room only to be disappointed by the lack of pool balls and ping pong balls. We met some friendly people from around the area, although there was one loud, foul mothed, obnoxious father by the outdoor pool one day, swearing at his teenage son and anyone else around. Other that him everyone was nice and the staff very friendly. I would go there again- maybe in the fall when the trees are changing.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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4  Thank smm1779
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Reviewed October 19, 2004

I had a one-night stay at the historic Summit Inn on October 14, 2004. As mentioned by other TripAdvisor reviewers, the public areas of the hotel are very quaint and charming. The location in the Laurel Highlands outside of Pittsburgh offered a vista that was quite stunning. I can see why the resort would attract a lot of patrons in the summer, when the Olympic-sized pool, volleyball and tennis courts, and other outside attractions are in use.

However, having visited in the autumn, my impressions were focused on the queen-sized room, which was small and less than luxurious. The furniture reminded me of a chain motel, it took a considerable amount of time for the hot water to flow in the bathroom, and standard amentities (such as a hair dryer and iron) that you would expect from a hotel this price weren't provided. Several surrounding rooms in our wing had been vacated, but hadn't been cleaned by housekeeping (even by the overnight hours) and since the doors were open the disarray was visible.

As there are other more hospitable hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns in the area, I most likely would not stay here again.

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Address: 101 Skyline Dr, Farmington, PA 15437-1140
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 #2 of 4 Hotels in Farmington
Price Range: $128 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
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