Glen Iris Inn

Glen Iris Inn


The Glen Iris Inn is situated in the heart of Letchworth State Park. The neighboring communities provide different activities, shopping, and events year-round.


William P. Letchworth was in search of a good place to make a country retreat where he could cheer his family and friends. On one of the good mornings, in the spring of 1858, he traveled by train as it slowly neared a bridge high above the Genesee River. While he was standing on the bridge, he was attracted by the natural beauty of the charmer of the powerful river rushing below. Looking at the falls, he observed the sun shining on the spray underneath that formed a visible fascinating rainbow. There was a house in the vicinity that was not in a good state to be used.

Letchworth obtained the house in February 1859 and straight away started refurbishing it. The native Indians had named the area “An-de-ka-ga-kwa” which means “the place where the sun lingers”. It has been said through Indian superstitions that when the sun travels through the glen it stops for a short time longer there than at any other section of the valley. Persuaded by this, Letchworth elected the work “Iris”, which is another word for rainbow, and named it the Glen Iris.


This historic Inn has a capacity of 15 guest rooms. They are well decorated, and well ventilated with air-conditioners. There are 11 standard rooms and 4 luxury suites.
The accommodations are arranged in guest rooms and suites. All the guest rooms and suite rates are considered based on double occupancy. You will incur an additional $10 charge per person, per night for occupying more than double.

The standard rooms are graced with appointments reconcilable with the charm of the Glen Iris at the same time William Pryor Letchworth stayed here. Rooms have an additional one double or two twin beds, a full private bath, dresser, and telephone services.

The four Luxury Suites have a bedroom area with a queen bed and a dresser. The palatial living area is enhanced with a period sofa and chairs. Each suite has a full bath, telephone service, and a smart TV. The fascinating appointed Cherry Suite characterizes decorated hardwood floors and a modern bath with a whirlpool tub. French doors marshal out to the second-floor private wing with a spectacular view of the Middle Falls and the surrounding gorge.

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Pinewood Lodge Rates

Pinewood Lodge occupies the ridge on top of the Inn and has seven splendor capabilities. Every unit has a queen bed and a sleeper sofa that drags out into a single bed. The modern but nature-themed décor makes each of the units cozy living quarters, good for families and a group of few people. All units are furnished with a coffee maker, microwave oven, small fridge, telephone services, and television with satellite service. There are complete baths in each room. One lodge has been refurbished to be handicap furnished.

The Lofts at Pinewood Rates

The Lofts at Pinewood Rates have two luxurious units that each can accommodate two to four people. It has a relaxing and breathtaking living room that is fitted with a leather sofa set, gas fireplace, flat screen TV that has satellite, kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, cheese board, private patio, full bathroom with double whirlpool tub for 2 people, and a loft bedroom with king-size bed.

Caroline’s Cottage

This is a newly refurbished one that is fully fitted. It is a quaint three bedrooms. It is situated on the main park road privately. It is a few minutes away from the Glen Iris. The house has a fully furnished kitchen, living and dining areas, and one full bathroom. This house is a great place for family visits and relaxation.

The Stone House Rates

This is a two-story house that is a four-bedroomed one. It occupies the main park road directly across from Inspiration Point. It is one of the Letchworth’s most fascinating overlooks. Stone house is well fitted and characterizes a living room with a fireplace, dining room, sunroom, patio, fully appointed kitchen, and a half bathroom. This house is recommended for family vacations and weekend visits.

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The Chalet House Rates

Mr. Letchworth constructed what is currently referred to as the Chalet as a section of his original estate and named it Lauterbrunnen Farm. This Swiss Chalet-style home is situated at the Southern end of Letchworth State Park, just at the top of the hill from the Glen Iris Inn. The Chalet House rental is $420-460 per night and an additional tax and will host up to 8 individuals. The house has a living room with a gas fireplace and leather furniture.

The kitchen is fully furnished with gadgets, dishes, glassware, and basic cookware. The living room has a view of Eagle hill looking towards the gorge area of the park.
There are three bedrooms in the Chalet. One of the rooms has a queen bed, the other with two double beds, and the other with two twin beds. There are two full bathrooms, one on the first floor and the other one on the second floor.

Meeting rooms

There are several meeting rooms at Glen Iris Inn. The library is situated on the third floor of the Inn and faces the Middle Waterfalls. This meeting room hosts 10-12 people at the conference table. It costs $75.00 per day.

The Letchworth Room was originally the estate’s formal dining room. The Letchworth Room is situated on the first floor of the Inn and faces a serene pond and fountain. A private veranda may be used as a break or reception area. The meeting room can accommodate up to 25 persons on a rounded table. It costs $250.00 per day.

The Terrace Dining Room is situated on the first floor of the Inn and faces the south lawns. This conference room can accommodate up to 80 people at the round table. It has a sound system capacity and characterizes a private entry. It costs $300 a day.

Catering services

Enjoy the catering services in any of the locations or cater your needs across the Inn. Glen Iris Inn provides a different variety of overnight accommodations too.