The Gables

4520 Chester Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143, USA

Built in 1889 by architect Willis Hale and first occupied by a prominent doctor and his family, this ornate mansion is a wonderful place for a B&B. The ground-floor parlor and entryway feature natural cherry and chestnut wood, and the guest rooms have oak floors with elaborate inlays of mahogany, ash, and cherry. In the dining room, guests are served a hot breakfast; the menu changes daily, and there's always muffins, cereal, coffee, and tea. An idyllic wraparound porch is perfect for reading a morning paper. One room has a glass-enclosed sitting porch, and two have working fireplaces (there are three other fireplaces located in the house). The owners—who live in the building—are avid collectors of Victoriana, so just about every knickknack or piece of furniture is more than a century old. The property has free, on-premises parking.


  • off the beaten path
  • lots of antiques and Victoriana
  • free parking


  • off the beaten path
  • the abundance of Victoriana can be a bit much


Phones: 215-662–1918


9 rooms, 1 suite
Rate Includes: Breakfast