This bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Old City is great for travelers who want an authentic taste of historic Philadelphia. Built in 1769 by a prominent local physician (an enormous family tree detailing his descendents hangs from a wall in a common living room), the four-story Georgian house has undergone a faithful, meticulous restoration. Everything from the home's molding and wall sconces to the woodwork and flooring has been restored (Just think: Ben Franklin supposedly
hung out there!). Rooms have reproduction period furnishings (there are also a few antiques), including four-poster beds, and two have marble fireplaces. In keeping with the Colonial theme, some rooms are a tad cold in winter. Continental breakfast is served weekdays; a full breakfast is served on weekends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and ice water are always on hand, and complimentary wine and cheese is served nightly. The hotel requires children to be 10 years or older.
Nov 24, 2001
We stayed here for a weekend in the city and were disappointed. Despite a nice colonial atmosphere on the first floor, the bedrooms leave a lot to be desired. Besides being tiny (even the staff person that checked us in apologized for the size of the rooms), the rooms look like they have not been renovated in about 20 years: old fixtures and appliances, shabby carpeting, mis-matched furniture, and an overall run down appearance. And breakfast could
have been a lot more fresh. It's a shame because the Bond house has a great location and could be a wonderful B&B with more attention from the owners.
Oct 4, 2001
I can't begin to describe my disappointment with the Thomas Bond House. My husband and I checked in after a long day and found ourselves in a cramped, dusty, dingy room with an old TV and an Oriental rug that looked as if it hadn't been vacuumed in ages. This was the first time we ever had a bad experience with a B&B-type establishment. The throw pillow on our bed was yellowed, the blanket stained, and I found trash on the floor. We looked at
some of the other rooms on the first floor (supposedly the nicest) and they were also shabby. I don't think anything's been done since the renovation some 12 years ago.