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The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Philadelphia

Alyssa Pinsker | July 06, 2018

Philadelphia is one of the largest cities in America, but it's also the most historic with a past that goes back to 1637. Staying in one of the cities many quaint, often colonial BnBs is like staying at a living museum where you feel right at home. Here are five of the best BnBs in Philadelphia:

#4

Alexander Inn

Why it made the list

Not only is this BnB affordable, its prices never go up--even during busy conventions. While it’s not as historically inclined as some of the other BnBs, it does have one of the best locations and friendliest staffs. You’ll get to stay in Center City's "Gayborhood" and explore all its charms, including the iconic "Woody's" bar and club and charming shops and cafes.

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#3

Penn's View Hotel

Why it made the list

The owner and his son (the general manager) keep Penn's View Hotel a welcoming and homey place with imported Italian touches to preserve the neighborhood's Italian-American Heritage. They also keep it local with Philly made furniture, and partnerships with the neighborhood for Philly Wine Week (started at the restaurant) and hosting charity events and all the official sommelier tests in the area. The Panorama wine bar and restaurant is a destination unto itself.

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#2

Morris House Hotel

Why it made the list

The hotel is a history lover's dream and can be an oasis of tranquility with old world charm furnished in Colonial style. It has a beautiful atrium which also makes it a popular location for weddings. It's tucked away in a bustling urban neighborhood and the M restaurant is a bonus, with its new American fine dining with colonial touches (a popular menu style only in Philadelphia!) and live jazz music best heard outdoors in the garden.This is the place to rest if you are looking for a mellow Philadelphia stay, or looking to stay in an eclectic 19th-century compound with modern amenities. The rooms, split between the main building and two offshoot structures (the "Post Office" and the "Carriage House"), are cozy but comfortable. Rooms and buildings vary from a couple friendly Carriage House to 60s vibed Post Office and the main house. There's nothing particularly fancy about the rooms, but there's nothing missing. Every room has a refrigerator, flat-screen television, and coffeemaker. On-the-premises dining options include Chestnut Hill, the healthy focused Green Soul, and the swanky Paris Bistro. Make sure to call for room rates, as they are often lower than the advertised price. While lacking in certain perks, the Chestnut Hill Hotel steps up its game when it comes to overall room comfort, cleanliness, and is comprehensive (to say the least). There are available dining options from upscale French jazz clubs to New York food halls. Its safe and secure location in one of Philadelphia’s toniest neighborhoods also has unique Philly tourism experiences to offer (like the Schmitter sandwich and iconic Curtis Arboretum.)

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#1

The Gables Bed and Breakfast

Why it made the list

The meticulousness spent to make this Bed and Breakfast of its era is impressive. You feel as if you’re staying in a museum, only that you’re allowed to play the vintage instruments (pump organ, baby grand piano) and sleep overnight. Service is everything and Rick and Cesar go above and beyond in their flexibility and generosity. Coupled with the warm welcome you’ll get from innkeepers/owners Rick and Cesar's cute dogs Pepper and Sugar, you’ll see why they receive many repeat customers. Your own pets can also come on a case by case basis.

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  • 4. Alexander Inn
    12th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA
  • 3. Penn's View Hotel
    14 N. Front St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA
  • 2. Morris House Hotel
    225 S. 8th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 1. The Gables Bed and Breakfast
    4520 Chester Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143, USA

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