Fodor's Expert Review 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 are always muffins, cereal, coffee, and tea (complimentary wine and cookies, too). An idyllic wraparound porch is perfect for reading a morning paper. One room has a glass-enclosed sitting porch, and four have working fireplaces. 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
  • A dream for lovers of antiques
  • Free parking


  • Some may find it too far removed from central areas, attractions
  • The Victorian aesthetic can be overwhelming
  • Not equipped to accommodate children under 10




Phones: 215-662–1918


10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted