If you seek comfortable yet affordable accommodations for your next visit to Philadelphia or are planning a romantic weekend getaway in the City of Brotherly Love, consider a night or two at one of the top bed and breakfast getaways in the Philadelphia area. A cozy, romantic and often surprisingly affordable alternative to the traditional hotel stay, B&Bs offer many little touches you won’t find in hotels of a similar price point, such as local flavor and lifestyle, personalized attention from the proprietor and breakfast that’s included in your package. With stamps of approval from travel professionals and guests alike, we’ve listed five of Philadelphia’s top bed and breakfasts.
La Reserve Bed & Breakfast
1804 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Explore four centuries of Philadelphia’s culture, history and architecture just minutes from this self-proclaimed “Grand Dame of Philadelphia’s Bed and Breakfasts.” Just three blocks from historic Center City’s Rittenhouse Square, the two 1850s four-story townhouses that make up La Reserve provide all of the modern comforts of home and more, in an elegant setting. In addition to breakfast, guests are treated to afternoon homemade cookies and tea. Gift certificates are available for purchase, and of the packages, one is specially designed for that spontaneous, last-minute getaway.
Manayunk Terrace Bed & Breakfast
3937 Terrace St.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
You’ll enjoy strolling through beautiful neighborhoods, taking in exquisite, panoramic views, and abundant dining and shopping options at the Manayunk Terrace B&B. Only 18 minutes from Philadelphia’s Center City by train, you’ll have easy access to Philly’s arts, theatre, historic attractions and museums. Situated atop a hill that overlooks the Schuylkill River and charming streets and shops of Manayunk, you’ll be a short walk from more than 50 boutiques, stores and eateries. A smoke-free, pet-free establishment, this B&B offers well-appointed suites that can easily accommodate a couple or small family. Septa trains, shopping and dining are within easy walking distance.
Philadelphia Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast
752 S 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Philadelphia is a unique blend of cultural and historic experiences best discovered in person, and guests at Philadelphia Bella Vista B&B will find that easy to do as the establishment is just a short stroll from the city’s many historic sites, museums, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Just up the street form Bella Vista is Philly’s South Street district, known for its pubs, restaurants, theaters and clubs. The Italian Market area just around the corner from this B&B is world famous for its culinary treats, including the popular (and rival) eateries Geno’s and Pat’s – cheesesteak anyone? In addition to a light, continental breakfast, Bella Vista offers up a variety of snacks, including fruit, popcorn, cookies and candy.
Pilgrim’s Rest Bed & Breakfast
876 Manatawna Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
While staying at Pilgrim’s Rest Bed & Breakfast, which overlooks Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest city park, you’ll be just minutes from enjoying some of the top tourist attractions in the area, including the museums and historical sites of the City of Brotherly Love, nearby Chestnut Hill and nearby suburban attractions, including Valley Forge and King of Prussia Mall. Three of the six comfortable, well-appointed rooms accommodate extra guests with pull-out sofas, and port-a-cribs are available upon request for your little ones. Both continental breakfast and evening snacks are included with your stay. Pilgrim’s Rest even has something for day guests, including afternoon tea and dinner party packages that include a four-course dinner served on fine china for up to 12 guests.
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Thomas Bond House Bed & Breakfast
129 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
When the sun sets in the City of Brotherly Love, you’ll be steps away from the vibrant nightlife and amazing dining available near the Thomas Bond House Bed & Breakfast, the only lodging located in Philly’s Independence National Historic Park. You’ll find yourself just steps away from some of our nation’s most treasured historic attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. The accommodations at this historic B&B are as impressive as its surroundings. The venue, a townhome that has been restored to reflect its origins, which date back to 1769, is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places, and guest rooms have been restored to the 18th Century Federal Period.
Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.