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“Great Old City Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Penn's View Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   14 North Front St. & Market, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)   |  
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An Old City Romance
Ranked #19 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Old City Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I have stayed here about 5 times in the last two years. Friendly service, excellent location to walk to Old City spots. Each room has it's own character. Reasonable upgrade cost for rooms with fireplace, sitting area or outside deck/patio. I also hosted a small business conference and used their meeting room and it worked out well. Both for business or personal stay, the Panorama Restaurant is in the hotel and offers great food and the largest selection of wine on tap you will find. Over 125 bottles available by glass or in flights. Center City and Rittenhouse Sq are about 15-20 minute walk across Historic District. 5 Minute walk to Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, etc. or Penns Landing and South Street. Easy cab ride to the Stadiums

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Woodbury, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I recently visited Philadelphia for the first time. After reading over several reviews we choose Penn's View Hotel for our accomadations. I was definately happy with our choice. The location is perfect for visiting historical sites in the Independence Mall area. The subway stop is also nearby. The hotel was clean, quiet, and comfortable. Every staff member we met went over and above to be helpful. The restaurant was fabulous and the breakfast (included with stay) was delicious. The waffles with strawberries and whipped cream were my favorite! I would highly recommend Penn's View for your stay in the city of brotherly love. :)

Room Tip: we upgraded to the fireplace with river view, very nice room
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Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Wow-Just amazing. The staff are personally interested in you and your stay. Owners even greeted me one day. The morning breakfast was nice touch-classic music, fresh fruit, waffles. For dinner I had lobster ravoli and you'll love the wines-has 120 on tap (world record) and incredible wine room below. As others have said, the hotel itself reminds you of being in England. Wood floors, brick walls, cobble stones outside, and beautiful bathroom. Room comes complete with robe and metal key...remember keys not cards? Comfy bed. You're within walking distance of Liberty Bell, Independence hall, etc. If you're holding a meeting, contact Nick Dominijanni, he'll take good care of you.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I absolutely loved this hotel! The staff is helpful, professional, and always with a smile on their face. The location is fantastic, just 2 blocks from the visitor center/bell and right by the Delaware. The neighborhood is beautiful with lots of places to eat/drink at close by and a metro station around the corner. You can get to the hotel via the MFL line from the 30th street train station. It's also safe, I am a lone female traveler and I never felt uneasy walking to and from the hotel at all times. The room is clean and super cute and I appreciated the make-up removal towels! The complementary breakfast is rich and the dining area is lovely. I recommend it 100%!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gaithersburg
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

I recently stayed at the Penn's View Hotel for my birthday and had an awesome time. The service was first class, the rooms were clean with a great view of the river and the breakfast was more than I expected for continental. We even ordered a steak & cheese at 3am and the staff gave me a courtesy call when the delivery guy came. To top it all off, since we checked in late (around 9-9:30pm) the manager was very accommodating and let us leave at 3pm!!! I will highly recommend this hotel to my friends, family and anyone else interested in visiting Philly!! Two thumbs up.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Paris, France
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This hotel is located on 1st & Market streets..directly in the old city.....can walk 2 most historical sites. It reminds me of being in England......building is old & the decor of the hotel looks like an 18th century British cottage. Breakfast buffet is something that is unique to other hotels because its included n the price.......Staff are very nice & helpful. Seems like its run by an Italian family.....PLUS, ur also directly in the heart of all pubs,restuarants,art galleries,etc......

If you enjoy the old charm of Colonial furnishing,pictures,etc....than this is the place 4 u!

Although charming, the Wifi connection is EXTREMELY SLOW.......My room could have been cleaner......

This hotel is KNOWN all over the city for its WINE CELLAR! they've won several awards & have 125 wines on TAP......Yes, I said TAP.....u have 2 c it 2 believe it.......

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingham, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The was a very funky old boutique hotel that put you right on the river at Penn's landing - and within walking distance of the historic district - ony problem was really expensive parking if you had a car - rooms were adequate and the breakfast provided was very sufficient - staff was courteous and helpful - not the cheapest but it was a good stay

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Penn's View Hotel

Address: 14 North Front St. & Market, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Philadelphia
#12 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#26 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#29 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Penn's View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the “Birthplace of America” at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, Philadelphia. Enjoy a stay in one of 49 comfortable rooms and 2 spacious suites with the convenience of Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast every morning. Additional amenities include: Daily newspaper, cable television, private balconies*, jetted spa bathtubs*, patios*, fireplaces*, pull-out sofas*, separate dining areas* fitness center, ATM access, and computer access. Penn’s View Hotel places you within access to all of Philadelphia’s greatest attractions. Also, enjoy an atmosphere of casual elegance at Ristorante Panorama, the authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. At its unique wine bar, Il Bar, you can enjoy the custom-built, 120-bottle wine dispensing unit, which is the current Guinness Book of World Records holder. Penn’s View Hotel is a true Old City gem, and we look forward to welcoming you. (*Available in some rooms) ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Penns View Philadelphia
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