Spruce hill manor is a historic home located near downtown Philadelphia, PA. It is in the university section on one of the few nicer streets in an otherwise cagey and economically depressed area. Be aware that there is big city street noise and several homes are occupied by students in the area. We were awoken briefly by occasional sirens, helicopters and loud students on two out of three nights. I can't fault the B&B for this, we would just consider a different room towards the rear of the house for future stays. Janet, the host, is very nice and was willing to accommodate us in our requests and happy to help with advice and useful information. On the second day of our visit, she presented us with a gift on our bed: A selection of artful bookmarks (we were staying in the Library room). Breakfasts consisted of coffee, tea & juice with selections of cold cereals, dried fruits, snacks, breads, fresh fruits and quiche. Being so close to halloween, Janet had set out bowls of candy for guests in the entry hall. My Wife and I were on personal business in the area and we were made to feel at home at Spruce Hill. Janet even checked up on us via email when we checked out early in the morning to race out of town before Hurricane Sandy hit.
We would definitely stay here again, however, there is room for improvement and the unfortunate reason we can't give an excellent rating: 1) The mattress on the queen bed in the library room is worn out and needs to be replaced. 2) The toilet in the library room is almost touching the adjacent shower wall, so "side saddle" riding is necessary if you're tall like me. 3) Parking is tricky as the manor has space for about three cars in the driveway. Parking on the street during weekdays necessitates moving your car every two hours to avoid tickets, We got lucky in that we arrived on a Friday and went home early Monday morning so it wasn't an issue.
Pros: The location is close to the universities, public transportation, the zoo, sports complexes, museums and little Italy (gotta eat at Genos/Pat's). Janet is about as nice a person as they come and the manor is a charming, pleasant oasis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spruce Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast is located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Situated in an 1879 Victorian mansion, the inn is surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Antique furnishings, oriental carpets and fine linens complement the inn's original woodwork and stained glass. Its quiet residential locale is just minutes from Philadelphia's major universities, hospitals, museums, city center and convention complex. ... more less