The Thomas Bond House B and B is in an awesome location on Second St. right in the middle of the Old City- really perfect for sightseeing and close to public transportation. The house itself is a beautiful old (constructed in the late 1700's, I believe) house with a large, well-decorated living area furnished with period pieces and set up for socializing and relaxing, including a game table set with checkers/chess. Peggy and Jerry who are the innkeepers are very knowledgeable about everything Philadelphia and are friendly and helpful and very "present" in the running of the house. The staff is also friendly and attentive.
The room we had was on the second floor (Benjamin Eldridge) and certainly one of the smallest. It was so small there was no place to put luggage and there was no room for a desk or table to sit at. There was just the queen-size bed, two small night tables on either side, and an armoire with a tiny TV. The room was nicely decorated. There was a good-size closet but no working luggage rack and only four hangers so we really couldn't unpack much. I think the TV at one time had been a computer monitor. In any case, we didn't use it so I have no idea how it worked. There was supposed to be internet in the whole house, but it never worked in the room and it sometimes worked on the main floor -something that really should be fixed. Even if I'm on vacation, my husband and I like to check in with friends and family and he needs to check in with work so that was a bit of a problem for us. The bathroom had a small pedestal sink with only one glass shelf above it. There was no other place to put toiletries. The decoration in the bathroom needed updating - clearly it was last done about twenty years ago, because the wallpaper is yellowed and peeling and the shower doors pretty dark with mold on the track and the interior handles (where no one can reach to clean). Time to remodel the bathroom for sure. The biggest problem we had with the house is that there is no way to individually control the temperature of the room. It was early October and we were told that the A/C to the whole house had been turned off and the heat turned on - not necessary as it was a comfortable 65 degrees outside. The living room, dining room, hallways and our room were punishingly hot - and none of the windows were operable as the house is old and Peggy told us she hadn't been permitted to replace them. Not only was I uncomfortably warm all the time, but all other nine guests that we met were uncomfortable as well - windows couldn't open on the main floor either! This is really why we won't return. No need to have heat on in that kind of weather and if it's too hot, we want to be able to open a window or turn on the A/C.
The breakfast during the week was certainly bountiful but with pastries that did not appear to be house-made, hard-boiled eggs, supermarket style bread, yogurts and cheese - I would not call it gourmet. The weekend breakfast of waffles and bacon was better. We really did love the wine and cheese in the evenings. It was an opportunity to meet lots of other interesting people and the cheeses, salamis and crackers were varied and tasty. The evening tea service with chocolate chip cookies was a nice surprise.
In sum, the house was beautiful, but we won't return because of the spotty internet and the temperature problem. If those things can be fixed, we'd go back in a heartbeat, but spring for a larger and more expensive room. Too hard to be squeezed in a small space for more than a day or two!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thomas Bond House is an historic alternative to impersonal lodging. Step into the 18th century in this exquisitely restored circa 1769 gem. Located within the Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, PA, you are just steps away from all the historic landmarks, world class restaurants and shopping. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Thomas Bond House Hotel Philadelphia
- Thomas Bond House Bed And Breakfast