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#14 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Philadelphia
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4.9
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4.5
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4.6
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4.8

Looking for a place to stay in Philadelphia? Then look no further than New Market B&B, a charming inn that brings the best of Philadelphia to your doorstep.

New Market B&B is a charming inn offering air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

Nearby landmarks such as City Hall (0.9 mi) and One Liberty Observation Deck (1.4 mi) make New Market B&B a great place to stay when visiting Philadelphia.

Philadelphia has plenty of Italian restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like Ristorante Pesto, Vetri, and Dante & Luigi's, which are serving up some great dishes.

Looking for something to do in Philadelphia? Liberty Bell Center (0.6 mi), Museum of the American Revolution (0.4 mi), and Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (0.7 mi) are some popular attractions that are within walking distance of New Market B&B.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at New Market B&B as you experience everything Philadelphia has to offer.

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Kara C wrote a review Sep 2016
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Loved the location; so close to South Street but also walking distance to the Old City. Breakfasts were wonderful and loved Norma. She is delightful and very helpful. Beware if you can't tolerate cats or walk up steep winding stairs, look elsewhere.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Shearclipper wrote a review Sep 2016
Buffalo, New York3 contributions
Great location to walk to everything. Definately not the Ritz, but priced accordingly. If you are looking for a place to drop your head with a hot breakfast, this is the place. Nothing fancy, but comfortable. Steep stairs so not for anyone who has difficulties with that. I would stay again should I be in the area.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Judy J wrote a review Dec 2015
United Kingdom27 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 nights in September. This row house has been lovingly restored by Norma and is a very interesting place to stay. There are only 2 guest rooms which makes it quite an intimate place. We were in the guest room on the 2nd floor which is large and comfortable. Breakfast was good and we enjoyed the pancakes and nestled eggs. Location is very good being in the heart of the historic area. There are lots of good places to eat nearby.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Bridget C, Director of Sales at New Market B&B
Responded Dec 23, 2015
Dear Judy: So glad that you enjoyed your stay. Norma works hard to provide a wonderful experience for her guests. She will be happy to hear that you were pleased.
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Jo H wrote a review Sep 2015
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Norma was a fantastic host, welcoming and incredibly concerned and helpful when our car was towed away! The house was clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. Breakfast was freshly prepared and cooked for us. It was affordable and in a pretty area accessible to shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and the historic part of town. It provided us with everything and more that we had hoped for. We would thoroughly recommend staying there. The only criticism is that the photo doesn't do it justice!
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Date of stay: August 2015
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Room Tip: I think there are only 2 rooms and I didn't see the other one but it's a quiet street.
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myshaw wrote a review Sep 2015
Boynton Beach, Florida20 contributions8 helpful votes
While I don't want to sully the reputation of the landlady, I feel I must be honest. Yes, the building that houses this B&B may very well be 200 years old. Norma, the owner and landlady, told me she's been running this B&B for 30+ years. Apparently, the building was a shell when she bought it, and she transformed it . There are original bricks and beams, as one would expect to find. However, the mismatched furnishings are at least 30 years old too. They cannot be classified as "antique", just, old. When we arrived, we were ushered into the front room and asked to sign the guest book right away. (this is usually done voluntarily during one's stay). We were invited to sit on the pleather couch which was covered with clear heavy plastic...to protect it from the 2 large cats....who were lovely and docile, but made themselves known by the slight odour in the room. We were then given a tutorial on how the front door locks, and how the "weird" light switches operate the light on the steep winding staircase. Our room was on the 2nd floor. I'm glad we weren't on the 3rd as the staircase was narrow, dark and not easy to negotiate, especially with luggage. Our bedroom door didn't have a lock on the outside, but had a sliding lock inside. Imagine our surprise to find that Norma's clothes....(the landlady), occupied many of the drawers in the room, and 3/4 of the closet! In addition to clothing, there were pieces of equipment of an undetermined nature propped up at the bottom of the closet. The TV...which I couldn't get to work, but that may've been my deficiency, was at least 30 years old. I think the white bed linens were clean, but being as they were so old, they had a distinct grey look about them. Can't say I was comfortable with that, and the mattress was old and not at all comfortable. So much so, my husband actually requested an extra quilted topper for it...he wanted to offer to go and buy it if Norma would pay for it! I persuaded him not to do this, but upon asking, Norma came up with a quilted mattress pad that helped our aching backs slightly. When I asked Norma if she would need to enter our room for her clothing, she assured me she wouldn't. She added that she might make our bed, unless I chose to! (I did). She offered to empty the waste basket in the bathroom (an old supermarket shopping bag in a wicker container), but I chose to bring it down to the kitchen each day myself! The bathroom cabinets under the sink were stuffed with old rags and cleaning solutions, and a couple of towels. There was an adjoining door that led from the bathroom...apparently into Norma's quarters. She warned us to keep this door locked and not to open it! So....now to the 2nd "B"...breakfast. We were asked the night before to choose what we would like the following morning. Apparently, making 2 different dishes was not an option, even though we were the only 2 guests present until the last day of our visit. Norma kept us company while we ate, by sitting on a step stool by the sink and chatting to us! Don't get me wrong, she's quite charming in a quirky way. She's very proud of the granola she makes, although the batch we had was somewhat burnt. However, she was very accomodating when my husband requested an early breakfast "to go" on our 1st morning, as he was leaving at 6 a.m. to travel into NY for the U.S OPEN. Norma did come downstairs at 5.40 to make him a sandwich. However, she was clad in an old robe which refused to stay closed where it should have been closed! (Norma is certainly 60 something). All in all, this B&B cannot, in my opinion, be labelled charming, or antique-y, or even pretty. It is however, quite centrally located, and I was able to walk into Central Philly easily. There are a few good eateries close by (Twisted Tail), and a small supermarket too. My recommendation is to research your stay as thoroughly as possible. Good luck.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Room Tip: There are only 2 rooms......2nd and 3rd floors. Steep climb to both.
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Response from Bridget C, Owner at New Market B&B
Responded Sep 17, 2015
As the person responsible for booking your stay at the New Market Bed and Breakfast, I would like to respond to your critique. While it seems like the location worked well for you, and the hostess was extremely accommodating to your requests, it appears that the actual accommodation did not meet your expectations. Some of the quirky elements of the home such as the tight-winder stairs proved an unexpected problem for you. We alert all of our guests to this historic feature , but we will be sure to emphasize this to all future guests. You mentioned that the furnishings were old but not antiques. This property is a historic home, but it is not filled with antiques and perhaps we need to be more clear about this. As readers can see from the many positive reviews listed here, most guests find this accommodation to be a good value. It is in a great location and the hostess has many repeat guests which speaks to the good service that she provides. We appreciate the time that you took to evaluate your stay.
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TiinaVirtanen wrote a review Jun 2015
Malmö, Sweden48 contributions16 helpful votes
This place only has two rooms, we got the one on the top floor (narrow and kind of steep stairs). A very large room with a big bed, nice bathroom and room for closets and armchairs, and even a love seat under the window. Norma who owns the place is a great lady, we had some nice breakfast conversations with her! The area is excellent, very well located in the Society Hill area of Philly, with South Street just a block away, close to the riverfront as well. We will definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lisa D wrote a review Aug 2014
Vienna, Austria164 contributions156 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay with Norma in her charming row house just steps from the Delaware river. Breakfast was delicious and conversation was lively. In some ways, it felt more like we were staying in a friend's house than in a bed and breakfast. The room was large, clean, and nicely furnished. Independence Hall was about a 15-20 minute walk away; other attractions like the Barnes Foundation and the restaurants on 16th Street were farther, but still walkable or a relatively (by DC standards) inexpensive taxi ride. Norma mentioned that there had been some problems with noise from a new bar next door, and even provided ear plugs, but we had no need - it was perfectly quiet. We also really enjoyed cocktails at the Twisted Tavern just around the corner and the great farmers market on Sunday.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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galatraveler wrote a review Jun 2014
utah10 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a wonderful restored home in the historic district and near Independence Hall. The hostess is accommodating, engaging, and knowledgable about the area and transportation. It is great to be able to walk out the door and start immediately enjoying the history and architecture of Philadelphia. We were in town for University of Pennsylvania graduation, but a bus stops on the corner that goes between the two locations and the subway is a short walk away through a nice part of town. I highly recommend this as a great alternative to the high-priced lodging closer to PennThe only reason I am not giving this a 5 is because of noise from people and pubs across the street, and this was only an issue one night out of 8.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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Joan B wrote a review Mar 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia17 contributions16 helpful votes
This was my second stay on the 3rd floor of Norma's B&B. I love the location - close to downtown and near the best Mexican restaurant. Norma has great taste and is a lovely, attentive hostess. Excellent home made breakfasts. Excellent value. If you are looking for a modern, spotless place - you may be disappointed. The house was lovingly restored in the late 70s and is owned and operated by an elderly person. The fixtures are not brand new and you may see some dust if you look too closely BUT it has is clean, charming,historical, tasteful and comfortable. Norma is engaging, smart & lovely & always has a fresh and interesting breakfast!
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Date of stay: March 2014
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Kieran R wrote a review Sep 2013
Brecksville,Oh101 contributions42 helpful votes
Visited Philly with another couple for 3 nights and truly enjoyed our stay at this historic home. Our host was very accommodating. The three breakfasts were delicious. The stairs are small and typical of such a old house. We walked or used cab service. This is in a great location. The rooms were clean and spacious. The other couple had tv issues but we never turned ours on. The wi-fi worked well. We would love to return.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Room Tip: Our room on the second floor got a bit more noise from the street than our friends on the third...
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Frequently Asked Questions about New Market B&B
Which popular attractions are close to New Market B&B?
Nearby attractions include MindEscape (0.2 miles), South Street (0.1 miles), and Society Hill (0.2 miles).
What are some restaurants close to New Market B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bistro Romano, Zahav, and Famous 4th Street Delicatessen.
Are there any historical sites close to New Market B&B?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (1.6 miles), Battleship New Jersey (0.8 miles), and Congress Hall (0.7 miles).