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“Charming” 5 of 5 stars
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Penn's View Hotel
Ranked #11 of 84 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Irvine, CA
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41 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Charming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed for four nights at the Penn's View Hotel. Great location for walking the historic sites.
Our room was located on the 5th floor with a large veranda with a birds eye view of the
Ben Franklin Bridge. Very little freeway noise even with the window open at night.
The breakfast buffet was fantastic!! Fresh fruit, do it yourself waffles, scones, muffins and juice.
Room was very clean and nicely furnished. Hint-for fabulous ice cream, just across the street on Market Street is Franklin Fountain. We waited in line for 30 minutes two nights in a row. Worth it!!
We had a very early flight upon leaving-the front desk called for a taxi at 4:00am and it pulled uup
two minutes later. Love Philadelphia!! Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Turner, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We loved the Penns View for many reasons. Great location, 1/2 block to subway, great historical area and it had the charm we were looking for. Quaint and clean place. Great free breakfast too. The only downfall is it can be a bit loud with the freeway nearby, but we would stay there next time we go and we will go to Philly again! We loved it, clean, easy to grt around and lots to do and see. Yes, the cheese steaks were amazing!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
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36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My wife and I recently spent two nights here. Everything was as expected, clean and convenient with parking next door. The location is great and we walked to everything we wanted to see in the historic area. My only complaint is that I-95 is very close and we are not city people, so it seemed a little noisy at some times, but the room heating and cooling unit fan was able to muffle the occasional loud truck noise. The breakfast was better than the average "free" hotel one. The Italian restaurant was excellent with a spectacular wine list. It's not every morning that your view out the window is a WWII battle ship! Again, great location!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank OhioDon
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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We booked this hotel based on the reviews on tripadvisor - it did not disappoint! Charming, great location, wonderful service. We arrived around 11pm and the gentleman at the front desk was friendly and helpful. We booked 2 rooms and one was slightly larger than the other but both were adorable and comfortable with little balconies facing the front of the building. Breakfast is included and is very varied - breads, fruit, waffles, eggs, cereals, coffee, OJ. WiFi is free just ask the front desk for the code.

The location is good and although it's close to I95 the noise did not bother us. The inn is about 4 blocks from the historic sites - you could be closer but then you miss out on the walk thru the charming neighborhood. Check out Shane's confectionary on Market St. It's an old-fashioned candy shop that completely transports you to a bygone era.

We would recommend this hotel and would stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Stayed here with my large family for Spring Break. Great hotel. Elegant and historic. Breakfast was great. The staff was tremendous - most especially Antonio who took care of our every need, and even offered to make himself available on his day off. Great views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, and awesome location in the Old City. Easy walk to the main tourist attractions. Loved it, and wouldn't stay anywhere else on future trips to Philly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Waverly, New York
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We caught up with friends in Philadelphia for the weekend and wanted a hotel that was reasonable and close to the historic attractions. Penn's View met those expectations. The location was close to the river and easy walking distance to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Even as tourists well over age 50, we found the walk to the Reading Terminal very easy. The hotel was clean and charming. The rooms were cozy and small, however, and I would not recommend it for children. Breakfast was included and I would describe it as very average. It was very crowded at times. Parking is adjacent to the hotel and very convenient.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Maryann D
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san francisco, ca
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

stayed here after making a last minute reservation. we got a free upgrade to a large room with a queen bed, giant tub, and small balcony. extremely nice and helpful concierge. breakfast was also much better than standard fare. location was amazing as we were able to walk everywhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank colette316
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Property: Penn's View Hotel
Address: 14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2202
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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:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Philadelphia
#11 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#21 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#26 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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