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Philadelphia Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #16 of 25 Philadelphia B&B and Inns
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Odd business practice for a b&b”
Reviewed April 24, 2011

We stayed at the Bella Vista B & B almost two years ago and found it adequate. Those travelers used to the typical B & B experience may be disappointed here. As other reviewers have stated, the breakfast is a limited selection of packaged odds and ends from the freezer. In spite of being underwhelmed with our previous stay at the Bella Vista, we decided to try it again for an upcoming visit to Philly.
I'm traveling with my 79 year old mom. So I had some questions about the location of the suites......what floor, how many stairs, etc. before I made a reservation. I called both numbers listed and left a voice message and requested a return phone call. I NEVER received the courtesy of a call back. What a strange way to operate a hospitality business! Needless to say, I have booked a room elsewhere.

Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2011

Located off of South Street - the B and B is located about a 20 minute walk from the historic district. We took the Lady Liberty Shuttle from the airport for a cost of $10.00 per person - in hindsight - we should have taken a taxi which would have cost only slightly more. The shuttle stopped at numerous hotels before we finally reached our destination.

We were assigned the room called Utopia - it was comfortable enough but the lighting was very poor, and the room shared a bathroom with another room which meant getting ready in the morning was a challenge. The two rooms also shared a common kitchen.

I am uncertain why this establishment calls itself a B and B - the beds were fine, the breakfast was not. I have stayed at Comfort Inns that have provided more variety. Breakfast was help yourself with bread and rolls provided on a counter in the lobby. Choice was slim and stale - fruit was or was not available. Juice, milk and water was provided in the fridge located in the shared kitchen and coffee was help yourself. During our three night stay I never did find any sugar or the homemade muffins advertsied on their website. Yougurt is also available upon request - although I don't know how you can make a request as I never saw a service person during our entire stay. Nor did I feel very welcomed.

There was an air of disrepair throughout the B and B - paint was chipped, carpets thread bare, and I did not find the Inn very inviting. The rooms looked very worn and not at all as crisp and inviting as pictured on the web site.

However, as a base, the Inn was Ok. But the location and price point overrided our disappointment.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2011

I recently stayed at the Bella Vista in the Tip Top suite. It was a really fantastic stay. This suite was more than comfortable. The room was clean, the staff kept the refrigerator stocked with water and juice, there is candy/popcorn/light snacks/condiments there for your own consumption and use, and the bathroom was well maintained. A home away from home. The only con I could see for other people is that the bed is rather firm, but that didn't bother me. The Bella Vista is located in a great area, with the Italian market right around the corner and Pat's/Geno's nearby. This B&B is truly a gem, I would definitely recommend it. Great area, great staff, great B&B.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Torrance, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2011

Lovely home in the heart of Phily, great location near shopping and bus stops. All the amendments of home with treats in the room, as well as lots of breakfast items. Very quiet and overlooking a quaint street in a safe part of town. It was the perfect place to stay while visiting UPenn with my daughter and an easy bus ride to the school without the hassles of finding expense parking downtown.

  • Stayed March 2011
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DC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2011

I stayed here because it was recommended by a friend who has relatives who live across the street. I stayed one night for pleasure travel. The whole time I was there, I was never offered so much as a glass of water. There was no drinking glass in the bathroom. I finally stopped and bought myself bottled water. It had a bed, which was not uncomfortable, in a "funky" room; the headboard was not attached to the bed and banged against the wall when you leaned against it. The point of renting out rooms seems to be to pay for the renovation of additional space. Why call it a B&B when you intend to show so little hospitality? Luckily, there are lots of great places around to get a cup of coffee and breakfast!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 4, 2011

We got married last April and took over the B&B for close family and friends' accommodations. What a find, in our beloved neighborhood near the Italian Market in Philadelphia. The owners were so delightful that we wanted them to party with us after the wedding: they felt like family too, and they let us use their kitchen for prep for the evening party. It's down-home delight plus Victorian splendor with plenty of funky old-house fun, and a back patio that was just right for wine and conversation. I could not have asked for anything more.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Thank bbenton28
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2011

The b&b is so nice, so sweet, so quiet, so cozy... that you'll fell in love with it! Each room is completely different one each other, and every room has a particular furniture.
Staff is kind and you really feel pampered! You can always find, during the whole day, something home-made to eat in the corridors (sweets or fruits). Our accommodation was super: it had an entrance where you could have your in-room breakfast, a mini-fridge, clean bathroom, spacious room. The area is pretty good and you can walk just 5 minutes to arrive to the historical area of Philadelphia!
We highly recommend Philadelphia Bella Vista B&B!!!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Philadelphia Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast
Address: 752 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2746
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Philadelphia Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When guests enter this stately Philadelphia town home they are immersed in an inviting world full of character. A complement of antique furnishings, eclectic design, and decorative art, wonderful colors all make for a truly unique and wonderful place to call your Home Away From Home. You will be just a short stroll to many of the city's historic sites, museums, the central business district, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and the Avenue of the Arts which boast the Kimmel Center, Wilma Theater and the Academy of Music. Just up the street you can visit the Hip South Street Entertainment District that offers more than 75 restaurants, 150 stores, theaters and nightclubs. South Street is adjacent to Penn's Landing Water Front along Columbus Boulevard where you will find more restaurants, history, boating and nightlife. Oh, and by the way don't forget to visit Geno's and Pat's Steaks located in the world famous Italian Market just around the corner. Bella Vista is the home to some of the country's oldest and best Italian restaurants. There are also many fine French, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Lebanese restaurants that offer a menu that is ready for your feast. Ah Bella Vista. You will smell the aroma of daily fresh baked Italian Bread from Sarcones Bakery and the Sweet Pastry Aroma coming from Isgro's Baking their world famous cannolis and the Saloon Bakery's preparation of their delicious treats. ... more   less 
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