We have stayed an numerous B&B"s in the USA and this one was the worse to date. We stayed in "The Hideaway" room and believe me this room should be hidden away. On their website they neglect to list that this is in a basement. It is damp with a lingering musty smell. The cockroaches just topped off the stay.
Unlike most B&B's that have some common area to meet or to have breakfast this B&B leaves it up to the guest to fix their own in their room. They only provide a coffee maker, frozen waffles, bottled orange juice and some snacks like microwave popcorn (which the cockroaches seemed to really love). We decided to go to "The Morning Glory diner" or "Sabrina's" which was a great escape from our room.
We also had a chance to look in a few other rooms since relatives were also staying here. The rooms are all decorated with old stuff that kind of looks like antiques. Some of the items don't look they have been cleaned and still have auction stickers on them. The 1950's kitchen set in our room was covered in goo on the underside edges. Again, the lack of a common place to meet was a real pain. It pretty much left us with the option of meeting in someones room, on the street or the diner down the block.
This place really shouldn't be calling itself a B&B since it is more like guest rooms stocked with some food.
The location is OK but parking is an issue. Parking outside the B&B is for only 2 hours until after 6pm.
We won't be staying here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Philadelphia Bella Vista Hotel Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Bella Vista b&b