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Thomas Bond House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 25 Philadelphia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Stayed here for two nights.
Plusses:
-- Location: convenient to the historic parts of Philadelphia and SEPTA subway. The City Tavern across the street is an excellent place for dinner. There's also an art-house movie theatre next door.
-- Historic building is in generally good shape. Really adds to the ambiance of staying in the Old City. I stayed on the third floor and didn't have any problems carrying my smallish bag up the stairs, but I could see how the stairs might pose a problem for someone with really big suitcases or someone who isn't in okay shape.
-- Rooms are small but comfortable and well-appointed.
-- Breakfast is good. You don't get a choice of main dish, but I liked the food (an egg bake and bacon on one day; french toast and sausage the next). You can also help yourself to yogurt, fruit, cereal, and toast.
-- Nice amenities like books and magazines about the area throughout the house; cheese and crackers and wine in the late afternoon; cookies in the evening.
-- Staff are friendly and helpful. The house keeps a supply of National Park Service maps of the area. It was invaluable for getting around the city.

Minuses:
-- Inability to control the temperature in our rooms. I stayed here in mid-March, when it was in the 40s/50s outside, and my room was too warm. The website states that the rooms have "individually controlled heat and air conditioning," but turning down the thermostat in my room and then turning it off didn't do anything. I mentioned this to the staff and was told that they have to upgrade their system.
-- Outside noise. We were awoken a few times each night by noisy (drunk) people outside in Welcome Park. Granted it was the weekend before St. Patrick's Day, but it was pretty disruptive to our sleep. The windows could use better sound insulation. The outside noise was a problem even with rooms on the third floor. I think all of the bedrooms in the house face the park.
-- Spotty to non-existent wifi. Even though the website says, "Free local telephone calls and wireless internet access," there was a sign posted at the check-in desk, saying that there was no wi-fi. We were able to get on a few times during our stay, and never for very long.
-- Limited breakfast time. Breakfast was served only between 8:30 and 9:30, so you had to plan your day accordingly.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Thomas Bond House in the historic section of Philadelphia is a good bargain. It is located within two blocks of all major historic venues and good restaurants. Parking is available next door for a fee. We arrived for a two day visit and never had to use the car.
This B&B looks like an historic Inn, has good service, a delicious breakfast and a restful sitting area. Wine and cheese were available to ease the fatigue of all day sightseeing. The Chocolate chip cookies helped to make my dreams come true. The décor is appropriate for the period and it takes little imagination to recreate the constitutional debates of our forefathers.
Room 302 is small as advertised and I would recommend a larger room next time. The bed was adequate but too soft for my comfort. Problems with the TV remote were annoying but tolerable.

Room Tip: Be prepared to climb stairs.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

My wife and I had never been to Philadelphia. We wanted to experience the full American Revolution experience at the "Cradle of Liberty" in Philadelphia, PA. We wanted a B & B close to the Independence National Part in the "Old City" of Philadelphia. I went to Trip Advisor, searched on Bed and Breakfast in Philadelphia, and found the Thomas Bond House Bed and Breakfast in the historical district.

Our inn-keepers Peggy and Jerry were very accommodating and joined us for the 5 pm wine and cheese hour. They recommended the City Tavern to enjoy a "time of the American revolution" dinner where the servers dressed in costume of the time. The Tavern was across the street - and the meal was five star! The breakfast was part of the room - and was fantastic!

From the Inn we walked to all the historical buildings and presentations.

Room Tip: They have no elevator - and three floors. We stayed on the second floor, and had no issue with clim...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this B and B and had a great time. Our innkeepers (Peggy and Jerry) were very pleasant and accommodating. The room was comfortably furnished and we loved the pieces that took us back in time to when the house was built. This B and B was walking distance to almost every attraction we came to see in Philadelphia. We LOVED coming in each evening to find a wine and cheese waiting to curb our dinner appetites. We very much enjoyed our stay!

Room Tip: Avoid the top floor is you don't climb stairs.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

This B&B is just across the street from the historic City Tavern and a short walk to most major tourist attractions nearby. Convenient public parking garage is available right next door. Public transportation also located near the Inn which we used to travel to a show at the Wells Fargo Center arena. The Innkeepers and staff were very helpful and most accommodating. We enjoyed relaxing in the parlor room and reading more on the Thomas Bond house and other colonial Philadelphia history. The full breakfast was great, and enjoyed the fresh coffee available in early morning. The Elizabeth Bond room was very comfortable with nice antique decor.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is a nice B and B, located in a historic house. The Inn is well-run and clean. It has very steep stairs and the room we stayed in was too small to include a comfortable chair, so if you like to spend much time in your hotel room, you might consider another location. The public "living room" on the first floor is very comfortable. I enjoyed a glass of wine there. The bed was comfortable. The street noise was pretty loud on Saturday night, but the other nights were quiet. It's a very good value in the historic area of Philadelphia.

Room Tip: All of the rooms have a window looking out over Welcome Park. The smaller rooms are a good value, b...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

When we arrived there was a small mix-up on where to park. We got into the wrong garage that said private parking. When we finally parked, it was $19 a day. The location was perfect for touring Philadelphia for a day. We could walk to everything. We were able to see all the sites as the next day the place was closed for the government shutdown. Our room was on the 3rd floor and be prepared to carry your own suitcase or if you husband is nice enough to do 2 suitcases. By the time you get to the 3rd floor with suitcases, you are pooped. The room was very tiny and the bathroom was also small. With a small sink, there was no place to put the toiletries. The lighting was poor in the bathroom. We only spent one night here so the room was adequate for the time we stayed. Breakfast was good with few choices but not a cooked breakfast. I believe rooms in the city are very expensive so we made the best of it. The location was a big seller for us.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 129 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3039
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
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Ranked #4 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Philadelphia
Price Range: $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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