Stayed here for two nights.
-- 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.
-- 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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Thomas Bond House Bed And Breakfast
- Thomas Bond House Hotel Philadelphia