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Penn's View Hotel
Ranked #16 of 89 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Accomodating staff in this non-chain hotel made us feel welcome.
Good complimentary breakfast; the large tables encouraged socialising with co-guests and interesting conversations ensued.

Overall the hotel appears somewhat tired and in need of refurbishment.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

I'm not really certain why this hotel is receiving as high a mark as it is in prior reviews. It is old, it is poorly located in terms of view (though walking distance to market street, indeed) and sits right under and in front of 2 highways. It definitely has a more "tired" feel than "charming or historic." The staff is about as unhelpful as it can be without actually ignoring you to your face. One restaurant, limited menu but decent food (room service is based on the hours of the restaurant), nicer staff than you will find at front desk. Courtesy robes described in their in-room book were non-existent (not a big deal at all, but don't advertise what you don't have). Bathroom very large, good water pressure and hot water, but not exactly the cleanest. Most curious of all was the way housekeeping made the bed and "tidied" (using that term loosely) up...they piled all the pillows on one side of the incredibly lumpy, unsupportive mattress, stripped the bedding down to the foot of the bed...and left it there. Someone previously mentioned the TV, again not a big deal, but looks like a small computer monitor and gets only local channels. Front door is locked from evening till morning and you have to buzz and wait to get in. There is only ever 1 staffer at the desk at a time. One woman behind the desk was helpful but the other staffers were almost obnoxiously rude. Major traffic noise 24/7 from the highways that are mere feet from your room. Would not stay again; was fine for what it was (conference on site) but if you're expecting the Penns Landing Hyatt or even a Holiday Inn, you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

This hotel is within easy walking distance to many restaurants and the areas attractions such as the liberty bell and the old north church. We were in room 409, a good sized king room with jacuzzi bath. It was clean and quiet, and had partially exposed brickwork, which we found quite charming. We opened our window and looking to the left realized we were practically on top of the Old North Church. Looking to the right we could see the river, but also could hear the busy freeway. With our window closed, it was very quiet and comfortable. However, I would not recommend the rooms facing the river due to the loud traffic noise. A nice continental breakfast is included with all guest rooms, and it was good. Waffles, eggs, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, juice, coffee (available in cups with lids too if you want to take it with you). Parking is adjacent to the hotel, but not owned by the hotel. $23 overnight hotel guest charge, but you can leave your car there until 3pm the next afternoon. You won't need your car again once parked due to the close proximity of restaurants, shopping, and historical sites. We enjoyed the Penns View, and will stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

We had an awesome time at this quaint hotel. It is definitely a hidden gem. It reminded me of our stays in Europe. The room was very cozy and intimate. The hotel has an extensive wine bar. It is also conveniently located to the bus and train line, as well as the expressway. We were around the corner from many bars and restaurants. We will ABSOLUTELY stay here again!

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Reviewed 29 May 2012 via mobile

Stayed 5 nights, location wa great, right next to subway, lots of places to eat, not much shopping, but very historical. My room had the smallest tv I have ever seen in hotel. I think I had such tv in 1980. Clean room, breakfast was simple and good. I had tough ime because of the traffic noise right next to major highway. Because of the noise I would not stay there again.

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Reviewed 24 May 2012

I stayed two nights at Penn's View. The hotel is located in the historic area just beside a bus station. Overall, it was a fine hotel and easy to walk to multiple restaurants and attractions such as Liberty Bell, etc.

I was there to attend a conference so the historic charm was lost on me. As a business traveler, I found it cramped, creaky floors, hallway noise, night noise from window air unit.

To have a meeting at this place was horrible. (note to meeting planners -- your audience should be 25 max). The conf room was either uncomfortably humid or freezing. The conf room itself was deep and difficult for people to see the screen.

As a hotel guest, check in was very easy (they let me check in three hrs early) and were extremely friendly. The called cabs, provided restaurant suggestions, etc.

The bed, while lumpy was comfortable. The bath had little water pressure and stains. The room was very dated -- yes, I know, it's a historic hotel, I get that.

Each morning they had a complimentary breakfast-- including eggs, waffles, etc. and they had a great restaurant and bar -- also very friendly and helpful wait staff.

The bar had a great wine selection and they offered numerous 'wine flights'.

My conference rate was $150 per night which I believe was reasonable. I wouldn't come here with my kids but I would consider it again for my husband and me if we were going to do the tourist thing.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

The staff is very friendly and helpful.

The rooms are charming and unique. We stayed in room 500, with a gas fireplace, huge whirlpool tub with shower, and very comfy queen sized bed. It has a bed and breakfast feel.

They serve a free and tasty breakfast every morning - fruit, yogurt, cereal, breads, and make-your-own waffles and hard-boiled eggs. You can get coffee, orange juice, hot chocolate, or hot tea to drink.

In the lobby they always have coffee and cool cucumber/lemon water.

And it's in a great location. It's about 5 blocks from Independence Hall and the other main attractions, which is not a bad walk. It's also one to two blocks from lots of good restaurants and a couple of small markets. Don't miss the Franklin Fountain for amazing ice cream, and the Continental for delicious tapa-style meals.

There was no pool or spa, but they do have a gym.

They also have a restaurant and wine bar on the first floor. It's supposed to be incredible, though we have not tried it.

The hotel is right by the river and also the interstate, but our room was very quiet - no traffic noise. They must have great insulation.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Penn's View Hotel

Address: 14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2202
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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
#18 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#21 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range: £116 - £165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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