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“Sweet old hotel in Old City”
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Penn's View Hotel
Ranked #11 of 86 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Sweet old hotel in Old City”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Marketed as a boutique hotel in Old City, I wasn't sure what to expect from Penn's View. I wanted to book a room downtown for a special occasion, and I settled on this hotel because it was reasonably priced and offered amenities like a gas fireplace in the room and a jacuzzi tub.

From viewing photos on their website, I was terrified that our room would have flower wallpaper and a comforter straight out of the 1980s. Instead, our queen spa room was tastefully decorated and surprisingly spacious. And even though it was one of those snowy days in early March, it was too hot to use the fireplace. Thankfully, there was a "balcony" that allowed us to let in some chilly air to moderate the temperature.

For the price, this was a good value. There was free street parking overnight (meters started at 8), breakfast included, and we also had a voucher for two drinks at the bar. Things that could have made this place better: a nicer TV (I think we had a 13-inch CRT with 10 channels); better mattress and bedding; and, better coffee. Without those extras, Penn's View is a solid 4 - very nice.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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pvh215, General Manager at Penn's View Hotel, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Thank you for your review. The room is called a Premium Queen. Since the guest's stay in March the TVs have been updated and we have always had 30+ channels available. We just want to be transparent and upfront regarding what room amentities are available. Thanks again and we look forward to your future stays in Philadelphia.
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

As soon as we arrived staff were willing to help us plan our one day visit in Philadelphia. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby to keep you entertained

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Went for the weekend to walk around Old City

Location is right next to the highway and loud, kind of expected

Stayed in King "Jacuzzi" room

Not really a Jacuzzi room you would expect- Yes there is a Jacuzzi in the bath, but it is a single person Jacuzzi brand tub in the bathroom- not really a shareable jacuzzi expected

Breakfast was so so

Hotel is clean- but showing its age

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Conneaut, OH
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

My sister and I stayed for one night on a trip to Atlantic City. The room was nicely decorated and clean. Some of the furnishing in the lobby and halls were a bit dated. The service was great. We were lost in the city and called for directions. Antonio stayed on the phone with us guiding us to the hotel. Our meal in the Panorama Restaurant was good although a bit pricey. Would recommend this hotel to others staying in Philadelphia. Very conveniently located to the historic area.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2013

This boutique inn is hidden along the historical area of Old City Philadelphia, just steps from everything. The room we stayed in on 4th floor was spacious and homey; not your typical hotel chain room. The staff was friendly and accommodating with all of our request. If you are looking for a romantic room to spoil your special person look no further. Be sure to check out the wine list, restaurant and daily breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Greensboro
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Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

Beautifully decorated hotel! The staff could not be more accommodating. Bed was very comfortable and the room pleasant and clean. The breakfast was excellent, lots of fruit. Used a cab several times. Desk clerk called for us and they were always there in less than 5 minutes. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the birthplace of our nation! Many thanks.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Penn's View Hotel is a first class hotel with beautiful furnishings and unique interior layout, a great jacuzzi tub, free and extensive continential breakfast, discounted parking outside the escape door!
You can't ask for a better starting point to enjoy all that Philadelphia has to offer in Olde City.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Penn's View Hotel

Property: 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
#21 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#26 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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