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La Reserve Center City Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #6 of 25 Philadelphia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Salem, Oregon
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“Much better than a hotel, for sure!”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

I want to start by saying that the only reason I feel I cannot give this an excellent is that the mattress on the bed needs to be replaced. We stayed in the Independence room. The mattress was a little like a hammock and the bed wobbled. We did sleep pretty well, though. We stayed 3 nights and got used to it.

The room itself was wonderful You will rarely find rooms this spacious in even the luxury hotels in Philadelphia. The room is furnished with remarkable antiques and old furnishings that are both unique and functional. Our room included a kitchenette with full size stove and refrigerator. We stayed here only because hotels were booked solid and asking outrageous prices due to a convergence of several conventions in town at the same time. La Reserve had rooms available at no more expensive than even modest hotels at this time, so we took a chance. We were in town for our daughter's wedding.

Breakfast on the weekends includes cooked to order hot meals, so you select your serving time. We met wonderful quests from around the world and the food, though not outstanding, was very good. The continental breakfast the other day was certainly adequate, if not remarkable. We especially enjoyed the fact that fresh fruit was always out on the table in a bowl.

The lobby area is really an enormous siting room, with a baby grand piano if you are so inclined. We found out that the night before we stayed, a student from the Curtis Institute who's parents were visiting had done his senior recital. I would have loved to encourage him to play for us!

The staff were all wonderful and the rooms were kept very clean and comfortable.

It is a little spendy, but if you have the means, this is a great place to stay in Philadelphia.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Very Victorian inside! Great location -- quiet neighborhood but within walking distance to a lot of restaurants and businesses. And it's reasonably priced - often it's cheaper than most hotels around the city. It's great to find a non-chain place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We chose a busy time for Philly and La Reserve was about the only reasonable place available. And we are very pleased that it was. This is a rowhouse owned by the same family since the 1940s and converted to a B&B when the parents died. It has been completely updated, but retains the original period flavor. Each room is different. Housekeeping is spotless, the rooms very comfortable (although not soundproofed), and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Each room has a notebook containing information about the house (and the room), transportation options, sights, restaurants, etc. The building is secure, since the door can be opened only by typing in a code. Perfect location. What more can be said?

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

This is a lovely, old townhome in Philadelphia's posh Rittenhouse Square area, and the location couldn't be more convenient. Right at 18th and Pine, it's just a couple of blocks from the park and from all the restaurants, bars and attractions of the area. It's about a mile walk (an easy, safe walk) from South Street, and we even walked back from a very late dinner in Penn's Landing without even a second thought. The decor is lovely, harkening back to the days when people actually thought about how to cut their wallpaper into scrolls in the corner and develop the most ornate crown molding. Our room, Hunt, was up two very steep flights of stairs (no elevator) and it was enormous, comfortable and very clean. We were exhausted after a busy day in Philly (and we only spent one night), and we slept very soundly and comfortably. Our only complaint about the room is that the en-suite bath (I don't believe all the rooms have private bath, so be careful when selecting) could use some major updating. The sink/vanity were tiny, and the tub--while I'm sure perfectly clean--looked like it could use a good scrubbing. We really didn't interact much with any of the staff, although from our limited interactions, they seemed perfectly accommodating. We signed up for a breakfast time slot, as required (there are four seatings on weekend mornings); we had to wait a few minutes as they cleared the previous group out, but the service was prompt and the food very good if nothing remarkable. *Note about parking:* We parked in the surface lot at Pine and 17th for a grand total of $35 (in Saturday around noon, out Sunday around the same time, although we could've stayed until 5 a.m. Monday). It's most likely cheaper to park in the garage on South between 17th and 18th is supposedly significantly less expensive, $20 for 24 hours.

Room Tip: We stayed in Hunt and were very happy with it; it faced the back of the house, so it was silent. It...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fenton, Michigan
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

My teenage daughter and I spent the night there, while touring local colleges. The staff was incredibly helpful and accommodating. We needed breakfast early and they organized it willingly and put together a nice variety for our meal. We had a lot of questions about buses, trains, parking and such. The staff looked up schedules, gave us directions, tips and hints. After all that they directed us to a great place to have the traditional Philly steak sandwich and fun store to check out for my daughter. With their help our very busy stay went smoothly!

On top of all that, the neighborhood was great, the location convenient, the B&B was charming. Everything was quaint, clean and well prepared. It was well priced and I felt I got a good value for my money.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Chateau room with shared bathroom. Sharing the bathroom was not a problem.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The first great thing about this B&B is the location: Rittenhouse is a very nice neighborhood, all Victorian red-brick buildings, nice and quiet but very close to the heart of the city.
The B&B itself is very nice, it really feels like living in a nice old house era for a while (all those pillows, chandeliers, armchairs...). The rooms are very big: seriously, I think this was the biggest hotel room I've ever stayed in. Not everyone of them is ensuite but you share the bathroom with another room maximum, and it is always very clear. The staff was nice and cheerful and their home-cooked breakfast beats several cafès in town.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Be aware that this inn allows very young children. When I reserved the La Chateau room for 5 nights in March, I never expected to hear a screaming and crying one-year-old in the adjacent room, but that's exactly what happened. It was the worst experience my husband and I have ever had at a B&B. Every inn we've ever stayed at had a policy that children be at least 10 or 12 years old, and some require that children be at least 16. All B&Bs require that children be well-behaved. That's why I want to warn people that this inn allows very young children and hopefully, I can prevent someone else's stay from being ruined the way ours was. Which is a real shame, because the inn is homey and comfortable, and the staff is friendly and very helpful.

We were in Philly to attend a conference with over 20,000 attendees at the convention center, so the hotels and most of the B&Bs were booked weeks in advance. The La Chateau was the only room available at the La Reserve for the 5 nights we were staying in Philly, so I reserved it. The website says that the La Chateau is a quiet room on the back of the house that shares a bathroom with the Marquis room. But it also has an adjoining door to the Marquis room. It's just a single wooden door, not a double door like hotels have between adjoining rooms. There's no insulation around that door to block out the sound coming into the La Chateau room from the Marquis room. We heard every sound that was made in the Marquis room, and that child's crying and screaming came through that door loud and clear.

The innkeeper had her staff put towels under that adjoining door on both sides, and she told the parents they had to keep the child quiet after 10:00 at night. But still, the second floor of the inn sounded like a day care center. We avoided being in our room during the day, and we stayed down in the parlor in the evening until we couldn’t hear the screaming and crying coming from the Marquis room above the parlor. Then we’d sneak upstairs to the La Chateau room to sleep, and hope that the child didn’t wake us up during the night with her crying, but she did.

The innkeeper did refund 20% of our total bill, and the staff was very apologetic. The innkeeper told us after we left that she and the owner had decided not to allow children younger than 3 years of age in their rooms that share a bath.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Sherri H, General Manager at La Reserve Center City Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 4 April 2013
Thank you for your feedback and I very much regret your disturbing experience during your stay with La Reserve.

We do permit young guests to stay in our establishment, however, it is a rarity. When we do, we require, and assured by the parents that the young guests are well behaved and well supervised.

This is the first time that we've had a young guest stay in a standard room with close proximity to other rooms. Most of our rooms occupy an entire floor, away from the noise levels of other rooms.

This experience has taught us a lesson. And as a result are revising our house policies for young guests, to include the restrictions of occupation in our standard rooms.

We hope that you will give us another chance. We will definitely take good care of you.
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Property: La Reserve Center City Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1804 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Reserve consists of two beautifully well-preserved, 1850's Four-Story Townhouses located only three blocks from Rittenhouse Square in the Heart of Historic Center City Philadelphia. Our convenient location is within walking distance to many exclusive shops and fine restaurants located on Rittenhouse Square, as well as many major Philadelphia Historic attractions and sights. ... more   less 
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