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“Lovely and personal”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Morris House Hotel

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Morris House Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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“Lovely and personal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

I loved the Morris House Hotel. As a single (female) traveller I immediately felt at home. When you land alone in a foreign city it's a huge comfort to feel that the people you're staying with give a damn, and that's why I chose Morris House over the standard chains. I loved the period details, the sense of the past, and the feeling that you're sharing a bit of Philadelphia history (and I'm originally English!), The staff offer just the right balance of privacy and engagement, The bed was blissfully comfortable. The night staff could have been a little quieter, I felt, and the subway is as loud as everyone says if you let it get to you, but I was also excited to be in Philly and horribly jetlagged from Europe, so there's no way I was going to get a good night's sleep anyway for the first few days.

If you're solo, or suffering from the time difference like me, try a bite in the M bar next door. Not big, but perfect and delicious for a tummy that's not sure what time it is. I opted for the most local of cheeses, delivered to the door by the Amish farmer who makes it, and given a Japanese-style butterscotch paste (forgive me guys, it's late here and I forget the proper name) to go with it. It's very rare my food makes me go "ooooohhhhhh" ;-)

After a seriously good G&T - and I know my G&Ts - I got chatting with the staff, and also with the co-owner on the second night. I was impressed. I didn't have the best night's sleep ever at the Morris House, but I'm bitten by the Philadelphia bug, and having been there once I wouldn't stay anywhere else if I could avoid it!

Thank you!

Room Tip: If you want total quiet, the further away from the subway the better!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

A hilarious conceit, if you think about it, but this is a quaint, elegant, and romantic little place that is an outstanding value, as well as being really cool and cozy. The courtyard outside is beautiful. About the only tiny deficits are that the rooms are a little small, and since it is near a freeway and subway line, there might be some noise. I didn't notice because I was in love with this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

This trip was part medical destination and part get-away. Recovering from surgery was never so decadent. The grounds surrounding house were magnificent! Our suite was lovely and well-organized, beds very comfortable. The on-site Restaurant "M" adjacent to the main house, had spectacular, healthy, and eye-catching offerings. Some of the best seasonal recipes prepared by Chef Kyle Beebe!! All in all, it was a trip to be remembered!

Room Tip: We thoroughly enjoyed the first floor suite in the Carriage House!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Although the Morris House is a little pricier than I normally pay, I didn't want to stay at a chain while in Philadelphia. I am so glad I made that decision.

The Morris House is a beautifully maintained historic building with excellent service. We had a room on the third floor which was a bit of a climb, but well worth it. Due to the building's historic nature there is not an elevator which might be an issue for some people.

My only disappointment is that the restaurant is not open on Mondays which is when we were there. The courtyard is beautiful however just for relaxing.

Room Tip: If stairs are a problem, choose a room on a lower floor. There is not an elevator.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

If you are going to stay in Philadelphia and you want to be in a lovely old house with delightful attention to comfort and style then this is the place for you. Top quality restaurant and very helpful staff. The added bonus is its central location for the historic sites. We would most certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

We stayed at Morris for two nights during the Fourth of July week, which was an amazing time to be in Philadelphia. The Morris is a delight. The outdoor courtyard is truly lovely and quiet, the staff is extremely helpful, and the afternoon cookies are delish. The hotel's decor is very much in keeping with the spirit of old Philadelphia. Reading Terminal is a short walk away, as is the Independence Mall area. I would definitely come again!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

My wife and I recently stayed here and had a great experience. All the staff were very friendly and gave us great suggestions for things to do/see. Considering the rich history associated with Philadelphia, it was a great place to stay for an authentic old world feel, with all the modern conveniences and a delicious continental breakfast included. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Morris House Hotel
Address: 225 S. 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#12 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#20 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Morris House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This national historic landmark, renovated into a luxury boutique hotel, offers cozy accommodations and elegantly combines 18th century charm with all of today's modern conveniences.The Morris House Hotel offers uniquely decorated rooms, complete with charming views of the private garden or city. Free Wi-Fi is included.Guests at the hotel can enjoy a delicious continental breakfast every morning and afternoon tea with homemade cookies. M Restaurant, located on site, features French-inspired cuisine and a garden patio.Only a short distance from the Morris House are some of Philadelphia's main attractions. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are moments away. A number of world-renowned restaurants, shops and theaters are also within walking distance. ... more   less 
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