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Morris House Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013 via mobile

We loved this hotel. It's beautiful outside and in. There's a tour before you get to your room, showing off the open fires, library and coffee station. There's fresh cookies in the afternoon which were delicious, a free wine hour and jazz, which we couldn't make use of during our short stay. There location is great for all the Philly sights and gave us a really enjoyable night.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

This is a gem in the midst of old Philadelphia- a European style boutique hotel with every 21st century amenity (except elevators - which are not needed) and the charm of the Colonial era. My room was on the fourth floor overlooking the exquisite courtyard, and I had no trouble managing my luggage (which was light - it might be tougher for someone with more to carry, though.) My room was perfect, the staff accommodating, the extra touches made me feel welcome and comfortable (homemade cookies fresh from the oven, gourmet coffee/tea service in the afternoon and early evening. Wi/fi, flat screen, fully stocked mini bar, bath with all the plush towels and robes you'd need, and a bed so comfortable I felt like I was home.

The best part of the Morris House Hotel is the structure itself (1787 home) facing 8th St and cordoned off by wrought iron gates and fence to keep the modern world at bay. "M" restaurant - part of the hotel - should not be missed - one of the best samplings of food I've had in many a day. The chef knows his art. Parking is easy - right across the street - and you are literally next to Washington Square and then Independence Hall - so all you'd want to see historically is in easy walking distance. Perfect for singles, couples, business travelers. Not recommended for small children or a "family" vacation, though. Too elegant, too historic, too boutique for the SUV and kids.

Room Tip: If you don't want to climb stairs - look for the lower floors. it is a colonial home - and so h...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria, Virginia
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

One-night stay in mid-October. The hotel is beautiful--modern amenities, historic charm. Perfect location downtown: 10-minute walk to Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Center City attractions by way of Washington Square park. About 10 blocks from Rittenhouse Square. Comfortable, clean, excellent service, friendly staff. Hotel offers discount for parking garage across the street and M Restaurant (excellent) next door. Only one minor glitch: breakfast was heavy on carbs: breads, rolls, sweets, granola. Would have appreciated a protein option and fresh fruit salad (as opposed to whole apple, orange, etc.). Will probably have breakfast elsewhere next time, but we'll definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

A historical gem in modern downtown Philadelphia, Morris House is probably the best place for a three or four-day stay, an oasis of calm and serenity in a bustling city. Friendly staff, lovely decor, comfortable beds, large rooms and roomy bathrooms, perfectly adequate continental buffet breakfast (the coffee, although freshly-brewed, could definitely be somewhat stronger), tea and biscuits in the afternoon... What else can we say? We will certainly come back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are probably just as quiet and beautifully appointed.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Antonio, Texas
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97 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

We stayed at the Morris House Hotel to be close to the historic attractions, and to avoid "cookie cutter" chain hotels. The hotel itself is beautiful, and has been updated for modern convenience while keeping its historic character. The property has three buildings--one is the original main house, connected to a restaurant/hotel building by a nice courtyard. There is a third section in the back with rooms. The public transportation system, SEPTA, runs a train underground in front of the hotel, so I highly recommend you stay in the back of the two buildings that face 8th street. The train noise is loud, as there are grates in the sidewalk in front of the hotel. We were sitting in the courtyard one night, and you get a feeling that a "ghost" train is passing because you can hear it and feel the vibration, but you can't see it. We stayed in Room 502 (restaurant building), where you can feel a slight vibration, but it is not distracting. Our room was a suite, which was very large and comfortable. The furniture is contemporary (borderline IKEA), but attractive and functional. There is a kitchenette with a sink, one-cup coffee maker and cooktop; I would have preferred to have a microwave. Due to the historic nature of the building, there are no elevators, and you have to walk up steep stairs to the upper rooms. The staff helped us with the bags when we checked in. Bathroom was huge and well-appointed with white marble tile.
Now the downside--the hotel offers an extremely sparse continental breakfast. This was disappointing due to the facts 1) we were paying about $300 a night, and 2) the hotel has a restaurant. If you want to eat 95% carbs to start your day, you might be satisfied. Only "hot" item was microwaved mini-quiches, which were seldom replenished. Fruit was a basket of apples and oranges. Some fresh berries would have been nice and easy to serve. There was some sliced bread--dry, and some cake breads --also dry. A few thin slices of greasy-looking cheese, yogurt and a bowl of Cheerios or granola were the other offerings. It would have been nice to have the option of a hot breakfast in the restaurant, which I guess we could have done if we wanted to pay (using a 10% discount offered to hotel guests eating at the restaurant). It would have been nice to have some boiled eggs, some sliced meats, juices other than one pitcher of orange juice and more cheese other than just a few slices that were almost transparent. They should consider providing a "taste" of their restaurant by offering a hot breakfast--it might entice more of the guests to eat there rather than go elsewhere. I have stayed at hotels for $89 a night and received a much better breakfast. I have stayed in many hotels, especially in Europe, where you showed your room key in the hotel restaurant and received a hot, cooked breakfast. I was expecting more for the price we paid. After the first morning, we went elsewhere for breakfast.

Also, we discovered after waking up more morning in a 66 degree room that all the rooms, at least in our building--despite having individual thermostats--run off one system. If one room turns down the heat, all the rooms get cooler. We mentioned this to the front desk clerk, and she assured us she would check all the rooms later. The next morning, we could see our breath when we woke up. The staff was accommodating and very apologetic and brought a small heater for the bathroom (slate tile floor, which was well-chilled). We were given a discount off of one night for the inconvenience.

The hotel is extremely convenient to the historic areas, and within easy walking distance of many attractions. The area behind the hotel, Washington Park, is lovely.

I recommend this hotel for its character, reasonable comfort and great location, but with the abovementioned caveats.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street--either in the back of the buildings facing 8th street, or on th...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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108 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

We stayed here in September for 3 days, really great find. we arrived not really knowing what to expect, they upgraded us to a suite, we had a huge room, had a kitchen, sitting room, balcony,and very comfy bed. its really a historical beauty. the breakfast and cookies were great, we will be back for sure, not anything bad to say. thank you for the wonderful stay, oh, also great location, can walk anywhere. Italian market must see, old city very close. If you have legs you can walk anyplace, area is very safe in the day, just like any other city gotta be a little more careful at night.

Room Tip: We found this on one of the hotel sites, I think expedia but not positive
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David K
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Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Just stayed here. Staff were fabulous--knowledgeable, helpful, friendly.
Would have liked to know more about the history of the place. They provided a little bit, but could have provided more. Good location.

Room Tip: No elevator (totally understandable), which may be an issue for elderly visitors. Stairs have sturd...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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