My husband and I chose the Bella Vista since it is within walking distance of the major historical sites. Upon arrival, there was no street parking anywhere near the B&B, so we had to park in the hourly garage that is several blocks away near the SuperFresh.
The B&B is a converted row house. Most rooms are located off of each building's main staircase, and they are set up like miniature apartments. We stayed in the Oasis Suite. It was nicely decorated with beautiful antiques, but the rooms were in definite need of repair and a deep cleaning. Also, as several posts have mentioned, the breakfast consisted of bananas and individually packaged muffins that were left in a wicker basket near the front door. (We were advised of this before we made our reservation.)
The innkeepers were very friendly at check-in, but we didn't see them again for the rest of our stay. We tried to call the next morning to request more blankets in our room, but our voicemail was never returned. The next day, we even left a note in our room in case a housekeeper stopped by, but no one every responded. We also never received a final receipt or even a thank you for our stay.
In my experience, personalized touches and human interaction are cornerstones of the B&B industry. If you are looking for that, you will be most likely be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When guests enter this stately Philadelphia town home they are immersed in an inviting world full of character. A complement of antique furnishings, eclectic design, and decorative art, wonderful colors all make for a truly unique and wonderful place to call your Home Away From Home. You will be just a short stroll to many of the city's historic sites, museums, the central business district, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and the Avenue of the Arts which boast the Kimmel Center, Wilma Theater and the Academy of Music. Just up the street you can visit the Hip South Street Entertainment District that offers more than 75 restaurants, 150 stores, theaters and nightclubs. South Street is adjacent to Penn's Landing Water Front along Columbus Boulevard where you will find more restaurants, history, boating and nightlife. Oh, and by the way don't forget to visit Geno's and Pat's Steaks located in the world famous Italian Market just around the corner. Bella Vista is the home to some of the country's oldest and best Italian restaurants. There are also many fine French, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Lebanese restaurants that offer a menu that is ready for your feast. Ah Bella Vista. You will smell the aroma of daily fresh baked Italian Bread from Sarcones Bakery and the Sweet Pastry Aroma coming from Isgro's Baking their world famous cannolis and the Saloon Bakery's preparation of their delicious treats. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Philadelphia Bella Vista Hotel Philadelphia
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