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Historical Traveler Reviews La Reserve Center City Bed and Breakfast Philadelphia
Like to hike stairs, like to share bathrooms, like to walk, like to park down the street in an open air parking lot, like to be on your own??? This is the place for you. Saw the manager for a total of 10 minutes at check in and in our 2 night stay, we never saw him again. Was told at reservation that we would have a room with a roll away bed, got a blow up mattress on the floor instead. No carpet on the floor, just 2 very high twins and a blow up mattress. Shared bathroom with another room. Hiked 3 floors to room that had a desk and a chair. If one person had the chair, then the other 2 sat on the high twin beds. This room was very bare bones. Other suites looked better. Location was farther than I thought for public transportation. As mentioned the manager was never around to consult about the city. He did however call me on my cell to ask me to make a breakfast time because of the high volume of guests but never addressed the blow up mattress I called him about. Breakfast was okay but 8:00 is a little late to start breakfast and had more than 6 people had shown up for breakfast at 8, we all would have had a wait. For us, the price was good for this time of year but I would opt to stay somewhere else in the future.
We stayed the weekend at La Reserve for our two year anniversary. The location was wonderful...in a beautiful, safe area of the city. Paul, the manager, was very helpful and responded quickly to our requests. We stayed in the Hunt Suite, which was even more beautiful than the website picture portrays it. Our bathroom was nothing special. Our only complaint was the breakfast, and we are not picky eaters. We both had the waffles and pancakes, and they were unbelievably bland. In fact, I barely finished the meal both mornings because I was so displeased.
The price was reasonable, room was clean, breakfast was hot and fresh, staff were courteous and helpful, parking was inexpensive and convenient--in short, our 5-night experience at La Reserve was very pleasant.
I was looking for a charming, inexpensive place to stay, less than a five minute walk to Rittenhouse Square, with a decent breakfast and a good piano... sounds like a tall order doesn't it? La Reserve fulfilled those expectations and more.
Stayed at La Reserve over the Valentine's Day weekend. The staff at La Reserve (Paul, Linda, and Millie), made us feel right at home and really made the difference. They prepared delicious home-cooked breakfasts and were very helpful and accomodating. We chose the Hunt Room, which was completely decorated in red. It was beautiful and created a very romantic milieu. The rooms were clean and well stocked. The lobby was nice and the self-park option was very economical. The free wireless internet was a nicety. It is also in close proximity to some great [and romantic] restaurants. It's not far from Philadelphia downtown, but just far enough to get away from the hustle. La Reserve is a very traditional B&B (be aware that the doors do not have locks on them) ... but in most ways, a nice departure from a hotel. The winter pricing makes it a hard bargain to beat. I will definitely look forward to staying at La Reserve again!
Took the Risk
I took the risk of staying at La Reserve on December 11th 2004. I had already booked my room when I ran across this site and saw some foul words about the place but the price was right so I took the gamble. It's my guess that the staff has changed in the past 6 months because the house was sparkling. I stayed in the "Paprika" room and wow what beautiful furnishings and decoration. I was impressed at the almost white coat service and when I simply asked where a drug store might be, a young man appeared from nowhere and was giving me a map, I still swear he was hiding somewhere. I had an overall great time and will be returning again in the spring for my next conference.
We just spent the best weekend of our life with them at La Reserve. The four kind folks there made banana pancakes, waffles, eggs and pastries each day. It was like a smorgasbord and my wife and I were stuffed.
The place was great.
Are people reviewing the same La Reserve I am? I was in town the weekend of Dec. 4th for the Army/Navy football game. The room I had was clean and comfortable. The management staff went out of their way to help. Breakfast was fantastic (they even had food for my fiancee's special diet). They suggested a lovely restaurant for dinner on saturday night and made reservations for us. Even though Navy won the game, I still had a great stay in Philadelphia.
A boutique hotel in a grand colonial house. Antique furniture abounds and there is an initial impression of unrefined elegance.
Small, snooty, and overpriced
Why did I feel like I was intruding on the staff when I checked in? Was it because they didn't want to be bothered by customers. I don't know but I do know I won't stay here again. Way overpriced for the small room with attitude from the snooty staff.