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Great, inexpensive option
We had a great stay at the Thomas Bond House. The staff is very helpful and rooms are very clean. In a location that is within walking distance to most attractions. Lots of restaurants and bars near the hotel. The location of the hotel could be a deterrent for older adults because of the close proximity to bars. We stayed at the hotel on a Saturday and Sunday night. Saturday night the neighborhood was extremely loud. Sunday the neighborhood was quiet. Overall, I would stay at the Thomas Bond House again.
Truly Enjoyed Our Stay Here
We had a great room, the house is convenient to everything in Philly, a lot in walking distance. No trouble parking all weekend. The breakfast was great, we had our own table, but we could join others if we wanted to be sociable. Enjoyed the main room for a drink in the evening and played checkers while waiting on some friends. I don't recall any road noise issues, but my boyfriend snores really loud, so.... ;o)
Lots of Good points
Just returned from a weekend in Philly. I read all the other review and could see all the points they made. Overall I liked the Thomas Bond House and would stay there again. When you consider location and history it is a great deal.
This reminded me of a small European hotel, if you think of it like that instead of your typical bed and breakfast you'll have a better idea of the place. It was very clean and functional.
Yes there was noise every evening between 1:30 and 2:00. But I was so tired from walking around town it didn't cause a real problem. And if you can't beat em.... join em. We stopped into a couple of the restaurants enjoying the food and drink in the area until midnight - then you barely hear the noise after that. There were great restaurants in the area - Cuban, Indian, Seafood, Sandwiches, coffee shops and the like. We ventured out on foot to find other place but ended up coming back to the area between 2nd / 4th and Market / Walnut.
Yes the Innkeeper is a trip. She is a kind person who is willing to help you out and answer any questions - I thought it was very similar to going to stay with a 'strict' Aunt. She is glad you are there and will make sure you are comfortable but there are rules - wine and cheese is 5:30 to 6:30 - not 6:35 and don't take the cheese plate from the dinning room into the other sitting area.... big no no. But she is a good person.
It is great to be in the historic area. You can look out the window (many of the rooms) into the welcome park and to the city tavern. If you are trying to get 'in the mood' of the time period - this is the place. A note to those from small towns; this is the big city and when you look at a map and see that green national park area and the hotel is right on the edge of it, don't get the impression that you are in a 'park like' setting. It is the city and there are cars, streets, parking garages, buses, restaurants, markets and bars in between you and history.
Who should stay here? You want to be close to the historic area and lots of great places to eat. You don't have a problem sleeping at night. You aren't looking to be entertained by the host. You prefer small quaint hotels instead of the big chain hotels.
Who should NOT stay here? You can't carry your suitcase up 2-3 flights of stairs. Outside noise from bar closing time will ruin your night. You plan on spending most of your time outside of the old city area. You are looking forward to a cozy evening chat with the innkeeper.
Have a great time.
Great Deal for the money!
For the rate per night that this B&B charges, I feel you will not find a better deal in all of downtown Philadelphia. I travel to Philadelphia on business every week and have stayed at all the small properties. This location and property is by far the best deal in town.
I stayed here 3 nights in early January with my sister. Fortunately, we enjoyed each other's company and that of some other guests enough to offset the "problem areas". There was one night with what sounded like a party in the street outside our window, but it is the city.
The inn has much of the expected ambiance of an historic B&B but is lacking in the personal touches: the innkeeper won't put on the tea kettle after 5; the 5:30-6:30 "snack" of wine and cheese is quite limited in variety (and the same each day) and there is nothing to drink for those who don't imbibe (after all, it's after 5 so you can't have tea); the 8:30-9:30 chocolate chip cookies were good but we needed to buy our own milk.
The breakfast is the same M-F and lacks excitement: 3 plain cereals, 2 kinds of muffins, orange juice, coffee. Saturday adds a plate with sausage, an odd egg/pineapple dish (no thank you), and a croissant. You are served the plate and there is no option for plain eggs.
The innkeeper, while efficient, is in the wrong line of business. She was by and large polite but does not appear to really enjoy people all that much and was quite inflexible (someone asked for hot water at 5:35, not knowing the rules). She pretty much kept out of sight except when needed; I am used to innkeepers mingling with their guests.
The room was fine, not atypical for a B&B, although it could use some upgrading (like trashing the ancient hair dryers that don't work).
I would stay here again, under certain circumstances, although I would hope that in time to come some variety would be added to the food and some pleasantry to the innkeeper.
Total waist of money and time!
I booked this with the idea of spending a romantice weekend with my husband for our 10 anniv. We never saw the staff, not even the "inn keeper". The evening treat was a total joke! They left warm wine and cheese out on the table...in a room that was not very accesable. The room was ok at best. Everything needed to be up-graded. the faucet was even worn to the point that the fake brass was coming off. Not very romantic at all! OK if you are just looking for a place to sleep and put you stuff, but any hotel can do that. I expect more from a Bed and Breakfast! I expect more for the price per night!
Road Noise Extraordinaire
If you like staying up until 2:30 a.m. - this is the place for you!! The noise from the street is horrendous! Screaming twentysomethings, honking horns, car alarms - all kept me from sleeping until the bars down the street closed at 2:00 a.m. Maybe it's like this only on the weekend??? Loved the location within walking distance of the historic area, but there is absolutely no soundproofing from the outside world. Small room was ok, but I was killing bugs in the bathroom at 2:00 a.m. Later found out my husband killed one too! Breakfast for 2 days consisted of the same fruit salad, an egg souffle, a meat and crosissant. Can't imagine the back of the building would be any quieter since you have a view of the parking deck. Will try the Best Western or Sheraton Society Hill next time. I love historic inns, but this is the worst experience we've ever encountered in one.
Fool Me Once
Tight quarters, too expensive, but worst of all staff with an attitude. I don't need that when I am traveling. You got me once but not again.
Best place in Philadelphia to immerse yourself in the history of the City.
As a history teacher, I was looking for 5 quiet days to spend in historic Philadelphia. With camera and map in hand, I found everything and more that I came for.
What an added treat to come back to the Thomas Bond House each night to complete the 18th century experience. The inn keepers were cordial and extremely accommodating. Next time I will bring my husband or stay on a lower floor-as lugging my heavy suitcase to the top of the house was not pleasant. But once I was there, what a grand view. I never turned on the television. With a good book and a view of City Tavern and the Delaware River under my window, I was completely at home and at peace.
My husband and I stay often here. We just love the Thomas Bond. Clean, small rooms with lots of charm. Fantastic location, right in the old city. Parking garage right next door for like 15.00 bucks. Great deal. We love breakfast in a cafe like setting with individual tables. I love to socialize, but not in the morning!! Very safe with key system. Not dead quiet at night with the busy street, but your in the city!!! We highly recommend it.
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