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... were here orchestrating the revolution. We British are forgiving folk and I am sure that if the USA were to say sorry, and really mean it, we would take them back as a colony. The advantage to the UK being that we would, once again, have somewhere distant to send our criminals and religious nutters. In view of their past as a repository of undesirables, it is surprising that things are as good as they are on the crime and sanity fronts. We have ...
We started our day at the American Philosophical Society where they had an exhibit called, "Jefferson, Philadelphia and the Founding of a Nation". We were both blown away by the first piece in the exhibit. It was the original draft of the Declaration of Independence that Jefferson wrote and sent to Richard Henry Lee. It was incredible to see how well preserved the document was. The ink and paper were perfectly preserved and legible. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed ...
... you walk through cell block 1 which seems to go on forever. Either side are extremely small rooms; width and height: that are so damp, I started to feel cold pretty soon after arriving. Some rooms had iron beds with a table and disgusting toilets which were basically brown on the inside. Reaching the end of the block, we came to a rounded area with cell blocks in each direction. Each cell block was the same length so from birds eye view, it looked like a small sun with rays. Except ...
... a giant warehouse full of trampolines) was all booked for the afternoon so we had to settle for go-karts, lazer tag, bumper cars and video games. Lazer tag vs. 10 year-olds is very fun since you're way better than them. That little adventure to suburbia ended my trip to Philly and this is where I transition my trip from Amtrak since my rail pass has now expired. Next stop Boston.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPenn's View Hotel Philadelphia
I got married!!! The Penn's View would never be in my price range but the wedding night was sort of a present. I know it's no surprise to have a great place for big money. But I've actually been dissapointed in other places of this proposed caliber. This place is incredible. Your bathtub is a jacuzzi.; Everything is elegant and colonial. In the morning you can make your own belgian waffles. It's a delight. The hotel is on top of Panorama, on of the city's finest restaurants and close to the best Italian food in Philadelphia... I would know. We had our wedding at the restaurant and the ceremony was lovely. Overall, it was like a fairytale.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Penn's View Hotel Philadelphia
Stayed at Penn's View June 24-26. There is nothing I like more than a charming upscale boutique hotel - and that is exactly what I found. We stayed in Room 508 which is on the side of the building...it was wonderful. Hardwood floors, fireplace, tiny balcony - and, very important to me, decorated with understated but lovely style. The room looks NOTHING like the ones on the website! I loved our room (and I tend to be very particular about details). If you want a large terrace, ask for 509. I peeked into a couple standard rooms when being serviced, quite basic - by all means ask for the deluxe rooms. The rooms I saw that had hardwood floors were definitely the best rooms btw. Even if you don't stay here, visit the bar downstairs...a beautiful room w/ gorgeous murals - a great place to spend a couple hours. The inn is in walking distance to all the historic sights & alot of great restaurants (I highly recommend Fork Etc. - both the restaurant and the fantastic deli). The breakfast as others have said, is nothing spectacular - but that was a very minor issue to me. I would definitely stay here again!
We stayed at the Penn's View for one night in mid May. What a great find! The few pictures you can find online DO NOT do it justice. We were upgraded without asking to a lovely room with a jacuzzi tub and fireplace. The rooms are very private and cozy with cool architectural details. Nice amenities included good towels and fluffy robes. The surrounding neighborhood is great for strolling - independent bookshops, galleries and tons of restaurants. We ate in a simple but very tasty Afghan restaurant. There are also a lot of good bars/clubs nearby including a great little Belgian bar with literally hundreds of different beers available. All the staff at the Penn's View were very sweet and helpful. It felt like a boutique hotel but with a much more homey atmosphere. A very good value for the money.
After a reviewing a bewildering array of hotels for the recent BIO2005 conference in Philly (June 19-23), I decided to take a risk in April on booking something other than a chain hotel. The city was packed with conference goers-there wasn't a room left anywhere by the day it began. It is always a risk when a woman travels alone but the Penn's View sounded charming. IT WAS! When I arrived early I already knew my room wasn't going to be ready but Antonio at the front desk was so apologetic for the delay. I said it wasn't a problem and went outside on the little patio to wait. Next thing I know, Antonio is outside apologizing again for the delay and offered me fresh italian coffee-which he then delivered in a delightful manner - literally on a silver platter. At this point, I was content to just stay on the patio for the afternoon! Then, he came out once again, explaining it was taking longer as some were slow to check out. I wasn't angry, the hotel only had 52 rooms and I had arrived early. After finishing two delightful cups of coffee and getting my bearings, Antonio informed me that my bags had been taken up to UPGRADED room from the standard Queen tof a KING with jacuzzi and fireplace. The corner room on the third floor was beautifully appointed and filled with light. I had ample room to write my articles and a heavenly bathroom to relax in after walking the conference all day. Housekeeping was a gem and I liked the marking of the sheets everyday to assure that they had been changed. The toiletry selection was nice and the included bubble bath for the jacuzzi was perfect. Located in Old Town, it was easy to get around and see the sights. Of course, anyone must be careful in the city and I don't advise walking dark streets on your own in the wee hours. I literally was the only person at the conference who wasn't complaining about their hotel. Others I talked to were staying at the Hyatt, the Holiday Inn, the OMNI, the Comfort Inn, etc and everyone had something negative to say. As for me, I felt I was staying with some rather elegant, shabby chic members of my extended family who were determined to ensure my comfort. When I left. my bags were retrieved in a matter of moments and the cab was waiting by the front door. Don't pass up this beauty and its outstanding service! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING MY STAY SO DELIGHTFUL!
We stayed at Penn's View for two nights. When we checked in, we learned we were changed from the King Bed Jacuzzi to a Queen bed with a fireplace. Just what we wanted when it was 95 out. The room was small, but ok. The air was constantly circulating and was noisy, but at least it help to drown out the noise from the freeway outside. TV channels were sparse with no movies available (they did have free HBO). The sheets on the bed were thin and had some holes in them. Other than the noise mentioned above, it was quiet. Not a lot of people roaming around the halls, and the front desk was helpful with the few questions we had. The free breakfast was ok. They had kiwi, which is unusual. They also have free wi-fi. Real key(one provided) not electronic locks. The parking is in an open lot next door- valet, and costs $18 per day. The experience was ok, but if we return to Philly, we'd probably stay somewhere else next time.
A good deal.
Good value--Continental breakfast was included in our rate, and their standard room was quite comfortable. Although the hotel is next to a freeway, our room was quiet. The location was very convenient. Service was great, and I recommend visiting the wine bar.
My only complaint: Our room smelled slightly of smoke.
Stayed at Penn's View for a 3 day business conference. We were in Rm 507. It had a large but underfurnished deck, very nicely appointed room, and comfortable bed. The staff, Antonio at the desk and Nick, who helped make sure our meeting room had everything that we required, were terriffic. The location was central to all the historic things you would want to see in Philly. The Restaurant, Panorama was wonderful! The waitstaff are friendly, the menu interesting, and the food excellent. Even with 18 somewhat fussy businesspeople, our requests were handled without any difficulty. I'm a breakfast person, there was a nice continental breakfast, but a wider breakfast menu would be appreciated. We decided that a vacation trip to Philly is in order, probably this fall, we will be staying at Penn's View!
My wife & I stayed here in mid-April. We were in town to see Widespread Panic at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.
This is a very charming hotel located next to the river and close to the Ben Franklin bridge. I called a couple of days in advance and got a great deal from the concierge on a room with a fireplace and whirlpool tub. The room was spacious and had a tiny balcony which faced the alley (which was fine because it was quiet and the building across the way was empty). The whirlpool was not really what I expected and was an oversized bathtub. The concierge was very friendly and accommodating and the bar in the lobby has a great selection of wines. The neighborhood is chock full of great restaurants, bars and coffee shops. I would bring slippers because some parts of room have wooden flooring and is cold! We had a very romantic, relaxing time overall and I would definitely stay here again.
I had missed the opportunity to see a favorite band of mine in Boston, so I found the next best place in Philadelphia. I wanted to stay at a nice, reasonably-priced hotel which offered some extra nice amenities. While on the pricey side, it sounded like the Penn's View Inn was definitely what I was looking for.
I live in suburban Philadephia, and wanted to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday with a romantic night in the city. Last year we had stayed at the Sofitel, which has many things to recommend it (great location, luxe rooms and bath). This year I chose the Penn's View mostly because of its proximity to Old City, and the associated restaurant Panorama. I had booked a regular queen room, but decided to look at other rooms when I arrived. I'm glad I did, because I decided on a king room with fireplace and jacuzzi, with a view of the river. Gorgeous, gorgeous room, with hardwood floors, fine rug, silky linens, and a beautiful bathroom with raised relief tiling, and orangey-gold wallpaper with white Pegasus horses flying on the walls. If you might be bothered by traffic noise, book a room further back from Front St. The jacuzzi and gas fireplace were so pleasing on this winter evening we almost decided to order room service, but stayed with our plans to enjoy a flight of wine at Panorama, followed by dinner on the Mosholu, the tall ship on the Delaware River, not far from the restaurant. Please don't imaging that the Mosholu is a tourist trap -- not only was the river view wonderful, the food was fantastic. A slightly smoky lobster bisque will bring me back. All in all, it was a wonderful evening, and I highly recommend the Penn's View Inn for unusually luxurious rooms, and a fine location.