Penn's View Hotel

Penn's View Hotel

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4.5
#21 of 93 hotels in Philadelphia
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Stay in the “Birthplace of America” at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, Philadelphia. Enjoy a stay in one of 49 comfortable rooms and 2 spacious suites with the convenience of Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast every morning. Additional amenities include: Daily newspaper, cable television, private balconies*, jetted spa bathtubs*, patios*, fireplaces*, pull-out sofas*, separate dining areas* fitness center, ATM access, and computer access. Penn’s View Hotel places you within access to all of Philadelphia’s greatest attractions. Also, enjoy an atmosphere of casual elegance at Ristorante Panorama, the authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. At its unique wine bar, Il Bar, you can enjoy the custom-built, 120-bottle wine dispensing unit, which is the current Guinness Book of World Records holder. Penn’s View Hotel is a true Old City gem, and we look forward to welcoming you. (*Available in some rooms)
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Safe
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2202
Getting there
Great for walkers
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oshea58 wrote a review Apr 2021
New York City, New York40 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Penn's View hotel for 5 nights from April 6 2021 with my husband we both needed a reprieve from Covid Lock-down
I had researched many accommodations in Philly and am so happy this was the one I chose. It was in the perfect location in the Old City We were able to walk to all our destinations and the selection of nearby restaurants was just perfect. The public parking lot next door to the hotel was convenient and the price was right We parked but had no need to move the car for 5 days The hotel itself is boutique and historic it was also immaculate and the rooms were just right. We faced the side street and had a small balcony which gave partial views of the Delaware. The room was quiet and the Queen bed was extremely comfortable which afforded a great nights sleep. There is an Italian restaurant connected to the hotel in the front which has a very nice dinner menu. Overall we couldn't ask for a better stay. I must include that all of the amenities and cleanliness and customer service were all due to the fantastic management of Antonio who did it all God Bless him He was involved from the moment we made our reservation and was helpful every step of the way including providing us with a small refrigerator which he brought up himself. It is very apparent that Antonio is the heart and soul of Penn's View I would never stay anywhere else in Philly because it was an amazing experience and the prices are extremely reasonable for the service provided Three Cheers For Penn and Antonio
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We were in Room 308 and it was perfect for 2 unless you need a King Bed
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Barbara L wrote a review Mar 2020
Lake Placid, New York1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Penns View for 2 nights to attend a family wedding that was held on nearby 2nd Street. I have to say that at first I was like, wow this is small and the lobby is kinda unusual, but once we stayed there, the charm, location, personnel, food etc... persuaded us that this was a great place. The food in the breakfast room and the Panorama View restaurant were exceptional. Our room had real hardwood floors, a very comfortable bed, free wi-fi, a modern-recently remodeled bathroom, plenty of outlets and a great view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. All the tourist sites are within walking distance. We were surrounded by cobblestone streets. This hotel is on the National Register of Historic places so it isn't going to be like your new Marriott or Hyatt, but it is a wonderful, comfortable CLEAN (say again, CLEAN) place to stay for a visit to Philly. All personnel, especially Antonio, were helpful and available. Elevator is a little slow, but that just gives you time to reflect on what you've done that day or encourages you to keep active by taking the stairs, which are clean and well lit. We highly recommend this place and will stay there again when in the area.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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drwho2017 wrote a review Sep 2020
Peshtigo, Wisconsin4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Labor day weekend in Philly needed a place to stay. I dont do a lot of research just simply location and price. This hotel was a great surprise. Its small, clean and comfortable. I was on the 4th floor with a view of the night life, could open the balcony door (no balcony just railing) to let in fresh air and the sounds of the streets below. Within minutes you can walk to restaurants, bars and historical sites. Yes, the room is smallish but its not too small. It has everything you need to relax, get a good nights sleep, a great shower (water pressure is outrageous) and a great start to your day. Antonio Conrado, the front office manager processed my reservation and sanitized my key, yes a real key, before handing it to me.
Be sure to try the desert at the restaurant in, or on the street outside, the hotel.
Great find, my choice for future stays.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alana L wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel was located right along the Delaware river with a beautiful view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and a kiss away from anything and everything you may need within the city. As well as so much history and art to see either on foot or by the big bus tours.

The staff at the Penn’s View hotel was so friendly and so accommodating. Not only was at the hotel amazing but the Panorama restaurant below the hotel was delicious with an informative friendly inviting staff as well! We stayed in the queen patio and the room was more extravagant than I could’ve ever imagined.

My boyfriend and I agreed that we had never had such an amazing day with such a beautiful room beautiful view and wonderful hotel staff. This boutique hotel offer some thing that the commercial names could never. It’s warm and cozy in every sense. Even down to their little breakfast muffins and coffee station, which can taste the love in that the muffins that were baked with.

I would hands-down come here again to make more memories in the future. If you book a room here please be sure to make a phone call to the hotel and ask for Antonio, he was so helpful with little request that I had to make my boyfriends birthday weekend extra special.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NorwichCarrow wrote a review Oct 2022
Sandgate, United Kingdom390 contributions172 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's an historic building on what was originally the waterfront. Our room was a good size with a comfortable bed. Would recommend one of these inland rooms as noise from I-95 is minimal. The location is perfect, you can easily walk to all the old town historic sites, restaurants, and the waterfront. There's a free breakfast in the lobby of coffee and muffins every day. The attached restaurant, Panorama is superb.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for an inland room to minimise traffic noise from I-95. Make sure you get a booking for the...
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DebinDC wrote a review Apr 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia141 contributions53 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is perfect, right near Penns Landing- lots of restaurant choices (visit Shane for some chocolates!), close to all major sites. Easy to get an Uber if you want to visit Magic Garden (must see). There is some noise from the highway but it’s not terrible- you are in a big city so expect traffic noise. Great view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The decor is reminiscent of colonial era, beds are so comfortable, great shower pressure. Breakfast is minimal- coffee and muffins. Parking at the adjacent lot is $30 for overnights stay.
Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Charles S wrote a review Sep 2023
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,021 contribution827 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our three night stay at the Penn's View Inn, a boutique hotel centrally located on Front Street near to the Delaware River and the somewhat noisy i95 between. The location is perfect for walking west up Market Street into the city center. The hotel is an old fashioned quaint style. The rooms do not have coffee maker but coffee and muffins are provided free of charge every morning in the reception area. Public car parking is conveniently situated next to the hotel at $35 per day but unfortunately no reduction for hotel guests. The staff are helpful and there are city maps available in reception for sightseeing places of interest.
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Date of stay: September 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sarita C wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had 2 rooms reserved. Our flight got in much earlier than check-in so we asked to check-in early. They only had one room ready at that moment so Antonio at the front desk allowed us to check into that one early. The location is perfect. We were able to walk to many restaurants, bars, and museums etc. The happy hour inside the hotel is pretty good. The bartender, Alex gives top tier service. We really enjoyed his conversation as well as his drinks. All the staff here are most friendly. Even the housekeepers smile and greet you if you pass them in the hallways. Antonio also had a room to lock our luggage away for us after checkout because we had a late flight and wanted to explore the area more but didn’t want to haul suitcases around. Seriously one of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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kalena36 wrote a review May 2022
Harrogate, United Kingdom67 contributions136 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is situated in a great location for getting into town on foot. There is a car park right next door which was very useful. It is however, right near a very noisy raised road and our room happened to be close to this so we could hear noise but were very tired so it wasn't too bad until the early morning.

The room was lovely. Spacious, clean and comfy with a well equipped bathroom.

The complimentary breakfast was a bit misleading as there was only muffins (very small too) and coffee - not even an option of decaf which I need for health reasons.

The is a restaurant on site but when we asked if we could just get coffee in the evening we were declined.

Overall, a nice one night stay but would have asked to be moved away from the road if it had been longer.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Request a room away from the road if there for more than one night.
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jackiepaddy wrote a review May 2023
Webster, New York2,049 contributions190 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked Penn’s View from a friend’s referral. 2 rooms. Very good price for MDW. In town for NCAA Men’s Lacrosse championships. Wanted Old City location. Pros: National Historic Register. Friendly welcome from front desk. Restaurant attached. Coffee and muffins in the lobby in the morning. Good size rooms. Good A/C. Main entrance locks at 12AM. Key will not get you in - ring bell and show key to be let in. Premier Queen has French doors to terrace (no view), wing back guest chair, gas fireplace, big bathroom with soaking tub. Comfortable bed. Good number of outlets including a USB port in a lamp on the desk. Standard queen was good sized, smaller bathroom with shower stall, terrace (can’t stand on it). Not much Hallway noise. Easy on and off 95. Cons: parking. Lot next door is not affiliated with the hotel but is right next door. 2 times I had to back out of the entrance because the ticket didn’t dispense or the lot was “full” (it wasn’t) and staff had gone home. Found another outdoor lot down Front St. Smell of weed in the hallways. Room has actual keys which have to be used to lock the room every time you leave. Blinds on the terrace doors block little light. Highway noise is pretty loud…all night - bring ear plugs. TV is small flat screen. No coffee maker, no fridge. 1 night stand only. Panorama Wine Bar is connected to hotel and was delicious.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Look for parking options before you arrive. Bring ear plugs.
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The closest greyhound bus station to the Radisson hotel North East distance
dman868 asked a question Mar 2019
Cleveland, Ohio2 contributions
Do you have free airport shuttle service?
Answer from suzan d
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom72 contributions21 helpful votes
No they do not gave airport shuttle but taxi is a set fare
Answer from Jeanne Rady M
Meriden, Connecticut12 contributions3 helpful votes
The walk from Penn's View to Franklin Square looks to be about 3/4 of a mile. I walked quite a bit from Penn's View - I parked my car and did not drive again until I left the city. The city is old and not perfectly "smooth" - like Florida is.... cobblestone & mixed surfaces are more the rule. I might not attempt that if you have trouble walking - but if you brought a walking stick or a cane that might help - and take your time!!! It is a beautiful area with so many things to look at! Good luck.
Judi F wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking next door is not guaranteed but if you can use it do. Just ensure you don't want to leave during the hours the lot is unattended. "
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tam wrote a tip Apr 2024
York, Pennsylvania1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring water…and a cooler for ice if you know plan to bring food or drinks in room."
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zel13 wrote a tip Jan 2024
Asbury, New Jersey416 contributions64 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for non smoking and a room with nice view."
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yostella wrote a tip Jan 2024
Baltimore, Maryland39 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early. The hotel is not as large as some of the chain hotels in the area. If you have special requests, call the hotel directly. "
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Deb Z wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Handicap accessibility may be limited "
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PRICE RANGE
C$261 - C$316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
51
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Frequently Asked Questions about Penn's View Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Penn's View Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Founding Footsteps (0.3 km), Olde City Escape Games (0.3 km), and Kick Axe Throwing Philadelphia (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Penn's View Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Penn's View Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Penn's View Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby, paid public parking nearby, and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Penn's View Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Franklin Fountain, Amada, and Buddakan.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Penn's View Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Penn's View Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Penn's View Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Penn's View Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Penn's View Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Battleship New Jersey (1.4 km), Independence National Historical Park (0.4 km), and Independence Hall (0.7 km).
Does Penn's View Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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