Penn s View Hotel

, Philadelphia, United States
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Penn s View Hotel

, Philadelphia
14 N Front St - Philadelphia - Pennsylvania - 19106 - United States Hotel Website | 215-922-7600
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Great Hotel for Tweeter Centre

from D_Kernoghan
I stayed here for 2 nights in August 06 when I was going to a concert in the Tweeter centre which is a short boat ride arcoss the river.

I was very impressed with the hotel, and the free breakfast was amazing!! the hotel is very clean and located just a few minutes walk from the liberty bell and other attractions. its the perfect place to stay if going to an event at the tweeter centre (small tip - make sure you get to the boat early on event days to avoid a big que)

There is also lots of eating places accross the road and a lovely pizza place (forget its name)

Staff friendlyness could be a bit better but you cant have everything.

Loved the hotel

from Lexie41
We stayed at the Penn's View Inn two nights. It was a very positive experience. The room on the second floor was clean and tastefully furnished. The bathroom was very modern with jacuzzi and plenty of soaps, towels, etc. Warm welcome at the front desk and courteous service throughout our stay. The location is great if you want to tour all the historical sites. The bar is pricey and the restaurant is so-so. We would come back to the Penn's View Inn again!

Thoroughly Enjoyed our Stay!

from CPow
We stayed at the Penn's View Hotel for four nights, including the 4th of July. We enjoyed our stay very much. The hotel owner/manager was wonderful. He has a nifty sense of humor, he was very helpful & unfailingly cheerful. Our room was small, but charming. It was very, very clean. The furniture was very attractive, the decor warm & the atmosphere inviting. The complimentary continental breakfast was very nice and the dining room very attractive. But, one of the best things about the hotel was the location. It is an easy walk to the historic district. I read about noise complaints, but honestly we NEVER had any noise problems. If I return to Philadelphia, I would certainly stay in this hotel again.

Neat little hotel

from metrowmn
For a quick weekend jaunt into Philie, we stayed at the Penns View. Great location, in the old city near trendy shops/resturaunts and historic sites, this cute little boutique hotel was clean and comfy. Breakfast was included though the coffee could have been better, all in all a good value especially if you don't like staying in big corporate places. Based on reviews I read, I asked for a nice quiet room which was in the back. No view but no street noise (or noise form the highway which is right outside).

will definitely stay again

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Penn,s View last weekend.It's a beautiful botique style hotel.Its very well kept and nicely decorated.It's in a great location for exploring the historic district and sampling some of Philadelphia's best restaurants.Would definitely stay there again.

Really disappointed

from videotraveller
I did alot of research on hotels in Philadelphia, and ended up staying here for four nights while there for a conference, mostly based on the reviews on this site. Unfortunately, I was really diappointed by both the rooms and by the service.

The room I was given on the 2nd Floor was pretty, but looked out onto a busy car park and a pedestrian walkway. As I looked out, one passerby waved to me - he was that close! I asked reception if I could move to a room with a nicer view (I had asked for a decent view when I booked several weeks before), but was told no, they were full. Internally, the room was also opposite several hotel conference rooms, so was very noisy from both directions. The hairdryer didn't work, and I had to ask for a replacement. The rooms have no coffee machine, no mini bar, and even local calls are charged at long distance rates. The curtains didn't cover all of the windows, and the neon light heralding "Market Street" flooded the room.

On the second day of my stay, I asked again if they would be able to move me, as the noise from the street and the car park had kept me awake at night, and the noise from conference preparation/cleaning had woken me up very early in the norning! I was told they might be able to change my room, but I would have to go back there after noon. I did that, and was given a room on the 4th floor that looked inwards to an internal space and 2 other rooms! It wasn't as pretty, but was much quieter, though not at all what I expected for $170 a night.

Things were OK then until the last day. The limo number listed by the hotel was no longer working, so before breakfast I called down to ask for a good phone number. The owner said I should speak to him when I went down for breakfast and he would call for me. When I went down, there were 3 people waiting to check out, and the owner was on the phone. I went into the breakfast room where there was a real scrum at the small buffet area - it was really chaotic and hard to handle without coffee. A Catch 22 situation! No egg timer for the eggs, the coffee had run out, the milk had run out. There was only one woman looking after breakfast and I felt sorry for her, with so many people trying to serve themselves at once.

Several times, I went out to see the owner and try and organize my airport pick-up, and each time he was on the phone with people waiting to check out. Eventually I went back to the room and called from there - several times he didn't pick up. Eventually he did, and he gave me a phone number and explained that he was very busy with his restaurant bookings. Well that is all well and good, but he should get extra help if he can't deal with his guests enquiries. By this time, I was too late to book an airport shuttle, and had to take a taxi to the airport, at an extra cost of $18 to myself. Very annoying.

All in all I did not feel well looked after at Penn's View. I even wondered if this lacksadaisical treatment was because I was a woman travelling alone. Well I definitely won't be staying at Penn's View again, and would recommend finding another hotel if you are going to Philly and have $170 a night plus taxes to spend.

Nice hotel, great location, would return

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here 4 nights in Sept. '05 and enjoyed it very much. Our room was clean and comfortable, nice well-appointed bathroom, and we appreciated the iron in the room. My companion was a bit bothered by street noise, but I never noticed it; it is near the highway but not unusually noisy for an in-city location. Might be good to ask for a room on the back side of the building if you want the least noise.
The location is great for sightseeing, and the wine bar in the adjoining restaurant is fantastic. We also got good restaurant and sightseeing tips from the staff. (For something a bit unusual, don't miss Swanky Bubbles a block away on Front Street - interesting menu and champagnes/wines by the glass.) The only complaint I had, and it was minor, was that the continental breakfast was not adequately replenished throughout the posted service time - if you don't get there at least an hour before the end of breakfast (9:30 or 10:30, depending on the day), you'll find slim pickings - I never saw them replenish the one fresh fruit tray, or much of anything else.

Pleasant accomodations

from Nipper55
I recently stayed at Penn's View from August 24-27 and was quite pleased with the accomodations. Stayed in rm 206, which is located on the north side of the building facing an alley. Though the view was not appealing (faced building doing renovations), the room itself was very appealing. It was very clean, comfortable, and decorated with period furnishiings. The bathroom was very large with marble and a large shower/jacuzzi. There were no issues with noice as voiced on some reviews and would definitely stay here on a return trip.

It was conveniently located within walking distance for the historical, shopping, and dining locations in the old part of the city and other spots in center city.

Great location and value

from concetta2
We stayed at the Penn's View and were pleased by its location, which was convenient to historical area and nightlife. The standard room was lovely and clean. Had a drink in the hotel bar with its fabulous wine list. Continental breakfast buffet was satisfactory. Next time we plan to make reservations at the adjoining Panorama restaurant. Overall great experience.

t recommed it

from spkjones
The location is really good and bad. It's just blocks from the great historic sites, BUT... we paid $180 to stay in a one bedroom suite. We were in awe of how big and beautiful the room was when we walked in. It had a great historic, boutique feel to it. The room was very clean...

The bedroom portion of the suite located at the end of the 2nd floor is located less then 25 yards from the I95 off ramp. The noise is worse than I could ever explain. We got NO sleep that night. It sounded as though we were laying on the shoulder of the interstate. There were sirens, speeding cars, buses braking... LOUD! In addition, the staff never denied my belief that the room was directly above the hotels kitchen. I hoped to get to sleep early that night, BUT there were pans banging until @ 11pm. AND if that's not bad there is a parking lot directly outside the room and there were parking lot attendants laughing it up into the late hours.

I didn't want to switch hotels as this trip was a special treat for our nephew who slept in the living room on a pull out couch and couldn't hear the noise and I didn't want to ruin the stay for him - we promised him a cool historic inn.

In the morning while my husband and nephew enjoyed the nice, complimentary breakfast I stopped by the desk to politely tell the clerk about our night. She was nice - but her comment was basically that if I had read the travel books many of them warn of the street noise. I guess I should have read the books. Later, on the way back to our room we were stopped by Antonio, the owner, who offered us the smoking floor suite. Due to my allergies and we had a busy day planned I declined. If I had more time I would have checked other hotels.

It's a real cute place. The staff is nice enough. The rooms are clean. The free breakfast was good. The A/C was quite adequate in 95 degree weather... - but what good is any of that if you can't sleep. I really can't stress just how loud it was. For $180/night I just want to sleep. I will stay somewhere else the next time.

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  • Address: 14 N Front St - Philadelphia - Pennsylvania - 19106 - United States
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