Philadelphia Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels in Philadelphia

The Morris House Hotel
The Morris House Hotel
The Rittenhouse 1715
The Rittenhouse 1715
Thomas Bond House - Dining Area
Thomas Bond House - Dining Area
The Independent Hotel
The Independent Hotel

Historic Boutique Hotels

I have been planning for a wedding to take place in Philadelphia and have been looking for special locations for my guests to stay. I have come across some really beautiful boutique hotels to share. I hope you find them inspiring and next time you're in Philadelphia, you'll have a beautiful place to rest your head!

If you are new to boutique hotels, they are small, intimate hotels.  Usually, they are a little bit trendier or hipper than your usual corporate chain hotel, and they have far fewer rooms.  Most boutique hotels may have 4-30 rooms, each offering basic amenities that you would find in their larger counterparts.  They may even have better room service and because of their small size, you may end up befriending the owner and the staff.  In the case of Philadelphia being such a historic city, the hotels listed below all have a vintage flair to them.  Though Penn's Landing seems to be the hippest one of the bunch.

William Penn, under the guise of Charles II, laid out the street plans for the city of Philadelphia in 1682. It is no wonder why there are so many historic hotels and sites to see!

The Morris House Hotel, a National Historic Landmark founded in 1787, accommodates 15 bedrooms, all of which have been individually decorated to their original fittings. Two of the suites have private sitting rooms and most rooms have hardwood floors. Each have private bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV/DVD, and high-speed internet. The two dining rooms which have original fireplaces, host continental breakfast in the morning and afternoon teas. Enjoy the private garden that surrounds the red brick building for a moment of serenity. There is no elevator in the building and no pets allowed. Just a short distance away, you will find Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

The Rittenhouse 1715 has 10 rooms which have been restored to resemble early 20th century carriage houses. Each room has marble bathrooms, plush robes and a large TV and VCR unit. Each evening wine and complimentary snacks are enjoyed by guests and each morning continental breakfast is served. The elegant charm of this European-looking hotel is even more desirable knowing that is within walking distance to several attractions, restaurants and parks.

The Thomas Bond House is a late 18th-century buidling that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you are looking for colonial charm with modern amenities, this is a perfect location. Chippendale finishings are throughout the hotel set against a backdrop of time-relevant artwork. Spode china is used in the dining room. Each room has its own bath and some have four-poster beds, fireplaces and whirlpools. Continental breakfast is served daily with snacks placed out every night. There are basic business amenities and a small fitness center. Right around the corner, guests will find Penn's Landing and Society Hill for easy sightseeing by foot.

The Independent Hotel is a fully restored Georgian-Revival building, located in the Midtown Village area of the Center City, which means it is close by historic sites and shopping. The 24-room hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The spacious rooms are fitted with tin ceiling tiles and some rooms have fireplaces. The hotel re-opened after renovations in 2008.

Glamourous Boutique Hotels

The Alexander Inn
The Alexander Inn
The Penn's View Hotel - Bedroom
The Penn's View Hotel - Bedroom
The Penn's View Hotel - Dining Area
The Penn's View Hotel - Dining Area
The Historic Chestnut Hill Hotel
The Historic Chestnut Hill Hotel
The Historic Chestnut Hill Hotel - Bedroom
The Historic Chestnut Hill Hotel - Bedroom

Glamourous Boutique Hotels

Whether or not celebrities are staying at these boutique hotels when you check in, you will still feel as if you have entered an elite club filled with glamour.

The Alexander Inn is decorated to reflect the feel of 1930's modern Art Deco. All rooms include air conditioning, TV and private bathrooms. There is a 24-hour fitness room and a buffet breakfast included in the price. Its location is close to many tourist destinations in Philadelphia, which makes it a destination of interest for people who enjoy walking around the city rather than driving.

La Reserve Center City Bed & Breakfast was built in 1853 and is an elegant and charming Rittenhouse Square townhouse. This is a luxury hotel where customer service is the number one priority. The rooms are large and decorated with antique furnishings and artwork. Suites have their own private baths, otherwise each bath is shared between two rooms. The library, private garden and the drawing room offer places of refuge to hang out and relax as if you were a guest in someone's home. The reception area has a Steinway piano which staff encourage visitors to play.

The Penn's View Hotel has rooms decorated in deep, rich colors with wrought iron beds, fireplaces and hot tubs. Deluxe rooms offer fireplaces and jacuzzis. Included in the stay is a daily newspaper and breakfast. The Liberty Bell, Penn's Landing and Independence Hall are all within walking distance, as are eateries and bars.

The Historic Chestnut Hill Hotel boasts a long list of celebrities that have stayed as guests. Familiar names such as Kate Hudson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and author Neil Gaiman have all rested their heads at this glamourous 36 room hotel. Standard rooms, deluxe rooms and suites are available, each with cable TV, telephones, air conditioning, ironing boards and clocks. It is located 9 miles NW of Center City and is walking distance from several adventures, including Chestnut Hill's original Farmer's Market.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village
The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village
The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village - Sitting Area
The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village - Sitting Area
The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village - Bedroom
The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village - Bedroom

Further Afield

About 1 1/2 hours outside of Philadelphia, is Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This location is often referred to as "Amish Country", which is where The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village awaits. This romantic couple's getaway is a red Victorian mansion with brick pathways, surrounded by lush landscapes. The spacious, comfortable suites are decorated as if they are directly from the Victorian era. Rooms include canopy or poster beds, private baths, handmade quilts, fireplaces and artwork that reflects the history of the building. Candlelight breakfast and afternoon tea is served daily. Just a short walk away brings you to the center of town where there are several souvenir shops, craft shops and restaurants.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Laura, having just been to Philadelphia, I know how that city is up to its eyeballs in history. Just walking down the street is a thrill if you love the old architecture. What a perfect way to enjoy Philly, to stay at one of these beautiful old hotels!


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Laura Spector 6 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand Author

Hi Dolores, I just got married in Philly this summer - It's such an extraordinary place. I'd have to recommend even ducking into the old hotels for a rest in the lobby or a quick drink in a restaurant or bar, just to enjoy the ambience. It's a great city!

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