My husband and I stayed for 3 nights end of June/early July on a trip driving through PA, MD and VA after flying in from southern California. We are late 40's /early 50's and travel frequently. We sometimes stay at a B and B, other times, hotels, depending on the location. Philadelphia (where I am originally from the outskirts of) seemed like the perfect place for a stay at a historic venue, hence we chose the B and B.
There is a lot of wonderful things about this place, and a few not so wonderful.
Kathleen is awesome, so kind and sweet and really tries to make your stay pleasant. We were very late coming in as we were stuck in DC traffic....she waited up and had everything ready for us, and even helped lug our heavy suitcases up the stairs while my husband was parking the car.
The location is superb...walking distance from almost anywhere you want to go. Parking is across the street as well. A coverage garage at $17 a day, not bad for the city. No in and out privileges as a note. Restaurants, cafes, stores and the historic sites are all very close by. We walked around at night and felt very safe.
The bed in the Pearl room was by far the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in. My husband wants me to call and ask her the make so we can buy one. The sheets were beyond soft. We had the best sleep in that bed, bar none.
The bathroom water pressure was great. I am fussy about this and had no complaints. 2 shower heads was a nice touch as well. The bathroom was small, but that is xpected in an older building like this.
The AC worked great and our room was cool constantly.
There was a quaint patio right off of our room where we could sit and relax, read, etc, we didn't have a chance to but I wish we did.
The room was very quiet. No noise issues.
The kitchen seemed stocked with what we needed although we didn't use it. There were pastries, eggs, milk, jam, etc. It looked like it would have been easy to whip up a nice little meal.
Kathy cleaned the room daily, always neat and tidy when we got back.
Now for the not so good....
We were unable to find the toilet paper the first night there and we were in late and exhausted. We ended up finding it finally in these canisters that were behind the toilet...and the lids were so on tight it was like exercising to get them off. It would have been helpful to have it easier to find or a note where to find it.
The 2nd night we ran out of toilet paper....and we were gone all day, barely there at night other than to sleep so it wasn't like we were using mounds of it....
The room could have been dusted a bit better....the lamps and molding were really dusty if I looked, and I have allergies, so when I started sniffling, I looked.
One or 2 of the lightbulbs in the light were burnt out. Just a little thing but I noticed it.
Kathleen was beyond nice, but she was not up on the local restaurant closings/hours and at 915 PM the night we got there she directed us to a place she knew and said was great, for a late dinner. About a 15 minute walk after finally arriving...it was closed for a 2 week vacation. Just would have been nice if she had known this as we were exhausted and this was just a long walk we could have avoided. She also didn't know if the local laundromat had drop off service or their hours, which would have been helpful for us.
All in all we had a lovely stay (once we got some toilet paper!) and enjoyed the visit. Just a few little things fixed up in the place would go a long way in making it a truly superb B and B. (outside front shutters could use a sprucing up....the neighbors were all very neat and clean....these were peeling and do really need a sanding and paint job).
For a couple it is comfortable, not so much for families that we could see. Or elderly as the stairs are steep, which wasn't an issue for us. We loved the building and the decor. We may stay here again if we come back, maybe not. But it is a nice place and we enjoyed the visit. And Kathleen, who again, was very pleasant and kind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- King or queen beds, complete kitchens, private baths, and a living room or sitting area ~ Satellite TV & Wireless Internet ~ Continental breakfast in your suite ~ Exciting location for romantic weekends, weddings, sightseeing our historic sights, convention center meetings, business travel, family gatherings, or just a getaway trip. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 1024 Clinton Street Bed And Breakfast
- 1024 Clinton Street Hotel Philadelphia