If you’re traveling around Philadelphia this July 4 weekend and you’re looking for a place to stay that is apropos to the holiday, AAA named 15 historic hotels in the Philadelphia area as among the best.
In order to be classified as historic in AAA’s traveling guides, these inns all are more than 75 years old, have historic architecture, design, furnishings, and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or Landmarks.
Any one of these historic, quaint, local hotels would be perfect for your weekend of Independence:
1. Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast, Glen Mills
This beautifully appointed B&B on 50 acres features suites located in spacious cottages, plus comfortable guest rooms in an 18th-century manor house.
2. Kennett House Bed & Breakfast, Kennett Square
A stone manor in the Foursquare architectural style, this 1910 house is attractively furnished with antiques and oriental rugs.
3. LaFayette’s Retreat, Lafayette Hill
Set back amid tall oak trees, the guest house of this inn is quiet, and an on-site restaurant features a brewery with a variety of fresh beers.
4. Cornerstone Inn Bed & Breakfast, Landenberg
Guest rooms in this Colonial-style country home and its adjacent outbuildings are elegantly furnished with 18th- and 19th-century antiques.
5. Pineapple Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn, New Hope
Rooms at this stone and frame 18th-century Colonial manor house are traditionally furnished, with each having a private balcony or gas fireplace.
6. Fox & Hound Bed & Breakfast of New Hope
An 1850s stone manor, this B&B is on two-acre grounds; guest rooms offer simple yet tasteful homey decor.
7. Aaron Burr House Inn & Conference Center, New Hope
Guest rooms at this charming Victorian-style 1872 home are furnished with a collection of antiques and feature artistic paint treatments.
8. 1870 Wedgwood Inn of New Hope
This huge Victorian B&B features wood floors, area rugs, lace curtains and individually decorated rooms with fireplaces, plus a gazebo and a creek.
9. The Brick Hotel, Newtown
It's said an aide to Napoleon Bonaparte once owned this hotel, which dates from 1764; guest rooms are comfortably appointed.
10. The Thomas Bond House, Philadelphia
Convenient to downtown attractions, the 1769 Georgian Revival home has rooms from compact to comfortable, with antiques and reproductions.
11. Chestnut Hill Hotel, Philadelphia
Near shops and restaurants on Germantown Avenue, rooms at this Colonial-style hotel are individually decorated with antique reproductions.
12. Best Western Independence Park Inn, Philadelphia
This small property, built in 1856, has a boutique-style appeal; afternoon cookies and tea are available daily in the lobby area.
13. Alexander Inn, Philadelphia
Find a fireplace in the lobby of this seven-story brick inn built in 1900; a parlor/breakfast room has a fireplace, artwork and decorative lighting.
14. Penn’s View Hotel, Philadelphia
This charming 1828 structure, formerly a warehouse, offers elegant rooms with some upscale details; a few units have gas fireplaces.
15. Tattersall Inn, Point Pleasant
This 18th-century, plastered-fieldstone manor is nestled in a riverside village close to shopping and restaurants.