The Inn Between B&B is an urban retreat of relaxed elegance in historic University City. We cherish a casual traveler and specialize in longer term stays. With its original layout, numerous period details and antiques this Victorian residence still provides a fair glimpse into the life of bygone eras. Overall ambiance is harmonized with oriental and modern collectible pieces while the amenities are modern [wireless throughout] and geared towards meeting the guest's individual needs. To remind, these are romantic and romantically inclined spaces! The property is located within walking distance from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Left Bank Medical facilities and it is just a short ride away from downtown Philadelphia with the Convention Center, Penns Landing, Old City, Rittenhouse Square, etc. A personal collection of antique rugs, textiles, various ethnic and fine arts is displayed throughout the residence. It is all about understanding and cherishing 'in betweens' - cultural, professional, stylistic, and personal - about understanding the journey.
The original Master bedroom suite consists of the elegant bedroom with its sitting room [nursery/dressing room] and a private bath with original fixtures including stain glass windows and oversized claw foot bath tub. Mahogany bedroom set with queen size bed was shipped from China after the owners' wedding trip there. It sits between a deep burgundy large Victorian pattern wall covering on one side and a dusty pink hand made oriental silk grass cloth wall covering on the other facing triple mirror doors built-in closet.
The queen size antique metal frame bed is enveloped by happy blues: dusty medium blue walls and high quality linen, blue-black federal style desk and dresser with gold details, and lightened up by bright yellow 'Barcelona' seat and - yes, a few oriental carpets. It borrows the view of the well tended gardens within the block. Fresh flowers, TV, CD player. Kitchenette on the floor.
The 'Westward Essence', with double bed, is a rhapsody in creams looking West onto a tree lined block of grand Victorians. It has a double bed, matching mirrored desk [psyche] and dresser, built-in 'seat' and a wardrobe with double mirrored doors cheered up with two oriental rugs. Fresh flowers, TV.
This is a quiet, small suite on the top floor; the bedroom has a full size bed with commanding antique brass headboard against a white and gold striped wall covering and soothing grass cloth surfaces. The sitting room/office has a writing desk, day bed and 'thinking' armchair. There are bookshelves in both rooms. Elevated, light filled and peaceful. Fresh flowers, TV, kitchenette.
The 'Escape' is a generous space with its own modern ensuite bathroom and sitting area. Perched above surrounding buildings, the 'Escape' is a light filled treat carefully designed in simple lines and rich tones. Fresh flowers, quality linens and bedding, side light-well, flat screen TV, DVD player, extra storage space. Use of small kitchen on the floor.
Master Bedroom, master bath, dressing room, living room with fireplace, stained gless windows and details...
Lots of light filled. invigorating room space, two bathrooms, office, kitchenette, extra storage space.
The "Middle Room" or the "Library" with full size bed completes the floor of the Family Suite which consists of the Blue Garden Westward Essence kitchen bath.
3.0 on August 10, 2014
I really enjoyed my stay! This is a quaint home located in an adorable neighborhood near Baltimore Avenue which is buzzing with sidewalk cafes and lots of people! I always felt safe walking to and from public transportation stops even in the evening. I stayed in the Writer's Choice bedroom which is located on the 4th floor of the house. Make no mistake, this is Miss Ana's home which she shares with two beautiful and friendly cats. She does a fine job of making you feel welcomed. For example, had Shakespeare in the Park been the weekend I was there, she offered to lend me a blanket so I could watch in the park with community. Now, the Inn may not pass a white glove inspection as you might subject the local chain hotel, but it's warm, lovely and safe and offers a unique glimpse into the community as only B&Bs can. The continental breakfast is always a pleasure. Miss Ana is ever so helpful at sorting out public transportation and directions to various locations. Her restaurant recommendations proved superb! If I return to Philadelphia, I'd definitely return!
4.8 on November 27, 2013
We were fortunate to spend two nights here....The Inn was much more then we expected....The innkeeper, Ana, made us feel like it was our home. We were treated exceptionally well and were treated like we her family. What ever we wanted or needed, Ana was there to make sure our stay was first class. The Inn is walking distance to a fantastic Lebanese restaurant, Manakeesh. (which I strongly recommend, for their hot tea and meals) After staying at many hotels and places in Philly, this is a keeper......(a hidden gem) and very easy to pick up cab and head to the City.....
4.2 on June 23, 2013
We enjoyed staying here quite a bit. The house is very cool and full of interesting decorations. Very old, in a good and interesting way. The neighborhood is cool, and it has a great front porch for relaxation. Ana was very kind and helpful, and even willing to put in an a/c and buy a fan for us.
Thank you very much, You were sweet and easy guests. It was only that you were here in May, right around the Penn graduation, which is when we normally still don't have the air conditioners customarily up and running. Of course, they could be put up if needed before the 'official' air cooling season. Also, the fan for the small room of the Writers' Choice, was also fairly at hand. I sure was ready to get another one, if it was needed. Just thought it might be useful to clarify.
4.6 on June 22, 2013
An unanticipated treat... Close to transportation, lovely hostess, accommodated my food allergies, and just beautiful as it is restored to its former glory....original stained glass windows, spectacular molding, interesting Asian accents. Thank you for a lovely stay.
5 on May 11, 2013
A lovely B&B in one of Philadelphia's great neighborhoods. Historic residence, beautifully built and decorated, with dark wood and stained glass doors and trim. Ana is a charming host. She is also an architect and always has interesting guests. Close to the universities and downtown, on a beautiful street with bistros, restaurants, and great shops nearby. I have been here many times and keep coming back.
4.8 on May 05, 2013
We had very nice stay. Cozy house with friendly hostess and warm atmosphere in the good, quiet location but pretty close to central area(by public transportation). Free parking on the street, light tasty breakfast in the morning make this place wonderful for stay.
4.0 on November 19, 2008
Kimonos on the walls, carved woodwork, 1906 Victorian interior made this a fascinating place. The proprieter has European flair and wonderful conversation as a professor of architecture. Continental breakfast of crepe and dry cereal with fruit. 20 minutes by trolley or bus to downtown.
3.0 on August 25, 2008
Miss Ana is a very good and gentle person, the house is beautiful but the B&B prices (for all B&B I tried - e.g. Boston - not only for this) are too high: in Staten Island and in Washington I found hotels more beautiful and comfortable with lower prices!!! In UK I found B&B in similar houses (in terms of fashion, age and services) with a better price!
5 on May 07, 2007
I attended a conference at the Convention Center and intitially worried about the distance and conections which prove to be closer than expected and easier then expected. Everything in the InnBetween was delightful and I enjoyed the company of other guests as another of unexpected extras.
3.2 on April 28, 2007
This suited my convenience very well and Ana was extremely helpful. Public transport links are good. This is very unlike an English B&B and the antique nature of the house was interesting. They are considering putting locks on the bedrooms.
Philadelphia, University City, City
Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 7 miles
Interstate 76 West, University exit.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, urban living, multicultural experience, universities, Performing Theater
Bath robes, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Secretarial services, Telephone , Wireless DLS connection
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Desk, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Golfing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Serbo-Croatian, French, Italian, Spanish
Architect, UPenn alumna.