Villa Anna B&B

138 W. Walnut Lane , Philadelphia, PA 19144 USA (Show map)


Free Private Parking * Walk to Train and/or Bus - This historic 157 year old Victorian style home was the residence of the Mayor of Philadelphia over 100 years ago. Our BnB has 21 total rooms, original hardwood floors, stain glass windows, 12 foot high ceilings, 6 fireplaces and a center staircase that now welcomes our guests who desire a taste of the past with modern amenities. Located just 2 blocks from the local train station, the SEPTA - CHESTNUT HILL WEST train will take you to downtown Philadelphia in 20 minutes.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Great B&B experience!

5 on July 13, 2015

We really liked the Villa Anna B&B, the house was really impressive. It is old and it historic! The room was very nice with its king size bed! Also the location made it possible to bike to the city via the river trail! Gloria is a good cook and Rich always gave us useful information!

Beautiful Home

4.8 on June 05, 2015

We enjoyed our stay very much. Rich and Gloria provided excellent hospitality. The home is beautiful and located a short walk from public transit to get into the city.

Charming stay with a delightful couple

5 on April 20, 2015

The property is a lovely home in the historic area of Germantown. Our room was pleasing and comfortable with a personal touch - fresh flowers on the bedside table! The house is full of an eclectic mix of furnishings with something new to see everywhere you look! While early risers have an array of breads, coffee, tea, cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit available, those who are ready for breakfast around 9:30 am will experience an excellent breakfast cooked by Gloria; we were there a week and enjoyed quiche, frittata, and the most delicious blueberry pancakes. The other half of this dynamic duo, Rich, is also a professional tour guide. We enjoyed a local tour of historic Germantown one morning and an all-day tour to Valley Forge and Lancaster another day. He was knowledgable, pleasant, and eager to please. We really enjoyed our stay in their lovely home, and they made us feel like honored guests.

Bohemian stay with quirky friends

2.4 on April 14, 2015

My husband and I stayed in the Garden room for just one night while passing through Philly. The room was as photographed/described and clean, if a bit cluttered. That was fine though - it had a very boho/artsy feel which I've come to love about Philly. The clutter did sometimes make it hard to find a space to put things down though, and one precariously placed (heavy) mirror slid onto the floor in the night, but thankfully was solid enough that it survived without a scratch. The 1/2 bath is obviously an after though, being in what was likely a broom closet and what was an old servant's hall. I would suggest a lock or blocking object be placed by the door which exits to the main hall, for peace of mind when using the restroom. Breakfast was another thing all together. We were given a cursory tour of the dining room when we arrived and were told that the hostess would join us ~9:30am to make(?)/provide(?) breakfast and that a cold breakfast would be available before then. We dutifully showed up at 9:30, but only to find all the dishes dirty from the previous breakfasters, no hot water for tea, no milk for cereal, no napkins... We waited ~10 minutes and had a banana, but then ended up leaving to get breakfast elsewhere and had to leave the banana peels on the previous guest's plates, as we couldn't find a trash bin. Over all, I'd not stay there again. Not because it was unpleasant, but it was slightly awkward. Sort of like staying with friends you don't know very well, and in this case are having to pay.

Villa Anna Review

4.0 on March 20, 2015

We stayed for one night in the Garden Room. We were welcomed by Rich, who was very helpful and friendly and recommended a good area to go for dinner (since there is practically nothing locally). The bed was super soft and comfortable and the room was a good size. The shower was nice and hot. The décor is a little crazy and cluttered, but charming. Breakfast was yummy banana and blueberry pancakes and some other continental-style stuff. Coffee was good. It was very homey and we felt a little odd staying in what felt like someone's home, but I guess that was just us! Overall, it was a great deal and a lovely place to crash after hiking around Philadelphia.

Good Company and Good Price

5 on January 07, 2015

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Villa Anna with innkeepers Gloria and Richard. Gloria is an artist from Rome, Italy and Richard a historian of Philadelphia. You'll enjoy their company and cozy lodging. ~David and Anita

Great place to stay.

5 on January 05, 2015

Great little B&B. We stayed for a couple nights and have no complaints. They were excellent hosts. In a nice neighbourhood and a five minute walk away from the train that will take you right into centre city Philadelphia. Food was great.

Wonderful BNB Experience!

5 on August 25, 2014

Beautiful and historic, this BnB is a GREAT value! Gloria and Rich were wonderful hosts and they made us feel more like family then guests. The room was large, clean and had excellent WIFI reception. The flower garden, located in the back of the BnB, was a relaxing area of the home to just sit and relax. This BnB has everything any traveler can want in a lovely BnB experience! Highly recommended!

Historic and Comfortable

4.6 on August 17, 2014

Wonderful historic old place. 5 minute walk from the Train Station - Chestnut Hill West Tulpehocken. Gloria was a wonderful hostess, the breakfast blueberry pancakes were amazing. Bedding was very comfortable, some light intrusion from outside, we had the first floor room in the front of the house. No noise issues, but that would depend on the other guests. If you don't have a car, there are only a few eating choices close (the cash only market was good) so plan to eat in Philadelphia as a better choice. I would stay here again, and recommend it to friends. C & E - Florida

A fantastic find

5 on August 13, 2014

My wife and I recently visited Philadelphia for four days and used the Villa Anna for our lodging. We stayed in the Garden Room, which was spacious and very comfortable. It also had a 1/2 bathroom attached. The Villa Anna was a fantastic value at roughly $75 a night. Gloria and Rich made sure that we had anything we needed and Gloria prepared some outstanding breakfasts for us. The building itself is gorgeous, and architecture lovers will love the Germantown neighborhood in which it resides. As far as getting into the city goes, it is very convenient to leave our car at the B&B (free parking with room) and take the train in everyday. The station is three blocks away on the same street. It costs $6 per trip, or, if you're staying for a few days, you can purchase a weekly trail pass for $27, which ended up being a great value for us. If you're going to visit Philly, staying at the Villa Anna is the way to do it!

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Rooms & Rates


Our 2nd floor private Historic King 1 Room features a very comfortable King Size Bed, 4 huge bay windows, air conditioner, gas heat, 39 inch flat screen HDTV, high-speed Wi-Fi, alarm clock, CD player/radio, Keurig coffee/tea maker with coffee and tea, in-room bottled water, fresh linens, extra towels, extra blanket, desk and chair, loveseat, closet, bathrobes, room darkening shades, and many other extra in-room amenities to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. The full bathroom for this room with claw-foot tub and shower is located just steps from your room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $119 - $119


The Historic King 2 Room is a beautiful, private room with a King Size Bed. This 2nd floor room also features a 42" HDTV, high speed WiFi and 2 huge windows that give this room great natural light. The full bathroom with claw-foot tub and shower is located just a few steps from the room. Free private off-street parking for this room is available in the back of our house or street parking is free 24/7 - no permit required.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109


The Garden Room: This lovely private room is located on the first floor of the BnB and features an attached half bath with Queen Size bed. This room also features beautiful original hardwood floors, a 32" HDTV, high speed WiFi and 3 huge windows providing plenty of natural light. Guests of this room will use the full bathroom located on the 2nd floor of the house to shower/bath. Free private off-street parking is available in the back of the house. Free street parking is also available 24/7 - no permit required.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $99 - $99

Check Dates


Location Type



Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 15 miles

Directions to property:

Our home is located in the West Germantown section of NW Philadelphia. This area is about 20 minutes from center city. Take RT.76 West from I-95 to the Germantown exit (341A) which is approx. 15 minutes time. From the Germantown exit (341A) take Lincoln Drive 3 miles to Harvey Street (1st right past the 2nd traffic light). Make a right on Harvey Street. Proceed on Harvey St 3 blocks to Greene Street. Make a left on Greene Street and go one block to W. Walnut Lane. Turn right on W. Walnut Lane - we are the 3rd house on the right. 138 W. Walnut Lane, Phila., Pa 19144. Both MapQuest and GPS will provide excellent directions.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Private entrance, Telephone, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Parking, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Golfing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 1:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Our home is smoke-free
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required $10/per pet/night - $25.00 cleaning fee
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made with-in 5 days of arrival date will result in a one nights charge. Cancellations made on or after the scheduled date of arrival will result in no refunds being issued.



Gloria DelPiano and Rich Gellette

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

We enjoy traveling, dining out and the company of good people.

Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8:00am - 11:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Signature Dish

Blueberry Pancakes
The best pancakes you will ever have!