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The Gables

4520 Chester Avenue , Philadelphia, PA 19143 USA (Show map)
169 Reviews
$110 - $185
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A magnificently restored Victorian mansion near the Universities. 10 elegant bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining room with an extensive collection of period antiques. A large wrap-around porch over looks the side yard and gardens. Free off-street parking. Easy access to the trolley line. Rooms are all air-conditioned, have cable television, private phones, vcr's, clock radios and cd players. Wireless DSL is accessible in all the rooms and there is a computer station in the hall for guest use. Refrigerator and microwave available in common area. Guests are asked to smoke outside only. Well behaved children are welcome but sorry no pets. Awards include: Historic Preservation Award and Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Award" "Best Urban Get-away." The Gables is featured in the holiday 2002 issue of Victorian Homes Magazine.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.3

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Attentive service, beautiful home, cool neighborhood

5 on December 09, 2014

The home is very clean, beautifully decorated and warm and inviting. Warren is a complete professional from check-in to check-out to the magnificent meals he prepares each morning. I found he had a story behind many of the items that were served and interesting tidbits of information related to the renovation they did when they purchased the Inn. I took a sunrise walk in the neighborhood and sampled great food from nearby restaurants. I will return.

Surprisingly pleasant stay

4.6 on November 28, 2014

Loved the South room. Proprietor was helpful and nice.

The Gables is our Go-To place in Philadelphia

5 on November 13, 2014

We have been staying at the Gables for perhaps 7 years now, whenever we visit our son. Don and Warren are such great hosts, and the conversations around the breakfast table are always friendly. The house/rooms is decorated with plethora of artifacts and furniture that make staying there an interesting discovery of history.

Our stay at The Gables

3.6 on October 31, 2014

We spent two great days at The Gables. The house is beautiful, well-kept, with lots of history. Even nicer than the pictures. We were greeted by Warren and showed to our room, we felt at home from the we set foot there. Excellent breakfast is served from 8-9:30. The large driveway is a plus if you have a car, but it's also pretty easy to park on the street. Great neighborhood for walking around, perfect distance to Penn either on foot or by trolley (stops almost at the door!) We will come back!

Excellent B&B

5 on October 22, 2014

We spent a long weekend at The Gables while visiting my daughter at U of Penn. The house was a wonder to enjoy both from the outside, inside and the history. The owners, Don and Warren were very welcoming and hospitable. The breakfast was always well prepared and thoughtful along with the "snack" room. I highly recommend the Gables and will return in the future.

The gables.

5 on October 06, 2014

We have stayed at the Gables four times and always enjoy the company, the amazing antiques, the porch, garden and breakfast. We plan to stay again.

Very pleasant

4.8 on September 30, 2014

I had a very pleasant stay at the Gables. It's a beautiful house with gracious hosts in a lovely neighborhood well served by Septa streetcars. I would stay again.

Wonderful stay!

5 on September 25, 2014

I had a wonderful stay and the B&B is conveniently located. I walked to dinner easily, and the Green Trolley into Center City stops right outside. The whole B&B is fabulously appointed with a sharp eye for period details. And the breakfast is great!

Gables B&B in Philly

5 on September 20, 2014

Absolutely charming and friendly, attentive & relaxed. Lots of space to feel at home in, with an almost Disneyland-like feeling of augmentation to an old family home; pictures and silver and porcelain and furniture, like a childhood dream of your ancestral home.

Wonderful and relaxing experience

4.6 on September 11, 2014

The host was wonderful. Atmosphere was relaxing. The ambiance of the B&B was exhilarating for those with a passion for antiquities.

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Rooms & Rates

Victorian Suite

This was once the master bedroom suite. It has a cozy attached glassed in porch with wicker furniture. The bedroom itself has a romantic queen sized canopy bed draped in soft lace, a highly carved antique armoire, electric fireplace and revolving bookcase, small sofa and chairs. The tiled bath still has the original soaking tub with shower, a large sink and its own heat control and heat lamp. Lace trimmed linens, lots of pillows and a down comforter adorn the bed and plush Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes complete this room.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

Tower Room

The Tower Room has great architectual details comprising a turret with large windows and a working gas fireplace. The brass queen sized bed is covered in plump pillows and laced sheets. Two comfortable upholstered chairs and Queen Anne sofa create a small sitting area, oak armoire and dresser complete the room's romantic ambiance.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

Blue Willow Room

The Blue Willow Room tells its story in blue and white. Collectible plates from around the world cover the walls of the turret. A gas fireplace adds warmth and ambiance while white lace curtains allows in lots of light. The dark walnut wood of the armoire, queen sized bed, complementary lady's and gentleman's chair, and chests add strength and character. Embroidered sheets and pillow cases accentuate the blue and white theme.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

Country Willow Room

Beautiful country quilts and accessories fill this room with charm. The queen sized four poster bed and floral comforter take center stage, but guests love curling up with a good book on the upholstered chaise lounge. A white marble bathroom sparkles against a back drop of Swedish Blue walls and plush hand knotted Chinese rug.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $165

Regent Room

This bright, cheery room is located on the third floor and has two twin beds and tall cherry armoire. It has a large flat screen television and a luxurious leather sofa. The Regent Room has its own private bathroom with shower. A third bed may be added to accommodate three people.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $145 - $180

Garden Room

This room overlooks the English Garden in the side yard and the Victorian floral wallpaper brings the garden right inside. The highback Victorian full sized bed and tall mirrored armoire make this room majestic. Accessories decorated with violets and grapes and pansies carry out the garden theme. A great oak rocker and Morris chair upholstered in a gold sun and moon design adds further interest and excitement.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150


The library theme adds a slightly masculine flair to the home. The furniture is a mix of mahogany and pine from the early days of the last century and even before. A Victorian walnut dresser and a beautiful antique brass headboard stands amidst a leafy vine wallpaper print in burgandy and cream. The room has a chesterfield style leather sofa and comfortable upholstered chair perfect for reading. The bathroom is tiled in white marble and burgandy. By its name, library, you could guess that books abound in the room.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150

Egan Room

The Egan family was the first owners of this magnificent Queen Anne home. This room has been recently redecorated and named in their memory. The gentle elegance of the white and blue toile print and stately Chinese oriental carpet is fitting of the family memory. A full sized wrought iron bed, pine armoire, and Victorian highback dresser adorn the room. A small wash room has been created en suite with easy access to a private hall bath complete with clawfoot tub and shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $135

East Room

The East Room was once attached to the master suite as a sitting room with a decorative fireplace. It now serves as a completely separate guestroom with a brass bed and oak furnishings. The striped wallpaper and floral bed quilt was chosen to complement the tile that surrounds the fireplace. This room has a sink en suite and shares a bathroom in the hall with one other room. Arts and crafts style furnishings fill this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $125

South Room

The South Room was once an upstairs living room. The navy blue color is brightened by the many large windows in the room. Two antique brass twin beds are separated by a large fruitwood armoire. A unique civil war era sofa and high backed mirrored dresser make this room truly regal.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $125

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Location Type

Near Hospitals, Urban Residential, Near Universities, City


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 4 miles

Directions to property:

From Center City take Walnut Street (one way) heading west. Turn left at 42nd Street, go 5 blocks to stop sign, turn right onto Chester Avenue. The Gables is about 4 blocks on the left at the corner of 46th and Chester Ave. The driveway enters onto the property from 46th Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, universities, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos , free parking on the premises, easy access to public transportation

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

museums, dining, universities, hospitals, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: Noon-10:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on certain weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card Number or one night's stay
  • Cancellations: 48 hours except at certain high peak times when 1 week or even 1 month may be required



Warren Cederholm and Don Caskey

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  • Time Served: flexible
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Signature Dish

Apple Walnut Muffins
Our neighbor makes all our muffins and cakes and they are all fantastic, but her apple walnut muffins are everyone's favorite. They are a meal in themselves filled with huge chunks of apple and nuts.



4520 Chester Avenue , Philadelphia, PA 19143 USA (Show map)

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