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The Gables

Philadelphia, PA 19143 USA (Show map)
157 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.3

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Lovely B&B

4.8 on August 27, 2014

The Gables B&B was a wonderful change from a hotel. It was way more than we expected for the price. The hosts are extremly nice and good cooks. They had plently of information about the surrounding area and about the trolley system that stops right in front of the house.

Best Bed and Breakfast eve!

5 on August 19, 2014

I felt like I was in my own home. This was so comfortable, clean, quiet and we felt really spoiled staying here not to mention safe. I don't ever want to stay in hotel again! The access to and from the city was so easy. Would absolutely stay here again.

Great value for the area.

5 on August 11, 2014

Very relaxing place to stay.

Grateful Guest

5 on August 05, 2014

A glorious house that feels like a home, hosted by proprietors who are kind and comfortable.


3.4 on July 25, 2014

Will stay there again.

West Philly is the Best Philly

5 on June 13, 2014

Very personable BnB in the heart of West Philly. This is our go to location to send our family and friends when they visit. The breakfast is amazing and matches the lovely decor and friendly house dog. Highly recommended!!!

Excellent value and lovely accomodations

3.6 on June 11, 2014

This is an extremely beautiful home and an incredible value. The architecture and furnishing are exquisite. The home is s lovely that I felt tempted to stay here and relax rather than explore the great city of Philadelphia. The room was small but cozy and relatively well maintained. I was disappointed that they were unable to accommodate my late check-in request. I was also unimpressed by the buffet breakfast. I am accustomed to table service at a B&B. However, there are so many great places to eat in Philly that I didn't mind skipping breakfast at the house. I suppose if you are in the go and want to just grab something quick perhaps the buffet would be an asset. While I think the service could be improved, the home itself was amazing. I would definitely stay here again.

Great B and B

5 on June 06, 2014

This was our second stay at The Gables and it was just as good as the first. Don and Warren are very welcoming and great hosts. Breakfasts are delicious. The room was really comfortable. An excellent place to stay, convenient for the trolley into Philadelphia with lots of interesting restaurants in the area.

A much needed Respite

4.8 on May 27, 2014

What a wonderful place to spend the night after a long day sightseeing and then being lost for over an hour in a sketchy part of Philadelphia. The room and whole house were beautiful - just loved all the antiques. We only met one of the owners but he was very friendly and provided us with a list of eating establishments convenient to the house for our dinner. Breakfast was plentiful with a large assortment of cereal, an egg casserole, sausage and muffins, etc. We stayed in the tower room, which was very lovely. My only feedback was that it is street side so you hear the metro-bus all night long and the tower windows did not have shades so I was awake as soon as daylight changed. If I were ever back again I would request a room not in the front. Otherwise, this place was great and just beautiful - thank you so much!

Best place to stay in Philly!

5 on May 17, 2014

The Gables is far and away the best place to stay in Philadelphia

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Location Type

Near Hospitals, Urban Residential, Near Universities, City


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 4 miles

Directions to property:

Just as you exit the airport you will see signs for Center City Philadelphia via route 76. Follow 76 West to exit #346b, University Avenue Exit, Bear right around exit ramp. At the end of the exit proceed to the Medical Center and the University of PA. Pass under the pedestrian bridge and get in the lane for Baltimore Avenue. Turn left onto Baltimore Ave. Stay in left lane marked for Woodland Avenue. At fork, turn right onto Chester Avenue. Pass by apartment buildings and park. The Gables is in the next block on the left at the corner of 46th and Chester. It is easily identifiable by the huge wrap-around porch which is lighted at night. 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
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on certain weekends and holidays
  • 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.


Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

Free $100 gift card with a $350+ purchase