Inn Between Bed and Breakfast

321 South 46th Street , Philadelphia, PA 19143 USA (Show map)

About

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, everything West Philly [or West Willy, endearingly] and it is just a short ride away from downtown Philadelphia with the Convention Center, Penn's Landing, Old City, Rittenhouse Square, and other Philly markers. To find more about our neighborhood, the University City District site is a very good guide that includes UC West and Baltimore ave corridor listings as well. http://www.universitycity.org/university-cit 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.

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Innkeepers: Ana Kostich

Reviews

Overall
4.0

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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.3
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness3.7
  • Onsite Dining4.1

Exactly what I was looking for

3.8 on July 29, 2017

I stayed here due to convenience of location and good communication with the tenant but my overall experience was good! The home is lovely old colonial architecture and Ana (the host) was very nice and cared that we were comfortable with our stay. When we arrived she gave us an upgrade to the master suite so we were more than comfortable and even made arrangements for breakfast on one morning which I left earlier than other days. The breakfast was light but enough to keep us filled until lunchtime. It is a $5 uber/lyft ride from all the most central areas of the city. Overall it was lovely and I great icebreaker for someone who had not been to a bed and breakfast before.


Nice fit for my needs

4.0 on May 08, 2017

It is my understanding the owner make arrangements for both traditional B&B short stay guests and longer term "lease" type residents. I am writing this review as a multi-visit B&B guest in Philadelphia for business, and this facility met those needs for me quite well. The owner was pleasant and really tried to accommodate individual needs and to address any problems as soon as she was made aware of them. The rooms I've stayed in were nicely decorated with access to cable TV and password protected wireless Internet that worked well during my stays. I especially appreciated access to a kitchen, which allowed me to save time and money fixing meals at the B&B rather than having to go out or order meals in to eat for every meal other than breakfast. Breakfasts were light but adequate. I had the option to stay at another B&B in the same area that reportedly offered more “hotel-like” amenities I neither needed nor wanted; but I kept coming back to Inn Between B&B because of the access to the kitchen, compatibility of accommodations with my needs, efforts of the owner to make me comfortable, and good overall value.


Don't Be Fooled; Go Elsewhere!

1.0 on June 03, 2016

Yes, the photos posted of this place look great. And yes, the owner of this home, Ana, comes across as caring in correspondence. That's what 'sold' me on booking a room there. But once I got there, I was stunningly appalled by the amount of filth, mold, water damage and, worst of all--roaches--in my bedroom and the shared kitchen and bath I used. I'm far from a neat freak, and I certainly don't mind a little dust, dirt, and disorder, but this place would never pass any kind of health-related inspection. Even the smell of the place hits you as unhealthy. In addition, the antiquated heating and cooling never provided any sense of comfort, lighting was poor (to help hide filth is my guess), and Internet service was spotty at best. Oh, and here's the best part: After leaving this place, I was entitled to receive my $800 deposit...especially since I left my room in much better condition than when I found it (including eliminating one giant roach that woke me up when it bit my forehead at 3 a.m.). But I never received it. And calls, texts and emails to Ana Kostich (the owner) were ignored. Please don't make the same mistake I did. Go somewhere else.

Innkeeper Response
Wow! And busy with many other things for the past year I was completely unaware of this until yesterday. Firstly, I recognize the person who wrote this. This was his situation: He has not been my bed and breakfast status guest. He came off of my Craigslist ad for 4 months regular tenant rental. He worked it out, as a special favor, as a 10 week lease from end of March till mid June [he wasn't sure if that would be 13th, 10th or else] and insisted to pay by credit card which it didn't suit me and I asked for checks [different deposits account] but that became another favor. We had signed a 5 page lease agreement I use in all my regular rentals. He was in a completely different category from a B&B guest, although in this house, where I sometimes arrange things like that [when doing work in the house, work elsewhere or travel and sometimes we all just coexist]. He was coming for a particular training just putting behind death of parents he cared about for a long time [I am extra compassionate on that note]. Three weeks into the lease he texted me that his funds [from some lawsuit] were not coming through and he had to leave the program and head home the next day requesting that I pay him back the difference from three weeks he was here. I explained to him that he had a lease and need to look up the terms in those. In vain. I was adamant that I wasn't responsible for the unrealistic planning I involuntarily had been dragged into. Attempts to present the house in worst colors and some threats followed. I did sympathize but saw no good reason to agree to super shortening of an already shortened lease with zero fault of mine. I was also super busy with some deadlines at the time [April 21-22] but I did readvertize immediately and kept renewing the ad yet did not get a new tenant until June 6th after which I returned his deposit [less deductions; his portion of utilities [per lease] was waived]; the check wasn’t returned. Bed and breakfast guests do not pay one month deposit; nor they have the long term rates anywhere close to the regular tenants; there is no service [cleaning, linen, toiletries etc.] included. Food is not to be held in the rooms – ever, but that was falling on the deaf ear in this case. I learnt that there are people willing to grossly distort things and bulldoze anybody on the way [and beyond] rather than face their reality. Tenants unilaterally braking leases are often angry. Now, the question is why is this here? Is it true? No. Is it necessary? Is it kind?

- Ana Kostich (innkeeper)


My new home when in Philly

5 on October 26, 2015

This was a find in so many ways. Charming host. Fantastic location. Spotless room and bathroom. Very warm and comfy bedding. Fascinating architecture and decorations. And truly a great value. Word about the host - engaging conversationalist who sincerely aimed to please. Showed up with bikes - no problem - in the house's front room they went for secure storage at night. There's also a guest-dedicated full kitchen, with a fridge, on the 3rd floor, so you can chose to make your own meals. This is probably geared toward longer term residents, but all are welcome. Being in the university area I suspect there are visiting academics who stay for a semester here, which is fine. We don't expect much from B&B breakfasts and usually opt for continental so we can sample nearby restaurants (that's part of the fun, no?). But Ana offered to rise above the simple, if we chose. In conclusion, this is a warm, inviting home with a warm, inviting host.


More than a room

5 on January 06, 2015

I rented a room through the host, Ana, for a friend of mine who just arrived to the Philadelphia area. They immediately commented on how nice the accommodation and location was and had a very comfortable two week stay. However, as the title of my review implies, the high rating is about much more than the room or house itself. My friend became quite sick during his stay, and if it were not for Ana's support, he might not have made it through. She went above and beyond any expectations anyone would have in this type of situation, and I will be forever grateful to her. Not only it this a very nice accommodation, Ana is the type of person who makes me remember there really are angels among us, even though they can be hard to spot in this day and age.


A Charming home and B&B

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!


Fantastic Time

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.....


Very nice

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.

- Ana (innkeeper)


Great place to stay!

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.


Lovely home - keep coming back

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.


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Rooms & Rates

Just Burgundy

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.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $145

Blue Garden

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $100 - $115

Westward Essence

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.

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

Nightly Rate: $105 - $115

Writers' Choice

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.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $130

Escape

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.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $135

Enchanted Suite

Master Bedroom, master bath, dressing room, living room with fireplace, stained gless windows and details...

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $175 - $225

Family Suite

Two bedrooms, library/office, full bath, kitchen/dining room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $200 - $220

Penthouse Suite

Lots of light filled. invigorating room space, two bathrooms, office, kitchenette, extra storage space.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $240 - $285

Family Suite Plus

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $300 - $320

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Location

Location Type

Philadelphia, University City

Airport

Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 7 miles

Directions to property:

From 30th street train station - $10 taxi; from bus station - $12; from the airport taxi $26 [flat rate], shuttle service $15 to door; for driving directions please call, and also - the GPS knows.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, urban living, multicultural experience, universities, Performing Theater

Inn Details

Establishment type

Homestay

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Secretarial services, Telephone , Wireless DLS connection

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Desk, Ironing Board, Radio, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Golfing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4pm
  • Check Out:: 11:30am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Not in principle but there are exceptions.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During extra busy periods, like graduation week.
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit is required at booking [that is, a credit card guarantee] which is scheduled via email or telephone conversation. It is 50%.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation or shortening of stay more than 15 days in advance is subject to $30 rescheduling fee. For cancellations within ten days prior to the five days immediately before arrival for scheduled stay, a 30% charge of the original total amount should apply; five days prior to the day of arrival will be charged 50%. In every case all effort will be made to rebook. No show ups and no cancellations, including the ones on the day of arrival, are responsible for the total amount with Pa + city tax [14%].

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Ana Kostich

Languages spoken

Serbo-Croatian, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats

About the innkeepers

Architect, UPenn alumna.

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:30am - 9am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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