The Gables

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


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 room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Great Wedding and Family Venue

5 on December 11, 2017

We give The Gables “5 Stars” as an outstanding location for any event, from an over-night to a weekend stay to a wedding weekend! We have been loyal visitors for 5 years whenever we visit Philadelphia from our home in California. This month we went all in – we rented the entire Gables, all 10 rooms, for a family wedding weekend, and it was great! Co-owners Cesar and Rick went “all in” too! They were cheerfully available to help with everything, from their terrific breakfasts in the morning to helping with our late night hospitality gatherings. Most important, they and even their family members helped us in hosting the wedding itself, which we held there at The Gables! The weather at the beginning of December was so warm that the bride and groom actually shifted the wedding from inside to outside in the yard with their seemless help. All of our family members, from ages 14 to 80, who stayed in the various rooms at The Gables loved it. They have been effusive in their praise of Cesar and Rick and of how much they enjoyed the Victorian style of their rooms, the common spaces, and the wonderful breakfasts and home-baked cookies (especially loved by the teenagers). We cannot overstate how much we recommend The Gables to anyone visiting Philadelphia and especially those looking for a special event venue.

Wedding at the Gables

5 on October 23, 2017

My Wedding was a dream come true here at the gables. The intakers were there for my husband and I each time that we needed them. From the moment that we arrived I felt like a queen. We stayed in the Victorian Suite of course and inside the parlor my husband and I shared a large box of pizza and we were provided with a beautiful tablecloth and bottle of moscato my favorite. The staff was kind and attentive. The entire mansion is so beautiful, every part is picture worthy. The morning of my wedding there was a beautiful spread of breakfast laid out milk, juice and fruit. I had eggs Benedict brought up to my suite as I had my makeup done. Delicious!!! The ceremony was beautiful and the garden was beautiful as well. My florist was able to setup a beautiful table with raspberries and roses with a beautiful naked cake made by my husband. The next morning The gables welcomed my mother to come back for breakfast and we all sat at the beautiful table and ate. That I will never forget. Everything was wonderful at the gables and I plan on staying there at each chance i can get. Its magical there!

comfortable and convenient

3.8 on October 18, 2016

We stayed in the regent room for 2 nights. The room was spacious and the beds were very comfortable. The breakfasts were good served buffet style. The owners were friendly and offered help. This is a residential neighborhood. There are restaurants 2 blocks away. The trolley passes right in front of the inn so you can park your car and take it downtown. Very convenient. Overall the stay was great.

Best B&B in Philadelphia

4.0 on August 28, 2016

It is a beautiful old house with so many decorations such old vases, pictures and lamps. The owner is a gentleman and the breakfast was typical American style. It was a very precious experience to stay in such a house.

Charming Victorian mansion with equally charming hosts

5 on August 25, 2016

This is our second stay at the the Gables. The property is well-managed and also well appointed with a fabulous collection of 19th and early 20th century antique furniture, glassware, lamps, and silver pieces. Breakfast was home-cooked and tasty. Location on a quiet street not far from Univ of Penn and only a $8 Uber ride to downtown was excellent. There are also many restaurants in the area. And there's an intelligent poodle should you wish some canine companionship.

2 night stay in July at historic B&B

4.6 on July 27, 2016

This is a B&B from 1880. The architecture is amazing. It is filled with antiques. It is also updated throughout. The rooms have window ac units with fans also. The bathroom had an exhaust fan and a heat lamp. Each room has a separate key. You also get a key to the house. They have free WiFi. The breakfast was great. It has cereals, fresh fruit, eggs, sausage, juice, tea, coffee. One morning they had homemade apple muffins. Another morning they had asparagus quiche. It's in a nice neighborhood. You can walk to several restaurants. There is a park at the end of the block. The landscaping is nice also. There is a hammock in the garden to relax in also.

Great weekend at The Gables

4.4 on July 26, 2016

My daughter lives in West Philly and invited out-of-town family members for a birthday celebration. The hotels in the University City area are not really walkable to her home for the older members of the group so decided to try The Gables. Just a couple of blocks from my daughter's home, The Gables was the perfect choice. We had a room on the 3rd floor of the beautifully restored home, 2 beds, beautifully furnished, very nice updated bathroom. Hot and cold reakfast options, snacks and beverages available all day, small business center. Room was quiet, except for the drone of the small window AC unit. I would recommend this property to anyone wanting to stay in this fun neighborhood which has lots of restaurants, shops, great architecture.

Philly Stay at The Gables

4.6 on July 21, 2016

We love The Gables and are making our way through its many bedrooms when we come to Philly to visit our daughters. Everything is just so, the hosts are friendly and helpful, The Gables is close to everything! The only improvement would be - half and half for the morning coffee.

Perfect as always

5 on July 20, 2016

This B and B is a real gem. The rooms are comfortable, always spotless and the innkeepers are gracious. Perfect every time.

Great stay in Philadelphia

4.0 on July 14, 2016

I was in Philly for a weekend gathering and wanted to be close to my family who live in West Philly. The closest hotel was a little bit farther than I wanted so I decided to try The Gables. The location worked perfectly as it is only 2 blocks from my daughter's home. The house is amazing, beautifully restored on a huge lot with plenty of nice landscaping and outdoor area. I had a twin room on the 3rd floor which was nicely furnished with a very nice private bath. The morning offerings were plentiful with cold and hot items, beverages and cookies are available all day and there's a small business center if needed. I only have one minor complaint and that would be the noise from the window airconditioning unit. Otherwise I recommend The Gables to anyone who prefers a quiet residential area with plenty of walkable stores and restaurants and a short walk to the Trolley stop for ease of transporation.

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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


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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

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, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card Number or one night's stay
  • Cancellations: 7 days prior to arrival.
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Cesar Gonzales and Richard Hicks

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 8 9:30 a.m.
  • 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.


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