The Gables Bed & Breakfast Philadelphia

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

We’ll come back to The Gables after our child graduates!

5 on July 24, 2018

Quiet neighborhood, A/C works individually in the rooms, breakfast is a feast of fruit bowl, breakfast breads, poached or scrambled eggs w/green onions, tomato, mozzarella and toast (they even invited our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson to breakfast with us at the Gables!). There’s wine in the pantry available for guests to consume after hours, a freezer/refrigerator to store our cooler’s food. Walkable restaurants, nearby trolley (they provide free passes to guests). The Gables is simply the finest B&B we’ve ever encountered. We’ll be back.

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, It was nice to meet your entire family and host you at The Gables. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and visit with your family. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to write us a review. Until next time. Happy Labor Day! Regards. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)


5 on June 17, 2018

We visited Philly for my daughters graduation and had family staying at the B&B with us (8 in total with 4 others joining us throughout our stay). Cesar and Ricky made sure that every need of each of us was taken care of. The property is magnificent. The food absolutely delicious with exceptional presentation. The bedrooms were very comfortable and had every convenience of a hotel. Best place in Philly to stay. So close to university city. Amazing!

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, It was nice to meet you all during your stay at the Gables to celebrate graduation. We are glad that everyone enjoyed their stays. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to write us a review. Until next time. Happy Labor Day! Regards. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)

Highly Recommended!

4.6 on June 12, 2018

Our stay at The Gables could not have been more perfect. The house itself is beautful and well-kept. The staff is so hospitable, professional, and accomodating. Cesar had great recommendations for local activites and restaurants. The breakfast was so delicious and the house, including the room, was very clean. If you're a dog person, the two pups are a huge plus :). It is also located close enough to drive into the city or if you're not into driving, there's a trolly right on the corner. I highly recommend this B&B to anyone and we can't wait to return ourselves!

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, Thank you for staying with us at The Gables. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Until next time. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)

Weekend Getaway

5 on March 09, 2018

We felt very much at home while away from home. We loved our experience, will recommend to friends, and will certainly return. Great location and the food was delicious!

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write us a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you in advance for recommending us to your friends and family. We hope to host you again. Have a great Spring! Regards. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)

A short respite

5 on March 08, 2018

My husband and I took a short break from winter to see the flower show at the convention center. The location of the Gables was perfect. We took the trolley, which is right in front of the house, and were able to access all the sites we wanted without moving our car which was safely parked in their free lot. When we returned after sightseeing we were happy to have wine in front of a cozy fire. Breakfast was delicious and our hosts, Cesar and Ricky made us feel welcome.

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, It was nice to host you both during your stay with us at The Gables. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Have a great spring and we hope to host you again. Take are. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)

Mama’s 86th Birthday Brunch!

5 on February 07, 2018

Last Saturday My family celebrated my mother’s 86th Birthday with a delectable brunch at The Gables BnB. Cesar and Ricky were very gracious host to our little party. We were warmly welcomed into their beautiful home. We all received the grand tour and was delighted at all of the well preserved antiques adorning each room. Thank you Cesar and Ricky for making mama feel like a Queen! ¿¿

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, It was such a joy to meet you and your family during your mom's 86th birthday. We enjoyed our time with you. Thank you for bringing us to die for apple pie and bread pudding. Until next time. Take care. The Gables

- The Gables (innkeeper)

Most elegant, accomodating, and welcoming

5 on February 03, 2018

My daughter, granddaughter and I recently had to travel to Philadelphia from Florida for a family medical situation to the Univ of Penn Hospital. This was a very impromptu trip, and very exhausting to arrange so quickly. I also wrecked my car on the way to catch our flight. Ceasar and Rick were SO welcoming and concerned. I genuinely felt they were interested in our well being, and not just handing out the "corporate" customer service spiel. I wasn't aware of their children policy until the night we were there in bed, and they never said a word about my 9 year old granddaughter being there. The rooms were extraordinarily comfortable, the house was immaculate and awe inspiring. For anyone who appreciates Victorian era architecture and lifestyle, this home leaves NOTHING wanting. It is beautiful...a work of art in and of itself. The breakfast, as my daughter would confer, was the best I've ever eaten in my life. They were also kind enough to allow us to leave our vehicle and luggage after we were scheduled to check out so we could save some money on parking the whole day at the hospital. Rick even shared a little time with my granddaughter introducing Sugar and Pepper. I will definitely recommend this home to anyone and everyone I know traveling to their area, and I do plan on returning under hopefully much better circumstances.

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.

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, First of all, thank you for your family's long-standing support of The Gables. Thank you for the many years that you have stayed with us. We are glad that we were able to accommodate your son's wedding at The Gables. We are glad that everyone enjoyed their stay and the wedding reception. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Good luck to the newlyweds and we hope to see you all again in the future. Regards. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)

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!

Innkeeper Response
Good evening, Thank you for selecting The Gables as the venue for your wedding. We enjoyed meeting you both and your family. We are glad that we were able to make your stay satisfactory and your wedding memorable. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Until next time. Have a blessed marriage. Regards. The Gables Family

- The Gables Family (innkeeper)

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.

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Rooms & Rates

*Country Willow Room

This room is home to a collection of country Victorian antiques that you might find in grandma’s attic. There is a grand four poster queen sized bed, an impressive walnut armoire and two matching dressers, an ornate rocker, lots of quilts and a big, cozy armchair for relaxing and reading. The attached bathroom is tiled in white marble and has a shower.

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

*Regent Room

This spacious, sunlit room has two twin sized beds, and a big, comfortable leather sofa. This room is the most recently redecorated and is one of the guests' favorite mixing influences of old and new. A twin-sized rollaway bed can be added upon request to accommodate a third guest. A private bathroom with shower is attached to the room.

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

*Blue Willow Room

An antique wrought iron table with chairs set in the turret makes it hard to resist sitting still for a moment to gaze out the windows through the delicate white lace. Two wing-back chairs adorn the fireplace and bids one to take time to sit back in style. This room has a queen-sized four poster bed, a hope chest and uniquely styled armoire. There is an attached bathroom with shower. The sink is located in an alcove of the room. A large collection of imported blue and white plates fills the walls with fascinating scenes.

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

*Victorian Suite

Once the master bedroom of the house, this room is our most romantic with a queen sized canopy bed draped in white lace, an elegantly carved armoire, rotating library cabinet, and electric fireplace. A floral wallpaper graces the walls and oriental rugs cover the floors. In 1901 a large bathroom and glassed in sitting area was added. This enclosed porch is a great little reading and conversation nook. The bathroom still has the original soaking tub with shower and a large 4-legged sink. Rates include limited free off-street parking on the premises (on a first come, first served basis), or free street parking, and a full breakfast.The Victorian Suite has cable TV, VCR/DVD player in the bedroom as well a a small flat screen tv in the sitting area. It also has an alarm clock, hair dryer, fine linens, plush towels and terry cloth robes. Guests can access free wireless internet. All rooms are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning and heating units. A computer station with p

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

*Tower Room

The turret windows and working gas fireplace fill this room with warmth and elegance. It has a queen-sized brass bed, oak armoire, tall dresser, and washstand along with a Victorian parlor set upholstered in green velvet. There is a sink en suite and a private water closet with toilet and shower.

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

*Egan Room

This room is named for the doctor's family who first owned the house back in 1889. It is wallpapered in a classic blue and white toile print and furnished with a white wrought iron queen-sized bed, pine armoire, dresser with large mirror and comfortable boudoir chair. There is a sink en chambre. This room has a private bath which you gain access to from the hallway. It has a clawfoot tub with shower.

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

*South Room

Two twin antique brass beds sit on both sides of a magnificent mirrored fruitwood armoire. A Civil War era sofa, Eastlake style tall mirrored dresser, barrister cabinet, drop leaf table with chair, and lots of windows make this room a treasure chest of antiques. A twin-sized rollaway bed can be added upon request to accommodate a third guest. This room shares the adjacent hall bathroom with the East Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 2 Twin

*The Library

In the Library you can snuggle up with lots of books either on the queen sized brass bed or on the red loveseat or wing backed chair. It is the quietest room in the house, thus its name. The walls, draperies and down comforter are all coordinated in a leafy burgundy and cream Waverly print. An attached bathroom with shower is tiled in white marble.

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

*East Room

A striking queen-sized antique wood bed sits at an angle to complement the corner decorative tiled fireplace. Set in front of the fireplace is a comfortable reading chair. An old RCA Victrola, oak armoire and dresser complete this room. There is a sink in the room and a full bathroom with shower is down the hall, The South Room shares the hall bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

*Garden Room

Aptly named The Garden Room as this room overlooks the side yard with plush trees and shrubs and peaceful seating areas around the colorful garden. It has a high backed Victorian queen sized bed, a chifforobe, and two comfortable overstuffed chairs. The private attached bathroom has a shower and is wallpapered in a floral print to match the room.

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

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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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities , 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, 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: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions



Cesar Gonzales and Richard Hicks

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

The Gables is owned and operated by the Gonzales Family and Mr. Richard Hicks. The Gonzales Family, an immigrant from the Philippines were fortunate to fulfill their American dream when they acquired and took over TheGables. Mr. Hicks grew up outside Philadelphia and the partner of Cesar Gonzales. Together with our two doggies Sugar and Pepper, plus our other staff, we welcome everyone to experience the Victorian Hospitality Philadelphia Style!

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  • Time Served: 8 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan, Gluten-free

Signature Dish

The Gables Banana Walnut Bread
The Gables Banana Walnut Bread is an original recipe that is made at the property. The bread is moist and a favorite amongst our guests.