A well-preserved row of early 19th-century shipping warehouses along a cobblestone lane fronting the Delaware River has been lovingly restored and transformed into the atmospheric Penn’s View Hotel in Old City. Despite the prime location near Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Constitution Center, the buildings sat vacant for decades before being rescued by Philadelphia’s Sena family in 1990. Under their ownership, the hotel has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and in the memories of loyal guests who love its intimate setting, historic locale, and award-winning wine cellar.
Three restored buildings house 49 rooms and two suites. Each is uniquely decorated; many add gas fireplaces and exposed brick while others include Jacuzzi tubs and Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge views. Its riverfront perch also puts it near I-95 (routed along the river in the late 1960s), so light sleepers should request rooms on the other side of the inn. A complimentary continental breakfast is included in every stay.