Philadelphia is a beautiful city, and there are many places to stay while you're visiting. But if you want to enjoy a unique and special experience, the Philadelphia Guild House Hotel is the place for you. This historic hotel located in the heart of Philadelphia. The hotel has been updated and modernized over the years, but still retains its original charm. The hotel offers a variety of amenities and services that make it perfect for your next staycation or visit to Philly.
Pay attention as you stroll down Locust street to the entrance as this luxury hotel has an unassuming entrance. The gated entry adds to the mystery. The Guild House is a hotel that takes you back in time and becomes your personal home. You'll feel comfortable as soon as the door swings shut, with its touchless entry system and welcoming vibe.
The first floor houses an area that is perfect for lounging, reading, or chatting with friends. It is a great area to connect with other guest over tea or sparkling water. You could also use it as a workspace to catch up on emails because once you enter your room, work will be the last thing on your mind.
The 1855 row house and National Historic Landmark, located at 1307 Locust Street, was once owned by the New Century Guild, a 19th-century working women’s advocacy and support group whose membership included notable abolitionists, suffragists, activists, poets and artists. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about these women throughout the hotel.
Each of the twelve suites is named in tribute to the women of the New Century Guild. I chose the Eliza room, purely because my daughter's name is Eliza but I enjoyed learning about the historic Eliza S. Turner. She is founder of the New Century Guild and a true pioneer for women's rights.
All the suites offer a historical perspective with accompanying decor. It's where early 20th century meets modern day luxury. Prior to arriving, the hotel will send you a survey to assist in meeting your needs prior to arriving. The concierge remains available via text message which is unique.
The en-suite amenities such as robes, coffee, tea and light snacks are nice touch and make it easy to start to unwind. Once I entered the Eliza suite, the bathtub was immediately calling my name and I was happy to answer. I left my suitcase by the door, grabbed a robe and started the tub.
What to Eat
Being centrally located in downtown Philly meant, I had plenty of options to choose from. An added bonus to the hotel is the all of the locally-sourced, female-owned amenities, like Sip and Sonder Coffee and Blushing Wren Tea.
Within minutes you can be eating at Bud & Marilyn's, which offers updated American comfort food and the place is such a great vibe; nestling pasta between and a spoon and fork at Little Nonna's or indulge in craft fried chicken at Wishbone. I love that I could literally find anything that I craved. I had plans to try Vedge, an award winning vegan restaurant but was entirely too hungry to wait for the 5 PM opening which means I will be back!
What to Do
I had no real plans other than to relax and unwind but if you are looking for outside activities, there are plenty. The Kimmel Cultural Arts Center, which has several locations within walking distance, is my favorite place to get a piece of Broadway in Philly. A quick step outside and you can see the beautiful mural art that makes this city so unique. The hotel is located close to the gayborhood which is home to my favorite bookstore, Giovanni's Room, the oldest and most unique LBGTQ and Feminist bookstore in the country. If shopping is what you want, Local Market Phl, allows you to support local Philadelphia small businesses and creators and close by is Kin Boutique, one of my favorite places to sip, shop and chat. They have just expanded the product line to include men. If you go tell them I sent you.
Add the Philadelphia Guild House Hotel to your must stay list if you are looking for a staycation or visiting the city. There's a reason that Travel + Leisure magazine added it to their “It List”. It's an experience that will have you coming back for more.