Bed & Breakfast - Private room · West Walnut Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144, United States

This historic 157 year old Victorian style home features 20 rooms, hardwood floors, stain glass windows, 10 foot ceilings, six fireplaces and a center staircase that now welcomes our guests who desire a taste of the past with modern day amenities.

The Space

Our B&B features the following benefits:

*Less then 10 Miles from Center City Philadelphia
*Convenient public transportation to Center City
*Free private parking in our huge backyard
*Delicious breakfast served each morning
*Use of many areas in and outside the house

This Victorian Style house, now the Villa Anna B&B, was built in 1857 and was once the home to the Mayor of Philadelphia over 100 years ago!

The Liberty Room is a serene and cozy private room and features a very comfortable Full Size Bed (NEW BED as of January 2014), a window air conditioner, gas heat, 32" Flat Screen Cable HD TV, Wi-Fi throughout the house, beautiful original hardwood floors, desk & chair, clock radio, in-room bottled water, fresh linens, extra towels, extra blanket & pillow and plenty of closet space.
This lovely private room shares a bathroom with one other guest staying on that floor.

Our B&B guests have additional access to the following areas of our home:

* A beautiful and exquisite first floor sitting room
* The Veranda overlooking the flower garden
* The lovely patio garden located out back
* A full size refrigerator/freezer and Microwave
*The laundry facilities, including washer/dryer

Our B&B is located in the very historic West Germantown section of the city and our home is located just minutes from the Chestnut Hill and Manayunk areas. These areas offer great shopping and trendy restaurants. Both Philadelphia University and Temple University are also just minutes away!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Boat House Row, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are located just 15 minutes from our home and the Historic Center of the city (Old City) is just 20 minutes away.

The Neighborhood

The beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park with it's lovely nature trails, creek, jogging/biking trails and wooden-covered bridges is less then 1 mile from our home.

Getting around

SEPTA is the regional public transportation company that services the Philadelphia area.

SEPTA's regional train that services the neighborhood is called the Chestnut Hill West Line and the local train station (Tulpehocken Station) is located just 3 blocks from our home. This train will take you downtown to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Historic District in about 20 minutes.

SEPTA's Route 23 Bus stops 1 block from the B&B and takes you to Chestnut Hill in 5 minutes. This bus also takes you downtown to the Convention Center in Center City and the Historic District in about 35 minutes.

Other Things to Note

Private shuttle service is available to/from both Philadelphia Airport and the 30th Street Train Station for a discounted minimal fee.

Your host is a Professional Tour Guide for the City of Philadelphia. Personal tours of Historic Philadelphia are available to B&B guests at a discounted rate.

We respect all of our Guest's privacy. We are available to address any request but we have separate living quarters in the home and only interact with our guests at their discretion.

Please contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $325 /week
Monthly Price: $995 /month
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Villa Anna is in a good neighborhood.

    April 2014
  • I was in Philly for a work training and spent most of my time in my class. While I didn't spend much time in my room, it was comfortable and had everything I needed. The neighborhood is nice, and parking was super easy (street parking, and they have their own lot in the back). Having on demand TV to watch after a long, tiring day was also a nice perk. The hosts were also very accommodating. When I arrived, Rich gave me the tour and told me all the important things I'd need to know for my stay. I didn't actually meet Gloria until I was checking out, and she packed some breakfast to take with me and even offered to drive me to the train. If I'm ever in Philly again, I'll be sure to look them up!

    March 2014
  • Rich and Gloria were great hosts to us this weekend. Since my husband and I were in Philadelphia for work, we had to arrive very late but they were very understanding and helpful. Rooms were very beautiful. Their dog was really cute and friendly too. I highly recommend them for a nice weekend stay.

    March 2014
  • Rich and Gloria were great host and I recommend anyone to book with them. They are vey nice people. Gloria will whip up the perfect breakfast to start your day, and Rich can help you plan your itenerary. He is very knowledgeable about Philadelphia, hence he's a tour guide for the city. This was my first experience with airbnb and first time to Philadelphia, I couldn't imagine have staying anywhere else but here, it worked out perfect. The neighborhood was quiet and full of beautiful historical houses. And there is a train station just 3 blocks from there house and that takes just 15 minutes to Center City. Overall great experience again I'd recommend anyone to book with Rich and Gloria.

    February 2014
  • Rich and Gloria are great genuine people....there BnB both has a
    very private quality as well as homey and social. The whole stay was perfect for are surrounded by beauty and creativity
    in an extremely laid back relaxed enviornment... there was good food and coffee in the morning and great hospitality...
    the location was perfectly central for my needs...they were also very easy to reach and coordinate timing with...i will stay there as a regular for sure and feel very grateful to have met Gloria Rich and Rocky!!!...5 stars for sure

    February 2014
    Rich And Gloria
    Response from Rich And Gloria:

    Thanks Abba for the very positive review. We are looking forward to hosting you again very soon. Our dog "Rocky" already misses you!
    Thanks again, Rich, Gloria & "Rocky"!

  • Good value B&B! Lovely home and very friendly hosts

    February 2014
  • Rich and Gloria were fantastic hosts! I stayed with them for a month, and the room itself was perfect for me.They were very knowledgeable regarding the city, which was great since I wasn't from the area. I wasn't too keen on the neighborhood (the neighborhood didn't feel safe to me), nor was I a huge fan of the cleanliness of the kitchen. The overall cleanliness of the place was the biggest turn off, especially for the price I was paying.

    February 2014
    Rich And Gloria
    Response from Rich And Gloria:

    Thank you Emily for taking the time to write such an incitful review. I can only imagine the "culture shock" a college girl from Grand Forks, North Dakota must have experienced leaving home for the first time and finding herself living in a city as beautiful and diverse as Philadelphia.

    All of our neighbors and the entire neighborhood are nothing less then warm and welcoming to everyone. That is what makes this wonderful and historic neighborhood of Germantown such a great place to live in and visit.

    Regarding our historic 157 year old twenty room home, it always needs some TLC. The slower B&B winter season allows us the time to take on larger projects and upgrade different areas of our house. We are pleased to report that the new kitchen appliances and the new kitchen counter have been installed and the work is now completed. The 3rd floor bedroom painting and remodeling work was completed last week. The work areas have been cleaned up and we are happy to say that the rooms are looking great!

    Emily, we enjoyed hosting you very much and hope your college internship inspires you. We are very pleased that you found us to be "fantastic hosts!" and that your room was "perfect for me" especially since you were paying the monthly rate of $825.00 or $29.46/per night.

    Your comments are very important to us because we strive to make everyone's stay with us an enjoyable one. We take personal pride in our B&B business and honestly stand behind our other 44 extreamly positive reviews and believe they speak for themselves.

    Thank you again for taking the time to review your month long stay with us. We will use your comments to better our B&B business and improve our future guests experiences.

    Rich & Gloria
    Villa Anna B&B

  • Rich and Gloria have the most beautiful house, and the personalities to go with it. On our first day, while we were having breakfast, Rich sat down with us and provided us with maps and an extensive and enjoyable tour of the city. We learnt so much about Philadelphia without even leaving the table. As other guests have mentioned, breakfast was provided, but as my friend and I were prone to waking up late, Gloria would actually go downstairs to heat up our food and make us hot water for tea regardless of what time we got up. Both Rich and Gloria were funny, kind and helpful every single time they saw us, and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had what we needed.

    In terms of location, walking through the neighbourhood itself was a treat, just looking at the fancy and idyllic houses all around. The only thing to bear in mind is that the SEPTA train that takes you to the city center is about $5 one way, but if you are aware of the fact and include it into your budget, this house is an excellent choice. The house itself looked like it came out of a movie set or a history textbook, and was simply stunning. Thank you to Rich and Gloria for letting us share your home for a little while, we really loved it! : )

    January 2014
  • We had an amazing stay here! Not only is the home magnificent on a grand scale but Gloroa and Rich are lovely people! You can chat with Rich for hours about everything from rocky balboa to the history of Philly. He is a wealth of knowledge and even does tours of Philly which we imagine would be amazing! Unfortunately we didn't have time to go on a tour but will definitely when we come back which we definitely want to! Can't recommend this home enough! It's one of the nicest places we've stayed in!! (And the breakfast is amazing!)

    September 2013
  • It was a nice rambling old home, the breakfast was great, and Gloria is very pet-friendly. However, our bed was very squeaky and not all that comfortable. The room is on the 3rd floor and shares a bathroom with other boarders. My partner is 6ft 8 inches tall and the ceilings in the room and bathroom and doorways were a major challenge for him. The location is fine if you have a car.

    September 2013
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Gloria is originally from Rome, Italy and is currently a fashion designer and artist. Rich is a native Philadelphian who works as a tour guide for the city of Philadelphia. We both enjoy traveling, delicious food, and the company of good people!
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