Morris House Hotel

The Morris House Hotel may just be our “find” of the year. Ideally located in the Society Hill area of the City, this 15 room, circa 1787 boutique hotel oozes with charm. It is a registered national landmark that has retained much of its colonial past, while modernizing just enough to be acceptable to today’s traveler.

Surrounded by huge iron gates, the property includes a wonderful brick courtyard used for dining for the M Restaurant next door and private functions. The lush gardens make it one of Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor dining spaces. Inside, there’s a warm and cozy library on the main floor that had a roaring fire on the day we arrived and two dining rooms, one of which has French doors that open onto the courtyard.

Bedrooms are oversized with built in bookcases, fireplaces (non-working) original plank floors and decorated with period furnishings. All have a shower/bathtub or standing shower and Jacuzzi, 600 thread count cotton sheets, Egyptian cotton towels, IPhone docking stations, plasma cable TV’s and EcoFresh bath amenities. Beds were comfortable with down bedding and pillows.

A Continental breakfast, available at 7am, includes a variety of fresh whole fruits, cereal, granola, yogurts, a delicious assortment of locally baked breads and pastries, coffee, tea and juice. Every day at 3p.m. the hotel offers freshly baked cookies with tea in the Library.

M Restaurant was voted “Most Romantic” and “Best Ambience” by Open Table, and “Best Outdoor Dining” by Philadelphia Magazine and Open Table, It serves an affordable menu of creative, seasonal/locally-sourced fare, blending new American and European cuisines.

THE RATES: From $209 Peak Season Weekend. Great value.