The Independent Hotel
What We Love
- Intimate: just 24 spacious rooms
- Near Philly’s best bars and restaurants
- Light breakfast, hosted wine hour and WiFi are included in the Jetsetter rate
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What To Know
- Located on a bustling corner that can be loud; earplugs are provided in each room
- Parking is $20 per day
- No fitness center, though guests have access to a neighborhood gym around the corner
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
As you approach it, the Independent’s red brick Georgian Revival façade fits in perfectly with the historic row houses lining Locust Street. Inside, the structure has been stripped to the studs and completely re-engineered into a lovely 24-room inn. A second-story lobby atrium extends up to the fifth floor skylight and is dominated by a colorful three-story painting of Independence Hall by local artist Kim Senior. Off to the side there’s a small parlor space with a gas fireplace that hosts an evening wine and cheese hour.
Bed and Bath
The spacious guestrooms are charming, with wood floors, exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light. King Rooms take it to the next level, adding gas fireplaces and comfy sitting areas. Dark wood desks and chairs will satisfy the business traveler, while leopard-print wool rugs add a dose of whimsy. The bathrooms are big, with a galley shower equipped with a double showerhead.
On the ground level, Little Nonna’s is the latest restaurant by Philly power couple Valerie Safran and chef Marcie Turney. This cozy Italian eatery specializes in traditional family-style faves like Sunday Gravy: a San Marzano tomato marinara served over the macaroni of the day and a platter of braised beef short rib; beef, veal and pork meatballs stuffed with fontina, fennel sausage, and pork braciole.
In the Area
Real estate agents and the official literature refer to this area as Midtown Village, but everybody else knows it as the Gayborhood, a dynamic district of renovated row houses and sceney restaurants and bars built over the last 15 years by Philly’s LGBT community. The aforementioned duo of Safran and Turney transformed South 13th Street into one of the city’s hottest dining destinations with buzzy Barbuzzo, serving such Mediterranean tapas as lima bean and preserved lemon risotto balls, caciocavallo-stuffed meatballs, and grilled branzino. Just down the street the duo have just completed a renovation of their first restaurant, a hip Mexican joint called Lolita. Stop in early, for one of the best margaritas in Philly, or late, for a satisfying selection of tacos. Chef Turney’s signature candies, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, are sold at the duo’s lifestyle boutique, Verde, which is also a great spot to pick up gifts for friends and family.
How to Get There
The Independent Hotel is a very comfortable, welcoming boutique hotel centrally located within walking distance of many great restaurants and other Philly sights. I've stayed at the hotel on three separate occasions, twice when traveling alone and felt very safe and secure. There is ample parking nearby. The staff is very accommodating to guests requests. The Independent Hotel is a small hotel with a low key, yet stylish lobby on the second floor of the building. It's a reasonably priced hotel considering the location, attentiveness of the staff, size and cleanliness of the rooms, and its stylish, cozy ambience.
Great location for walking the city. Room and bathroom spacious. Nice bedding and fluffy soft towels. Breakfast is a little strange, you choose from a menu the night before and it is delivered the next morning. Bread and pastries were a little stale and fruit overripe. In-room coffee machine worked, but we had only one little container of milk in the fridge. Small stuff, but important.
This hotel is well placed for visiting most sights in Philadelphia - be prepared to walk. Shame that there are large renovations going on all around the front of the hotel which rather spoilt the entrance, which is by lift to the second floor. Staff were helful and friendly although one lady did grumble when she had to provide a bottle opener as non was available in the kitchen area, which was not very adequately supplied. The beds were very comfotable. The shower really needs to be renovated as the tiling is extremely poor and also there was a very rusty heater fixed on the wall in the bathroom. Breakfast was very sparce and we only had one little jam supplied between two of us to have with our rather old croissants. There was no milk supplied to go with the coffee machine. Our room looked down into an inner couryard roof of the restaurant next door, which stayed open until late so I was pleased to have earplugs.
My boyfriend and I stayed there just a few weeks ago and I must say I really liked it! The staff was really great, shot out to Joyce who was super helpful, and the rooms were adorable! The hotel is in the center of everything we wanted but had a intimate vibe. We decided to stay at the hotel because we were coming in from Jersey for dinner and to go to a show; it was the perfect spot for a short 'staycation.' All in all, really enjoyed ourselves and would totally come back again!
Employees do not put guests as priority. Rooms need more oulets and a desk. Neighborhood is good and I gelt.sage walking.around. good restaurants close by and within easy waking distance to major sites. Experience was average I think we could have the same experience for less money