Morris House Hotel

225 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Innkeeper(s): Lenka Martinkova
  • Introduction

    Morris House Hotel front of innHistory and luxury combine at the Morris House Hotel. Built in 1787, the Morris House is a National Historic Landmark that has been renovated into one of Philadelphia, Pensylvania’s finest luxury boutique hotels. With an unparalleled attention to detail, the Morris House offers the coziness of a Bed & Breakfast with the elegance of top-tier hospitality.

    Ideally located a few short blocks from Philadelphia’s most photographed treasures, the Morris House is tucked away by Washington Square Park in a welcoming neighborhood steeped in long standing Colonial tradition.

    Escape from Philadelphia’s busy streets and sit in the Morris House Hotel’s luxurious courtyard garden—a true urban oasis and the only one of its kind among Center City hotels. Relax away from the winter cold with tea and cookies by a warm fire in our Revolutionary-era lounge. Spend a summer night under the stars enjoying the south of France feel of our formal garden with a five-course meal or plate of artisan cheese and wine at our on-site M Restaurant.

    To stay here is to expect more.

    The Morris House Hotel. Room for history.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lenka Martinkova for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most people here are looking for a unique experience that is close to a piece of American history.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our exceptional service and creating a very personal stay. Our hotel is unique because it was once the actual home of a revolutionary. What I love best about the hotel is having friendly conversations with the guests.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Visit any of the museums here in Philly. There are so many to choose from. Many are about art, many are about science, and there is a ton of history to explore.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The quality of service, the close proximity to museums and the Convention center, and the warm, home-like quality of the hotel.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Well it won’t be a secret anymore. :-)

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day 1: Explore the history of Philadelphia. Visit the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, The Benjamin Franklin Museum, or Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

    Day2: Explore the Arts here in Philly. you can visit the Barne’s Foundation, the Rodin Museum, the Pearleman Museum. You could triumphantly run up the “Rocky steps” to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Then you can spend the afternoon, enjoying the sites and sounds, on the Fairmount Park Lawn.

    Day 3: Celebrate scientific achievement by visiting the Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Then Finish the evening with live music, or theater. (Something to juxtapose science)

    Day 4: Spend a day in authentic Philly. Go shopping at the reading terminal market for lunch, Chinatown for Dinner and more.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The beautiful Washington Square garden, with the tomb of the unknown soldier, is just around the corner, and one more block away is Independence Hall. Beyond that are more historical sites and museums. 

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    M Restaurant is one of Philadelphia's best dining experiences. Whether you are seeking a romantic center city restaurant for date night, a pre-theater dinner, a wedding rehearsal or reception location, or you simply want a local restaurant experience, the M Restaurant is your ideal, unique venue.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? is a really good resource, and there is also the Philadelphia welcome center and the Constitution Center for when you are in Philly.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Our hotel has 15 rooms that give a home like quality that cannot be matched by any other in the area.

    Do you accept pets?


  • Inn Offerings

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    • Fifteen unique rooms both colonial and modern
    • LG flat screen TV’s
    • iHome docking stations
    • European-style continental breakfast
    • Afternoon tea & cookies
    • Fresh brewed Philly Fair Trade Coffee
    • 24-Hour concierge service
    • Wine down with the Morris House
    • Top services & amenities
    • For your convenience, the Morris House Hotel has partnerships with a nearby gym, salon and bicycle rental company

    A Better Night's Stay

    • Triple sheeting & turn down service
    • Private bathrooms with shower/bathtub or Jacuzzi
    • Egyptian cotton towels
    • Bathrobes
    • Hair dryers
    • Eco-friendly bath amenities

    Special Room Request Amenities

    • Flowers
    • Mini bar
    • Gourmet snacks & chocolates
    • Champagne
    • Gym passes to Optimal Sport
    • Bike rental

    Morris House Hotel wine

    Complimentary Services

    • European-style continental breakfast
    • Afternoon tea, Philly Fair Trade Coffee, & house-baked cookies
    • Wireless Internet
    • Guest office workstation with free computer, printer, & fax access
    • Complimentary glass of red or white wine from 4-5 pm every day
  • Area Activities

    Morris House Hotel love signIn the hub of the city’s attractions for business and leisure, the Morris House Hotel serves as the perfect starting point for your experience of Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, one of the nation’s premiere business destinations, is a ten minute walk from our hotel. The Center also features Reading Terminal Market, an over 100 year old visual, artistic and culinary attraction. South Street, one of the East Coast’s major entertainment and nightlife locations, and Philadelphia’s famed Avenue of the Arts are less than ten minutes away. In the city of food, fine dining is always close at hand.

    Located in America’s most historic square mile just steps from Washington Square Park, the Morris House Hotel is an escape to privacy from the exciting city streets. Step off our historic property into the nation’s oldest diamond district, two blocks from the Walnut Street Theater, the first theater in the United States. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell—two of the most treasured testaments to America’s freedom—are only two blocks away.

    Start here and go anywhere. The city’s treasures wait.

    For Business Travelers

    The Morris House Hotel offers the luxuries of top tier hospitality with the comforts of a boutique hotel. While traveling for business, treat yourself to a little pleasure; escape from the end of the day to our hotel where our profession is your rest and respite. We understand that business never sleeps, so let our complimentary wireless internet, printing and fax keep you connected while you recharge. Our fresh coffee brewed throughout the day, breakfast you can grab and go and snacks in the afternoon will help keep you going through your work.

    For Hospital Patients and Visitors

    We are the closest hotel to all 3 major hospitals in the area; Pennsylvania Hospital, Jefferson Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital. Whether you are recovering from a procedure or visiting a loved one, a relaxing stay at the Morris House Hotel will do wonders to make your hospital experience improved.

    Morris House Hotel outdoor seatingDining

    Philadelphia is rapidly becoming one of the culinary capitols of the country. There’s no better place to start exploring the wonderful food of this great city than our very own M Restaurant. Guests at the hotel receive a 10% discount to enjoy the M’s fine wine and renowned cheese plates and Contemporary American food made from fresh and local ingredients. M Restaurant Menu

    If you’re looking to dine elsewhere, with more than 1,700 restaurants in the city, fine fare from every culture is never far away. Whether you are looking for a five star dining experience or a small restaurant with unique food and feel, our concierge can help you choose the perfect restaurant.

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    Nearby Attractions

    • Independence Hall
    • National Constitution Center
    • Liberty Bell
    • Betsy Ross House
    • Christ Church & Ben Franklin Grave
    • Elfreth’s Alley
    • Masonic Temple of Philadelphia
    • Historical Society of Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia Federal Mint
    • National Liberty Museum
    • African-American Museum
    • National Museum of Jewish History
    • University of the Arts
    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • Pennsylvania Convention Center
    • Reading Terminal Market
    • South Street
    • The Gallery Shopping Mall
    • Walnut Street Theater
    • Forrest Theater
    • Wilma Theater
    • Kimmel Center
    • Academy of Music
    • South Street
    • Pennsylvania Hospital
    • Jefferson Hospital
    • Wills Eye Hospital
    • Market East Train Station
  • Weddings

    Morris House Hotel canopyPicture your wedding in the heart of Center City, near the perfect middle of Market and South Street, of Broad Street and Front. Philadelphia blooms around you; the artistic treasures and historic gems, the bustle of business, the liveliness of the city’s streets. The Morris House Hotel is an escape from the motion of the city into a landmark of time in stillness. Picture you’re wedding here, you’re mind at peace in the city’s heart.

    Experience Philadelphia’s best kept secret. The Morris House Hotel’s spectacular courtyard garden is a setting for a wedding ceremony and celebration like no other. The 4,800 square foot garden is a Colonial-era gem, a treasure from the past rich with the dreamy romanticism of time. This is a place of elegance and privacy to add historic charm to your new beginning.

    Whether you want a hand in every detail or the pieces to simply fall in place, our professional wedding and event planners will see to it that your every need is met. This is the venue for your present, the place to celebrate your future.

    To make a personal appointment to discuss any details and have your questions answered, please call or email us.