Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast

Our University City inn offers modern vintage design, fire pit, and wrap around porch close. 


Our University City inn offers modern vintage design, fire pit, and wrap around porch close. 

green room
back patio
breakfast spread
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The Basics


Our University City Boutique Inn offers modern vintage design, fire pit, and wrap-around porch blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Beautifully adorned suites, personal service, and thoughtful details. With stained glass, stunning gardens, world-class museums, and dining, our inn is the perfect home base to explore all Philadelphia has to offer. Our luxury rooms, legendary breakfast, and extraordinary gardens are yours to enjoy as you explore the birthplace of our nation.

At a Glance

  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-Free
  • Free Parking
  • Fireplace or Fire Pit
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Arts & Culture
  • History & Heritage
  • Hidden Gem

In the Know

  • Check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just steps away from the inn!

  • Barnes Foundation to view an amazing collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern art.

  • A must see when visiting the city is a trip to Independence Hall and Liberty Bell

  • Discover amazing animals and exhibits at the Philadelphia Zoo

Stay for the Story

The B&B was built in what was once sprawling farmland, dotted with extravagant country estates, known as Powelton Village, Philadelphia's first street car suburb. This property is an urban oasis, just steps away from Center City, PA.

Sip & Savor

Here are a few things to sip & savor when you visit…

Looking for great seafood with Italian flair? Try Positano Coast!
Just steps away from beautiful Rittenhouse Square, try Steven Starr's The Love restaurant
Try brunch available seven days a week at White Dog restaurant

See & Do

Here are a few things to see & do when you visit…

Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia's oldest open market with over 86 food vendors. 
Philly Ghost Tours offer spooky history. Non spooky historical tours are also offered year-round
Find nature in the city with a hike through the waterfalls of Wissahickon Valley Park, or the beautiful Bartrums Garden.

Guest Reviews

Stayed for 2 nights for my son’s Drexel visit which was

- Ella Valena

My new husband and I stayed at Cornerstone for our wedding night before we embarked on the rest of our honeymoon, and we could not have had a more excellent time. We chose the honeymoon package and were delighted with how the towel swans and rose petals looked when we arrived to our room, the Fairmount. Our bed was super cozy and comfortable, the bathroom and sink were spotless,...See More

- Hope Carson

Our stay was completely delightful. We were only here for one night, and both wished we could stay all week. The room was comfortable and clean, the whole space was welcoming, and Brian was particularly wonderful as a host. His food was incredible, especially the breakfast! He ensured that our stay was everything we needed. We’ve definitely found the place we’ll be staying when we make the trip out...See More

- Taylor Vaughn

I ended up staying at Cornerstone unexpectedly, after my plans changed last-minute. I was on my way to the airport to head home, when my Penn doctor told me I needed to stay several more days. Without a place to stay, I asked Penn Med staff for a list of recommendations--Cornerstone was at the top. Initially I had wanted to stay there but decided against it, opting for something...See More

- Cristine E. Wright

The Cornerstone is an outstanding bed and breakfast. I was here for two nights, visiting Penn, and loved it: the house is very pleasant, breakfast very tasty, and the neighborhood pretty. Brian, the innkeeper, was great---he was friendly, welcoming, and kind, without being intrusive. That's a hard balance to find, and he did a good job. As always---the Cornerstone is a particular kind of thing, and you have to...See More

- Christopher White

Rooms & Suites

# of Rooms: 6

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathrobes, Hair Dryer, USB Charging Stations, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishings

For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.


Smoking Policy: Outside Only

Family Friendly: Welcomes children over the age of 12

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Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Restaurant on Premises: No

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Beverages, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Complimentary Snacks, Picnics Available, Special Diets Accommodated

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: 24 Hours, Onsite

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Cabins/Cottages Available, Concierge Services, Free Onsite Parking, Full House Rental Available, Gardens on Property, LGBTQI+ Friendly, Meeting Space Available, National Historic Registry, Spa Service, Swimming Pool, Weddings & Events Available, Wine/Spirits Available

Weddings & Celebrations

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor

Events Supported: Private Parties, Elopements, Baby Showers, Tea Parties

Business Travel & Meetings

Meeting Types: Retreats

Meeting Facilities: Yes

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Location Type: City/Metro