The Morris House Hotel

Exceeding expectations is our absolute goal at the Morris House Hotel. We go beyond superb accommodations, exclusive amenities and the city’s best location in the pursuit of excellence in hospitality.

An extraordinary experience.

A historic landmark.

An award-winning hotel.

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Built in 1787, The Morris House takes its name from the generations of the Morris Family who occupied it for more than one hundred and twenty years. Today the Morris House remains one of the finest lasting examples of Colonial residential architecture in Philadelphia.

Though construction did not begin until after the struggle for American Independence the design of the Morris house is Colonial in style and pre-Revolutionary in character. Thanks to a dedicated preservation effort, the building remains true to its original architectural design, making it one of the most handsome historic brick residences in Philadelphia. The elegance and distinction of the façade are unexcelled in early American city architecture.

The year 1790 opened Philadelphia’s most brilliant decade as the first capital of the United States. In those days, residents of the Morris House could wave from their windows to Thomas Jefferson returning from an evening stroll to his home on High Street (now Market), only three blocks away. George Washington would drive by in his cream-colored French coach, determined to set a precedent of dignity in the new office as President of the United States. As these great men influenced the social and political landscapes of the time, so too did the Morris family.

Early colonist Anthony Morris, settling in William Penn’s “green country towne” in 1685, was a preacher, brewmaster and judge who became one of the first mayors of Philadelphia. Anthony Morris’ grandson Samuel was the founder of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, a group that contributed twenty-two horsemen to the Continental Army’s First Troop of Philadelphia City Cavalry of which Samuel was the captain. Luke Wistar Morris, a prominent Philadelphia figure and successful manufacturer, was Samuel Morris’ son.

In 1914 the Morris family restored the north and south sides of the house to their original glory. After tearing down an adjoining house, the reclaimed land was added to the spectacular garden area. Barring very minor changes, the architecture of the house has not been altered to this day.

In 1967 the Morris House, for its lasting contribution to our city and country’s history, was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Today the Morris House at 225 South Eighth Street is a window into the colonial past. It has become a landmark to be visited and appreciated, one of many historic gems tucked away in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. The graceful old colonial house that has seen the making of so much history has itself become a part of it.

In 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.


The Morris House Hotel offers the luxuries of top tier hospitality with the comforts of a boutique hotel.  While traveling for business, unwind in one of our 17 rooms and feel free to use our historic library or the Reynold’s room to connect with your clients.  Our complimentary wireless Internet, printing and fax options can help you stay connected while you recharge.  With our continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, endless fresh brewed coffee, and our helpful staff, we will be sure to take care of you during your stay with us.


We are the closest hotel to all 3 major hospitals in the area; Pennsylvania, Jefferson, and Wills Eye Hospital. Whether you are recovering from a procedure or visiting a loved one, a relaxing escape at the Morris House Hotel with our caring staff will offer the respite you need during these challenging times.


  • 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
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Penn Museum
  • Boathouse Row
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Delancey Street
  • Society Hill
  • Free Library of Philadelphia – Independence Branch
  • Pine Street
  • Logan Square
  • Love Park
  • Dilworth Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Franklin Square
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • South Street
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Fashion District Philadelphia
  • Walnut Street Theater
  • Forrest Theater
  • Wilma Theater
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Kimmel Center
  • Academy of Music
  • Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
  • The Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Benjamin Franklin Museum
  •  Independence Seaport Museum
  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Rodin Museum
  • Jefferson Hospital
  • Wills Eye Hospital
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • Fireman’s Hall Museum
  • Jefferson Station
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Museum of the American Revolution
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