The 10 Best Hotels in Philadelphia

Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at the Rittenhouse in Philadelphia
Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at the Rittenhouse in Philadelphia | Courtesy of the Rittenhouse / Expedia
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13 November 2020

Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is full of American history – attractions like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall draw visitors every year. Dating back to the Colonial or Victorian periods, some of the city’s historic buildings have since been converted into beautiful hotels, offering guests unique accommodation. Make the most of a trip to Pennsylvania with Culture Trip’s guide to the best places to stay in Philadelphia.

Penn's View Hotel

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Penn's View Hotel
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Overlooking bustling Market Street and a short walk from Penn’s Landing and Independence Hall, this historic hotel is in a prime location for visiting the main sights. Many of the rooms at Penn’s View include exposed brick walls, balconies, and fireplaces – plus guests have a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from the hotel entrance. For convenience, the hotel provides a fitness room and a complimentary continental breakfast, while the on-site restaurant, Panorama, has won multiple awards for its extensive wine selection.

The Rittenhouse

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The Rittenhouse
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This AAA five-diamond hotel is full of lavish rooms and suites and is across the street from Rittenhouse Square Park. Several of the suites hold separate seating areas for prime relaxation, as well as fully equipped kitchens or four-poster beds. The Rittenhouse includes four different dining options, ranging from simple cocktail bar to upscale restaurant, in order to make any visit as comfortable as possible.

The Independent Hotel

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A restored Georgian building with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, the Independent Hotel is a sophisticated and welcoming hotel. The hotel aims to make guests feel as at home as possible, with wine and cheese receptions, complimentary in-room continental breakfasts, and courtyard dining at the on-site Italian restaurant. With spacious rooms and modern amenities, a night at the Independent makes for a wonderful visit to Philadelphia.

Morris House Hotel

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Morris House Hotel
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Originally the home of the Morris family during the Colonial period, the Morris House Hotel was built in 1787 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Guests can stay in one of the period-style rooms, complete with armoires and Victorian writing desks. Enjoy the weather in the outdoor garden of their on-site M Restaurant – which provides five-course meals, artisanal cheese platters, and afternoon tea – to make the stay absolutely exquisite.

Inn at the Union League

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A four-diamond hotel, the Inn at the Union League is elegant and rich in history. The inn provides old-world hospitality by offering guests the use of the business and fitness centers, as well as a library and a barbershop. The restaurants are equally sophisticated, with a strict dress code for diners. This is an ideal location for business trips and meetings in Philadelphia, and it is located near several of the prominent theaters in the city.

Rittenhouse 1715

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Rittenhouse 1715
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A quaint little hotel built from a 1903 carriage house, Rittenhouse 1715 features Juliet balconies and period-style furniture. Many of the rooms in the hotel have marble bathrooms complete with rain showers, adding to a wonderfully relaxing stay. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea in the charming dining area.

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  • Chestnut Hill Hotel

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    Chestnut Hill Hotel
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    Located away from downtown Philadelphia, guests can get a break from the noise and the crowds of the city at Chestnut Hill Hotel. Built in 1894, the building has served many purposes – including as a speakeasy during Prohibition – before becoming the hotel it is today. A short walk from many unique shops, restaurants, and the Top of the Hill farmers market, this is a prime location for any visiting foodies or art lovers heading to the nearby Woodmere Art Museum.

    Le Méridien

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    This hotel is a Georgian revival building that was originally a YMCA. The interior is elegant with black and white decor, and features a number of archways and detailed woodwork. There is also an atrium courtyard with a skylight, bringing plenty of natural light into the space. Le Méridien is located a short walk from LOVE Park and the Convention Center.

    Latham Hotel

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    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel was built in 1907 and features a Victorian exterior with modern rooms. The Latham has preserved many of its original artifacts and design elements from the building’s past, making this a wonderful place to stay for those who appeciate historic decor and architecture. The location is near many of the city’s landmarks, making it easy to visit Philadelphia’s top attractions.

    Alexander Inn

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    Alexander Inn
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    This red brick hotel, complete with stained glass windows, features the original architecture from its construction in 1901. Comprising beautiful Art Deco-style rooms, the Alexander Inn is in an excellent location, just a short walk from Center City or Old City. The hotel provides a fitness center and a free breakfast buffet to guests, making for a welcoming and enjoyable stay.
    These recommendations were updated on November 13, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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