Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love – but that’s not to say traveling with brothers, sisters, kids or any other family members can’t get a little hectic. Luckily, we’ve got the solution – or should we say solutions? From child-friendly roof-deck pools and complimentary rollaway service to balloons for the birthday girls and boys, here are some of the best upscale places to stay in Philadelphia that have something to offer each member of your family. Be sure to book yours with Culture Trip.
The Ritz-Carlton is the sine qua non of Broad Street glamour and has occupied its spot at number 10 since 1907. Some oohs and aahs at the building’s impressive architectural references to the Pantheon and Beaux-Arts period are merited, but this Ritz-Carlton also gets pop-culture cred for having hosted the first-ever NFL draft. It parties on as a spot for local celebrity sightings, and its bar, Aqimero, magnetizes the city’s major-league schmoozers and sipsters alike. If you’re bringing the kids along and therefore can’t commit to the bar scene, no worries: the hotel also has a champagne vending machine and room service.
Regardless of the season, if you’re looking for a sleek city view, check in at the Four Seasons – this is one kid-friendly hotel in Philadelphia that certainly won’t disappoint. Canted mirrors coat the ceiling of the 60th-floor reception desk, welcoming well-heeled guests to unimpeded views of Philly landmarks, including sweeping visions of the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row. Profusions of ostrich feathers and live orchids stud the gleaming surfaces, and the hotel’s restaurant and bar open out between crystalline floor-to-ceiling windows. Spacious elevators are kid-friendly and stroller-friendly, while the restaurant, Jean-Georges Philadelphia, does a delicious children’s menu – order them the chicken nuggets.
Right beside the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Logan is a classic example of upscale Hilton design tempered by the company’s Curio-label quirkiness: bronze-cast statuettes nod to Philly’s collection of Rodin sculptures, while silver gel photos float like memories on high chandeliers. A rooftop bar replete with fire pits presents a comfortable year-round space for adult enjoyment, and during the day kids can check out attractions such as the Parkway Central Library, LOVE Park and the City of Brotherly Love’s own Giant Heart.
It’s not on the Avenue of the Arts for nothing – you’ll find the hotel right on Broad Street in downtown Philly. The Doubletree by Hilton is the place to go if you’re looking for easy access to live theater, orchestra, opera or galleries. Whether you fancy a production of Hamilton at the Merriam Theater or a show for all ages at the Kimmel Center, you won’t have far to go – the film and theater epicenter of the city is at your feet. Also at your feet? Philadelphia’s Walk of Fame. If you look up as you crouch, you might see one of the stars walking by on the way to a show.
Among the kid-friendly hotels in Philadelphia, the Sonesta stands out for its energetic vibe, fueled by contemporary art decor referencing local up-and-coming Philly artists. With Louboutin-red seating and the buzz from the adjoining ArtBar, the Sonesta has an electric energy that’s great for families on the move. The hotel has rollaway and crib services, and a rooftop pool with enough room for the whole crew. Nearby attractions include City Hall and Dilworth Park, and it’s a one-minute walk to a La Colombe cafe for a pick-me-up, before boarding a Philadelphia Sightseeing Tour (bus stop adjacent).
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