The Best Hotels to Book in Malvern, Pennsylvania

Our favorite hotels in Malvern are all sure to give you a warm welcome
Our favorite hotels in Malvern are all sure to give you a warm welcome | Courtesy of Courtyard Philadelphia Great Valley/Malvern / Expedia
Anna Laird Barto

Experience the best of small-town America in Malvern, Pennsylvania. This quiet borough offers a welcome change of pace from Philadelphia, just 25mi (40km) away. Malvern’s brick storefronts and Victorian architecture recall an era before urban sprawl, and now house an eclectic small business and restaurant scene. Whether you want to get out of the city for the weekend, or stop overnight on your way to Amish Country or King of Prussia, try our pick of the best hotels in Malvern, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Desmond Hotel, a Doubletree by Hilton, for modern charm

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Guests receive a warm welcome at the Desmond with a fresh cookie on arrival. Check into your homey room or suite, where the simple, classically styled furniture evokes Malvern’s revolutionary past. The Fork & Bottle restaurant, which occupies a grand banquet space downstairs, somewhat resembles Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, with recessed paneling and silver chandeliers. In keeping with Malvern’s reputation for fine dining, the Fork & Bottle serves fresh regional cuisine such as Maryland crab bisque and grass-fed sirloin steak with madeira sauce.

2. Sonesta ES Suites Malvern Valley Forge, for Scandi-style suites

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Double bed facing a TV, desk and chair in a Sonesta ES Suites Malvern Valley Forge room
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Make the Sonesta ES your base for exploring all of scenic Chester County, from shopping at King of Prussia Mall to hiking the protected meadows and forests of Valley Forge National Historical Park. The cheery, Scandi-inspired suites have full refrigerators, natural wood cabinets and small dining tables for family meals. You can also hang out downstairs at the Nest, a shared living space with casual bench seating, throw pillows and pedestal stands for drinks.

3. Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-Great Valley, for a grown-up home from home

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Outdooor social and dining area at Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-Great Valley, with two seats by a lit fire pit up front
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This Malvern hotel is next door to Penn State Great Valley grad school. You’ll be inspired to cook in your suite’s full kitchen with sleek granite countertops, but you certainly don’t have to – nearby dining options include the classy Italian restaurant Alba and the trendy Brick & Brew Gastropub. From Monday to Thursday, Homewood hosts evening socials for guests, including a light meal and free beverage.

4. Courtyard Philadelphia Great Valley/Malvern, for scenic surroundings

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Indoor pool area at Courtyard Philadelphia Great Valley/Malvern, with handrail
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The Courtyard Philadelphia Great Valley/Malvern provides all you need for a productive and relaxing stay. Rooms and suites feature ample, well-lit workspaces, crisp sheets and cozy throws. Start your day with a Starbucks from the hotel bistro and a run through Valley Creek Park, or a work-out in the ever-open fitness center. At night, wind down by the fire pit, drink in hand, watching the sun set over the wooded hills.

5. Residence Inn Great Valley/Malvern, for an understated retreat

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Exterior of Residence Inn Great Valley/Malvern, with grass lawn by road
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If you can’t move to Malvern, the next best thing is a stay at Residence Inn. Make yourself at home in an apartment-style suite with a full kitchen, sectional sofa and Paul Mitchell hair products. Take advantage of the indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast buffet, and there’s no shortage of great restaurants nearby. Just 875yd (800m) away is Avola Kitchen and Bar, where Mediterranean classics are made with fresh ingredients from local farms.

6. Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Great Valley/Malvern, for easy access to the sights

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Exterior of Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Great Valley/Malvern, lit up at night; ample car parking space adjoins it
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The Hampton Inn is conveniently located west of Malvern, near the campus of Immaculata University. Rooms and suites are decorated in soothing taupes with golden yellow touches. The hotel offers free breakfast and there are plenty of dining options nearby, including Outback Steakhouse and local favorite McKenzie Brew House. If you crave pretzels or gummy bears in the middle of the night, the Inn’s on-site convenience store has you covered. And did we mention there’s a lovely outdoor pool?

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