Though the city bade farewell to its famous arrival and departures board in 2019, 30th Street Station is still very much the triumphal arch to the great city of Philadelphia. Whether you’re looking to hitch a ride on Amtrak or grab the SEPTA train to the airport, here are a few places to consider staying near 30th Street Station – bookable on Culture Trip.
Built between 1929 and 1933, the monolithic Neoclassical limestone building continues steadfast, while the city bustles around it. Shops, cafes, a conference room and even a mortuary are housed inside – along with the 1895 bas relief, Spirit of Transportation. It’s a real ode to the epoch of railroad power.
Located just beside the Benjamin Parkway, the Logan combines Philadelphia curio quirkiness with classic upscale Hilton design – boutique chandeliers shimmer with antique silver gel photographs, and bronze-cast statuettes remind guests of nearby collections at the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. A rooftop bar offers a complete view of Logan Circle for adults, and the area itself has many family-friendly institutions, including the Academy of Natural Sciences, the beloved Franklin Institute and the magnificent Parkway Central Library.
The Marriott in downtown Philadelphia has clean, vaguely colonial-style decor that opts for red-and-white modernity while downplaying its impressive spaciousness. It’s a business-casual vibe with open lobbies and a variety of rooms to suit both groups and solo travelers, with easy access to the Philadelphia Convention Center – we’re looking at you, Flower Show lovers – and Reading Terminal Market. There are lots of good people-watching opportunities nearby, and it’s walking distance to Independence Hall – as well as the bonus of the nearby Delaware riverfront for ambitious families eyeing up a 76ers game or the National Seaport Museum.
An ideal site for those seeking access to several of Philly’s cultural attractions, Maj Hotel is located right off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the end of the residential Fairmount district. Besides easy access to the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Maj features its own smart hotel app to control lighting, temperature and room access, among other capabilities. With strategically exposed brickwork couching the high-tech vibe, amenities include a gym and self-check-in service, ideal for tech-savvy visitors on a timetable – or looking to attend one of the many events that take place near the museum steps and Fairmount Waterworks during the summer.
This understated newcomer to the Philadelphia hotel scene is indeed a roosting spot for guests. While ROOST has some short-stay rooms available, it offers primarily long-term bookings catering to consulting contracts and those with extended business in the city. To that end, the lounge’s exposed-beam ceiling and recessed leather seating create a homey space for its guests – who can put their feet up by a gas fireplace in the winter and browse books on watches, architecture and mountaineering.
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