Philadelphia is such an exciting city – it has been for centuries. As far back as 1776, it was a hotbed of political activity, with delegates from the 13 US Colonies meeting in Independence Hall to vote on whether or not to remain under British rule, eventually drawing up and signing what would become the Declaration of Independence. Today, Independence Hall sees millions come to see the site where liberation from the British crown began. To stay nearby – in style – book one of these places via Culture Trip.
Checking in at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, you get a unique gift: a live goldfish to keep you company in your room for the duration of your stay. It’s a touch that typifies the personal, homey appeal of the Kimpton. Glass coffee pots, repurposed into lights, hang from the ceilings. On a wall in the lobby is a display of all sizes of paint brushes. Decor in the guest rooms and suites is eye-catching, in shades of deep purple, blue and gold. You couldn’t be better positioned for sightseeing: the hotel is in the middle of the Historic District; across the street are the Liberty Bell Pavilion, Independence Hall and the Museum of the American Revolution.
Built in 1903 in what was the carriage house for a Rittenhouse mansion, 1715 Rittenhouse is a romantic retreat: guest rooms are cozy cocoons with plush carpeting and fireplaces. This place may be over a century old, but anticipate all the bells and whistles of the 21st century, from marble tubs to Molton Brown bath potions, Frette bed linens to evening wine and cheese receptions. It’s a walkable distance to the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and historic Rittenhouse Square, ringed with stylish shops and some of the city’s best restaurants. In a nutshell: you’ve arrived.
The Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia is located downtown in the midst of Center City – Philadelphia’s lively core. The 236 guest rooms are all painted the same color, pale blue. Furnishings are reminiscent of mid-century modern in design. Within 1mi (1.6km) of the hotel are numerous attractions: the African American Museum, Old City, the Historic District, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation with the largest collection in the country of works by Renoir and Cézanne, in addition to many works by Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani and Van Gogh.
Set in an elegantly restored 19th-century building, the hotel offers six one- and two-bedroom apartments. These units have pedigree, with exposed-brick walls, art by local creatives, industrial-chic furniture, kitchens and laundry facilities. It’s so modern that there’s no front desk – check-in requires an automated code sent to you. A preloaded iPad has apps for restaurants, grocery stores, historic sites and transportation. For example, open the activity planner, tap an icon (e.g., Independence Hall) and information plus a map will be downloaded. Top tip: if you’re itching to take a classic horse-and-buggy ride, this is the right part of town.
Welcome to the up-and-coming Fishtown neighborhood, where Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Hotel attracts a fashionable young clientele with its funky utilitarian decor. The hotel has four one-bedroom apartments decked out with exposed-brick walls, shiny ducts running overhead, custom-made funky furniture, polished-cement floors, kitchens and laundry. The Historic District, site of Independence Hall, is an easy walk. To check in, show up at the adjacent Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Restaurant (stopping perhaps for some bang-on-trend Italian food), and the host will supply your access code.
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