The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Pennsylvania

The Deacon takes a luxurious yet simple approach to city living
The Deacon takes a luxurious yet simple approach to city living | Courtesy of The Deacon, for Philadelphia / Expedia
Alexis James

The Keystone State of Pennsylvania was integral in the foundation of modern-day USA – Philadelphia’s Independence National Park was the location where the Constitution was drafted, and also where the Declaration of Independence was signed. So whether you’re considering a city break to visit the historic Liberty Bell in downtown Philly, or looking for a country escapade in the beautiful woodlands after which the state is named, you can peruse our list of the top vacation rentals to book in Pennsylvania.

1. The Deacon, for Philadelphia independence

Boutique Hotel

The Deacon double room with stained glass window and desk with wall art
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Dating back to 1906, it was once home to the First African Baptist Church. Today home it could be one of the best rentals Pennsylvania has to offer. The Deacon is a classy eight-bedroom holiday property on Philadelphia’s aptly-named Christian Street. The church’s arched doorways, vaulted ceilings, and stained glass windows remain, combined with modern touches including Sonos speakers, Wright mattresses, and a roomy communal kitchen and entertainment space. The location couldn’t be better for exploring the city on foot, with Rittenhouse Square and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens only 15 minutes away.

2. River luxury at Pocono Mountain Villas


Pocono Mountain Villas exterior view with lawns
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Guests don’t stay idle for long at this huge retreat. Located only minutes away from the Delaware River, it acts as the fast-flowing border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Comfy villas sleep up to six people and include whirlpool tubs and balconies with Pocono Mountain vistas. The views will inspire you to explore, which you can do on horseback, through a tree-top rope trail, via suspended racing zip lines, or on a lightning-quick rubber tubing route. Intrepid souls can even hire a canoe for a closer look at the river.

3. Lazy Bear Lodge, for idling around

Lodge, Cabin

Lazy Bear Cabin with rug, wooden beams and bed frame
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The words game time are emblazoned on the white walls of the basement, and its contents certainly live up to the instruction. There’s a green-baize pool table, Zoom air hockey table, an outdoor swing set and slide, and all the kit required to play the traditional North American game of cornhole. If you’d rather more passive pastimes suggested by this wooden lodge’s name, head instead for the covered hot tub overlooking the woods and keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer.

4. Cabin hideaways at Deerfield Retreat

Spa Hotel

The embroidered cushions here read “cabin sweet cabin” and the line nicely sums up this quaint but sizable condo in the secluded Adams County borough of Biglerville. Its combination of wooden beamed ceilings and stone brick walls is delightfully throwback, but there’s no need for cooking by fire as its large pine kitchen includes all modern must-haves for a comfortable stay, including a dishwasher, coffee machine, and microwave. What’s more, the rec room has a pool table, and there’s a wooden swing and slide for the little ones.

5. Global Luxury Suites at Locust Street, for city slickers


Global Luxury Suites at Locust Street lounge with wall art, leather sofa and wood floors
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These smart downtown apartments come with either one bedroom and sofa bed sleeping three, or two bedrooms and sofa bed sleeping five. All versions come with luxury flourishes including studded leather a Chesterfield sofa, large modern art canvases, and a well-equipped mahogany-toned kitchen with a handy service hatch linking the dining room. Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square is a five-minute walk away, and it’ll take around the same time in a cab to get to the city’s famed Italian Market and Old City, housing the Museum of the American Revolution.

6. Smart living at UrHomeInPhilly


Access Philly’s vibrant arts scene at this spot near Dilworth Park, with the city’s Museum of Art and the Academy of Music both a short cab ride away. The well-furnished accommodation comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and includes a wooden dining table and study desk, open-plan kitchen and diner with island, and free access to the 24-hour gym.

7. Rodin Square Flats for slick centrality


Albert Einstein’s unmistakable mustachioed profile looks out from a blue canvas in one of these hyper stylish apartments, while another features an intricate wall display of trinkets and statuettes, no doubt inspired by the nearby Rodin Museum of French sculptures. Snazzy mirrors, comfy padded bar stools, extendable kitchen tops, and a leather psychiatrist-style recliner are among the other nifty features of these Franklintown flats, which also include contactless check-in. For some fresh air, the lower east side of Fairmount Park is on your doorstep.

8. Drivers welcome at Lofts 640


Lofts 640 with city views, carpeted floors and flatscreen tv
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Given its central location on North Broad Street, the free parking spot included for all guests is a very welcome perk, as is the resident-only access to the gym and pool. Guests are even invited to a complimentary evening yoga class at the in-house studio. Residents can choose from 20 open-plan apartment styles, each with its own individual floor plans. A former factory built in 1913, all rooms come with high ceilings and large windows, and therefore great views over a bustling Philadelphia.

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