There are many reasons to visit the City of Brotherly Love, though history buffs have quite a lot to be particularly excited about, with so many famous landmarks and historical sites. Whatever the reason may be, the right hotel can make or break your trip, so be sure to consider these when booking your stay in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel earns some of the highest ratings on TripAdvisor and other hotel review sites as it pretty much checks all the desired boxes, with a friendly staff that greets each guest by name, and the welcome champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries that’s always a big hit. Its location is arguably the very best address in the city, with suites overlooking Rittenhouse Square, but if where you’re going isn’t within walking distance and you don’t have your own car, you can be taken around in the hotel’s Jaguar. Plus, the Rittenhouse Spa & Club, Hair by Paul Labrecque and a number of outstanding restaurants, including the award-winning Lacroix, are also right on the premises.
Formerly the Four Seasons Hotel, today, the Logan offers an artsy place to stay with a collection of 1,800 works of local art and an impressive rooftop deck that overlooks Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Whether you want to enjoy a nightcap or an exciting prelude to a night on the town, it’s ideal for that and more. The property also hosts a spa, an indoor heated pool, a gym, and offers Rocky-inspired robes. Accommodations also feature local artwork and contemporary furnishings, along with down duvets, flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers.
Formerly known as the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, this hotel built in 1927 is now the Warwick Rittenhouse, and is an ideal option those who want to be immersed in history . The English Renaissance-style building is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, although inside it’s rather modern with lots of high-tech amenities, funky lighting, leather furniture and script along the walls. It’s just steps away from many of the city’s top attractions, and hosts two eateries, restaurants Bluestone Lane and The Prime Rib, as well as a 24-hour fitness center and in-room spa service.
The Sonesta Hotel is located right in the middle of Rittenhouse and Logan Square, and is best known for its 22-story mural by artist Momo. A 2014 remodel brought in contemporary flair and furnishings, and you’ll also discover a range of art from emerging local arts. Other highlights include a rooftop outdoor pool with spectacular views, perks like free passes to Philadelphia Sports Club and its in-house restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, plus another full-service eatery on-site. Rooms are extra spacious and include desks with leather office chairs, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, safes, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Larger Suites and Club-level rooms include sleeper sofas, and some have wet bars and separate living rooms along with upgraded amenities like Keurig coffeemakers and robes.
Located in the heart of Philly’s bustling food and shopping scene, Hotel Sofitel offers a French-inspired experience that includes being greeted in French by the welcoming staff. Guests often remark that the cloud-like beds are so comfortable they’d like to take one home, and rooms offer plenty of lavish amenities too, including marble bathrooms, Lanvin bath products and fully stocked mini-bars. The mouth-watering French cuisine and the elegant setting at its onsite restaurant Liberté Urban Chic Lounge is often raved about too.
The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia (Prices & Photos)
Set inside the neoclassical Girard/Mellon Bank building on the southeast corner of City Hall within walking distance of Reading Terminal Market, the Ritz-Carlton is all about luxury and impeccable service, oozing opulence with its grand columns, majestic domed ceiling and marble floors, as well as a welcoming glass of champagne. The pleasing aesthetic of the entrance continues throughout the rooms, though the club level rooms are especially impressive with their sweeping views and lavish amenities. Look forward to tasty meals and cocktails at the Latin American Aqimero, as well as indulgent massage and body treatments at the spa.
Rittenhouse 1715 A Boutique Hotel (Prices & Photos)
The Rittenhouse 1715 is a quaint boutique hotel in an ideal location just off Rittenhouse Square, with hip boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and world-class museums all within walking distance. Set within three historic townhomes, it offers historic charms and outstanding hospitality with the gracious staff that treat guests like royalty, in a setting with decor that blends the old and new. You’ll find period furniture, antique chandeliers and plush velvet along with sleek, modern fixtures in the bathrooms. The well-appointed accommodations also include flat-screen TVs and especially comfy beds with pillow-top mattresses.
The Westin Philadelphia is an elegant hotel that boasts an enviable location on Market Street, within easy reach of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and a number of trendy boutiques and eateries. Accommodation includes signature Heavenly Beds, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, signature White Tea bath products and thick terrycloth bathrobes. The property also hosts the popular Winthorpe & Valentine with a menu featuring innovative, eclectic cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a bar for relaxing and sipping one of your favorite beverages.