Looking for the best hotels in Philly? Allow us to make a few suggestions! Whether you’re looking for luxury, good value, or something in between, you’re sure to find something you like on this list.
Best luxury hotels near Independence Hall
Philadelphia Hotel Monaco
A finalist in the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, the Hotel Monaco is one of the best hotels in Philly. It’s the place to go if you’re looking for luxury accommodations right next door to Independence Hall. The hotel is also conveniently located near Philly’s business district. The four-star Monaco has all of the amenities you’d expect from a member of the prestigious Kimpton Hotel group, and holds a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Oenophiles will love the evening wine hour that takes place in the lobby between 5 and 6pm every day. You can even enjoy your luxury with a clear conscience: the Monaco was awarded LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Four Seasons Hotel
O.K., does one really need a reason to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel? If you absolutely must attempt to justify this wonderfully decadent splurge in one of the best hotels in Philly, then how about the hotel’s AAA Five Diamond rating? Or its beautiful view of Logan Square? Or its walking-distance proximity to Philly’s outstanding museums and historic landmarks? An indoor pool will keep swimmers happy, and for families with children, the Four Seasons offers a complimentary bedtime snack for kids on the first night of their stay.
Best budget hotels in waterfront/downtown/Center City
Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia E – Penn’s Landing
Are you looking for more wallet-friendly accommodations that are close to all of Philly’s tourist sites? Then look no farther than this Holiday Inn Express. It’s ideally located for guests who want easy access to Philly’s historic area, Center City, Convention Center, and all local sports and concert facilities. The hotel’s free high-speed Internet service and its free Express Start Breakfast offer real value for money. Within minutes you can walk from the hotel to the subway if you want to visit places farther afield.
The Alexander Inn
The Alexander Inn is a popular choice for travelers who are looking for affordable accommodations in a boutique hotel setting. Personal service and friendly staff make it a favorite for its loyal guests, who often return year after year. The Alexander Inn’s Center City location puts it within minutes of Philly’s most popular attractions. The historic building the hotel occupies was recently renovated; all 48 designer rooms are nonsmoking and feature private baths and wireless Internet access. Fresh flowers in the common areas add a nice extra touch.
La Reserve Center City Bed and Breakfast
Looking for something that’s not your typical hotel experience? La Reserve is a Center City bed and breakfast (B&B) that’s actually two beautifully preserved four-story townhouses from the 1850s. Because it’s only three blocks from Rittenhouse Square, La Reserve is within walking distance of many of the area’s shops and fine restaurants, as well as Philly’s major historic attractions and sights. Inside the B&B, you’ll find sumptuous antiques, richly decorated rooms, a vintage Steinway baby grand piano that’s available for guests to play, and an inviting parlor that comes complete with playing cards and board games. Depending on the time of year you choose to stay, rooms at La Reserve start at just $95 per night. Please note that there is no elevator.
Best boutique hotels
Are you a traveler who loves the amenities of a luxury hotel but prefers the intimate feel of a boutique hotel? Then the Rittenhouse 1715 has you covered. Its peaceful location on a quiet side street off Rittenhouse Square will soothe, calm, and restore you. Opulent décor and thoughtfully appointed rooms will pamper even the most demanding traveler. The Rittenhouse’s juice bar is the first of its kind in any hotel in Philadelphia. If coffee or tea is more your thing, be sure to join your fellow guests every afternoon for a cuppa. The hotel even has an “intermission” between 5:30 and 7p.m. in its drawing room or outside in its lovely garden when the weather permits. The hotel offers special packages including ones with Valentine’s Day, romance (featuring a filled picnic basket and blanket), and Barnes Foundation themes.
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Also a member of the Kimpton Hotels group, the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is an absolute must for Art Deco architecture lovers: the hotel is one of Philly’s best examples of Art Deco design. This landmark 1929 building in Center City has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur; the lobby alone is stunning. As with its larger sister hotel, The Monaco, the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is centrally located for sightseeing, offers an evening wine hour, holds LEED Gold certification, and was a finalist in the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Independent Hotel
Located in the heart of Midtown Village, near Old City and Center City, The Independent Hotel lives up to its name. Each of its 24 rooms is wonderfully unique. Some feature fireplaces, while others boast French walls, cathedral ceilings, or exposed brick walls. This Georgian Revival gem, which is one of the best hotels in Philly, aims to deliver a home-away-from-home experience: the hotel’s signature continental breakfast basket is delivered to your room each morning, and you can enjoy a weekday wine reception Monday through Thursday between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The hotel’s own restaurant, Little Nonna’s, offers casual Italian fare served family style.
Best hotel bars
The Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel
In 2014, The Rittenhouse Hotel’s Library Bar garnered a coveted Best of Philly award for Best Hotel Bar. This sleek, gorgeous oasis seats 20 patrons comfortably, whether they’re enjoying drinks at the counter or in the plush, comfy armchairs in the library area. The beverage selections are extensive, there’s a full bar menu available, and the bartenders really know their stuff. Oh, and the rest of the super-luxurious Rittenhouse Hotel isn’t too shabby either…
Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
The Hotel Palomar gets a second nod from us for its outstanding bar and restaurant, Square 1682. As a matter of fact, in 2013, 10Best.com's Readers' Choice contest named Square 1682 as the #1 best hotel bar in the USA. While you’re drinking one of the award-winning creations, be sure to sample a meal that features local, organic, and sustainable produce and meats.