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About Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the largest city in the north-eastern state of Pennsylvania, is steeped in history. It was the site of the 1776 Declaration of Independence and, a few years later, the signing of the Constitution. Full of iconic sites, such as City Hall, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, it also boasts a rich arts and cultural scene, with the Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Museum and the wonderful art collection of the Barnes Foundation. Our choice of the best places to stay in Philadelphia ensures you can easily explore these sights.

The art treasures are clustered together on the north-western side of the city centre. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Renoirs and Cézannes at the Barnes Foundation, along with other great names such as Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh. Close by you’ll find the wonderful sculptures of the Rodin Museum. The ‘historic’ sites are to the east of the central downtown area.

But Philadelphia has so much more.

  • Throughout the city, you’ll find over 3,600 murals brightening public spaces.
  • Or you can wander the Avenue of the Arts, the city’s theatre district, and perhaps check out a show for the evening.
  • At the Eastern State Penitentiary, you can see the cell where gangster Al Capone was kept - in considerable style.
  • The city also has the oldest outdoor market in the States, the Italian Market.
  • The Reading Terminal Market is another great place to browse for artisan and speciality foods, with over 100 stalls.

Talking of food, you won’t go hungry. The city offers choices from fine-dining to bistros, outdoor cafes (over 250) to food trucks. Check out Love Park for the latter.

Above all, the city has a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere and ethnic mix. This is largely because it was a great railroad hub and industrial centre in the 19th century, attracting a mass influx of Europeans.

Our range of the best places to stay in Philadelphia gives you the choice of being close to the historic centre, in the downtown area or overlooking the Delaware River. Truly something for everyone!

For families

  • The 230-room Hotel Palomar has several family suites and is in the heart of the city, close to Reading Terminal Market. Rooms are sleek and contemporary with hints of art-deco styling (reflecting the hotel's architecture) and there are bicycles to borrow.
  • In a quiet, leafy area, the owner-managed Rittenhouse 1715, is a great family-choice B&B with just 23 rooms and all sights within easy walking distance.

In historic buildings

  • Hotel Monaco, in the former Lafayette Building, offers Greek Revival-styled exteriors and colourful, eclectic interiors with hints of Art Deco. It's in a peach-perfect position for exploring the city's icons such as Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
  • The 15-room, 18th-century, Morris House Hotel is not only in the city's historic heart but is itself a National Historic Landmark. Rooms are furnished with antiques while some have hardwood floors and original fireplaces. Bathrooms are luxurious in marble.

Nothing here that you like? Widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Pennsylvania, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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Best Hotels in Philadelphia

  • Morris House Hotel Philadelphia 15 rooms from £119

    Sights nearby  -  Liberty Bell, Christ Church & Ben Franklin Grave.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Outstanding location
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenNo pets

    Built in 1787, the charming Morris House is now one of Philly's leading boutique hotels. Original sash and shutter windows, antique furnishings and wooden floors, combine with the finest linens, bathrobes and service to give this hotel it's unique blend of history and opulence. A must visit! See More

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  • Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast Philadelphia 6 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  The B&B is just steps from Centre City on the Banks of the Schuylkill River, making it the perfect base for discovering the city
    Sights nearby  -  Discover and learn all about the animals at Philadelphia Zoo
    Local markets  -  Find local produce at the Reading Terminal Market
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over the age of 12 are welcome
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    A charming and historic B&B in the heart of Philadelphia. Elegant, traditional, rooms feature antique furnishings, historic artworks and modern bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. Delicious gourmet breakfast includes fresh pastries and juices. A perfect base for exploring the city's sights and nature. See More

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  • Roost Rittenhouse Philadelphia 27 rooms from £137

    City Style  -  With the feel of a chic boutique hotel and the privacy of your own home, this is a stylish choice for a city crashpad
    Full of character
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Air conditioningPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A grand historic building, overlooking Rittenhouse Square, which has been carefully converted into luxury apartments. Original features remain with working fireplaces, sash windows, and parquet flooring. But now there are high-end gadgets, work areas and chic modern design. Ideal for long stays. See More

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  • Thomas Bond House Philadelphia 12 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located within walking distance of many historic sites, restaurants, world-class shopping, and museums
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House
    Full of character
    Traditional
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    An elegant B&B, dating back to 1769, set in the heart of the old city. Carefully restored rooms are decorated with beautiful period furniture, traditional fabrics and feature wooden floors and sash windows. Downstairs, the reception rooms are equally grand. Well suited for business or leisure. See More

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  • Roost Midtown Philadelphia 27 rooms from £144

    City Style  -  Live like a local in one of the stylish apartments decked out with chic artwork and vintage pieces
    Families  -  The two-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens are a great choice for small families
    Sights nearby  -  The historic City Hall, one of Philadelphia's most iconic buildings, is located just across from the hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Chic apartments set in a grand downtown building. Accommodation size ranges from studio to two-bed apartments, however, all feature fully equipped kitchens, chic design, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. Expect hipster touches such as free bikes and artisan coffee. A perfect city crashpad. See More

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  • Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 230 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  Bang in the centre of town, so ideal for checking out all of Philadelphia's best bits.
    Sights nearby  -  Benjamin Franklin Memorial.
    Full of character
    Opulent
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Previously the American Institute of Architects, this iconic 1929 Art Deco hotel is now home to local artists' works. Contemporary, light rooms offer luxury touches like Frette linens and Bigelow toiletries. Square 1682 serves contemporary American cuisine and there are bikes to borrow for exploring See More

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  • Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Philadelphia 268 rooms from £171

    Local exploring  -  A great central location plus hotel bikes to borrow make this ideal for exploring the sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the Independance Hall, Liberty Bell, buzzing boutiques - and more!
    Full of character  -  An abstract and colourful guestroom decor
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This hotel sits in the perfect location for exploring the historic centre of Philadelphia. Colourful, vibrant and energetic rooms, with a hosted complimentary wine hour every evening. Includes the unique views of Liberty Bell Centre and historic parks. Excellent choice for a Philly city break. See More

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  • Chestnut Hill Hotel Philadelphia 36 rooms from £171

    Boutique  -  Set in a colonial-style building — interiors mix charming traditional design with contemporary touches
    Local exploring  -  Chestnut Hill is an upmarket area with a good selection of museums, restaurants, and boutique stores
    Sights nearby  -  Just 15 miles from the property is the fascinating Valley Forge National Historical Park
    Traditional
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    Set in a colonial-style house, this Chestnut Hill property has all the charm of a bygone era yet with modern luxuries. Decadent rooms are decorated with rich hues, dark wooden furniture and boast sink-into beds. An American bistro serves hearty classics. A comfortable stay in a smart neighbourhood. See More

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  • aka University City Philadelphia 133 rooms from £176

    City Style  -  With sleek contemporary design and luxury touches including an indoor pool and lively bar, this is a stylish city base
    Groups  -  Spacious two bedroom apartments, complete with space for hosting, are a good option for small groups or families
    Self catering  -  All apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, giving the opportunity for self catering if you wish
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A sleek modern building offering a collection of luxury apartments. Unit sizes vary but each has epic views from the swathes of glass, crisp modern design, luxury bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens. With a pool, cinema room, and atmospheric bar and restaurant — you'll want for nothing here. See More

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  • AKA Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia 78 rooms from £199

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly set in the heart of the city, beside Rittenhouse Square, surrounded by shops, dining options, museums and galleries
    Business meetings  -  With a well equipped board room, smaller break out rooms, and a work-centered library, this is a great choice to host meetings
    Self catering  -  Most of the suites are equipped with full kitchens making this a good choice for independent travellers or long stays
    Air conditioningRestaurantParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A smart all-suite hotel located in the heart of the city. Spacious suites include studio, one, & two-bedroom options. Most come with fully equipped kitchens and all boast sleek grey hues, luxe linens, and indulgent bathrooms. With an on-trend restaurant and bar, this works for business or leisure. See More

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  • Wm Mulherin's Sons Philadelphia 4 rooms from £209

    Foodies  -  The modern Italian restaurant that came as a precursor to the hotel is worthy of a visit alone
    City Style  -  Industrial chic at its finest and the city's nightlife is just a stroll away
    Sights nearby  -  A trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary is fascinating and somewhat eerie
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    RestaurantParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    A boutique hotel comprising of just 4 rooms located above a renowned Italian restaurant. The industrial-style rooms are perfectly designed with record players, retro furniture, and indulgent bathrooms. Better yet, after filing up at the Italian, Fishtown's nightlife is right on the doorstep. See More

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  • Rittenhouse 1715 Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 23 rooms from £226

    Great walks  -  Everything seems to be within walking distance!
    Full of character
    Opulent
    Boutique
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    Nestled in a leafy street around the corner from historic Rittenhouse Square, this boutique hotel hits the spot for family city exploring. Classic, comfortable rooms & suites offer stylish, understated luxury accommodation in the heart of the city. Delicious breakfasts & restaurants close by. See More

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  • Aloft Downtown Philadelphia Philadelphia 179 rooms from £238

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, in the historic Liberty Title building, with a hell of a neighbourhood to explore
    Local markets  -  The Reading Terminal Market, central Philly, is a fun and vibrant spot to spend an afternoon
    Sights nearby  -  Philadelphia City Hall is just a few minutes away and well worth checking out
    Traditional
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A cool new addition to the Marriott’s Aloft brand, in central Philadelphia. The hotel is housed in the historic 1920's Liberty Title Building, and has retained its vintage charm from high ceilings, original windows and really quite spectacular artworks. With a lite bite restaurant, gym and a bar. See More

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  • Fitler Club Philadelphia (City Centre) 14 rooms from £351

    Hideaway  -  A peaceful and private hotel, with everything you need on-site in the city centre
    Romantic Break  -  Spacious suites invite romance in this intimate and pampering establishment
    City Style  -  An exclusive and stylish small-scale hotel in the heart of the city
    Local markets  -  The Reading Terminal Market is within walking distance, a diverse indoor farmers market
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    An exclusive, members-only affair in the heart of Philadelphia, with exemplary dining and wellness facilities. Rooms and suites are spacious with cutting-edge design. The property offers stunning views of the city and easy access to attractions. Perfect for an extra special couples break. See More

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  • Four Seasons Philadelphia Philadelphia (PHILADELPHIA) 219 rooms from £507

    Romantic Break  -  With rooms so chic you won't want to leave, couples' massages, & first-class dining — this is perfect for a romantic city break
    Foodies  -  Two fine-dining restaurants run by award-winning chefs (one Michellin-starred) have elevated the dining scene in Philadelphia
    Spa  -  A full service spa has seven treatment rooms including a couples' room
    Sights nearby  -  Take a guied tour of the Barnes Foundation and Franklin Institute
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolNo pets

    Expect 5* hospitality at its best in this sleek Four Seasons. Beautiful contemporary rooms offer epic city views from floor to ceiling windows, stylish wood furniture, and oversized bathrooms. Dining is a gourmet affair rustled up by award-winning chefs and the indoor infinity pool is unbeatable. See More

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