Pennsylvania

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About Pennsylvania

One of the original 13 colonies of the United States - and its historical heart, some would argue. Pennsylvania, in the north-east of the USA, is a largely rural and forested state with huge swathes that remain wild and uninhabited. When choosing the best places to stay in Pennsylvania, you can either go deeply rural and stay in a traditional inn, or opt for one of the two main cities of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh which have some fabulous historical buildings, turned hotels.

For a city stay, pick Philadelphia for the museums and a rich historic centre, including the Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Liberty Bell Centre and Independence Hall. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has some cool credentials, boasting the Andy Warhol Museum, and just outside, is architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent Fallingwater house.

To the west of the state, you’ll find the Appalachian Mountains and the Pennsylvania Wilds forest which is a great choice for a back to nature holiday. Milford is regarded as the summer place to go if you're looking for Hamptons-esque style, but with a low-key vibe.

Our choice of the best places to stay in Pennsylvania has something for all tastes and budgets, from great value inns to chic, modern, city centre luxury.

The best places to stay in Pennsylvania

For a hideaway hotel

  • Surrounded by gardens, woodland and lake, and nestling in the beautiful Brandywine Valley, the 18th-century Inn at Whitewing Farm will not disappoint if you’re looking for a classic country-house hotel. The airy rooms offer fine bed linens while, outside, there’s a pool plus seven vineyards to explore on the Brandywine Wine Trail.
  • Glasbern Inn, set in 130 acres, is a traditional 19th-century-farm turned magnificent rural hideaway. Original features of exposed brick and roof timbers have been combined with modern comforts to create rooms that are light and relaxing; some with spa-baths overlooking private verandas. The restaurant offers farm-to-fork dining, while wineries are within easy reach.

For foodies

  • The mid-19th-century property, Hotel Fauchere, in the historic heart of Milford, offers excellent French cuisine in its Delmonico Room restaurant. Rooms are elegantly luxurious and Bar Louis offers great live music and cocktails.
  • Cookery classes can be taken at The Lodge at Glendorn, a rustic-chic, boutique hotel in 1500 acres near the Allegheny Mountains. You can pick up tips that are used in the hotel's French restaurant. There’s a pool and spa, too.

For an historic hotel

  • Previously home to the American Institute of Architects, the Art Deco-designed Hotel Palomar, in Philadelphia, hosts local artists' work amongst the tiled walls and marble floors of this splendid building. Sleek bedrooms have Art Deco touches plus there are bicycles for exploring the city.
  • As the name implies, the Lancaster Arts Hotel, a former warehouse-turned-boutique-hotel, has a gallery showcasing local artists' work. Bedrooms combine original features of exposed brick and wooden beams with contemporary furnishings.
  • The spectacularly bold Mansions on Fifth, in Pittsburgh, is an extraordinary Elizabethan-and-Tudor-Revival building with stained-glass windows and plasterwork ceilings. Comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms are spacious; some with fireplaces.

For great value

  • Carnegie Inn & Spa is a great choice for anyone visiting Penn State College. Its decor is elegant and traditional and there's a gourmet restaurant.
  • Or how about the Amish View Inn & Suites? Again it's great value, and it's ideally located for exploring Amish country.
  • If you're heading to Lancaster, then we recommend The Cork Factory, an industrial conversion ideally placed for the centre of town.

For self-catering

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday, visit our online partner Booking.com for a great selection of properties.

Travel information

  • The major airports are Philadelphia International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. For those travelling by land, there is an excellent rail network across the state.
  • The warmest months to visit are between June - August where temperatures peak at around 30 degrees. However, autumn is a lovely time to visit for the seasonal colours.
  • If you'd like to rent a car to explore the beautiful coastline of the region - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Pennsylvania

  • Ace Hotel Pittsburgh 63 rooms from AU$185

    City Style  -  Ace hotels have perfected the art of city cool. This is no exception.
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adult only property
    Full of character
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Bringing some serious cool to Pittsburgh this Ace property ticks all the boxes. Think simple yet light and airy rooms with enormous sash windows and sink into beds. A cafe, hip bar and superb restaurant fulfill all dining requirements and the location is pitch perfect too. Highly recommended. See More

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  • Cork Factory Hotel Lancaster, PA (Pennsylvania) 77 rooms from AU$198

    Cooking classes  -  Chocolate lovers should definitely visit Hersheypark Chocolate World & ZOO America.
    Local markets  -  Central Market in Downtown Lancaster.
    Sights nearby  -  Longwood Gardens is beautiful.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    19th Century red brick cork factory now boutique hotel in Downtown Lancaster. Rooms feature original industrial elements with contemporary decor and bathrooms. Cork & Cap offers Pennsylvania Dutch dishes and The Baker's Table has a range of savory and sweet snacks. Location is perfect for town. See More

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  • Carnegie Inn & Spa Pennsylvania 20 rooms from AU$204

    Great walks  -  Stroll through historic districts in State College or the Elm Trees on the Penn State Campus,
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character

    A European stlye inn, just minutes from Penn State University. The decor is deliciously retro with bold wallpaper, ornate plaster work, wood panelling and elaborate antique furnishings. The gourmet restaurant has an extensive cellar, wine tasting evenings are not to be missed. Cosy and unique. See More

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  • Amish View Inn & Suites Pennsylvania 50 rooms from AU$204

    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Amish Country Homestead’s nine room Amish house and schoolroom with a guide.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

    A stylish hotel in the heart of Lancaster’s Amish Country. Comfortable and inviting rooms with mahogany furniture, sumptuous linens and deep soak bathtubs. The pool, gym and games room will keep you entertained. A refined and elegant spot from which to explore the Amish Country. See More

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  • Lafayette Inn Pennsylvania 18 rooms from AU$204

    Sights nearby  -  Just a walk away from Lafayette College, The Crayola Factory, and State Theatre
    Great walks  -  Safe and picturesque walking and running routes nearby
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A superb B&B in stunning Georgian mansion. Offers a variety of 18 individually decorated rooms. Traditional furnishings, fireplaces, armoire, and antiques. Beautiful outdoor breakfast terrace, and an elegant lounge for relaxation. Galleries, shops, and theatres all in close proximity. See More

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  • Inn at Whitewing Farm West Chester, Pennsylvania from AU$220

    Great walks  -  Brandywine Valley Wine Trail showcases seven vineyards in the area.
    Sights nearby  -  Beautiful French villa, Nemours Mansion, in well manicured gardens
    Kayaking  -  The Brandywine is an excellent river for all the family.
    Opulent

    1700s farmhouse in romantic Brandywine Valley with views of pond, gardens, pool and tennis court. Fireplaces, fine linens and modern amenities make up the light rooms. Breakfast in the Hay Barn starts the day perfectly. Explore Vineyards, country houses, rivers, history reenactments and more. See More

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  • The Sayre Mansion Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 22 rooms from AU$220

    Sights nearby  -  A few blocks from downtown Bethlehem
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    A historical mansion, now B&B, offers outstanding comfort in the centre of Bethlehem. Meticulously restored, the rooms offer a blend of historic elegance with all mod cons. Think polished wood floors, sumptuous fabrics, and cosy fireplaces. This stunning spot is perfect for a romantic getaway. See More

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  • Inn at Leola Village Leola, Pennsylvania 62 rooms from AU$220

    Sights nearby  -  Hershey Amusement Park is close by for chocolate lovers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Private Hot Tub
    Full of character

    Authentic inn offering uniquely designed rooms and suites in the heart of Amish country. The traditional, luxurious accommodation has plush fabrics, fireplaces and period furnishings (some with whirlpool bathtubs). The two Italian restaurants, spa and an outdoor pool are all for guests to unwind. See More

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  • Morris House Hotel Philadelphia 15 rooms from AU$224

    Sights nearby  -  Liberty Bell, Christ Church & Ben Franklin Grave.
    Opulent
    Full of character
    Outstanding location

    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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  • King's Cottage B&B Lancaster, PA (Lancaster) 8 rooms from AU$257

    Great walks  -  See the raw beauty of the surrounding countryside - rolling farmland, Amish roadside stands, Dairy farms (many tours available)
    Local markets  -  Lancaster Central Market, Green Dragon, Roots Country Market, or one of the many antique markets
    Sights nearby  -  Visit one of the many museums, markets, shops, or vineyards - all nearby
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A charming, comfortable, and beautiful B&B. Nestled between the tranquil Amish Countryside, and the buzzing energy of Lancaster, this B&B is ideal for both a relaxing retreat and a city break. Elegant and luxurious guest-rooms feature four-poster beds, cozy fireplaces, and traditional furnishings. See More

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  • Ledges Hotel Hawley (Pennsylvania) 19 rooms from AU$264

    Great walks  -  To Hawley, the local town, to see Lake Wallenpaupack and Lighhouse Harbor Marina.
    Kayaking  -  An afternoon with Kittatinny Canoes.
    Sights nearby  -  Hawley Silk Mill is on site.
    Full of character

    Nestled in Wayne County with views of Wallenpaupack Creek, this hotel with wrap-around terrace enjoys a breath-taking spot. Rooms are contemporary & comfortable. GLASS offers small plates to share with a wide range of American wine, beer and spirits. Perfect choice for exploring rural Pennsylvania. See More

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  • Inn on Negley Pittsburgh 8 rooms from AU$279

    Romantic Break  -  With romantic four-poster beds, plush suites and a well-stocked minibar, this hotel is perfect for a couples' weekend away
    Local exploring  -  Located in chic Shadyside, this B&B makes a great base for guests looking to explore the city's stylish eateries and bars
    City Style  -  This well-appointed, period B&B offers heritage Pittsburgh charm in a fantastic location
    Birdwatching  -  Go birdwatching at The National Aviary, America’s only independent, indoor, nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds

    This B&B is set within a beautifully preserved period home in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic Shadyside area. Inside, heritage-style furniture and original, antique oil paintings complement the painstakingly restored property. Complimentary wine, cheese and charcuterie complete the experience. See More

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  • Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 230 rooms from AU$279

    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
    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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  • The Settlers Inn Hawley (Pennsylvania) 22 rooms from AU$286

    Great walks  -  Hawley has a two mile walking trail through the park and along the Lackawaxen River.
    Birdwatching  -  Eagle spotting in the cooler months is possible.
    Local markets  -  Silk Mill has a range of shops.
    Sailing  -  Lake Wallenpaupack.

    1927 historical hideaway offers antique decor mixed with modern luxuries to make 21 unique, comfortable & charming rooms. The Chestnut Tavern's popularity with locals is a testament to the organic, farm-to-fork ethos employed here. The most superb spot for outdoors lovers, families and groups. See More

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  • Glasbern Inn Fogelsville, Pennsylvania 38 rooms from AU$293

    Sights nearby  -  Visit Vynecrest Winery, just 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Full of character
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    Country hideaway at a 19th Century farm set in 130 acres. Historical building meets modern luxury - rooms are large, comfortable & home to a TV, spa bath & fireplace. The restaurant mirrors the farmhouse ethos of Farm-To-Fork dining with sustainable consciousness. Pool, spa and gorgeous gardens. See More

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  • Hotel Fauchere Milford (Pennsylvania) 16 rooms from AU$304

    Great walks  -  Through the Historical District of Milford you will find 50 Victorian buildings of architectural and historic significance.
    Sights nearby  -  The Upper Mill
    Full of character
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Tablet

    1852 hotel turned modern boutique in the heart of Milford's historical district. Large rooms come with contemporary bathrooms. The Delmonico Room is renowned for its French cuisine. Bar Louis offers live music and cracking cocktails. Ideal location for a weekend breaks exploring, wining and dining. See More

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  • Lancaster Arts Hotel Lancaster, PA (Pennsylvania) 63 rooms from AU$308

    Sights nearby  -  The Lancster Museum of Art.
    Full of character

    Red brick warehouse come art-loving boutique hotel, featuring works from local artists throughout the property. Chic rooms are contemporary in style with spoiling Egyptian linens and designer soaps. John J. Jeffries Restaurant champions local farmers and organic produce. See More

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  • Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Philadelphia 268 rooms from AU$321

    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
    Outstanding location
    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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  • Hotel Monaco, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) 248 rooms from AU$367

    Sights nearby  -  U.S Steel Tower is aroung the corner.
    Full of character
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    In the downtown Golden Triangle is this lively, modern hotel offering luxurious rooms, gym and a springboard for Pittsburgh exploring. The Commoner serves American cuisine and mirrors the cities industrial ancestors in decor. Do not miss the daily wine hour, perfect way to meet fellow guests. See More

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  • Mansions on Fifth Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) from AU$374

    Sights nearby  -  The Andry Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is a must see.
    Great walks  -  Point State Park.
    Traditional
    Full of character

    Elizabethan and Tudor architectural revival in Pittsburgh, complete with stained glass windows, wooden floors and a grand piano. Luxurious rooms are all unique in style. Breakfast in-room and Pittsburgh city close for restaurants, art galleries, museums and theatre. A historical must-see. See More

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  • Wm Mulherin's Sons Philadelphia 4 rooms from AU$393

    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
    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 AU$424

    Great walks  -  Everything seems to be within walking distance!
    Full of character
    Opulent

    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 AU$447

    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
    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 AU$660

    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
    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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  • The Lodge at Glendorn Bradford, Pennsylvania 16 rooms from AU$875

    Fishing  -  Summer months on Bondieu Lake are a perfect afternoon activity for all. Ice fishing in the winter months.
    Cooking classes  -  Classes last an hour and must be reserved in advance.
    Kayaking  -  Kayak around the Bondieu Lake.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux

    Rustic meets luxury at this boutique resting in 1,500 acres bordering the Allegheny Mountains. Wooden decor, plump duvets & fragrant Aveda bath products ensure a relaxing stay. Classic French ingredients make an inspiring menu. Enjoy a restful retreat by the pool, spa or explore the great outdoors. See More

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