Philadelphia's Best Hotels: Luxury, Ambiance, Superior Service and Convenience

Discover the difference when you stay in one of Philadelphia's best hotels. Whether you prefer a B&B stuffed with antiques or a luxury suite full of modern appointments, these hotels will ensure you rest easy at night and awake refreshed for a busy day. Available at all price points, locations and with amenities to cater to your specific needs, the accommodations available in Philadelphia are as varied as its visitors. From mainstay names like The Rittenhouse, with its luxury appointments and proximity to some of the highest-rated restaurants in the city, to smaller and more boutique-like offerings such as the Morris House Hotel, the city has got no shortage of bed space. When you consider that coming home to the right lodging option can make all the difference in your stay, selecting the right one is not something to be taken lightly. Families traveling together to the city, will appreciate an option such as the Monaco Philadelphia, which is well-known for catering to kids and parents. For visitors looking to stay a little out of the way in a funky neighborhood that's great for shopping and good eats, the Chestnut Hill Hotel will fit the bill nicely. Want to be within walking distance of certain sites, restaurants or activities? There are hotels available to keep you close to your preferred haunts, while making you feel relaxed and taken care of. That's a recipe for a successful stay no matter what you're here for.


The Independent Hotel
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A vibrant 30-foot hand-painted mural in the lobby is just the first thing that puts this 24-room boutique hotel onto the best hotel list. The in-the-middle-of-it-all location in Midtown Village, along with the historic Georgian-Revival building, ensures it remains there. Carefully chosen details, rooms emphasizing individual decor and a knowledgeable staff well-versed in the city mean that a stay here feels different from one in a bland corporate chain. Low prices combined with a clean and striking interior equal what may be the best hotel value in the city. Expert Tip: If you need privacy from kids or in-laws or if you'd simply like to spend your stay in a comfortable, home-like environment, book the bi-level Queen Loft room equipped with semi-private sleeping areas, a dining room table and a fireplace.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A boutique hotel with a terrific location, top-notch service and rooms offering individual flair give this place charm and edginess.

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Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill Hotel
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Located in the lovely, historic district of Chestnut Hill (a picturesque ten-minute drive from Center City), this renovated 140-year-old inn provides plenty of comfort and convenience within its 36 guest rooms. Each is individually decorated with antiques and period details that are sure to please. In addition to comfort in a scenic setting, this quaint lodging choice also delivers on convenience. It's located just two blocks from the train station. It's also within walking distance of numerous restaurants, bars, and attractions, and it houses three restaurants on-site. A complimentary Continental breakfast is served daily, allowing guests her to start their day on a warm and sunny note.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Not all of Philadelphia's great hotels are situated in Center City, and the Chestnut Hill Hotel proves this again and again.

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Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
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There's a reason that this exclusive boutique hotel is recognized as one of Philadelphia's best: it succeeds in delivering impeccable service (with help from a 24-hour on-call concierge) within a lovely red-brick rowhouse nestled into a tranquil Rittenhouse Square street. There are only 23 rooms – all smoke-free. Feel as if you've stumbled into an elegant city mansion - beacuse you have! Rooms range from the two-story Presidential Suite to the elegant standard rooms which do not skimp on quality. Complimentary wine in the Drawing Room and a continental breakfast each morning are wonderful added perks you're sure to love.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Because of its small size, this makes for an ideal boutique hotel to rent for a large group.

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Morris House Hotel
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When you see the 15 charming rooms in this 18th-century National Historic Landmark, you'll likely feel that you've arrived, as President Washington's guest, in the Colonial era. Besides the clean and comfortable rooms, guests here love the private formal garden for wine and cheese plates and the warmth of the fireplace in the dining room for afternoon tea and cookies. A word to the wise - don't miss dinner at M Restaurant, whose chef, Kyle Beebe, has been named among the awardees of the Best Chefs America organization, which relies on nominations and reviews by professional chefs in the field.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Big hotels are great, but when it comes time for something a bit more cozy, the Morris House Hotel does not disappoint.

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Originally a YMCA, the converted 10-story Georgian Revival building now serves as a boutique-y 202-room hotel next to the business district and convention center. Natural light flows into the 75-foot central atrium through a skylight, serving to highlight the design-forward furniture and appliances that distinguish this minimalist and modern hotel from others. It's a true treat for your senses to experience the architectural elegance, the well-appointed rooms, the first-rate service, and key amenities. The place also does not disappoint with its food. You can amuse your taste buds with steak frites and French bistro fare at the sleek bar and restaurant.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A break from the chain hotel look, this hotel delights with its design and delivers with its service and surroundings.

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When you combine French elegance and American style, the result is a sophisticated environment that easily earns four stars in the middle of Rittenhouse Square's hotel district. Business and leisure travelers appreciate the white-glove service from the well-trained staff, the thoughtful amenities that include L'Occitane bath products and feathertop beds and plush duvets. Close to area attractions, yet every bit an escape from the city,the Sofitel delivers on quality, comfort, style and sophistication. Chef Jim Coleman is one of the most highly regarded hotel chefs in the city; sample his international bites at Liberte Lounge or over breakfast or brunch at Chez Collette.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Upscale and attractive, the Sofitel pampers guests on every level. From simple luxuries to grand scale quality and comfort, it has it all.

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
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Five-star service, luxurious appointments and genuine hospitality set this modern hotel apart from the usual chains. Guests rave about details like eco-friendly amenities, a gracious staff and stunning rooms, and a genuine commitment to sustainability is ably demonstrated by the LEED Gold Certification. Art Deco details, Frette linens, in-room spa services, splashes of color and original art set the stage for a stay that pampers with all the extras, while also supporting a sustainable planet. Happy hour at the in-house Square 1682's bar is a friendly time and place to meet locals and other travelers who might make for impromptu dinner companions.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is a great option for visitors seeking something a little edgier than the standard hotel room, yet every bit as pampering.

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Wild patterns, bold colors and eye-catching fixtures provide a modern sanctuary in the middle of Colonial Philadelphia. Situated on historic Independence Hall, the circa 2012 four-star Kimpton property wows with its snazzy vibe as much as its center-of-the-action location. A beer-centric tavern anchors the ground floor while the city's most talked about rooftop indoor/outdoor lounge dazzles with a view of the country's most important 350-year buildings below. Pets can also partake in the accommodations, and in-room spa services are at the ready. Be sure to be in the lobby at 5 o'clock when servers walk around with unlimited glasses of complimentary wine.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Perfect for families traveling together or business guests looking to relax, the Monaco offers comfort and convenience.

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There's a reason Travel + Leisure ranked this ultra-luxurious hotel #52 on its list of the top 100 hotels in the world. It's famous for its lush appointments, impeccable service, nationally renowned Lacroix restaurant and location in elegant Rittenhouse Square Park. Each of the 98 guest rooms have a park or city view and come complete with marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, an entertainment center, refrigerated mini-bar, and designer bath products. Full service spa and fitness center are onsite, and house-broken pets are welcome and pampered with special amenities. Expert Tip: Let the reservation agent know if you're traveling with babies or kids; the family-friendly service includes free gifts for the little ones, infant supplies and child-size robes.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Located in an upscale neighborhood of the city, the hotel is awash in luxury and conveniences.

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The name Ritz-Carlton means luxury, and the Philadelphia location is no exception. The historic building welcomes you from the moment you step into their show-stopping lobby. Designed after the Pantheon in Rome, it features a rotunda and wide open spaces, and many of the features from the days when it was used as a bank. Located on the Avenue of the Arts, this superior lodging choice means you're close to area cultural venues for entertainment, as well as restaurants for choice dining. Located within the Ritz are fantastic amenities such as a luxury spa, as well as a lounge and bistro, and comfortable, well-appointed room choices that will make any stay a treat.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: When visitors to Philadelphia think of name-brand luxury, this place tops the list.

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