Enhance Your Stay In The City Of Brotherly Love At These Top Hotels

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.


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 here 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 - because 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 or special event.

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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. Instagrammably beautiful, the hotel also garners points for being convenient to area cultural destinations, restaurants, and shopping. Free wifi, grab-and-go-breakfast, afternoon refreshments, elegant yet understated surroundings make your stay here unforgettable.

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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Logan Hotel
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Set the family up in style at the Logan Hotel, located conveniently right on Logan Square in the former Four Seasons building. This hotel has been updated and remodeled to reflect Philadelphia's changing culture and more modern and relevant outlook. Its artwork is interesting and sleek and proudly culled from local curators. Its decor is calming and cool, yet updated and edgy as well. Patrons are able to treat themselves to a luxurious stay, yet still feel like they're somewhere that just "gets it". Local artwork, food fresh from local farms and businesses, and an interest in tying itself to the local community all work together to make this place a truly great find.

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 near 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 historical 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 water or wine.

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

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
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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: This lodging option is attractive, upscale, convenient, unusual and pampering. It's a venue you'll talk about long after you leave.

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W Hotel
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Created to reflect the bold and cutting edge vibes the city has to offer, this hotel - the newest on the city scene - is something to behold. Steeped in luxury, it also offers creativity and convenience, as well as just about every amenity you could want. Signature sleeping accoutrements by Davines, signature whatever/whenever service, on-site food and drink to tempt your sense, fitness facilities, spa center, beautiful city views, and the hotel is steps away from the heart of the city and all it has to offer. Elevate your stay to the next level with the chic offerings this new member of the hotel scene has to offer.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Brand new, full of cutting edge technology, creative and colorful and comfortable as well as convenient, this hotel is a powerful city presence.

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This Philadelphia hotel is 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 a pretty, upscale neighborhood of the city, the hotel is awash in luxury and conveniences.

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Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center
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The recent addition of this hotel to Philadelphia's repertoire means visitors and locals alike have a space to enjoy luxury at its finest. The highest building in Center City, the Four Seasons delivers on service, amenities, comfort, and indulgence. Guests can enjoy unobstructed panoramic views, the convenience of dining at exceptional spaces like Jean-Georges and Vernick Fish, a relaxing and pampering spa, fitness center, infinity pool and stylish furnishings from one end of the hotel to the other. Rooms are designed with luxury in mind, and all are spacious, well-appointed, and equipped with special touches like freestanding tubs, extra-large bathrooms, large living spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows with which to enjoy the light and the scenery below. A stay at this new hotel serves up everything Four Seasons has to offer and puts it at your feet in Philadelphia.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: When luxury, top-notch service, incredible amenities and high-end comfort are what you desire, this lodging options stands out and delivers on all fronts.

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Meet Sharon Nolan

Sharon is a native to the Philadelphia area, but loves to wander from its familiar borders. She has traveled to more than 30 countries, trekked five continents, ventured out with family,...  More About Sharon