Philadelphia's Top Lodging Spots for When You're Watching Your Budget

Staying and playing in Philadelphia does not mean you have to drop a fortune on lodging. This interesting city features a variety of affordable overnight options that won't break the bank. Whether you're looking to keep costs down so that you've got more cash to see the sights, or want to spend that money on great restaurant meals, you've got choices. Some of those choices really deliver on comfort and quality basics, making you wonder why others spend so much more. If you don't need or want silly extras, then why shell out for them? Stay at a place that only charges you for the amenities and options you'll actually notice and use, and save the rest for other things that matter to you. Places like the Hampton Inn at the airport and Motel 6 Essington are stand-up options for guests looking to be close to transportation. If you'd be best suited with a place located right in Center City, try Four Points by Sheraton or Rodeway Inn. You know your agenda while in town, so set up your home base nearby and easily hop from one spot to another knowing you're well within your allotted budget, while not skimping on things that you need. Who says a trip to Philadelphia can't be affordable and enjoyable? You know better.


Best Western Independence Park Hotel has the distinction of being Philadelphia's most historic hotel. It is recognized by the US Department of the Interior and was prominently placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In addition to keeping with the historic theme of a city like Philadelphia, this hotel also boasts convenience, desirable amenities, an attentive and caring staff and affordability. Do business here, stay the night after a concert, play or sporting event, see some of the sights of the city, or visit friends and family. The choice is yours, and the ability to do so affordably is a nice bonus.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Staying in a hotel that is affordable as well as historically attractive is a great way to break from the norm.

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Holiday Inn Express is a relatively new hotel located in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. The comforts of modern life set you up nicely for a stay in a city that steeped in history. Experience being close to the action, yet in an attractive setting near the river, not far from public transportation, with close proximity to local restaurants and nightclubs. Guests here can take advantage of a free shuttle to area sites, as well as enjoy a free Express Start Breakfast at the start of the day, Complimentary access to WiFi is also available, making connecting to business or social sites easy and reliable.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Staying in Center City or by the airport are not your only options for lodging in Philadelphia. Penn's Landing offers cost-effective solutions too.

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If you're looking for good value in a location that near to the Philadelphia sites as well as easy to get to from the airport or Philadelphia sports complexes, the Rodeway Inn is your solution. Decorated in a simple yet refreshing way that offers comfort and coziness, this hotel is not fade-into-the-woodwork boring. Rodeway Inn Center City delivers where it counts - in value and convenience and affordability. Stay in comfort knowing you are steps away from historic sites, and a cab or train ride away from many other area sites. Stay in the city to see a show, catch a concert, or root for your team in a game at the stadiums knowing your room is ready and waiting.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The hotel is affordable without being boring. The decor is a step above boring and the location convenient.

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Formerly a Travelodge, the Days Inn Philadelphia is all about convenience. Comfortable rooms serve up what's needed, and a multi-lingual staff is available to assist in making a stay here easy.From shuttle service to the airport, to free continental breakfast, to food and shopping and terrific sightseeing options within easy walking distance, the Days Inn is a valid option for visitors to Philadelphia. The comfortable guest rooms here are equipped with coffee and tea maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and 32 inch flat screen HD televisions with premium cable channels. Guests receive access to free local calls, internet access, dry cleaning service and bottled water.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: If minimal cost and close proximity to public transportation is your main goal, this is your hotel.

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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. You'll also think you've treated yourself while watching your wallet. 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 Budget Hotels because: Sometimes the best hotel option for your needs is not part of a national chain. The Morris Hotel offers charming lodging at an affordable price.

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This basic hotel gets high marks for its friendly staff, as well as its free WiFi, 24-hour airport shuttle, outdoor pool and hot breakfast, which you can take to go if you're in a rush during the week. There's no on-site restaurant and no special frills, so stay here if you just need a comfortable place to sleep at a mid-range price. As with many Philadelphia-area lodging options, however, you are never too far from area hotspots. A 24-hour front desk that offers express check-in and check-out further delivers on convenience. A business center and fax/photocopying options make doing work here easier than ever.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: A clean, comfortable room with all of the business basics you need, combined with breakfast the next morning makes this hotel an excellent option.

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Nestled in an area that's just 3 miles from Philadelphia International Airport, Motel 6 offers wallet-friendly rates to visitors interested in spending their travel budget on other things. While it doesn't waste your cash on frivolous extras, this hotel chain delivers on the things you do need - such as in-room microwave and fridge, and free WiFi. Rooms are cheery and brightly colored, and come with a desk, TV and nice-sized bathroom. Sleep well knowing your needs are attended to, yet your bank account is still intact. You're also just a quick cab or train ride from local sights, restaurants and attractions.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Travelers looking to keep their lodging costs to the barest minimum want Motel 6. It's close to the airport with no budget-busting surprises.

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Penn's View Hotel
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This European-style inn in the heart of Old City Philadelphia is charming. Dating back to 1828, the non-smoking inn is within walking distance of historic sites, live theater and galleries. Guest rooms feature queen beds, private bath with plush terry robes, and cable television; some have a Jacuzzi tub and fireplace. Complimentary morning newspaper and continental breakfast are provided. A wine bar and excellent Italian restaurant are located on-site. Event space for small groups up to 60 people. 52 rooms. Expert Tip: Limited parking is available in a lot next to the hotel for $21 per day. The hotel is so close to so many tourist attractions that it pays to leave the car at home and opt for public transportation.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Housed in a uniquely historic setting, this European-style boutique hotel doesn't skimp where it counts and delivers on quality and comfort.

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Uncomplicate your life when you book lodging at any of the Four Points by Sheraton's Philadelphia locations. The Center City facility boasts 32-inch flat-screen TVs and Comfort Beds in each of their 92 well-appointed rooms. Free Wifi lets the business traveler or socially-connected sightseer to post online or check emails quickly and easily throughout the hotel. Pop into the fitness center to burn off some steam, grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant, or even toss back a brew here as well. Plenty of stores, eateries, sights and other destinations are within easy walking distance, making this a convenient option for most any traveler.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Centrally located, equipped with all of the basic amenities that today's traveler needs as well as some extras, this hotel is an excellent option.

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The Marriott Courtyard name is synonymous with quality lodging at a great price point. Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Airport is no exception. Located just a mile from the airport, with a free shuttle there if you need it, this lodging option is fantastic when you need to head out early, or if you're arriving late. It's also just a hop, skip an a jump away from area sights, business destinations, restaurants, shopping and other points of interest. Attractive decor, an on-site cafe, snack options, plenty of on-site parking if needed, and great basic amenities make this a super choice for a stay in Philadelphia.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: When your plane leaves early in the morning or lands in the dead of night, this convenient hotel helps get you the sleep you need.

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