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Best Family-Friendly Digs for Overnighting in the 'City of Brotherly Love'



Don't let family vacation time intimidate you; travel with the whole crew and stay at a great hotel in Philadelphia that'll make you all happy with your choice. There are so many options, some that keep your budget firmly in mind, while others that allow you to splurge a bit on extras that make a difference for you and yours. Looking to spend time in the company of your kids or relatives without sacrificing privacy with your spouse? Try the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Midtown in Philadelphia. Looking for a classic stay with amenities and features you're used to? Why not try the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown? And if luxury and a little pampering are on the agenda, look into options like the Rittenhouse. As you drink in the skyline and the city's sights and sounds, let the whole family create and share the memories from your visit to Philadelphia. Many, if not all of these options are within close proximity to area sights, historical settings, great shopping, a variety of tasty dining options, and many things to see and do. Family friendly hotels can help remove some of the stress of a group trip so you can focus on time with your loved ones, which is often the greatest amenity of all.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: When value matters, but a taste for individual flair rules, the Independent makes the grade on so many levels.

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This hotel is within walking distance of Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other Center City sites. It is about a 15 minute walk to Old City and Penn's Landing if you are headed that way. With arrangements made ahead of time, you can have the the hop-on, hop-off bus tour pick you up here for additional convenience. The Holiday Inn Express Midtown also offers guests spacious, well-appointed rooms, a delicious hot breakfast that's included with the room rate, attentive and helpful staff, and the convenience of a connected parking garage next door which provides parking for a fee.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Stay close to the action, with affordable and convenient amenities at the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Midtown.

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Who doesn't want to stay in a luxurious hotel surrounded by boutique shopping, world-class dining and a variety of cultural experiences? This Rittenhouse Square hotel enjoys a historic and convenient location, while combining the best of contemporary conveniences. The hotel prides itself on its stylish, upper-upscale features, and treats guests to unique, fashion-inspired rooms that certainly do not yawn with boredom like other hotel chain rooms. Other luxuries include a fine dining steakhouse, as well as the treats and conveniences of being located on posh Rittenhouse Square. When you're interested in a luxury experience that's also convenient to area venues, this hotel comes through in spades.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Family-friendly doesn't have to mean dumpy. This hotel combines luxury with family-friendly options that work for everyone.

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Hyatt at The Bellevue


The Hyatt at the Bellevue offer business travelers comfort and key amenities in a clean and luxurious setting close to area attractions. Enjoy spacious surroundings, as well as a great location and a friendly and attentive staff. This luxury hotel has 172 Spacious Guestrooms, Grand Bed with Pillow-Top Mattress, Luxurious Bath Products, Valet and Self-Parking for a Fee, 93,000 sq. ft Sporting Club, Indoor Jogging Track, Racquetball Court, Basketball Court, Shops at the Bellevue, 30,000 Square Feet of Versatile Function Space, Dedicated Meeting Concierge, State-of-the-Art Equipment, In-House Audio Visual, and Expert On-Site Catering. Combine room comfort with great activities, quality staff and expert staff and you've got a true winner!

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Hyatt at the Bellevue offers convenience and many great amenities to keep the whole clan happy.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Family-friendly pampering in the city where even your furry friends are welcome guests.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Newly renovated and updated, conveniently located and interesting, this hotel is trendy yet universally appealing.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Staying in a hotel with kids can also be good for the environment. Hotel Palomar goes above and beyond to keep their eco-footprint small.

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Located conveniently near Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Convention Center, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is the business or family-traveler's ideal setting. One of the largest hotels in the city, it is within close proximity of food,shopping and things to see and do, thereby covering all of your important lodging check-offs. Offering its guests super amenities such as an on-site fitness center, indoor pool and a full-service business center just seals the deal. Each of the 1,408 rooms and suites here come with wireless high speed Internet and a flat screen television to please anyone looking for in-room entertainment. There's also a Starbucks on site - sweet!

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Marriott consistently offers quality its guests can count on and this hotel does as well. Its location is convenient and its rates affordable, too.

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The Loews Hotel is located in a building that is a National Historic Landmark: the former PSFS Building. It was the also first international skyscraper built in the US. Now the building offers visitors to Philadelphia the opportunity to stay in style. With it's contemporary decor and gracious hospitality, the Loews is the perfect place to rest your head at the end of a busy day or lift it up at the start of another. Whether you're in town for business, pleasure, to sightsee or to visit with friends and business associates, the Loews will wow you with style and comfort. A spa is located on-site, and the recently opened Bank and Bourbon restaurant and bar is sure to delight.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Close to center city attractions and sites, this hotel also features an excellent on-site restaurant that's also great for families.

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Sofitel Philadelphia


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. Liberte Lounge is the chic and sophisticated all-day dining restaurant here where Chef Justin Perdue treats guests to French-inspired cuisine with a culinary program. Visit it on the ground floor of this exceptional hotel.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Staying in town with the family just got bumped up to a sophisticated experience thanks to the little extras provided here.

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Meet Sharon Rigney

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

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