When it comes to recommended hotels in Philadelphia there are many that are worthy of being recommended. No matter what you are looking for in a hotel you will find it here. These are a few personal favorites.
If you are looking for a small hotel with personalized service and loads of charm this is the perfect hotel. It is over 100 years old and was renovated within the last few years to resemble the luxury cruise ships of the 1940’s. It is an art deco gem.
This hotel is bed and breakfast, it is a small enough so that the desk staff get to know you if you stay more than one day. There is a real sense of humor here, the staff are friendly and as charming as the hotel they work for. If you happen to be homophobic this might not be the right hotel for you, it is very gay friendly and when we were there we never saw any children. We did however enjoy everything about it.
The rooms are compact, the beds are comfortable, the furniture art deco style and the bathroom though again compact had everything necessary for our comfort. The entire room was immaculately clean.
Breakfast is included in the rate. It is a nice continental breakfast with coffee and tea, cereal, Danish, croissant, English muffins, waffles, fresh bagels, and whole fruit. It is served in the parlor off the lobby. If you need a snack, fruit is out all day.
There is a small gym in the basement, wireless Internet access and ice and drink machines. Rates are very competitive and once you stay here you will want to return. It is located in a good area for walking, just one block from Antiques Row. They don’t have their own parking but there are pay garages nearby.
Hilton Garden Inn
This hotel adjacent to the convention center is a very convenient place to stay. If you walk out the front door you are just a few steps from the Reading Terminal Market which is a great place to have lunch or breakfast.
There are rooms and suites and if you ask nice you may be able to be upgraded, we did. The suites are one room suites but include two TV’s and a sleeper sofa. The regular rooms are a bit smaller but not too small. There is a very nice bar in the hotel if you would like to enjoy the great upper floor views. They have an indoor pool area and also a business center. The rooms come equipped with a microwave and a coffee maker. There is a pay parking lot adjacent.
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
If you are really lucky you will have a room that faces the Town Hall and the William Penn Statue. This is a historical building that has been repurposed as a very nice hotel. There is lemonade available in the lobby all day and what a magnificent lobby it is, soaring ceilings with wow chandeliers. The rooms are very attractive with comfortable furnishings and best of all a Keurig coffee maker.
The hotel has a nice restaurant with a great breakfast buffet which is not included in the rate. The location is great if you want to attend the theater or shop on Market Street. The Reading Terminal Market is just a block or so away. Parking is valet and pricey but there are not a lot of options unless you want to walk a couple blocks toting your luggage.
If you are planning to do all the Revolutionary War stuff, Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center this hotel is in a great location to put you right in the middle of the action. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Try to get a corner room, they are extra large and offer views in a couple of different directions.
These are a few of this author’s favorite Philadelphia Hotels, recommending them all highly comes naturally. There are many more if none of these is exactly what you are looking for.