Hotel Lodging in Philadelphia

by Pamela Wright
Philadelphia skyline at sunset

Philadelphia skyline at sunset

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As you might expect, the City of Brotherly Love has a dizzying array of places to stay, from elegant, historic properties to sleek boutiques, from spacious suites to cozy, intimate hotels. Families also will find a variety of kid-friendly accommodations, some offering special amenities such as bedtime snacks and welcome gifts. The most convenient are located in Philly's often-visited neighborhoods, including Rittenhouse Square, Center City and Society Hill.

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Historic Hotels

Dubbed the "Grand Dame of Broad Street," the Hyatt at The Bellevue has been hosting Philadelphia's rich and famous since it opened its doors in 1904. The elegant hotel, designated one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is in a French Renaissance-style building. Its 172 guest rooms are decorated in neutral tans, creamy whites and soothing taupes, with traditional furnishings. Take a peek at the opulent, tiered grand ballroom with marble staircases, crystal chandeliers and lighting designed by Thomas Edison. Morris House, located in the historic Society Hill district, within walking distance to major sites such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, dates back to 1787 and maintains much of its original architectural details. The brick Colonial has 15 individually decorated rooms with private baths, wood floors and original woodwork and moldings. Some rooms have views of the garden terrace.

Boutique Hotels

The Palomar boutique hotel is housed in the 1929 landmark Architects Building in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. The contemporary hotel combines modern, eco-friendly elements with original Art Deco details. The sleek lobby features wood floors, brass and chrome accents and original, local artwork, including an abstract portrait of Ben Franklin which hangs near the hotel entrance. A fireplace made of recycled glass serves as the lobby centerpiece. Rooms are decorated with neutral hues of light tans and creamy whites, with green, black and purple accents. The 23-room Rittenhouse 1715, steps from Rittenhouse Square, combines classic elegance with modern amenities. Rooms have antique furnishings, rich fabrics, original moldings; some have working fireplaces. Updated touches include marble bathrooms with tile accents and glass-enclosed, walk-in waterfall showers. Guests are invited to a complimentary wine hour each evening.

Family-Friendly Hotels

When your family checks in at the Loews hotel in Center City, the kids receive a welcome bag of goodies. The hotel also has a collection of games and books on hand for children to borrow, as well as supervised kids' programs, including camps. The contemporary hotel has 581 rooms, decorated in soothing neutral tones. When you're not out visiting the sights, you can swim in the lap pool or enjoy the fitness center and spa. At the Four Seasons Philadelphia, family-friendly amenities include welcome bags; complimentary bedtime milk and snacks; child-size robes; and free baby toiletries. Families also can request books, toys, movies, extra roll-away beds and cribs free of charge. The modern, eight-story hotel has 564 rooms, an on-site spa, a restaurant and an indoor pool.

All-suite hotels

If you're looking for a little more space than the traditional hotel room, consider booking an all-suite property. The Homewood Suites by Hilton, near the Convention Center and sports stadiums and arenas, has studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, with simple, light oak furnishings and neutral colors. The units have separate living and dining areas and full kitchens. Budget-pleasing amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet and evening receptions offered free on weekdays. The Marriott Residence Inn in Center City is within walking distance of the Convention Center. The all-suite property feature two-bedroom units, with separate living and dining areas and full kitchens. Kids receive a Nickelodeon activity book and welcome gift. The modern hotel has 269 suites and offers complimentary grocery shopping services.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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