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25 essential hotels in Philly you should check out

From historic haunts to swoon-worthy boutique hotels

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Editor’s note: This article was last published in June 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.

With the holiday season just weeks away, it's due time to book your stay at one of these 25 essential Philly hotels, whether you're in town for a few days, planning a staycation, or hosting family and friends. There’s something here for every visitor, from brand new boutique hotels, to historic haunts, to just all-around luxurious spots.

Center City is undoubtedly the hotel hot spot, with a majority of accommodations located in this vicinity. But there are some new options in University City, the Navy Yard, and Fishtown, too.

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1. The Study at University City

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20 S 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-1400
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This DIGSAU-designed hotel is a delightful and architecturally-pleasing welcome to University City. Located right between Drexel and Penn, the Study caters to professors, families of students, and other visitors to the neighborhood, and features a mix of overnight and extended-stay rooms with study areas and suites. It’s also home to Co-Op, a new restaurant and lounge on the ground-floor.

The interior of a room at the Study at University City. There are couches, tables, and bookshelves full of books and objects. Courtesy of the Study

2. AKA University City

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Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 372-9000
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One of the newest hotels to open in Philly, AKA University City is situated on the top floors of the 49-story FMC Tower on the Schuylkill River. The ultra-luxurious extended-stay suites offer jaw-dropping views of Center City and beyond, and there’s access to the 24,000-square-foot Level 28, a private lifestyle amenity club. It’s already hosted all-star guests like actor and Philly native Kevin Hart. (Booked up? It has two other locations in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square.)

The interior of a room at AKA University City in Philadelphia. There is a large bed with white bed linens, works of art on the walls, and floor to ceiling windows. Courtesy of AKA University City

3. The Rittenhouse Hotel

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210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-9000
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There’s a reason the Rittenhouse Hotel has some of the highest ratings on TripAdvisor. Not only does the staff greet each guest by name, guests are also handed chocolate covered strawberries and champagne upon their arrival. Located right on Rittenhouse Square, if it's an opulent and luxurious stay you're looking for, it's all about The Rittenhouse Hotel. Didn't travel by car? No problem, guests can be squired around town in the hotel's Jaguar. Suites overlook Rittenhouse Square.

4. Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard

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1001 Intrepid Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19112
(215) 644-9200
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The newest member to the list. The LEED-certified Courtyard at the Navy Yard is the most convenient place to stay if you have business to attend to in the booming Navy Yard or are looking for alternative to the airport hotel scene. Close, but not too close, to the Citizen's Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field and the Wells Fargo Center, the Courtyard also offers spacious rooms and a modern style. The staff is attentive and the location amongst the historic ships and new buildings in the Navy Yard is certainly unique.

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5. ROOST Rittenhouse

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1831 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 469-0349
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For those looking to stay a little while in Philly, check out Roost Rittenhouse or Roost Midtown Village. These extended-stay hotels aren't your average corporate apartments. They each come with a long list of amenities, including a coffee concierge program, Apple TVs, a cocktail kit, a bikeshare program, and grocery delivery. Plus, each unit comes with such lovely mid-century modern furniture and decor that you'll probably want to move in permanently.

6. Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square

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1800 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 561-7500
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The Sonesta Hotel is located smack dab in the middle of Rittenhouse and Logan Square, and it most recently underwent renovations in 2014, so expect some contemporary flair and furnishings. There are also perks like free passes to Philadelphia Sports Club. But it's biggest claim to fame is that it's home to a 22-story mural by artist Momo.

7. Rittenhouse 1715 A Boutique Hotel

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1715 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-6500
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The Rittenhouse 1715 is a quaint boutique hotel located right off Rittenhouse Square. Housed in three historic townhomes, the hotel is known for excellent hospitality, historic charm, and quaint touches like mismatched china in the breakfast room. The decor, best described as a mix between old and new, features period furniture, sumptuous velvet, and antique chandeliers as well as sleek, modern fixtures in the bathrooms. The suites are particularly spacious (one is even bi-level), and free cookies are available on demand.

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8. The Logan Philadelphia

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1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-1500
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Philadelphians in the know may remember this site as the former Four Seasons Hotel. Today, it’s transformed into the Logan, an energetic and artsy—there’s a collection of 1,800 pieces of local art—Hilton hotel with a roof deck overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The hotel also offers a six-room spa, an indoor heated pool, a gym, and Rocky-inspired robes for guests.

The interior of the lobby at the Logan Philadelphia. There is a couch, large chandeliers, and stairs leading to a landing with floor to ceiling windows. Photo by Melissa Romero

9. The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

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220 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-6000
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Formerly known as the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, this historic hotel now goes by Warwick Rittenhouse and is under new management. It's a great option for those looking to stay in a hotel steeped in history. The English Renaissance-style building was built in 1927 and designed by Hahn & Baylinson Architects. It's listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

10. Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia

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120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300
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Bonjour! Are you looking for an elegantly decorated hotel in the heart of Center City's bustling shopping and food scene? Then definitely check out the French-inspired experience of the Sofitel near 17th and Sansom Street. Not only will you be greeted in French by the friendly staff, but you'll also enjoy all of the fine dining and shopping that nearby Rittenhouse Square has to offer. But be careful, the beds are so comfortable that you'll want to take one home.

11. Touraine’s No. 108

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1520 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-8618
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The Touraine is a historic hotel-turned-apartment building in Rittenhouse Square with a long waitlist. But one of units has now been converted into a colorful hotel suite, allowing anyone to book at least a two-night’s stay here. It’s designed to be family-friendly, complete with a fully-stocked kitchen, games, toys, books, and even a Pack N’Play. (Insider’s tip: Residents’ guests get priority booking at a discounted rate.)

The interior of a room at Touraine’s Number 108 in Philadelphia. There is a couch, tables, works of art on the walls, and bookshelves with books and other objects. Photo by Kyle Born

12. Hyatt at The Bellevue

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200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1234
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This isn't just any Hyatt: Housed in the iconic Bellevue building, the lobby and common spaces are decked out with marble pillars, a grand staircase, gargantuan crystal chandeliers and opulence in every direction. The rooms are large and comfortable and guests can enjoy complimentary access to The Sporting Club at The Bellevue —an enormous fitness center with NBA-sized basketball court, indoor running track, and spa services. You're also in the heart of the Avenue of the Arts, so dining and entertainment are easily accessible.

13. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

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10 Ave Of The Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 523-8000
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Housed in the neoclassical Girard/Mellon Bank building on the southeast corner of City Hall, The Ritz-Carlton oozes opulence through its stately columns, majestic domed ceiling, marble floors and appropriately modern decor. The Ritz is perhaps best known for its club level rooms with sweeping views and luxurious amenities, but every guest is greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival. It just recently underwent at $24 million renovation, including the opening of Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero bar/restaurant in the marble-domed lobby.

The exterior of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. The building has columns flanking the entrance. There are other city buildings surrounding the hotel. Photo by George Widman

14. Le Méridien Philadelphia

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1421 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 422-8200
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Le Méridien is located right steps away from the soon-to-be reopened LOVE Park. The hotel is housed in a 10-story Georgian Revival-style building with a private 75-foot-tall atrium and courtyard, offering a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Center City.

The exterior of Le Meridien Philadelphia. The facade is red brick and the lower level is stone. Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

15. Aloft Philadelphia Downtown

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101 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 607-2020
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One of Philly’s newest hotels, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown, is located in the historic Liberty Title building. The 181,000-square-foot hotel mixes the old with the new, as evidenced in the lobby off North Broad Street that features soaring windows and ceilings adorned with crown molding. The rooms offer a more modern take, catering toward today’s millennial workforce. There’s work desk in each room, which are equipped with Netflix and Hulu accounts.

The interior of a room at Aloft Philadelphia Downtown. There is a bed with white bed linens, windows, and a colorful work of art on the wall. Photo by Melissa Romero

16. The Independent Hotel

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 772-1440
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The Independent has been winning travelers over with its spacious rooms, high ceilings, and sleek, modern decor. The hotel also offers thoughtful amenities to make travelers feel right at home, like an in-room Keurig coffee maker and free breakfast delivery. Though the hotel doesn't have a gym of its own, it offers free passes to the 12th Street Gym nearby. Looking for food and not fitness? You're a few steps away from all of the amazing restaurants located on 13th in Midtown Village.

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17. Alexander Inn

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301 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-3535
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If you're looking for a boutique hotel in the heart of one of Philadelphia's thriving neighborhoods, The Alexander Inn in Washington Square West is a great option -- especially for those looking outside of the Broad Street chain hotels. Recently renovated, the hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center, a breakfast buffet and is chock-full of fresh flowers and lovely artwork. Though the rooms are somewhat small, they are well-appointed and comfortable.

The exterior of the Alexander Inn in Philadelphia. There is a black awning and the facade is red brick. Photo by M. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

18. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

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1201 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-2900
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In town for a convention? Want to be in close proximity to all the foods of Reading Terminal Market? The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown has you covered: It’s directly connected to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and the rooms in the Headhouse Tower are located right above the market in the historic building.

The exterior of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The facade is red and tan with multiple windows. Photo by Melissa Romero

19. Loews Philadelphia Hotel

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1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-1200
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Housed in the old Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building, which is widely regarded as the first modern skyscraper in the country, the Loews offers impressive views and boardrooms restored to their original grandeur. We recommend a visit to the hotel's observation deck on the 33rd floor for some absolutely stunning views of City Hall and the rest of the Philadelphia skyline (go at sunrise/sunset). With the inclusion of some original furnishings acquired by the hotel, the decor might be characterized as sleek opulence inspired by the building's past life. Market East may be undergoing a modern renaissance, but the Loews will simply never go out of style.

The exterior of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The facade is glass. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

20. The Morris House Hotel

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225 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Morris House Hotel offers lovely accommodations for those looking for a historic, red-brick Philadelphia experience. Rooms run a little on the small side, but there is a dreamy interior courtyard and it's right around the corner from one of Philadelphia's true gems: Washington Square. It's also mere steps from the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest continually operating theater in the United States. So if it's a romantic getaway you're looking for, you might want to seriously consider Morris House.

21. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

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433 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-2111
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The Hotel Monaco is part of the Kimpton boutique hotels chain and it's known for its trendy, colorful decor. Mere steps from Independence Hall, Hotel Monaco is also making its name with top-of-the-line customer service and perks: There's a free wine tasting hour every day in the lobby. (Booked up? Try its other location Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse Square.)

22. Independence Park Hotel

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235 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Located in the heart of Old City, this hotel is actually a part of the Best Western chain, but it was built in 1856 as the home to Elliot's Doll Manufacture. It's a great budget option for those looking to be in the historic part of Philly. Perks include free breakfast complete with a waffle iron that churns out waffles shaped like the Liberty Bell and free parking. Plus, you’re directly across the street from the new Museum of the American Revolution.

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23. Lokal Hotel

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139 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 702-4345
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This new venture from the folks behind Postgreen Homes brings a new “invisible service” concept to Lokal at 139 N. 3rd Street in Old City. There are no concierges, but each delightfully designed room is equipped with a digital guidebook, kitchen, and swoon-worthy furniture and products made by local vendors and makers. The design duo Jersey Ice Cream Co. is the brains behind the building’s design overhaul. Check out the before-after transformation of the historic building here.

The interior of a room in Lokal Hotel. There is a couch, bed, and tall windows letting in natural light. Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

24. Penn's View Hotel

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14 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-7600
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Penn's View Hotel is the perfect option for travelers looking to stay in the the quaint (and quiet) part of historic Old City, Philadelphia. It offers views of the Delaware River and is a short walk to the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, and Independence Mall. Yes, even Franklin Fountain is right nearby. Guests rave about the rooms, most of which include a Jacuzzi and fireplace. Parking is pricey, but you're near it all (including boutique shopping), so maybe think about leaving the car at home!

25. Wm. Mulherin's Sons Hotel

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1355 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 805-3869
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons hotel portion opened in late March, becoming the first hotel for Fishtown. Guests can grab their keys from the restaurant hostess downstairs (the restaurant and hotel are located in a former whiskey distillery). Designed for both overnight and extended stays, the rooms come with fully-equipped kitchens and are pretty much a vintage-lover’s dream. Just book early: There are only four hotel rooms available.

1. The Study at University City

20 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The interior of a room at the Study at University City. There are couches, tables, and bookshelves full of books and objects. Courtesy of the Study

This DIGSAU-designed hotel is a delightful and architecturally-pleasing welcome to University City. Located right between Drexel and Penn, the Study caters to professors, families of students, and other visitors to the neighborhood, and features a mix of overnight and extended-stay rooms with study areas and suites. It’s also home to Co-Op, a new restaurant and lounge on the ground-floor.

20 S 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

2. AKA University City

Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The interior of a room at AKA University City in Philadelphia. There is a large bed with white bed linens, works of art on the walls, and floor to ceiling windows. Courtesy of AKA University City

One of the newest hotels to open in Philly, AKA University City is situated on the top floors of the 49-story FMC Tower on the Schuylkill River. The ultra-luxurious extended-stay suites offer jaw-dropping views of Center City and beyond, and there’s access to the 24,000-square-foot Level 28, a private lifestyle amenity club. It’s already hosted all-star guests like actor and Philly native Kevin Hart. (Booked up? It has two other locations in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square.)

Cira Centre South, 2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

3. The Rittenhouse Hotel

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

There’s a reason the Rittenhouse Hotel has some of the highest ratings on TripAdvisor. Not only does the staff greet each guest by name, guests are also handed chocolate covered strawberries and champagne upon their arrival. Located right on Rittenhouse Square, if it's an opulent and luxurious stay you're looking for, it's all about The Rittenhouse Hotel. Didn't travel by car? No problem, guests can be squired around town in the hotel's Jaguar. Suites overlook Rittenhouse Square.

210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard

1001 Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112

The newest member to the list. The LEED-certified Courtyard at the Navy Yard is the most convenient place to stay if you have business to attend to in the booming Navy Yard or are looking for alternative to the airport hotel scene. Close, but not too close, to the Citizen's Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field and the Wells Fargo Center, the Courtyard also offers spacious rooms and a modern style. The staff is attentive and the location amongst the historic ships and new buildings in the Navy Yard is certainly unique.

1001 Intrepid Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19112

5. ROOST Rittenhouse

1831 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For those looking to stay a little while in Philly, check out Roost Rittenhouse or Roost Midtown Village. These extended-stay hotels aren't your average corporate apartments. They each come with a long list of amenities, including a coffee concierge program, Apple TVs, a cocktail kit, a bikeshare program, and grocery delivery. Plus, each unit comes with such lovely mid-century modern furniture and decor that you'll probably want to move in permanently.

1831 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square

1800 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Sonesta Hotel is located smack dab in the middle of Rittenhouse and Logan Square, and it most recently underwent renovations in 2014, so expect some contemporary flair and furnishings. There are also perks like free passes to Philadelphia Sports Club. But it's biggest claim to fame is that it's home to a 22-story mural by artist Momo.

1800 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Rittenhouse 1715 A Boutique Hotel

1715 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Rittenhouse 1715 is a quaint boutique hotel located right off Rittenhouse Square. Housed in three historic townhomes, the hotel is known for excellent hospitality, historic charm, and quaint touches like mismatched china in the breakfast room. The decor, best described as a mix between old and new, features period furniture, sumptuous velvet, and antique chandeliers as well as sleek, modern fixtures in the bathrooms. The suites are particularly spacious (one is even bi-level), and free cookies are available on demand.

1715 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. The Logan Philadelphia

1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The interior of the lobby at the Logan Philadelphia. There is a couch, large chandeliers, and stairs leading to a landing with floor to ceiling windows. Photo by Melissa Romero

Philadelphians in the know may remember this site as the former Four Seasons Hotel. Today, it’s transformed into the Logan, an energetic and artsy—there’s a collection of 1,800 pieces of local art—Hilton hotel with a roof deck overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The hotel also offers a six-room spa, an indoor heated pool, a gym, and Rocky-inspired robes for guests.

1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

220 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Formerly known as the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, this historic hotel now goes by Warwick Rittenhouse and is under new management. It's a great option for those looking to stay in a hotel steeped in history. The English Renaissance-style building was built in 1927 and designed by Hahn & Baylinson Architects. It's listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

220 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia

120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bonjour! Are you looking for an elegantly decorated hotel in the heart of Center City's bustling shopping and food scene? Then definitely check out the French-inspired experience of the Sofitel near 17th and Sansom Street. Not only will you be greeted in French by the friendly staff, but you'll also enjoy all of the fine dining and shopping that nearby Rittenhouse Square has to offer. But be careful, the beds are so comfortable that you'll want to take one home.

120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. Touraine’s No. 108

1520 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The interior of a room at Touraine’s Number 108 in Philadelphia. There is a couch, tables, works of art on the walls, and bookshelves with books and other objects. Photo by Kyle Born

The Touraine is a historic hotel-turned-apartment building in Rittenhouse Square with a long waitlist. But one of units has now been converted into a colorful hotel suite, allowing anyone to book at least a two-night’s stay here. It’s designed to be family-friendly, complete with a fully-stocked kitchen, games, toys, books, and even a Pack N’Play. (Insider’s tip: Residents’ guests get priority booking at a discounted rate.)

1520 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

12. Hyatt at The Bellevue

200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This isn't just any Hyatt: Housed in the iconic Bellevue building, the lobby and common spaces are decked out with marble pillars, a grand staircase, gargantuan crystal chandeliers and opulence in every direction. The rooms are large and comfortable and guests can enjoy complimentary access to The Sporting Club at The Bellevue —an enormous fitness center with NBA-sized basketball court, indoor running track, and spa services. You're also in the heart of the Avenue of the Arts, so dining and entertainment are easily accessible.

200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

13. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The exterior of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. The building has columns flanking the entrance. There are other city buildings surrounding the hotel. Photo by George Widman

Housed in the neoclassical Girard/Mellon Bank building on the southeast corner of City Hall, The Ritz-Carlton oozes opulence through its stately columns, majestic domed ceiling, marble floors and appropriately modern decor. The Ritz is perhaps best known for its club level rooms with sweeping views and luxurious amenities, but every guest is greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival. It just recently underwent at $24 million renovation, including the opening of Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero bar/restaurant in the marble-domed lobby.

10 Ave Of The Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102

14. Le Méridien Philadelphia

1421 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The exterior of Le Meridien Philadelphia. The facade is red brick and the lower level is stone. Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

Le Méridien is located right steps away from the soon-to-be reopened LOVE Park. The hotel is housed in a 10-story Georgian Revival-style building with a private 75-foot-tall atrium and courtyard, offering a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Center City.

1421 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

15. Aloft Philadelphia Downtown

101 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The interior of a room at Aloft Philadelphia Downtown. There is a bed with white bed linens, windows, and a colorful work of art on the wall. Photo by Melissa Romero

One of Philly’s newest hotels, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown, is located in the historic Liberty Title building. The 181,000-square-foot hotel mixes the old with the new, as evidenced in the lobby off North Broad Street that features soaring windows and ceilings adorned with crown molding. The rooms offer a more modern take, catering toward today’s millennial workforce. There’s work desk in each room, which are equipped with Netflix and Hulu accounts.

101 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

16. The Independent Hotel

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Independent has been winning travelers over with its spacious rooms, high ceilings, and sleek, modern decor. The hotel also offers thoughtful amenities to make travelers feel right at home, like an in-room Keurig coffee maker and free breakfast delivery. Though the hotel doesn't have a gym of its own, it offers free passes to the 12th Street Gym nearby. Looking for food and not fitness? You're a few steps away from all of the amazing restaurants located on 13th in Midtown Village.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

17. Alexander Inn

301 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The exterior of the Alexander Inn in Philadelphia. There is a black awning and the facade is red brick. Photo by M. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

If you're looking for a boutique hotel in the heart of one of Philadelphia's thriving neighborhoods, The Alexander Inn in Washington Square West is a great option -- especially for those looking outside of the Broad Street chain hotels. Recently renovated, the hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center, a breakfast buffet and is chock-full of fresh flowers and lovely artwork. Though the rooms are somewhat small, they are well-appointed and comfortable.

301 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

18. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The exterior of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The facade is red and tan with multiple windows. Photo by Melissa Romero

In town for a convention? Want to be in close proximity to all the foods of Reading Terminal Market? The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown has you covered: It’s directly connected to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and the rooms in the Headhouse Tower are located right above the market in the historic building.

1201 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

19. Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The exterior of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The facade is glass. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Housed in the old Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building, which is widely regarded as the first modern skyscraper in the country, the Loews offers impressive views and boardrooms restored to their original grandeur. We recommend a visit to the hotel's observation deck on the 33rd floor for some absolutely stunning views of City Hall and the rest of the Philadelphia skyline (go at sunrise/sunset). With the inclusion of some original furnishings acquired by the hotel, the decor might be characterized as sleek opulence inspired by the building's past life. Market East may be undergoing a modern renaissance, but the Loews will simply never go out of style.

1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

20. The Morris House Hotel

225 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Morris House Hotel offers lovely accommodations for those looking for a historic, red-brick Philadelphia experience. Rooms run a little on the small side, but there is a dreamy interior courtyard and it's right around the corner from one of Philadelphia's true gems: Washington Square. It's also mere steps from the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest continually operating theater in the United States. So if it's a romantic getaway you're looking for, you might want to seriously consider Morris House.

225 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

21. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Hotel Monaco is part of the Kimpton boutique hotels chain and it's known for its trendy, colorful decor. Mere steps from Independence Hall, Hotel Monaco is also making its name with top-of-the-line customer service and perks: There's a free wine tasting hour every day in the lobby. (Booked up? Try its other location Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse Square.)

433 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

22. Independence Park Hotel

235 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Located in the heart of Old City, this hotel is actually a part of the Best Western chain, but it was built in 1856 as the home to Elliot's Doll Manufacture. It's a great budget option for those looking to be in the historic part of Philly. Perks include free breakfast complete with a waffle iron that churns out waffles shaped like the Liberty Bell and free parking. Plus, you’re directly across the street from the new Museum of the American Revolution.

235 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

23. Lokal Hotel

139 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The interior of a room in Lokal Hotel. There is a couch, bed, and tall windows letting in natural light. Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

This new venture from the folks behind Postgreen Homes brings a new “invisible service” concept to Lokal at 139 N. 3rd Street in Old City. There are no concierges, but each delightfully designed room is equipped with a digital guidebook, kitchen, and swoon-worthy furniture and products made by local vendors and makers. The design duo Jersey Ice Cream Co. is the brains behind the building’s design overhaul. Check out the before-after transformation of the historic building here.

139 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

24. Penn's View Hotel

14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Penn's View Hotel is the perfect option for travelers looking to stay in the the quaint (and quiet) part of historic Old City, Philadelphia. It offers views of the Delaware River and is a short walk to the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, and Independence Mall. Yes, even Franklin Fountain is right nearby. Guests rave about the rooms, most of which include a Jacuzzi and fireplace. Parking is pricey, but you're near it all (including boutique shopping), so maybe think about leaving the car at home!

14 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

25. Wm. Mulherin's Sons Hotel

1355 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons hotel portion opened in late March, becoming the first hotel for Fishtown. Guests can grab their keys from the restaurant hostess downstairs (the restaurant and hotel are located in a former whiskey distillery). Designed for both overnight and extended stays, the rooms come with fully-equipped kitchens and are pretty much a vintage-lover’s dream. Just book early: There are only four hotel rooms available.

1355 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122