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The 18 Essential Philadelphia Hotels

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Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed's Hotel 18 map, your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in Philly?" Whether you're looking for a posh business hotel, a romantic escape full of period furniture and historic charm, or a budget friendly room for a family trip, we've got you covered. These are the best of Philly's options, encompassing a wide range of styles, budgets, and locales.


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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

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10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 523-8000
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The Ritz-Carlton of Philadelphia is easily the most opulent and historic of the Broad Street hotels. Housed in a neoclassical bank building, the stately columns in the lobby are updated by a bright jewel-toned decor. The Ritz is perhaps best known for its club level rooms and amenities, but every guest is greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival.

2. Hotel Monaco

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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. The hotel opened just last year, and is making waves with its bold decor, which incorporates touches like calligraphy brushes behind the front desk as nods to Philadelphia's rich history. The 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, and a personal trainer on call.

3. Rittenhouse 1715

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1715 Rittenhouse Sq
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.

4. The Morris House Hotel

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225 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Morris House hotel is a smaller boutique hotel that takes antique charm seriously: inside you'll find a cozy sitting room with a fireplace, a gracious interior courtyard, and period furnishings. The rooms run a bit small, and you shouldn't expect the amenities of a modern chain but if you're looking for cozy and quaint, the Morris House is right up your alley.

5. 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.

6. Rodeway Inn Center City

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1208 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-7000

Centrally located in a quaint row, the Rodeway Inn is not known for sumptuous luxury, but it's an excellent budget-friendly option right in the thick of Center City. Though the interior decor is what you'd expect from a no-frills chain hotel, the exterior is gorgeous. There is also an airport shuttle available to guests who book it in advance.

7. Independence Park Inn

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235 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

Though this hotel is a part of the Best Western chain, it's a great budget option, and the decor's not too shabby either. Perks include free breakfast complete with a waffle iron that churns out waffles shaped like the Liberty Bell and free parking. Reviewers also noted that the front desk staff is helpful and attentive.

8. Alexander Inn

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301 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-3535

Hailed as a great value, the Alexander Inn receives praise from guests for its unique decor, inspired by 1930's cruise ships. There are only 48 rooms (which book up quickly, plan ahead), but many offer views of Philly's skyline, and some even include fire escape balconies. Though the rooms are somewhat small, they are well-appointed and comfortable.

9. 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. 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. Guests are pleased by the attentive service and the convenient Broad street location

10. Omni Hotel at Independence Park

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401 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-0000
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A new addition to the Old City hotel scene, the Omni is located right off Independence Mall. It's convenient, new, and offers an innovative "ideal living" program, complete with fitness equipment directly in your room, space to work out, and healthful food for travelers who want to maintain their healthy lifestyle away from home.

11. The Conwell Inn

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1331 W Berks St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 235-6200

The Conwell Inn is the only hotel on Temple University's campus, and it's run by the university. Though you shouldn't expect a luxurious stay, the price is right for budget travelers, and it's pet friendly too. The rooms are spacious, and though the continental breakfast is limited, the hotel provides a $5 coupon for the coffee shop next door.

12. Penn's View Hotel

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14 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-7600

Right in Old City, and close enough to the Delaware for river views, Penn's View Hotel is a great, quiet option at Penn's Landing. Within walking distance to Christ Church and the Betsy Ross House (not to mention the Liberty Bell,) it's very convenient for tourists, and reviewers rave about the rooms, many of which include fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. Though the cost of the attached parking garage is high, the room rates are very reasonable, and the location of this hotel makes it ideal for travelers who aren't driving.

13. Sofitel Philadelphia

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120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300
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Known for its elegant, contemporary decor and spacious suites, the French chain hotel also receives rave reviews for service, even if some guests find the requirement that staffers greet guests in French to be a little pretentious. Guests rave about the sumptuous, exquisitely comfortable beds.

14. Society Hill Hotel

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301 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Close to the historic district, but away from the tourist hustle and bustle, The Society Hotel boasts vintage furnishings and a historic building. Be advised that the rooms are rather small, and that the amenities are not those of a full service hotel.

15. The Rittenhouse Hotel

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210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-9000

Noted for superb customer service and a formal, stately, (and maybe a bit stodgy) ambiance, the Rittenhouse Hotel distinguishes itself with superior customer service: upon arrival, guests are greeted with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, and are called by name throughout their stay. There is even a chauffeured Jaguar available to guests who need a lift. Expect to spend a pretty penny on your room, though, because top notch service, decor, and location don't come cheap, especially not right on Rittenhouse Square.

16. Latham Hotel

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135 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-7474

The Latham manages to provide high end perks at a lower rate than its pricier competitors in Philly. The rooms, which were recently redone, boast bright contemporary decor, city views, and comfortable beds. The rooms are on the smaller side, but so is the price (in comparison to nearby hotels). The Latham also has a chauffeured car available for guest use.

17. 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. Though the rooms don't exactly match up, they are very large, which is one of the perks of the historic building. However, there are drawbacks to spending the night in one of the oldest luxury hotels in the city: power outlets are sparse, and the elevator system is confusing (not all elevators go to every floor)

18. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

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1 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-1500
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Situated right on the parkway, the Philadelphia Four Seasons might just offer the best views in the city. The Four Seasons in Philadelphia offers a courtesy car available to guests, as well as attentive hospitality and luxious rooms. Though the exterior is less than stunning, the interiors more than make up for it with spacious rooms and lush vegetation in the lobby.

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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Ritz-Carlton of Philadelphia is easily the most opulent and historic of the Broad Street hotels. Housed in a neoclassical bank building, the stately columns in the lobby are updated by a bright jewel-toned decor. The Ritz is perhaps best known for its club level rooms and amenities, but every guest is greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival.

10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102

2. Hotel Monaco

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. The hotel opened just last year, and is making waves with its bold decor, which incorporates touches like calligraphy brushes behind the front desk as nods to Philadelphia's rich history. The 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, and a personal trainer on call.

433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Rittenhouse 1715

1715 Rittenhouse Sq, 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 Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. The Morris House Hotel

225 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Morris House hotel is a smaller boutique hotel that takes antique charm seriously: inside you'll find a cozy sitting room with a fireplace, a gracious interior courtyard, and period furnishings. The rooms run a bit small, and you shouldn't expect the amenities of a modern chain but if you're looking for cozy and quaint, the Morris House is right up your alley.

225 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. 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.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Rodeway Inn Center City

1208 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Centrally located in a quaint row, the Rodeway Inn is not known for sumptuous luxury, but it's an excellent budget-friendly option right in the thick of Center City. Though the interior decor is what you'd expect from a no-frills chain hotel, the exterior is gorgeous. There is also an airport shuttle available to guests who book it in advance.

1208 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Independence Park Inn

235 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Though this hotel is a part of the Best Western chain, it's a great budget option, and the decor's not too shabby either. Perks include free breakfast complete with a waffle iron that churns out waffles shaped like the Liberty Bell and free parking. Reviewers also noted that the front desk staff is helpful and attentive.

235 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

8. Alexander Inn

301 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hailed as a great value, the Alexander Inn receives praise from guests for its unique decor, inspired by 1930's cruise ships. There are only 48 rooms (which book up quickly, plan ahead), but many offer views of Philly's skyline, and some even include fire escape balconies. Though the rooms are somewhat small, they are well-appointed and comfortable.

301 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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. 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. Guests are pleased by the attentive service and the convenient Broad street location

1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Omni Hotel at Independence Park

401 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

A new addition to the Old City hotel scene, the Omni is located right off Independence Mall. It's convenient, new, and offers an innovative "ideal living" program, complete with fitness equipment directly in your room, space to work out, and healthful food for travelers who want to maintain their healthy lifestyle away from home.

401 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. The Conwell Inn

1331 W Berks St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Conwell Inn is the only hotel on Temple University's campus, and it's run by the university. Though you shouldn't expect a luxurious stay, the price is right for budget travelers, and it's pet friendly too. The rooms are spacious, and though the continental breakfast is limited, the hotel provides a $5 coupon for the coffee shop next door.

1331 W Berks St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

12. Penn's View Hotel

14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Right in Old City, and close enough to the Delaware for river views, Penn's View Hotel is a great, quiet option at Penn's Landing. Within walking distance to Christ Church and the Betsy Ross House (not to mention the Liberty Bell,) it's very convenient for tourists, and reviewers rave about the rooms, many of which include fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. Though the cost of the attached parking garage is high, the room rates are very reasonable, and the location of this hotel makes it ideal for travelers who aren't driving.

14 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

13. Sofitel Philadelphia

120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Known for its elegant, contemporary decor and spacious suites, the French chain hotel also receives rave reviews for service, even if some guests find the requirement that staffers greet guests in French to be a little pretentious. Guests rave about the sumptuous, exquisitely comfortable beds.

120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

14. Society Hill Hotel

301 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Close to the historic district, but away from the tourist hustle and bustle, The Society Hotel boasts vintage furnishings and a historic building. Be advised that the rooms are rather small, and that the amenities are not those of a full service hotel.

301 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

15. The Rittenhouse Hotel

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Noted for superb customer service and a formal, stately, (and maybe a bit stodgy) ambiance, the Rittenhouse Hotel distinguishes itself with superior customer service: upon arrival, guests are greeted with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, and are called by name throughout their stay. There is even a chauffeured Jaguar available to guests who need a lift. Expect to spend a pretty penny on your room, though, because top notch service, decor, and location don't come cheap, especially not right on Rittenhouse Square.

210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

16. Latham Hotel

135 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Latham manages to provide high end perks at a lower rate than its pricier competitors in Philly. The rooms, which were recently redone, boast bright contemporary decor, city views, and comfortable beds. The rooms are on the smaller side, but so is the price (in comparison to nearby hotels). The Latham also has a chauffeured car available for guest use.

135 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

17. 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. Though the rooms don't exactly match up, they are very large, which is one of the perks of the historic building. However, there are drawbacks to spending the night in one of the oldest luxury hotels in the city: power outlets are sparse, and the elevator system is confusing (not all elevators go to every floor)

200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

18. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

1 Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Situated right on the parkway, the Philadelphia Four Seasons might just offer the best views in the city. The Four Seasons in Philadelphia offers a courtesy car available to guests, as well as attentive hospitality and luxious rooms. Though the exterior is less than stunning, the interiors more than make up for it with spacious rooms and lush vegetation in the lobby.

1 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103