The average holiday-maker or business traveller is spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options in Philadelphia. But not all hotels were created equal and some, like the ones on this list, are more than a little bit special. From on-trend interiors that will make your Insta followers green with envy to the very best in service and facilities, these are the boutique hotels to up the luxe-rating of your stay away from home. So whether you’re in town to see the city’s best attractions and museums, or have other things to do on your mind, you sure won’t regret making a room reservation at any of these.
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16 best boutique hotels Philadelphia has to offer
This striking Old City building has a former life as a cap-making shop, but is now one of Philadelphia’s best boutique hotels. There are only six rooms, and all of them have been carefully styled and expertly thought through. Decor-wise, it shows off the Jersey Ice Cream Co.’s modern-meets-industrial style to perfection. Expect minimalistic expanses interrupted with bold flashes of colour throughout. All rooms have laundry provisions, seating areas, full kitchens and other useful additions, but perhaps the most truly contemporary aspect are the so-called “invisible service” amenities. Check out via app and use the in-room tablet to access a city guide to Philadelphia. All in? This hotel is a total winner.
Before it became an excellent boutique hotel, this building was used as a whiskey-blending and bottling facility. It’s now also home to a wood-fired Italian restaurant (the hotel sits above it). And, since it’s in the middle of Fishtown, you’ll find plenty of other excellent bars, coffee shops and restaurants super closeby. Inside, the hotel is attractively decorated with exposed brickwork, wooden furnishings and one-off wallpaper prints. Practicalities-wise, each room has a full-sized kitchen, laundry facilities and Apple TV.
Though smaller than many others on the list, this eight-room spot includes two extended-stay apartments with kitchenettes and full baths, making it ideal for those enjoying longer visits. The Dwight D. has been in operation since its complete remodel in 2014 and prides itself on its history: The compact 1840s brownstone that houses it was the former home to the Eisenhower Fellowships organization. But don’t be fooled by its quaint size. The Dwight D. offers many of the amenities of larger hotels, such as 24-hour parking and use of bicycles through a bike-share program.
These stylish, modern apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, laundry, walk-in rainfall showers, oak herringbone flooring, vintage Moroccan floor rugs and antique furniture. It’s the kind of curated, Instagram-worthly life we could only dream of. Suites are available in weekly or monthly stays and pets are welcome.
Like its Rittenhouse sister, ROOST Midtown also features weekly or monthly accommodations with all the same amenities (loaded kitchen, 24-hour concierge, laundry). More industrial in design, these studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments feature vaulted ceilings, herringbone hardwood flooring and large factory-style windows.
This is a more large-scale affair than most of the boutique hotels on this list (there are 268 guest rooms here), but everything about Hotel Monaco is unique, eclectic and colorful. The guest rooms and specialty suites feature deep blue and purple hues with funky geometric wallpaper designs. and mirrored end tables offer a chic retro feel. The hotel also has a fitness center, complimentary bike rental and is pet-friendly. Make sure to take a trip up to the Stratus Rooftop Lounge—one of the best rooftop bars Philadelphia has to offer—to relax after sunset with an aperitif under the twinkling night sky.
Located in an Art Deco-style building in the midst of Rittenhouse Square, this trendy hotel offers guests a sleek and chic hotel experience. Each guestroom and specialty suite features huge windows and tons of natural light—many rooms have exceptional city views, too. Unwind in the fitness center, with in-room spa treatments or at the on-site restaurant Square 1682.
Planning a long-term stay in Philadelphia? Consider crashing at the sophisticated AKA Rittenhouse stands, which stands 12 stories tall and boasts 78 studio and one- and two-bedroom suites that are equipped with full kitchens. The elegance of the building’s beaux-arts facade extends indoors with sleek and modern furniture and appliances. Other perks include a gym, a business center with Macs and a private resident entrance to on-site restaurant a.kitchen and its accompanying a.bar. The location also puts you just around the corner from Rittenhouse Row, one of Philly’s top shopping destinations with high-end stores like Michael Kors, Barneys Co-Op and Vince.
Located around the corner from picturesque Rittenhouse Square, the Sofitel proves that luxury can still be affordable. The lobby of this 306-room hotel is home to a carefully curated art gallery and is accented with local flair, such as colorful Shaker quilts and stone floors. Enjoy unique cocktails and a French-inspired meal at Liberte Lounge or revel in the atmosphere of the newly renovated Chez Collette. Pamper yourself with the hotel’s indulgent lotions and soaps before a night out on the town and lose yourself in the superior featherbed and duvet sleep system when you return.
One of the newest additions to the Philly hotel scene is the Logan, which opened in 2015 on the site of the old Four Seasons. Be sure to enjoy a meal at the Urban Farmer, the hotel’s on site farm-to-table steakhouse, and then grab a nightcap at Assembly, the rooftop lounge that makes you feel like you’re on an island in the middle of the city. The 391 rooms and suites at the Logan are beautifully appointed and all either face the courtyard or the exquisite Swann Fountain. The Bristol Suite boasts a fully outfitted kids room with bunk beds, a small play table and chairs and comfy beanbag chairs.
Rittenhouse 1715 prides itself on its “Five Heart Service,” which creates an ideal environment and spirit of giving and caretaking. So expect to experience unmatched serenity and peace while staying here. Located in a charming building erected in 1903 and subsequently renovated in 2007, this 23-room boutique hotel includes a grand, two-story Presidential Suite with a spiral staircase leading up to the loft bedroom. Be sure to sample one of the freshly squeezed juices from the bar and enjoy a wine reception each evening.
This National Historic Landmark was constructed in 1787 and retains its post-Revolutionary charm. Even with an ornate library, breakfast area and romantic courtyard, the greatest treat here is feeling like you’re stepping into history. Each of the 15 rooms vary style-wise between a more-updated feel and historical decor. All guests are treated to a continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies and a complimentary glass of wine in the evenings. Located near all the marvels of Historic Old City, you’ll truly get the historic experience.
Pairing modernity with classic architecture, the Warwick Hotel epitomizes the Rittenhouse vibe. Each of the 301 rooms feature a pop of color and personality with a Philly-themed headboard and refrigerator. If you want continued comfort without leaving the confines of the building, schedule an in-room spa service or head over to the hotel’s hair salon. If you do decide to leave, there is ample nearby shopping and dining. Bring your pup, too. The hotel is pet-friendly.
Part of Philadelphia’s charm rests in its varied and interesting neighborhoods and the Independent Hotel showcases just that. Ideal because of its Midtown Village location, the Independent boasts hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, in-room fireplaces and New Zealand wool rugs. Colorful artwork and soft, cozy lighting enhance each of the 24 rooms. Choose a spacious King Deluxe with dark wood furniture or a Double Queen Deluxe with an original tin ceiling. Or opt to bring along a bunch of friends and stay in the two-story loft suite, complete with a Murphy bed for extra sleep space and one-and-a-half bathrooms.
One of the greatest things about the Alexander Inn, open since 1998, is the variety of room types it offers. Every room at this Center City spot boasts a city view, modern digs, free wi-fi and complimentary breakfast. Whether you’re on your own and looking for a single room with a twin bed or prefer to stretch out in a King Deluxe, the Alexander Inn has got you covered. Bonus points: the complimentary, all-day snack bar in the lobby.
Thanks to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s exciting riverfront developments, guests to the Penn’s View Hotel will have no choice but to check out the attractions like summertime pop-up park, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Penn’s Landing’s skating rinks at Summerfest and Winterfest. The European decor, exposed brick, balconies, wine cellar and dark-wood furnishings harken to an old-world appeal while complimentary wifi and on-site restaurant Panorama bring the vibes into contemporary times. Other Historic Old City attractions, including the new Museum of the American Revolution, are within walking distance.