16 best boutique hotels Philadelphia has to offer
This former Civil War cap-making shop in Old City got a full facelift when it was transformed into a stunning, six-unit “invisible service” boutique hotel in early 2017. Check-in and out is all app-based and an in-room tablet and city guide offer enough support and suggestions for things to do in Philadelphia. As for the rooms’ design: Jersey Ice Cream Co.’s modern-meets-industrial decor—characterized by rich pops of color in kitchen accoutrements and the furniture—offers just as much eye candy as it does sleek functionality. Rooms feature laundry, seating areas, full kitchens and more.
When this 100-year-old whiskey blending and bottling facility opened as a wood-fired Italian restaurant, construction for the four-bedroom hotel was still ongoing. Now, guests can book a stay in the refurbished suites, each with nods to the building’s history. Concrete floors have been polished and exposed brick nicely juxtaposes quirky wallpaper and wooden bed frames. Each room comes equipped with a full-sized kitchen, laundry and Apple TV. With a location right in the heart of Fishtown, you’ll never be more than a few feet away from great bars, some of the best coffee shops Philadelphia has to offer and top-notch eats.
This 19th-century townhome right in between Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts has been completely renovated to feature eight rooms—two of which are extended stay and have kitchenettes—with homey features that make this place feel more like an Airbnb than a stuffy chain hotel. Hardwood floors with contemporary design, concierge, same-day laundry and dry cleaning services and 24-hour parking means The Dwight D might be better than actual home. Another perk? Children under 14 are not permitted.
Walk into these modern apartments, featuring fully equipped kitchens, laundry, walk-in rainfall showers, oak herringbone flooring, vintage Moroccan floor rugs and antique furniture, and experience a curated life you 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.
Choose from one of 78 studio, or one- and two-bedroom suites (with full kitchens) at the 12-story AKA Rittenhouse, available for both short and extended stays. 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.
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.
Built in 1903, this stately building now features a number of suites with early-20th-century decor from the luxe two-story Presidential Suite to the cozy, yet upscale standard rooms below. Common areas are decked with chandeliers, ornate rugs and fireplaces. Guests are treated to breakfast and tea daily, making this a great place to start your day or unwind after an afternoon in bustling Rittenhouse.
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.
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