The 18 best cheap hotels in Philadelphia

The best cheap hotels in Philadelphia have it all—comfy rooms, views and even pools—without hogging your travel budget

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When planning a trip to the City of Brotherly Love, find a room at one of the best cheap hotels in Philadelphia, because there’s so much more to this city than enjoying the view from your hotel room (you can hit up some of the best rooftop bars Philadelphia has to offer for that). Spend your time (and dough) doing the things that matter: like eating your way through the city at some of the best restaurants in Philadelphia or embracing your inner Revolutionary at sites like the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. Our guide to the top cheap hotels in Philadelphia includes a mix of chain hotels, hostels and inns that fall under $180 per night—with some, including all the hostel options, being a lot less. Just be sure to book early to lock in the best prices.

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Best cheap hotels in Philadelphia

1

Penn’s View Hotel

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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Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia (Convention Center)

Rooms available include studio and one-bedroom suites that include living, cooking and sleeping areas in a modern design with sleek furniture and appliances including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, cookware, a coffeemaker and a toaster. Other goodies include complimentary wifi and continental breakfast, combo laundry and a fitness area and indoor pool. Located just steps from Reading Terminal Market, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia public transportation's Jefferson Station, Home2 Suites is easily accessible by foot or public transit.

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3

Morris House Hotel

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 Old City, you’ll truly get the historic experience.

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Greater Philadelphia
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City House Hostels Philadelphia

Ideally located within 10 minutes’ walk of Independence Hall, City House Hostels Philadelphia offers free WiFi access. The hostel has shared kitchen facilities.Each dormitory room features air conditioning and hardwood floors. Access to a shared bathroom is also provided.A 24-hour front desk is available at City House Hostels Philadelphia. A shared lounge area and a games room are also provided.National Liberty Museum is 1.1 km away and the Pennsylvania Convention Center is 2.4 km away. Philadelphia Internation Airport is 16 minutes’ drive.

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5

The Independent Hotel

This boutique hotel is close enough to all the action of Center City without all of the congestion. Conveniently nestled amidst some of Midtown Village’s best restaurants (excellent Italian eatery Little Nonna’s resides on the hotel’s ground level) you’ll never be far from an exceptional meal. Each of the hotel’s 24 guestrooms feature quaint design and decor inspired by the Georgian Revival-style building, hardwood floors and dark wood furniture and accents. The Independent features comfort within a bustling downtown area with perks like free wifi and breakfast.

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Greater Philadelphia
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Club Quarters Hotel

Contemporary and metropolitan, Club Quarters is the epitome of a downtown experience. Rooms are equipped with a desk, while larger rooms feature kitchenettes. The large lobby and club living room are great for both business and casual hangs. The in-house Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse will make your fancy stay feel even fancier. Plus, enjoy the splendors of Center City eats and nightlife: Federal Donuts, Continental Midtown, Dan Dan, Rumor, Tria Taproom and more.

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7

The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

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.

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Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

Its location in Historic Old City makes this Wyndham the perfect place to stop for sightseeing travelers. Major sites like Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and Betsy Ross House are a mere minutes away. The chic lobby offers a well-stocked bar while the rooftop pool is ideal for a dip with a view of the skyline. This spot hits all the marks for families or those on business who want all the standard features like a gym, in-room desks, free wifi, a restaurant and modern decor in a super convenient location.

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9

Apple Hostels of Philadelphia

This newly renovated former nightclub now features male, female and coed dorms and eight private rooms which feature a queen-sized bed and bunk beds or two sets of bunk beds with a private living area, which is great if you’re a traveling family looking for a little bit of privacy. The hostel also has two new kitchens, a pool table, musical instruments and a library. Even better? You physically couldn’t get closer to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. As such, this place is strictly for the traveling set: To stay, you’ll have to present either a foreign passport or a government-issued ID showing you live outside of a 75-mile radius of Philly.

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Manayunk Extended Stay

Experience a neighborhood complete with its own unique personality, shopping and dining offerings. Away from the historical artifacts and downtown bustle, Manayunk Extended Stay is located near Main Street (home to all those aforementioned shopping and dining destinations) and the Manayunk Canal, ideal for a scenic walk or bike ride. Available for a minimum stay of two weeks, each suite comes complete with a kitchenette, living room, balcony, private bathroom and includes housekeeping.

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11

City House Hostels (Old City Philly)

Smaller than the City House Hostels Liberty Bell location, this quaint, red-bricked hostel features the same friendly feel with communal areas, hardwood floors and options of staying in a private, four-bed, eight-bed or 12-bed room. The same rules apply to this locale: quiet hours begin at 10pm and you’ve got to have proof you’re a traveler. Nearby attractions include Ben Franklin’s grave, the National Constitution Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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Chamounix Mansion

The early-19th century historic Chamounix Mansion, located in scenic Fairmount Park, now hosts travelers in its antique-decorated space. There are a total of 80 beds in a dormitory setting. Chill out on the front porch or by the marble fireplace or use the facility’s free bikes to explore Fairmount Park. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and shared dining spaces in addition to a BBQ-friendly picnic area. Due to its secluded location, having a car or some sort of transportation is ideal.

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13

The Alexander Inn

It’s the little things at the Alexander Inn—like the red brick facade, oak wood moldings, stained glass windows and fireplaces—that add to its appeal. The larger things, like centralized location between the historic attractions in Old City and the fine dining and nightlife establishments in Washington Square West add to the old-school cozy comfort. At the hotel, you’ll get standard amenities, such as continental breakfast and a fitness room, with the added perk of being within walking distance of A-plus eateries like Vetri, Vedge and Greenstreet Coffee Co.

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14

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

Perfect for campus visits, this hotel neighbors nearby University of Penn, Drexel University and University of the Sciences. For summertime stays, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool. Grab a bite on the hotel’s ground-floor Chinese restaurant, Sang Kee Noodle House. Close enough to 34th Street SEPTA station and 30th Street Station, getting to and from Center City (and beyond) is a breeze. Expect all the usual amenities, like free wifi and a fitness center.

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15

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

Located on Avenue of the Arts and within sauntering distance of the Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre, the Kimmel Center and the Wilma Theater, this is the place for folks coming into town to take in some stage performances. Theater buffs can enjoy a drink at the hotel’s in-house bistro, Standing O, or breakfast on the balcony. Transportation is easy with a subway and bus stop right outside. Enjoy the picturesque street views of City Hall. (Perfect for Instagram.) You’ll have to pay extra for in-room wifi, though.

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Greater Philadelphia
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Embassy Suites Philadelphia (Center City)

Closer to the museum area than Old City, the Embassy Suites offers enough space for families with two-room suite offerings. The kids can watch TV while parents grab a few minutes of shut eye during a midday break. Other perks include an on-site convenience store, fitness area, breakfast buffet with an omelet station and a kitchenette in all suites for any meal prep you’d prefer to do yourself. Art lovers can walk down the Parkway and you’ll pass the Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If it’s summertime, check out the pop-up park the Oval just below the steps of the art museum, with a beer garden and games for kids.

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17

The Conwell Inn

The official hotel of Temple University provides convenient accommodations to those visiting the school or nearby Temple University Hospital and thus offering access to less-visited neighborhoods like Northern Liberties and Fairmount and the campus itself. The 22 guest rooms are outfitted with quaint furnishings and the hotel has on-site parking, but make sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. Grab a bite from campus food trucks to get the full college experience.

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Four Points Philadelphia City Center

Across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this hotel is the spot for those on business to recharge while also having the convenience of location to Chinatown and Center City. Featuring all the standard amenities like free wifi, a fitness room and in-house bar and restaurant, you’ll have everything you need—plus the added perk of being able to hop over to Dilworth Park or grab some pho in Chinatown.

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