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The 15 best hotels in Philadelphia

The best hotels in Philadelphia include deluxe rooms and affordable accommodations ideal for vacations and staycations

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/The Ritz-Carlton

Allow us to plan your Philly vacation: from the best things to do in Philadelphia to a list of great restaurants near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and great bars near the Philadelphia Museum of Art—we’ve got you covered. Most importantly, our guide to the best hotels in Philadelphia guarantees you’ll find both affordable accommodations and deluxe rooms while in town. Already a local? We think it’s time for you to enjoy a nice staycation.  

Best hotels in Philadelphia

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Chestnut Hill Hotel

Located in Chestnut Hill, a village of Philadelphia known for its hometown feel and quaint collection of galleries, shops, restaurants and a traditional farmers’ market, The Chestnut Hill Hotel is a historical landmark. The structure was built in 1894 on the spot of a former hotel and was a "Summer Hausen" for colonial Philadelphians. During Prohibition, it became a speakeasy, among other things, and has been restored three times since then, most recently in 2010. Each of the 36 rooms is unique, including the four in the nearby Carriage House, which delights guests with reclaimed wooden doors and seasonal fireplaces. There are also five rooms in the Post Office building, three of which include kitchenettes and are decorated in a fun and campy Andy Warhol style. The Chestnut Hill Hotel gives guests a taste of “Old Philly” while still offering the most modern amenities. From $159

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The Independent Hotel

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 (right in the heart of the “Gayborhood” where Benjamin Franklin carried out his famous “kite experiment”), the Independent boasts hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, in-room fireplaces and New Zealand wool rugs. The hotel opened in 2009 and colorful artwork and soft, cozy lighting enhance each one 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 1.5 bathrooms. From $139

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The Sofitel Philadelphia

Located between Philadelphia’s French Quarter and picturesque Rittenhouse Square in Center City, the Sofitel Philadelphia, which opened in 2000, 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. From $170

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The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Nothing says luxury like a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. Originally built in 1904 as The Girard Trust Company, the building transitioned from a bank to a hotel at the turn of the century and opened as the Ritz-Carlton in 2000. The 299 guest rooms and suites all boast views of either the city or historic City Hall and were all meticulously redesigned and renovated using a color and textile palette inspired by modern currency as a nod to the building’s banking history. Located on the Avenue of the Arts, the hotel also features an impressive collection of art, which is displayed throughout the premise. From $259

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The Rittenhouse Hotel

There’s something about Philadelphia that just makes you want to soak in the history. A stay at the 118-room Rittenhouse Hotel gives you just that opportunity. Originally a mansion owned by the Cassatt family, then the Episcopal Church of Pennsylvania’s headquarters and the Academy of Notre Dame, the Rittenhouse is a premium luxury hotel whose grandeur is unmatched. Opened in its current incarnation in 1989, it has a decades-long tradition of pampering guests with luxury Jaguar car service, plush bathrobes at turndown time, and a host of amenities for children including complimentary in-room movies, popcorn for pre-teens and teenagers and a gift of choice from the Rittenhouse Treasure Chest for children 10 and under. Like some others on our list, the Rittenhouse Hotel is a pet-friendly one that offers homemade treats prepared by the pastry chef for your pooch to enjoy. From $399

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Hotel Palomar

"Eco-friendly” is one of the buzzwords at Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton hotel located in an historic art deco building in Center City, built in 1929. Whether making use of one of the custom-designed PUBLIC bikes for a ride around town, taking a walk in Rittenhouse Square—which is just steps away—or stretching out on the yoga mat that is found in every room free of charge, you’ll love your stay at this trendy and comfy spot. Décor inside this 230-room hotel is jazzy and fun with a bit of local flair like the colorful busts of Benjamin Franklin found in the hotel living room. Hotel Palomar isn’t just for you, either. As one the city’s premier pet-friendly hotels, your pooch will be pampered with a pet bed delivered right to your room, where he can relax with a bone while you unwind with a complimentary glass of wine in the living room each evening. From $150

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Rittenhouse 1715

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. From $179

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Hotel Monaco

Another Kimpton property, Hotel Monaco features the charming mix of history and modern attention to detail that have come to define the chain. Decorated in a classic-yet-trendy style, this 268-room beauty opened in 2012 and offers guests free access to PUBLIC bikes, a complimentary yoga mat in every room and wine hours in the lobby living room each evening. Make sure to take a trip up to the Stratus Rooftop Lounge to relax after sunset with an aperitif under the twinkling night sky. From $219

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Old City
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Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

The stunning panoramic waterfront views guarantee the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing a spot on our list. Opened in 2016 in what was formerly the Hyatt, the 348-room high-rise lets you gaze out at the river while swimming in the naturally lit pool, working out in the fitness center, lounging on the balcony of your suite or dining on the outdoor porch of Keating’s Rope & Anchor. The Hilton also offers direct, easy access to the waterfront from the hotel and is just steps away from the Riverlink Ferry. From $159

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Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Loew’s Philadelphia Hotel, in operation since 1932, is housed inside the nation’s first skyscraper, the historic PSFS building on Market Street. Oozing Mad Men-era décor and classic sophistication in the lobby and restaurants, Loews combines history with modernity in its 581 guest rooms and suites. Rooms are stunningly outfitted in an art deco style with high ceilings and beautiful views of Center City. While it offers excellent amenities for business travelers (ergonomic desks and free Wi-Fi in every room), guests traveling with children are also guaranteed a wide array of special services. Make sure to ask about the complimentary child-proof kits to baby-proof your guest room and take a peek inside the “Kids’ Closet,” storing everything from board games to DVD players with kid-appropriate DVDs. From $149

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