Philadelphia Hotels Are Plentiful, Nearby the Popular Tourist Attractions

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Although this sign doesn't say "hotel", it is one of the most prestigious Philadelphia hotels, the Bellevue, on Broad Street south of City Hall - the Avenue of the Arts. / CC BY 3.0

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Philadelphia Hotels are available, for every location, taste, and budget. And they are plentiful, near the most popular places to visit in Philadelphia. But how do you know which one is best for you? Read more...

When it comes to Philadelphia Hotels, there is one recommendation that we would make, above all others. Stay in Center City ("downtown"), if at all possible. Particularly, if you are primarily coming to see Philadelphia's many attractions and places to visit.

While we are recommending only a few specific hotels at this time, here's the case for why you should try to find a hotel in Center City, in general.

The Convenience of Staying in Center City Philadelphia Hotels

Certainly, there are so many things to do in the city's surrounding region - the Delaware Valley or Greater Philadelphia - that you could stay at a suburban hotel, and still have a good base to operate from. But, if you are coming to see the historic area in Old City Philadelphia. which would include, among others, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center and the like...

Those places to visit in Philadelphia, are all compressed into what is accurately known as "the most historic square mile in America". If you have to drive down there from your suburban hotel, you will find it inconvenient, difficult, and expensive to park. All of the attractions are within easy walking distance of each other. You're far better off without the car. And if you really don't feel like walking, you can take the Phlash Trolley, if you are visiting Philadelphia between May 1 and Halloween. It doesn't run at night, but the walks are short and so are the cab rides back to your hotel, if necessary.

Check Out Our Guide to Philadelphia Hotels in Old City, Close to the Major Historic Sites and Tourist Attractions

If you'd like a detailed list, please check our comprehensive Guide to Old City Philadelphia Hotels - this will give you all the information that you need, to maximize your opportunity to explore Historic Philadelphia.

Two Specific Recommendations for Philadelphia Hotels In Old City

We'd like to recommend the Society Hill Sheraton, which is located at 2nd and Walnut Streets in Old City, although its official address is 1 Dock Street in Philadelphia. Aside from the fact that it has the prestige of a Sheraton, it has a cobblestoned driveway, and has about as cozy and intimate ambience as a 20th century hotel can create in a neighborhood dominated by the 18th century influences.

Most importantly, it is located right in the midst of Old City, and you won't need your car at all. It's only 0.3 miles from both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, to name just the two most popular attractions. For more info, you can take a look at the official Society Hill Sheraton site ... Another good choice is the nearby Best Western Independence Park Hotel, located at 235 Chestnut Street, on Chestnut between 2nd and 3rd Streets. This was originally a Victorian hotel, and is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and a member of the National Register of Historic Places. Here is the official site for the Best Western Independence Park Hotel.

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Philadelphia Hotels in Old City / Penn's Landing / Society Hill

We have organized these geographically, starting at the Delaware River, and working our way west, through 6th Street. That is the de facto border of Old City.

Old City, Penn's Landing, and Society Hill are not synonymous, but since any of these places leaves you within easy striking distance of the main Old City attractions, it's better to group them that way...

Philadelphia Hotels - Philadelphia / Pennsylvania Convention Center District

The hotels in this section are in the area of Center City, generally known as the Convention Center District. Its approximate boundaries are from 8th and Market, over to Broad and Market. It encompasses the Philadelphia Convention Center, located at 12th, 13th, and Arch Streets.

This area has the highest concentration of hotels in Center City, naturally, due to the presence of the Convention Center. It also offers the greatest price range.

However, while you'll still be close to rollicking Center City, this area is not quite as desirable as being in Old City, because you're further from both the major historic attractions, as well as nightlife and foot traffic closer to the river.

If you'd like to learn more about Philadelphia hotels in the Pennsylvania Convention Center District - we've compiled a Guide to Pennsylvania Convention Center Hotels - which explains some of the advantages of staying in one of them, and also explains which major Philadelphia tourist attractions are nearby. So check it out...

Philadelphia Hotels - Parkway District - West of Broad Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

This is a much smaller group, defined as falling on or near the many museums and cultural attractions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - hence, the Parkway District. Because of the Parkway's wide boulevards, it has few hotels and it's not commercialized, very much. If you stay here, though, you will have the easiest access to the museums.

Check Out Our Detailed Guide to Philadelphia Hotels - Benjamin Franklin Parkway District

If you'd like to learn more about Philadelphia hotels in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway District - we've compiled a comprehensive Guide to Benjamin Franklin Parkway Hotels - of which there are only four. The guide explains some of the advantages of staying in one group of three of the four, and also explains which major Philadelphia tourist attractions are nearby - as well as the case for and against the fourth one. So check it out...

Philadelphia Hotels - West of Broad, Rittenhouse Square

There are a disproportionate number of hotels in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square, relative to the number of major tourist attractions there. You will have some decent nightlife in and around Rittenhouse Square, as well as being able to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Square and the architecture surrounding it. But it would not be your first choice, if you're coming for sightseeing and visiting the major Philadelphia attractions.

That having been said, you want to try to stay at a hotel as far north and east as possible, because that will permit you closer access to the Parkway and its museums. We have them listed, in descending order of their distance from Broad Street, the equivalent of "14th Street".

A Map of Center City Philadelphia

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