Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown ★★★★

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Check-in: Feb 18, 2016 Check-out: Feb 20, 2016
3.8 /5
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The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia makes the most of its Center City location with a rooftop pool looking out over the skyline, while in-room video games and movies and extra considerations like quiet-zone floors for working during the week make it a favorite with anyone in Philly on business. Funky decor in shades of red characterises the lounge areas and cityscape prints adorn the bed-heads in the rooms. Cafe Express is handy for grabbing something on the way out of the lobby, but if you have more time on your hands, Rittenhouse Square eateries are just beyond the hotel steps, whether you re craving a Philly cheese steak or some English-style pub grub.


Key facts

  • 445 guest rooms
  • High-speed internet access
  • In-room dining
  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour fitness center and complimentary passes to Philadelphia Sports Club gym
  • 16 meeting rooms
  • Liberty Ballroom for weddings and social events
  • Rooftop swimming pool, open from June to September
  • On-site ATM
  • Hints and tips

If you need accommodations for disabled travelers, ask about one of the 17 ADA-compliant rooms available in the building. Consider an Executive Club Floor upgrade if the idea of a private lounge, complimentary breakfast service and evening refreshments sounds too tempting to ignore!

Nearby attractions


Situated on Market Street in downtown Philadelphia, the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia puts you on the doorstep of monumental US attractions like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. For family fun, take the kids to Franklin Square for a carousel ride or the Philadelphia Zoo in Fairmont Park to the north. Depending on the season, sports fans can cheer on Philadelphia's football, hockey and baseball teams at venues like Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles) located within a four mile radius of the hotel.


  • Room service is available from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM.
  • As of 01 April 2016, cancellation must be made no later than 4 PM local hotel time the day prior to arrival. Any reservation cancelled after this time or any booking that is a no-show will be charged the sum of the first night’s room and tax charges.
  • If a guest chooses to pay by cash upon arrival, the hotel at check-in will collect the total for the room rate, taxes and parking charges (if applicable).
  • A refundable cash deposit of $250 USD will be collected upon check-in towards incidental expenses incurred in the hotel. The hotel will refund any remaining amount from this deposit at check-out. Alternatively, guests may choose to pay cash for their room at check-in but present a credit card for incidental expenses. If this is the case, please be aware that the hotel will authorize the card for a minimum of $250 USD.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.


Room Service
Available From 6am-1pm and 330pm-11pm- From Full Menu
Public House
Sports Bar

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Guest score 4.2 / 5



  • Free Wi-Fi in Room
  • Heated pool


  • Air conditioned
  • Free local telephone calls
  • Elevators
  • Executive level
  • 24 hour security
  • FEMA approved


  • Heated pool
  • Fitness center or spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Casino
  • Children's activities
  • Golf
  • Tennis


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee maker in room
  • Coffee shop
  • Room service
  • Meal plan - continental
  • Family plan


  • 24 hour front desk
  • Business center
  • Maid service
  • Laundry service
  • Childcare Service
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Security
  • Wake-up service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Porters
  • Conference facilities
  • Doctor on call
  • Conference suite


  • Free Wi-Fi in Room


  • Parking
  • Valet parking


  • Accessible Rooms/Facilities
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible rooms
  • Accessible parking


  • Television with cable
  • Safe
  • Desk with lamp
  • Hairdryer in room
  • Turndown service
  • In room movies
  • Temperature control
  • Electronic door locks
  • Iron
  • International direct dial
  • Sprinklers in rooms


3.8 /5 Overall score

84% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 3.7/5
  • Cleanliness: 4.2/5
  • Hotel staff: 4.1/5
  • Comfort: 4.1/5
  • Location: 4.5/5
  • Value: 3.8/5

Business Trip

Would recommend Wed, Dec 30, 2015
The hotel was very clean and comfortable. The rooms were a little small but offers a some amenities. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a microwave in the room but overall it was a very pleasant stay.

| N/A Business

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great Place in Heart of the City

Would recommend Thu, Nov 19, 2015
Very convenient to city center, no complaints, very reasonable for a heart of the city location.

| Penfield Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

great place to stay

Would recommend Wed, Oct 14, 2015
It was a great last min place to stay when we needed a room. The hotel was great even if the parking was a little hard to deal with and rather expensive but other then that it was a great place to stay

| N/A Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Excellent location, clean and straightforward business hotel

Would recommend Thu, Oct 8, 2015
The room was clean, quiet and in good condition - pretty spacious for a city hotel. The amenities in the room are basic but good (Italian toiletries, basic coffee maker, refrigerator). The city view was pleasant but nothing spectacular, being mainly an office laden area of the city. The front desk, valet and room service staff were quick, friendly and helpful. The bed and pillows are very comfortable, and they provide an extra non-down pillow if you prefer to not have super-squishy (I don't!) Food service was a little slow, food choices basis, but served the purpose (quick sandwich and a glass of wine.) Overall a good choice, and I would stay there again.

| Katonah Business

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

A quick stay

Would not recommend Mon, Oct 5, 2015
The hotel was in a great location, however i felt that services were a little lackluster. That being said, the value that you get for a prime hotel location couldn't be beat. I wish the rooms were a little cleaner, but overall, I would give this hotel a solid B-.

| Brooklyn Business

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Papal visit

Would recommend Tue, Sep 29, 2015
Location was fantastic, in town to see the Pope. The staff is fantastic the room had awesome views.

| N/A Friends

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5


Would recommend Mon, Sep 21, 2015
The sonesta was absolutely the best hotel I stayed in if I could I would give them 6 stars. The location, the staff, the building itself everything was great.

| philadelphia Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5


Would recommend Wed, Sep 9, 2015
i have excellent experience in this hotel. it is very clean and easy to walk to downtown. i strongly recommend friends.

| pittsburgh Singles

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Never stay at Sonesta and Never suggest it

Would not recommend Wed, Sep 9, 2015
I called Sonesta to inform them that I'd be arriving later in the day and to not give my room away. The associate noted I would be set. When I arrived they had closed out my reservation without contacting me and regardless of my advance warning. They did still have a room available thankfully. I was booked until Monday. On Sunday I tried to get into my room and the key did not work. I assumed it had been demagnatized by my phone. The associate at the front desk informed me that my key had been deactivated because they had me down for Sunday check out which was incorrect. On Monday morning I went downstairs to the bar for a mimosa. I provided my NY State lisence and my cousin provided her NY State permit to validate we are above drinking age. The waitress accepted the IDs but returned two minutes later informing us that if we did not have PA IDs then we would need to provide passports to confirm we are above 21. When I asked to speak to the manager she called for F&B director David Lyons. Before explaining the entire situation I asked him if he knew the kind of ID his waitress/bartender requested. He hesitated and said they need a lisence of passport. I had already provided a lisence which the waitress apparently failed to notice. Their inability to accept a NY State permit as valid ID is a huge annoyance and inconvenience. The fact that they only accept lisences or permits as valid ID for drinks at the bar is not noted anywhere when booking the hotel. Furthermore my cousin that only had the permit was able to purchase a shot of liquor at the same exact bar the night before. The bartender did not ID her at all that night however she gave him the permit anyway and said here, ID me and make me feel young. He looked at it and said nothing about it being unnacceptable. This is my dissapointing experience in a nutshell. I can elaborate for hours. This was my third time at Sonesta. Last year I was dissapointed with the service, considered not returning, but ultimately decided to give them another try. I will not make that mistake again and I will gladly pay a little more $$ for a much improved and truly hospitalble experience. I will also be contacting the hotel and managment directly. Sonesta should be noted as a 3star hotel or below.

| Bronx Friends

2 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 1 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 2 /5

Good choice

Would recommend Sat, Sep 5, 2015
We arrived at 9:30 AM and our room was ready. I love when we get to check in early and go. The staff was so courteous and polite. Our room was large we had 2 queens beds since that was the room that was ready. Lights, lights, lights, love when the room has lights that make it easy to see when you get dressed. Full size hair dryer and magnifying mirror another ammenity that I prefer. Large bathroom, plenty of drawers for clothing. Very happy with the location busses stop in front of the hotel to take you to the historic section of the city. Just fell in love with Philly this weekend and cannot wait to return and we will once again stay at the Sonesta.

| N/A Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

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Nearby points of interest

Walnut Street Theatre 0.2 mi
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul 0.3 mi
Mutter Museum 0.3 mi
Masonic Temple 0.4 mi
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 0.4 mi
The Franklin Institute 0.4 mi
Rittenhouse Square 0.5 mi
Rosenbach Museum and Library 0.5 mi
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 0.5 mi
The Barnes Foundation 0.5 mi
Rodin Museum 0.6 mi
Eastern State Penitentiary 1 mi
The Palestra 1 mi
Philadelphia Museum of Art 1 mi
Liberty Bell Center 1.1 mi
Independence Hall 1.1 mi
National Constitution Center 1.1 mi
National Museum of American Jewish History 1.2 mi
Penn Museum 1.2 mi
University of Pennsylvania 1.2 mi
Christ Church 1.2 mi
Independence National Historical Park 1.3 mi
Arden Theatre Company 1.4 mi
Fireman's Hall 1.4 mi
Liacouras Center 1.9 mi
Philadelphia Zoo 2 mi
Please Touch Museum 2.7 mi
Citizens Bank Park 3.3 mi
Veterans Stadium 3.6 mi
Wells Fargo Center 3.6 mi
Lincoln Financial Field 3.6 mi
Philadelphia Cruise Terminal 4.6 mi
Morris Arboretum 10 mi
Franklin Field 2,456.7 mi
Hagan Arena 3,715.7 mi

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 04:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Feb 18, 2016 Check-out: Feb 20, 2016