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Philadelphia city guide

Steeped in both factual ? and fictional ? American history, the City of Brotherly Love was both the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the filming of the Rocky movies. Run up and down the stairs at the city Art Museum ?Balboa-style? before grabbing a tasty cheesesteak at Pat's or Geno's. Philadelphia's Liberty Bell pays solemn homage to freedom in the historic city, while a wilder time can be had at the city zoo, where quiet residents like the giant elephant shrew share an address with majestic beasts like the Amur tiger.

Things to see and do

Independence National Historic Park

Many of the city's historical attractions are located in Independence National Historic Park ?most notably Independence Hall. This is where the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were adopted. Rub shoulders with printer, scientist, diplomat and founding father Benjamin Franklin at the museum dedicated to his legacy, or learn about the United States Postal Service.

Sporting attractions

Budding boxers should head straight to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to take on the 72 famous ?Rocky Steps? and pose for a picture beside the Balboa statue. Famous in its own right, the museum is an artist's paradise, where guests can tour Europe, Asia and America through creative works.

College basketball fans can revisit the golden age of basketball at The Palestra ? a facility tracing the story of the sport where many major games were played. Today it hosts several Big 5 games, featuring matchups from this group of Philadelphia-area rival schools.

Transportation

Philadelphia is connected to the rest of the country by rail and bus. The 30th Street Station is where Amtrak stops on its way through the city, and SEPTA operates several local train routes through here. The Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal also welcomes a steady stream of visitors into the city.

However, many travelers, especially those globe-hopping or from far-flung domestic locations, fly into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) instead. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers convenient rail transportation directly from the airport into the city. Another option for travelers is to fly into Newark Liberty (EWR) or Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and take rail transit into 30th Street Station.

Where to stay: Philadelphia Neighborhoods

City Center

The Philadelphia City Center is both financial hub and historic arena, providing a base for business and leisure travelers. Contemporary hotels cater for the luxury and budget guest, from the Monaco Philadelphia to the Residence Inn ? where you can practically shake hands with William Penn, who sits proudly atop City Hall.

South Philadelphia

Sports fans will want to stay in South Philadelphia, as each of the city's major professional teams play in the area. The Philadelphia Phillies face their foes at Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Eagles take on teams at Lincoln Financial Field, and the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers both play at the Wells Fargo Center. Renowned and robust cuisine is available at Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks in South Philly.

University City

The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school that is home to The Palestra, and Drexel University are both located in this heritage-packed neighborhood. Those traveling by train to Philadelphia will benefit from the fact that 30th Street Station is situated in University City as well.

Annual events and festivals

Sporting events

Philadelphia hosts a pair of events designed for the active outdoor type. The Philadelphia International Championship is a 124-mile bicycle race that takes place every June ? one of the longest races of its type to take place in the U.S. Another popular event is the Philadelphia Marathon, which has been held in the city since 1954, and is run every November.

New Year in Philadelphia

Those visiting this amazing city for New Year's Eve should check out the Mummers Parade. Dating back to 1901, spectacular costumes and movable scenery are just part of the one-of-a-kind fun.

Independence Day

Celebrate Independence Day in the city where the Declaration of Independence was made on July 4th. Capture the magic of this occasion at the parade where several different states come together before watching the Liberty Bell get ?tapped? at lunchtime.

Recently booked Philadelphia hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Convention Center, PA
Convention Center - Chinatown
34 minutes ago 3 stars $129
Residence Inn by Marriott Philadelphia Center City
Convention Center - Chinatown
5 hours ago 3 stars $149
Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
Convention Center - Chinatown
5 hours ago 3 stars $135
Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center
Convention Center - Chinatown
6 hours ago 3 stars $118
Hilton Philadelphia Airport 8 hours ago 3 stars $104
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia
Convention Center - Chinatown
8 hours ago 3 stars $89
Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Center City West
9 hours ago 3 stars $89
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Center City West
9 hours ago 3 stars $119
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
Convention Center - Chinatown
9 hours ago 3 stars $107
Rodeway Inn Center City
Convention Center - Chinatown
9 hours ago 1 star $109

Recently Rated Philadelphia Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Center City West
4.0 / 5
612 reviews
3 stars $89
Holiday Inn Express PHILADELPHIA E - PENNS LANDING
Old City
3.5 / 5
32 reviews
3 stars $109
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport
2.8 / 5
144 reviews
2 stars $74
Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel
Center City West
4.5 / 5
80 reviews
4 stars $103
Omni Hotel At Independence Park
Old City
4.3 / 5
147 reviews
4 stars $125
Hyatt at The Bellevue
4.0 / 5
46 reviews
4 stars $149
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
Convention Center - Chinatown
3.6 / 5
102 reviews
3 stars $107
Holiday Inn PHILADELPHIA-STADIUM
3.5 / 5
90 reviews
3 stars $109
Aloft Philadelphia Airport
3.8 / 5
136 reviews
3 stars $99
Holiday Inn Express PHILADELPHIA-MIDTOWN
Convention Center - Chinatown
4.0 / 5
62 reviews
3 stars $127

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From $89

1 Club Quarters in Philadelphia

3 stars
4.0 / 5 612 reviews

1628 Chestnut Street Map

Private - full service club-like hotel with 275 rooms located in the heart of the city s business district and within walking distance of many cultural and historical attractions including... More

Great Value, Staff and Location
I greatly enjoyed my stay at the Club Quarters Philadelphia this past week. The staff was outstanding and the room was nice and a great value for the great price. I will stay there again the next...
Aug 18, 2014
From $103

2 Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 80 reviews

117 S 17th Street Map

Save 10% on your stay

Built in the 1920s, Kimpton Palomar Hotel Philadelphia is a boutique hotel overflowing with quirky touches. The building is strikingly Art Deco, inside and out, with multicolored busts lining the... More

Perfectly located
For a quick getaway, we love Philadelphia and always have ended up predominantly in the Rittenhouse area, although we certainly can walk to Olde City or the Italian Market with no problem. The...
Aug 17, 2014
From $107

3 The Windsor Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 226 reviews

1700 Ben Franklin Parkway Map

Includes Breakfast for Two Daily!

Style your Philly vacation your way with the apart-hotel at The Windsor Suites Hotel Philadelphia. Continental-style terraces greet you outside, and once you've checked into your own city-facing... More

Friendly and efficient
Two nights --- very well-run: slick style, great people, perfect location for Franklin Institute and Barnes Museum. Minor irritation associated with the room temperature controls.
Jul 17, 2014
From $156

4 Latham Hotel Downtown- Philadelphia

3 stars
4.3 / 5 66 reviews

135 South 17th St Map

The Latham Hotel's turn-of-the-century facade and huge glass door open to high ceilings and parlors lined with monochrome photos of classic movie stars. Planted on the National Register of Historic... More

Great hotel.
We had a wonderful time here. It's in a central location and lot's to do within walking distance.
Aug 14, 2014
From $179

5 Monaco Philadelphia a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 37 reviews

433 Chestnut Street Map

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Across the street from Philadelphias iconic Liberty Bell is the Hotel Monaco. Built in 1906 the historic Lafayette building has been renovated and refurbished in the prestigious Old City section of... More

Perfect location, awesome view and room
I loved our view of the park, we could people watch the tourists, our room looked like it came right out of the Alice in Wonderland, fantastic colors and decor. I love it. The food was good, albeit...
Aug 5, 2014
From $116

6 Loews Philadelphia Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 172 reviews

1200 Market St Map

Special Offer - Rates from $139 USD

Housed in the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building, the Loews Hotel Philadelphia wins big on its minimalist slate-grey style, with touches like the house spirits aging in oak barrels behind... More

Friday night
Our stay here at Lowes was very nice everyone greeted you when you came in. The rooms were very nice and the location was perfect for sheets we needed to be. I will pick this hotel again.
Aug 10, 2014
From $89

7 Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia

3 stars
4.0 / 5 166 reviews

237 South Broad Street Map

Includes breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children

Symphony of Cultural District comfort with pool and fitness centerThe Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia boasts a top location in the heart of the city's Cultural District on the Avenue of the Arts.... More

Weekend to explore downtown
Great location in center City... ideal location for nightlife or to take in a show, and within a short walk to Reading terminal. Hotel was very clean and staff friendly room could have been a...
Aug 4, 2014
From $111

8 Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

4 stars
4.0 / 5 111 reviews

201 South Columbus Blvd Map

Rate includes breakfast for 2

Delaware River views around every corner at Penn's Landing hotel The 22-story Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing is situated between the Delaware River and Interstate 95 in the Penn's... More

philly
Great location, cozy rooms, wish i had better weather. But good spot.
Aug 14, 2014
From $119

9 Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 244 reviews

201 North 17th Street Map

Save 25% on your stay

Functioning even more smoothly as a business hotel since its 2013 renovations, the Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia now features a handy lobby connection center and library, redesigned meeting spaces,... More

Perfect for a weekend of museum visits
This hotel was perfectly located near the Barnes Museum, which was the main reason I visited Philly. My room was really comfortable, and the front desk and concierge staff were very friendly and...
Aug 12, 2014
From $129

10 Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Convention Center, PA

3 stars
4.2 / 5 29 reviews

1200 Arch Street Map

Complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi Internet Access

Eat, sleep, relax and work at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Convention Center, PA hotel and enjoy the next best thing to being at home. The studio suite comprises one large room while... More

Very convenient location, great staff and amenities!
This hotel is directly across the street from the Reading Terminal Market, an amazing culinary adventure when you can get everything from cheesesteaks and Pennsylvania dutch pretzels to Italian...
Aug 11, 2014
From $128

11 Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 70 reviews

One Dock Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

Society Hill location near Penn's Landing and Historic DistrictThe Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is located in a quaint section of Philadelphia that contains the largest concentration of original... More

Bad Experience
We needed a shower cap the night we got in so we could take a shower and go to bed and there was no shower cap. I had to call the front desk twice and after 25 minutes it was delivered to the...
Aug 11, 2014
From $131

12 Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City

4 stars
4.0 / 5 64 reviews

1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

A suite-hotel set in the middle of the action, the Embassy Suites Hotel Philadelphia combines apartment-style flexibility with free extras like breakfast and drinks at the evening Manager's... More

Turned away
I arrived for a wedding rehearsal and after a late attendance I arrived at my hotel close to 2am hoping to finally just relax and sleep until the wedding the next day. I was told a water leak had...
Jul 12, 2014
From $149

13 Sofitel Philadelphia

4 stars
4.3 / 5 190 reviews

120 South 17Th Street Map

Save 30% on your stay

A hybrid of American and French design, the Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia is full of unique touches, from the Shaker quilt-inspired patterns in the stone lobby to the Art Deco lines of the suites... More

Chic & Comfortable
Gorgeously appointed, extremely spacious room. Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Staff is on point. Location is perfect. This has been my favourite stay in Philadelphia, and I definitely...
Jul 13, 2014
From $136

14 Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia

4 stars
4.1 / 5 47 reviews

220 South 17th Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

A National Register building, the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia has a look that blends classic style with hip French designs, light colors, and facades that set it apart from the loud... More

Great Location
Perfect location for anyone who has to conduct business or go to meetings in Center City. The price could be slightly lower, but was not out of the ordinary with other hotels in the area. The hotel...
Jul 2, 2014
From $98

15 Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

4 stars
3.6 / 5 143 reviews

400 Arch Street Map

Save 10% on your stay

The Wyndham Hotel Philadelphia creates a stark contrast against its Historic District setting, cutting a sleek urban figure within the old world charm of its surroundings. The hotel was given a... More

Great location, they need to work on details
There was a lot to like at the Wyndham but also things that could have been improved. The location was excellent as we could walk to nearly everything. The staff was helpful in making suggestions...
Jul 20, 2014
From $159

16 Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

4 stars
3.6 / 5 120 reviews

1800 Market Street Map

The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia makes the most of its Center City location, with a rooftop pool looking out over the skyline. In-room video games, movies and extra considerations like quiet-zone... More

Loved the hotel and staff !! Would stay there anytime again
Fresh remodeled and AWSOME service. The staff was very helpfull and friendly .. Bed is very comfortable
Jul 19, 2014
From $125

17 Omni Hotel At Independence Park

4 stars
4.3 / 5 147 reviews

401 Chestnut Street Map

Rate includes $25 off

 The Omni Group's flagship downtown Philly branch, the Omni Hotel Independence Park Hotel Philadelphia reflects its Society Hill location along with rich history in its plush, old-European... More

beautiful room, great location
Perfect room, perfect location, great service. The gym is small. We had a beautiful stay
Aug 17, 2014
From $118

18 Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center

3 stars
3.8 / 5 95 reviews

1301 Race Street Map

Includes Children's Museum Tickets & Free Parking

Budget hotel steps from Convention Center with pool and free breakfast Offering guests convenience at an affordable price, the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center is located... More

Good location
Check in was quick. We checked in and took the subway to and from the phillies game. In the morning we walked to the Reading terminal market. We had a very pleasant stay and would do it again.
Jul 14, 2014
From $149

19 Hyatt at The Bellevue

4 stars
4.0 / 5 46 reviews

200 South Broad St Map

Includes Bkfast for 2

The Grand Dame of Broad Street boasts 100 years of historic eleganceThe Hyatt at The Bellevue occupies the original building of the Bellevue-Stratford, which opened in 1904 and has been described... More

Center city ease
Great location. Was able to walk to my business events. Excellent room service , healthy fare. Gear work out facilities too
Aug 17, 2014
From $149

20 The Westin Philadelphia

4 stars
4.3 / 5 43 reviews

99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place Map

Save 20% on your stay

Situated in the heart of a city rich with history, The Westin Philadelphia elegantly enhances its desirable Rittenhouse Square address with comfort and style. Steps from upscale shopping,... More

Great weekend!
The staff at this hotel is very friendly and helpful
Aug 11, 2014