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Philadelphia is known for the essential role it played in American history. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while enjoying the most historic square mile in the country. Liberty Bell is another sight to enjoy, as are numerous other cultural and culinary events to discover.
With so much to see, visitors can stay at the various boutique hotel options to live in style while exploring the city.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Philadelphia
1715 on Rittenhouse
Price: From $203
The amazing central location of 1715 on Rittenhouse puts guests within walking distance of most of Philadelphia’s attractions. This luxurious boutique experience is full of comfort meant to provide opulent relaxation.
The luxurious ambiance is complemented with modern functionality. Rooms have amenities like gold wall coverings and a comfortable work desk — some even have a cozy fireplace and a pedestal sink. The marble bathroom has a large shower, double vanity, plush bathrobes, and premium linens from Frette. Molton Brown toiletries are included for a pampering session.
There is an evening wine reception, and a hot, complimentary breakfast is served every morning. The front desk is staffed at all times to assist with any needs, and there is concierge service available to guests. This beautiful location is ideal for those seeking to be near to the best of what the city has to offer.
Price: From $134
The trendy Alexander Inn has an impressive array of designer rooms. This hip boutique hotel is perfectly located in Center City, with everything Philadelphia has to offer within walking distance. From museums, art galleries, or theaters to incredible fine dining opportunities, the Alexander Inn places guests in the heart of it all. The hotel is a short drive away from downtown Philadelphia and has good links to the airport.
There are queen, king, and double full options to accommodate the needs of any guest. Room amenities include a bath with a stand-up shower or tub/shower combo, a bay window with seating to better enjoy the amazing city views, and a minifridge. Guests have easy elevator access and a safe to keep valuables protected for the duration of their stay.
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Chestnut Hill Hotel
Price: From $179
The charming Chestnut Hill Hotel features unique rooms spread over 3 beautiful buildings. This boutique hotel hosts 27 rooms in the main building, 5 in the Post Office building, and an additional 4 in the Carriage House building.
Each of these rooms has a fridge, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, coffee maker, and robes. There is also a comfortable Herman Miller desk chair for the work area and bath amenities from L’Occitane.
Complimentary breakfast and parking are included for guests to enjoy, and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the property. The hotel has dog-friendly accommodation options for those traveling with their pet companions.
No two rooms are alike at the Chestnut Hill Hotel, but all provide an amazing atmosphere and feature gorgeous designs full of historic charm and modern convenience.
Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
Price: From $199
In the heart of Philadelphia’s University City, the charming Victorian Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast provides 5-star treatment to its guests. Old World hospitality is at the core of the Cornerstone, and it provides luxury boutique amenities along with one of the best breakfasts in the city. These gourmet breakfasts have locally-sourced ingredients and are served with responsibly-sourced coffee from expert roasters La Colombe.
This city oasis is full of enchanting features in beautiful rooms. Each of the accommodation options includes a flat-screen TV with Roku access to Netflix and Hulu, plush waffle robes, and organic bath amenities. Bottled water and homemade baked goods await guests in their rooms upon arrival.
All guests have shared access to a fridge, microwave, ice machine, and Keurig coffee maker. Complimentary tea, coffee, and snacks are also served.
The Dwight D
Price: From $250
The Dwight D is a top-rated Philadelphia hotel that provides timeless elegance to its guests. This luxury accommodation includes historic design details everywhere. The beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites feature a blend of contemporary and classic styles that contribute to an overall lavish boutique experience.
Each room has views either over the city or over the hotel’s serene garden for added peace. There are king and queen options, with either a glass-enclosed shower or a shower/tub combo. Some have a private balcony, a soaking tub, a kitchenette, and a living room. Pampering bath amenities are from the Kohler Purist Shower Experience line.
For a special experience, the studio apartment wraps around the hotel’s entire top floor for an exclusive intimate experience, or consider the Grand Suite — the most spacious and opulent option available to guests.
Lokal Hotel Old City
Price: From $269
Steps away from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the Lokal Hotel Old City places guests in the very heart of Philadelphia’s rich history. This luxurious boutique experience is surrounded by quaint streets, charming vintage shops, art galleries, and trendy and stylish cafés and bars.
With unique room designs from Jersey Ice Cream and Co, the elegant blend of industrial and vintage details includes hand-plastered walls and brass fixtures. These residential-style accommodation options benefit from the signature amenities of boutique experiences.
Each option features 1- or 2-bedroom lofts full of style, with luxurious details like a walk-in shower, plush robes, towels, a full kitchen with island seating, a tiled bathroom, and a vintage leather couch. Rooms can include skylights, half baths, and a Bosch washer and dryer.
Morris House Hotel
Price: From $189
A sophisticated boutique option in Philadelphia’s historic district, the Morris House Hotel is a great romantic getaway with easy access to some of the best sights in the city. This landmark building is full of history dating back to the city’s 18th-century colonial heritage.
This photogenic boutique experience benefits from amazing preservation that allows enjoyment of the building’s original architectural details. All the rooms and suites available on the property have amenities like ultra-comfortable, spa-style bathrobes, triple-sheeted linens, a flat-screen TV, and a cozy working desk. Pampering bath amenities are provided by Pharmacopia’s sustainable line.
There is a 24-hour concierge service available, along with daily grab-and-go breakfast. Tea with cookies is served every afternoon and freshly-brewed Philly fairtrade coffee is available. Business travelers also have access to a convenient on-site workstation.
Penn’s View Hotel
Price: From $158
The charming Penn’s View Hotel can be found in Philadelphia’s history-filled Old City. Within walking distance of some of the best attractions in the city, the Penn’s View caters to all guests, whether they are traveling for business or leisure.
Some rooms benefit from a cozy fireplace, spa-style jetted tub, or private balcony. There are meeting spaces available for business travelers, and the on-site restaurant provides some of the best Italian fine dining in the city.
The hotel’s beautiful guest rooms and suites — available in king and queen options — each have a cable TV, comfortable work desk, and access to the 24/7 front desk at any time. The Family Suite is the largest accommodation choice, ideal for groups traveling together and great family trips.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
Price: From $467
The top-tier Rittenhouse Hotel can be found in Philadelphia’s Center City. Known for the opulent boutique experience it provides, the hotel offers personalized treatment to each guest. Lavish wellness treatments can be enjoyed at the on-site spa, and guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the atrium pool.
With refined elegance at the core of the Rittenhouse experience, each guest room and suite is spacious and full of luxury. Offering some of the biggest guest rooms in the city, each accommodation option at the Rittenhouse includes individual climate control, a plush bed with pillow-top mattress, a safe, and a private bar.
There is also a marble bathroom, Acqua di Parma bath products, and a massage showerhead in the glass-enclosed shower. Some rooms include a soaking tub, full kitchen, and separate living and dining area.
The Rooms at Fitler Club
The highly exclusive Rooms at Fitler Club provide guests with members-only access to the amenities enjoyed by the club. Found in Center City, steps away from 30th St Station, a stay at the Fitler Club includes access to the golf simulator, bowling lanes, fitness classes, and numerous members-only events.
Personalized service is provided from the beginning of this experience, with concierge-planned routes and car service available for guests to discover Philadelphia in style. There is even a fully-stocked pantry and an espresso bar with an automated barista.
The accommodation options include opulent guest rooms with custom furnishings, a spacious, comfortable work area, and a memory-foam mattress. USB ports are available on the bedside and the desk for easy device charging. The luxurious bathrooms feature bath fixtures from Callista, an oversized rain shower, and Frette bathrobes with hoods for extra coziness.
Price: From $186
A residential-style boutique experience, the ROOST Rittenhouse is a great way for guests to feel right at home while visiting Philadelphia. Luxury amenities are provided to enhance this private haven.
Housekeeping is provided weekly for longer stays or on a custom schedule per guest preferences, and a concierge is available 24/7 at the front desk. Bike-sharing is available for those looking to explore the city in eco-friendly ways.
Each accommodation option includes premium SFERRA linens, gourmet coffee from local roasters La Colombe, and Italian deluxe bath products from Davines. Each kitchen is equipped with full-size appliances, Fortessa glassware, Mauviel cookware, OXO tools, and a dishwasher for extra convenience. All apartments have high-speed Wi-Fi, a stereo from Bang & Olufsen, and a Samsung 4K flat-screen TV with access to Apple TV.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Price: From $295
An elegant retreat, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Hotel features beautifully restored rooms full of elegance and timeless style. Curated artwork fills every space with custom furnishings and fixtures. Each accommodation option features a selection of vintage rugs, living plants, and an opulent king-size bed to ensure utmost relaxation.
Some rooms include a huge skylight, industrial accents, exposed brick walls, custom wallpapers, walnut kitchen cabinets, and a lavish clawfoot soaking tub.
This stylish oasis in Philadelphia also provides each room with Mauviel cookware, a Bonavita coffee maker, a cocktail kit, and bath products from Aesop. There is a Samsung flat-screen TV in each room, a McIntosh loudspeaker system, an Apple TV subscription, and blackout curtains.
This industrial-chic location features historical detailing throughout the property, hinting at the city’s storied past — a great experience for all.
This historic location is full of museums, art, and incredible restaurants that go beyond the delights of the local cheesesteak. With an impressive park system, visitors will never run out of things to discover in Philadelphia.
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