Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in Center City.
This 116-room luxury property has a prime location in the downtown area of Center City overlooking Rittenhouse Square. Its spacious rooms and suites have traditional furniture and modern amenities like iPod docks, though not all rooms have coffeemakers. The indoor pool and gorgeous spa are highlights, and the latter features a salon and sauna. The renowned fine dining at Lacroix, and afternoon tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, are popular among guests. Although valet parking is pricey and breakfast isn't free, the hotel is among Philadelphia's most luxurious options. For a luxury property near tourist attractions, only the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia can compete.
Hotel Monaco's unique design featuring bright decor and stylishly mismatched furniture sets the hotel apart. Attractive rooms with high-end amenities, wonderful freebies, a beautiful rooftop bar, and a great restaurant all help round out the experience. Plus, the hotel’s location across the street from the Independence National Historic Park is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike.
For a mid-range hotel, The Windsor Suites' modern rooms -- all with apartment-style floor plans and full kitchens -- are a cut above the norm. Some have balconies and views down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Guests don't choose this location on a busy intersection for the peace and quiet, but the hotel is close to most of Philadelphia's tourist attractions and business destinations. It also has a small rooftop pool, along with an Irish pub and a Chinese restaurant off the lobby. For those who can do without the pool, it's worth comparing rates at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City down the street.
The 230-room Palomar near Rittenhouse Square Park is one of the city's chicest boutiques, with bold, sleek style, excellent service, and contemporary rooms with plush, comfortable beds. The Palomar delivers the Kimpton chain's typical thoughtful extras -- an open-arms pet policy, a hopping nightly wine hour, free morning coffee and tea -- and the location on South 17th street is near some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shopping. In Philadelphia, only Le Meridien offers a comparable boutique experience.
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel occupies a historic 1932 bank building that's considered America’s first modern skyscraper. The upscale hotel features original and restored architectural features, stylish Art Deco decor, a rustic American restaurant, a well-stocked lobby bar, a bright modern gym, and a heated indoor lap pool, not to mention over 47,000 square feet of stylish meeting and event space. The hotel’s 581 rooms and suites are comfortable and spacious, though they aren't quite as fashionable as public spaces. Still, high-end room amenities abound, like Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, LED TVs, and bathrobes. Plus, some upgraded rooms feature unparalleled city views. Kids, teens, and pets are welcomed with special treats, and the hotel offers concierge service and 24-hour room service. The Center City location is exceptional, but upscale alternatives abound in the area, like the opulent Hyatt at The Bellevue.
The 306-room Sofitel Philadelphia is a firmly upscale option that’s conveniently located in the downtown Rittenhouse Square shopping district. The elegant, modern lobby displays local artists’ work, while spacious rooms sport stylish decor. All rooms have Keurig coffeemakers, and many have separate lounges, though some furniture is worn. There’s an excellent breakfast buffet (not included), and the cozy a-la-carte restaurant and bar serves French-inspired meals and cocktails until the wee hours. Room service is available almost around the clock. The 24-hour gym is extensively equipped, the business center features Apple Macs, and conference rooms can host up to 250. Pets stay free, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, and secure self-parking and valet parking are available for a fee. The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia across the street has more striking boutique style, though rates are higher.
This luxury hotel won't surprise anyone used to the elegance of a Four Seasons -- opulent decor, outstanding service, and a central location make it popular for business guests with an expense account, as well as leisure guests looking to stay in the lap of luxury. Meanwhile, locals are attracted to the top-rated Fountain Restaurant (reservations are necessary). There are 364 rooms in total, including 96 suites -- many with balconies overlooking Logan Square. Amenities include everything from wedding and business space, a fitness center, a pool, and a spa. The only disappointment here is the fee for Wi-Fi, which should be included in the room rate for such a high-end hotel. THIS HOTEL RE-OPENED ON DECEMBER 16, 2015 AS THE LOGAN PHILADELPHIA, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AS SOON AS WE CAN.
The Hilton Philadelphia is an upper-middle-range hotel located on the waterfront, within walking distance of the Old City’s historic areas. Its extensive meeting space, on-site restaurant and contemporary rooms make it a solid pick for business travelers. But features such as an indoor pool, free use of cribs, a family-friendly program, and a location adjacent to the Independence Seaport Museum draw travelers with kids as well.
The colossal Philadelphia Marriott Downtown takes up an entire block near City Hall. The convenient, centrally located hotel is connected via skywalk to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and offers a total of 1332 rooms and 76 suites along with newly renovated meeting spaces. Rooms are contemporary with flat-screen TVs, large desks with ergonomic chairs, and fluffy duvets -- but there is a pesky daily fee for Wi-Fi. Additional hotel perks include an indoor pool and modern fitness center. The spacious lobby has a Starbucks, laptop-friendly seating areas, and one main restaurant, called 13. While there are steep prices for parking and on-site restaurant options are limited for a hotel of this size, a central location is excellent for walking to nearby restaurants and historical attractions.