Help- Philly Hotel

Apr 16th, 2019, 07:57 AM
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Help- Philly Hotel

I booked a flight to Philly, planning to stay two nights in the city and two nights in Cape May. To my dismay, I canít find anything under $150 for the first few days of June for Philadelphia. Is there a nice town within 5-10 miles that someone could recommend? I donít want to be stuck staying at an airport hotel.

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Apr 16th, 2019, 11:22 AM
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Check The Alexander Hotel. It is at 12th & Spruce. You do not give dates of travel. I have stayed their twice and they were a little less that everything else.
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Apr 16th, 2019, 01:51 PM
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Thanks for suggestion, but itís not available. My dates are June 1-3 or June 3-5.
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Apr 16th, 2019, 05:57 PM
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The Wyndham on Race is showing $188 for weekend nights. It’s in Chinatown. Not the best neighborhood but I’ve walked there at night and felt fine. I think this location is right behind the convention center so I’m not sure how busy that part of Race St is at night.

The Inn at Swarthmore is near your budget and you can take the train into town.

Have you considered a AirBnB? We can help you with neighborhoods.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 10:42 AM
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Check on the Conference Center of Valley Forge. (about $95+taxes/night). Are you renting a car in PA to go down to Cape May?
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Apr 17th, 2019, 12:09 PM
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Check on the Conference Center of Valley Forge. (about $95+taxes/night). Are you renting a car in PA to go down to Cape May?
I saw that rate and decided not to recommend it because the easiest route from there into the city is on the Schuylkill Exp. It's a 30 min drive on a good day (there's rarely a good day on the Surekill) and they'd have to park in the city. I think their best bet outside the city is a hotel near a train or trolley line. Or an AirBnB in the city.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 01:47 PM
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Inn at Swartmore is too far. Iíd like to be no more than 5-10 miles away.

I'm traveling alone and donít feel comfortable being in an Airbnb solo,

I will be renting a car for Cape May. I had not been planning on having a car for Philly unless I have to commute and canít find something on a public transportation line.

I may change my itinerary to skip the city of Philadelphia entirely.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 02:06 PM
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Depending on what time you land in PHL, you could take public transport into the city and see what you want to see and then take a New Jersey Transit train from 30th St. station to Atlantic City. Spend a night in a cheap room in Atlantic City and then rent the car to go south to Cape May. Consider taking the ferry from Cape May to Lewes Delaware.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 06:09 PM
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It’s your decision and you have to be comfortable with your decision. I think it would be a shame to miss Philadelphia. You could do what tomfuller suggested. I’ve taken NJ Transit to AC. I’d also re-examine Swarthmore. It’s a cute college town, you’re a short walk from the train station and a 25 min train ride into the city. It’s also an easy transfer from the airport train line to the Media line at University City or 30th St.

https://www.septa.org/maps/system/index.html

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Apr 18th, 2019, 11:00 AM
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I land at 5 pm on a Saturday. Lost day other than dinner and walking around.
My latest thought is to get a hotel in the airport area or some nearby town, spend the night there and then on Sunday, drive downtown, visit all the sites I can see and then head to Cape May for my remaining three nights.

Birdie, there only seems to be one hotel in Swarthmore and it is not available for that Saturday.

Tom, thanks for the ferry idea. I'll look into it.
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Apr 18th, 2019, 11:21 AM
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I'm sorry. I must have plugged in different dates. Look at airport hotels but instead of driving into town, you can find a hotel with a shuttle to the airport and take the train in. If you drive, there are a lot of parking garages available. As someone who's racked up a lot of PPA parking tickets, I would advise not parking on the street.

The ferry offers a really nice ride across the Delaware Bay. (I'll be on it tomorrow.) It will be cheaper walking on. There are bike rentals on the Lewes side and really nice bike paths there.

Do you have accommodations in Cape May?
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Apr 18th, 2019, 07:28 PM
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I have not figured out Cape May lodging yet. Any recs? Iím looking for quiet, clean, safe and reasonably priced. No frills accommodation is fine with me.
Hoping to find something around $100/night.
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Apr 19th, 2019, 06:43 AM
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I haven't stayed in Cape May for quite a while, so have no good suggestions, but I think $100 is going to be difficult. It's probably the priciest area of the S. NJ shore, and June is heading towards high season. It sounds like you will avoid the weekend, which may help.
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Apr 20th, 2019, 08:39 AM
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I’d lock in a place in Cape May asap. The good news is that early June is not a popular time at the Jersey shore towns plus, you’re going midweek. The bad news is that Cape May is not a normal shore town. I’m amazed at how crowded it can be in shoulder seasons. That being said, there are alternatives. Look at the Wildwoods, anything below Wildwood Crest. Stay away from the boardwalk and convention area.

There are a few motels on Rt. 9 that look ok and worth looking into. Good luck with your plans. I feel like we keep throwing cold water on them but I think they’ll come together for you even though they may be as you initially envisioned
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Apr 20th, 2019, 10:28 AM
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If you're going to CC Phila then stay in CC Phila. The other places mentioned are quite far. There is a nice Hotel on Columbus Blvd. near Penn's Landing (Hilton?) that always has good rates.
Also, check TRAVELZOO for deal in Phila!
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Apr 22nd, 2019, 02:40 PM
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I always thought this place looked nice. We drive by it on the way to the ferry.

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Apr 22nd, 2019, 05:35 PM
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I couldnít figure out if you have a car in Philly or not. But Apple Hostel has a private room in your price range, and thatís what Iíd do. Itís central and would be much better than an airport hotel. itíd be a shame to skip Philly, itís awesome!

I've stayed at the Independent hotel, and loved that, but itís either gone way up in price or itís nearly sold out in June. Crazy expensive.
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Apr 24th, 2019, 11:10 AM
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Apple Hostel doesnít have a private room for my night, June 1. Iím not up for sharing a bathroom anyways, but I appreciate the mention.

i will have my car. When Iím done with the city, I want to be able to immediately head to the coast,

I found a new Best western hotel in Pennsauken that I am considering. It looks easy enough to drive into the city from there.

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Apr 24th, 2019, 02:32 PM
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I could not visualize the Best Western in that location when I looked at the map.. As I recall, that section of the highway is dreary and feels isolated. I'd consider driving an additional ten minutes to Cherry Hill. Look at the Crown Plaza (formerly Hilton), some rooms with views of the Cooper River and its park, or the Holiday Inn, with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.

Mount Laurel NJ would be another six miles or so away and has a huge selection of hotels.

Morning commute into Philadelphia might try your patience unless you are willing to wait until 9:30 or so.
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Apr 24th, 2019, 05:19 PM
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I'll look at that area, thanks. Unless there's a weekend rush hour, I'm not concerned. I plan to head into city around 8 am on a Sunday and be leaving late afternoon.
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