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The Best Philadelphia Hotels Outside of Center City

Alyssa Pinsker | June 29, 2018

Philadelphia is a metropolis, there is way more to see than Center City, Rittenhouse Square and the Historic District (Old City aka where the Liberty Bell is.) There are neighborhoods that are more green and leafy and some are burgeoning new urban hoods where you can get the hipster scoop. Why not stay like a local and check out hotels in new locations with their own local attractions that draw in the tourists.


The Gables Bed and Breakfast

Why it made the list

There is plenty to see in this section of tony West Philly. Nearby Clark Park is a hangout for earthy locals, a farmer's market/flea market takes place every Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning-afternoon. A five-minute trolley ride takes you to The Woodlands, a historic green oasis. All the Universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, are nearby and have accompanying awesome bars, restaurants, bookstores, and shops to check out.

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Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue

Why it made the list

Sometimes it's nice to be tucked away from the city in a quiet green suburb that is close enough to downtown. The luxury Delmonico's and Polo Lounge and chandeliered ballroom for events make the Hilton City Ave a destination hotel for an exceptional amount of events and Philly tourists.

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Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard

Why it made the list

It's an unusual location, we admit it. But, South Philly is wonderful and known for Restaurant Row, some of the most James Beard-nominated restaurants in the city as well as old-school gravy (pasta sauce) and spaghetti or pizza. Besides the food, people obviously come for the game! The nearby bars and restos also cater to that visitor. The modern, full amenities make for a state of the art and comfortable stay worth any schlep.

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Lokal Hotel

Why it made the list

It's hyperlocal and made by Philadelphians for you. The hotel takes care to use local products and services and to integrate the neighborhood into your cozy yet chic luxury hotel. You have to love technology to stay here as the service is "invisible" but you can't get more local than a tech hotel on North Third/ n3rd/ Nerd street. Just another reminder, there is no one to greet you at this invisible service hotel and that's ok, just use your keypad code for easy entry and exit! The lobby faces 3rd street (also called Nerd Street for its abundance of techie companies and residents, it North Third Street is written as n3rd.) The interior of the lobby is designed by Jersey Ice Cream Company and has a crisp bright cozy spare design. There are community goods: bike helmets, magazine racks and a cupboard of housewares like sugar, toilet paper, filters, etc. for the bath and kitchen.

Lokal is a boutique hotel group with a focus on invisible se Read More


Chestnut Hill Hotel

Why it made the list

Its safe and secure location in one of Philadelphia’s toniest neighborhoods also has unique Philly tourism experiences to offer (like the Schmitter sandwich and iconic Curtis Arboretum.) While lacking in certain perks, the Chestnut Hill Hotel steps up its game when it comes to overall room comfort, cleanliness, and comprehensive to say the least available dining options from upscale French jazz clubs to New York food halls.

This is the place to rest if you are looking for a mellow Ph Read More

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