Fodor's Expert Review The Independent

1234 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA See on Map

Alyssa Pinsker

The Independent is a boutique alternative to Philadelphia's big convention hotels. This property features 24 well-appointed, hip rooms that are all uniquely furnished, but share a warm butterscotch and ochre palette with funky accents, such as leopard-print rugs, exposed brick walls, and copper-tiled ceilings. The hotel's corridors ring a skylighted four-story atrium adorned with local art. Complimentary wine and cheese is served Monday through Thursday in the cozy lobby, while Continental breakfast is offered daily. Little Nonna's, and Bud and Marilyn's, two eateries from prolific Philly restaurateurs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, occupy the ground floor of the hotel. The Independent prefers guests to be 21 or older.

Wine and cheese reception Monday – Thursday.


Queen Deluxe features a queen-sized Serta Congressional mattress with custom bedding. Natural hardwood floors and New Zealand wool area rugs, as well as unique window treatments complete the room. Microwave ovens, phone, 32″ flat-screen HDTV television with cable, Keurig coffeemaker, microwave ovens and refrigerators in every guestroom. Temperature is controlled in the room.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms differ, TV sizes differ as well, some have black-out curtains but not all do.


Many of the guest bathrooms at The Independent Hotel offer exposed brick walls that abut the newly-installed wallpaper. Each bath offers brand new luxury tile that features a cool, Carrera-marble aesthetic, complementing the original wood molding. L'Occitane amenities are a plus.


The Independent’s design reflects a charming sophistication that is consistent with the building’s architecture and the local area of Midtown Village. From the residential comforts of this fully restored Georgian Revival building, hints of modernity can be found amid classic details including dark wood furniture, exposed brick walls, French doors and original tin ceilings. Our Philadelphia hotel lobby features a local artist’s stunning 30-foot watercolor painting, accented by a crystal chandelier.


Complimentary access to a local gym – the Optimal Sport Health Club which has 30 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, free weights, weight training equipment, bumper plates, squat cages, kettlebells, TRX's and a variety of fitness classes.


The hotel provides a continental breakfast delivered to your door at your requested time. There are two restaurants that partner with the hotel:Little Nonna's a Philly-made Italian-American experience where you can eat in the garden or at the chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen and Bud & Marilyn's, a stylish retro diner that has the best-fried chicken in town that also has beer, wine, and cocktails.


Enjoy some spirits at either of the cute and stylish partner restaurants but there is no in-hotel bar.


Getting Around

While ride-sharing services and public transportation options are available, The Independent is centrally located and walkable to many of Philadelphia’s most popular tourist sites.


Double Knot (3-minute walk) is a Japanese izakaya, a sleek nautical themed Japanese spot by night and stylish coffee shop by day owned Michael Schulson.

Stephen Starr's new venture, the LOVE (13-minute walk) offers upscale farm to table.


Woody’s (1-minute walk) is Philadelphia's oldest gay bar and one of the best in the United States, it offers dancing, comedy and theme nights in the nightclub and food in the pub area.

Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro (3-minute walk) offers wines by the bottle or glass plus cocktails alongside a French American menu.


Living up to its name with each room uniquely decorated and furnished, the interior design is sophisticated and modern touches to the Philadelphia classic Georgian style. The hotel also features two independent restaurants that are destinations unto themselves for Philadelphia foodies.It's smack in the middle of the gayborhood and iconic Woody's, one of the best gay bars in the world is one minute away.


24 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service breakfast only
Parking Lot


Phones: 215-772–1440

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