Newly Renovated Hotel with Two Onsite Restaurants
The beautifully decorated Clarion Hotel Conference Center is situated in quiet Essington, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. Past the fountain out front, soaring ceilings with chandeliers and solid marble floors provide a dramatic welcome in the lobby, where you’ll find cushy leather chairs grouped around an enormous fireplace. Once a Ramada Inn, the newly renovated hotel has an elegant, upscale vibe throughout.
You can use the two $25 dining credits included with this Groupon at Fliers Lounge, a cocktail bar that serves up casual eats, such as barbecue-pork sliders and lump crab-cake burgers. After dinner, head up to your comfortable queen or double room, which is decorated in solid dark woods and soothing earth tones. The hotel operates a free shuttle to pick up guests arriving at the nearby Philadelphia International Airport.
Greater Philadelphia: Historic Landmarks and Museums
If you drive 20 minutes northwest of the Clarion Hotel Conference Center, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Philadelphia. The historic Center City neighborhood, also known as downtown, dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is the central business district, home to several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is also where you’ll find Independence National Historical Park, whose high concentration of notable landmarks make it America’s most historic square mile. While you’re here, visit Independence Hall⎯birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution⎯or head to the Liberty Bell Center to see the approximately 2,000-pound bell that Martha Washington famously rang to let George know when supper was ready. At the north end of the park, the National Constitution Center features a multimedia presentation on the country’s founding displayed on a 360-degree domed ceiling, as well as galleries of artifacts, including a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The shops of Historic Antique Row are less than a mile from here. The small, locally owned shops stock everything from oriental rugs to vintage clothing. Head about 15 minutes northwest to scale the famous steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky Balboa once pumped his fists victoriously. Inside, the massive museum’s holdings range from ancient Chinese art to famous paintings by Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh.
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