Downtown Philadelphia Hotel Within Walking Distance of City Landmarks and Famous Parks
Center City, Philadelphia’s downtown and business district, houses some of the city’s most famous attractions, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the historic City Hall, the world’s second tallest masonry building. The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia is within walking distance of all of these sites, and minutes from upscale boutiques and fine dining. The hotel is also located between two popular parks, Logan Circle and Rittenhouse Square; Rittenhouse, the more elegant of the two, is flanked by townhouses and open-air cafés. Logan Circle has significant historical draw: many of the sculptures there, including the central Swann Memorial Fountain, were designed by Alexander Milne Calder—son of the man who created the iconic William Penn statue atop City Hall.
Many of Sonesta Hotel’s guest rooms have views of the surrounding cityscape. No matter which room you stay in, the onsite Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. The eatery specializes in classic British bar food, such as shepherd’s pie, as well as a selection of fresh seafood dishes.
Philadelphia’s Center City: Historic Landmarks and Art Museums
The historic Center City neighborhood, also known as downtown Philadelphia, dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is Philadelphia’s central business district, with several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is home to Independence National Historical Park, known as America’s most historic square mile due to all the notable landmarks in the vicinity. Tour Independence Hall or head to the Liberty Bell Center to see the 2,000-pound bell that Martha Washington famously rang to let George know when supper was ready. The nearby National Constitution Center features a multimedia presentation on the country’s founding, displayed on a 360-degree screen, as well as galleries of artifacts, including a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
About a mile from the hotel, you can 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 from Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh.
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