Hotel at a Glance: Four-Star Hotel in Philadelphia
The two skyscrapers of Liberty Place stand out in Philadelphia’s skyline, their glass-and-steel frames reflecting sunlight and the cityscape below. Just across the street, you’ll find this 4-star hotel. Its convenient Center City location puts guests within walking distance of other Philadelphia landmarks, including City Hall and Rittenhouse Square.
- Where to eat: The onsite Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, where you can savor dishes such as hand-rolled potato gnocchi with organic mushrooms and white-truffle oil.
- In-room amenities include free high-speed WiFi
- For more space: Choose a suite or superior room, which includes a microwave and a refrigerator.
- Work up a sweat in the fitness center, or have free exercise equipment and a yoga kit delivered to your room.
- Added perk: Each floor has a purified, chilled water station with free water bottles.
Philadelphia’s Center City: Historic Landmarks and 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 also home to 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 from Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh.