Hotel at a Glance: Le Méridien Philadelphia
Le Méridien Philadelphia is an artistic hub in the heart of the city’s business district. Its LM100 team is made up of renowned photographers, chefs, filmmakers, and musicians who have inspired the hotel’s design, from the dramatic art installations to the contemporary guest rooms to the unique soundscapes. Guests of the hotel are within walking distance of arts-and-culture landmarks, including Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
- Historical significance: The hotel occupies a 10-story Georgian Revival–style building that once housed a YMCA.
- Classic French cuisine at the onsite Amuse bar and brasserie includes escargots, salad niçoise, and steak frites.
- Minimalist chic: Guest rooms feature a black-and-white color palette with red accents.
- Business savvy: The hotel offers meeting rooms near the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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.