Hotel at a Glance: Le Méridien Philadelphia
Le Méridien Philadelphia is an artistic hub in the city’s business district. The four-star hotel enlisted renowned photographers, chefs, filmmakers, and musicians to influence its 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 the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as Independence National Historical Park.
- Historical significance: The hotel occupies a 10-story Georgian Revival–style building—built in 1908—that once housed a YMCA.
- Minimalist chic: Guest rooms feature a black-and-white color palette with red accents, as well as iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs.
- Classic French cuisine at the onsite Amuse bar and brasserie includes lobster bouillabaisse and steak frites.
- 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.