Philadelphia City Center

Where is the best area to stay in Philadelphia?

Pennsylvania’s largest city has much to offer when it comes to America’s revolutionary history. This is the place where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, making it a significant site for any history lover. Whilst strolling through Independence National Historic Park, go and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. See art works by Renoir and Van Gough at the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, or take a run up the very same steps that Sylvester Stallone triumphantly climbed in Rocky. Elsewhere in the city, spend an afternoon seeking out the most delicious Philadelphia cheese steak you can find.


To be truly in the heart of things, the best area to stay in Philadelphia is the Center City area, between the Schuylkill and the Delaware rivers. This is where the Museum District lies, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. You’ll be within walking distance of cultural attractions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Liberty Bell, as well as a host of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you occupied. It’s also home to the beautiful Franklin Square and the towering Philadelphia City Hall building. In this central area, you’ll be well connected by public transport links such as the SEPTA rail line.

Hotel   Avg price
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
237 S Broad St
201€ - 239$
Sonder at The Arco
1234 Locust St.
229€ - 273$
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
433 Chestnut Street
232€ - 276$
Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
401 Chestnut Street
256€ - 305$
Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel
120 South 17th Street
270€ - 321$
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The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 West Rittenhouse Square
385€ - 458$


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Philadelphia’s Center City, the best area to stay in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Center CityCentre City is where you’ll find the majority of Philly’s tourist attractions and sights. So if you want to have the best of Philadelphia at your fingertips, Centre City is the best area to stay.


For most tourists visiting Philadelphia, Center City has more than enough sights and attractions to keep you entertained for an entire trip. And one of biggest advantages of staying in Center City is that the area is so compact that it’s easy to navigate on foot. In fact, it’s often classed as one of the best walking cities in the U.S. So wherever you decide to stay within Center City, you won’t have far to go to find interesting sights and attractions. Most attractions, even if they’re at opposite ends of the Center City area, are only a short walk away from each other.


The Liberty Bell is one of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions. Symbolizing American independence, it is hugely significant in American history. Located in the historical Independence National Park, in the Liberty Bell Center, a trip to this iconic attraction is a great day out, and one that can be easily planned if you’re staying in Philadelphia’s Center City. You can even visit the Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States as we know it today, which lies just across the street from Liberty Bell.


Center City also has its own museum district, which is perfect for those interested in learning more about the culture and history of both Philadelphia and the United States. There’s also plenty for art lovers to discover, in the Barnes Foundation Art Gallery, where there’s some of the world’s best 19th and 20th century French paintings, and in Philadelphia Museum Of Art, which houses some real masterpieces, including the famous Rocky Balboa statue and steps. Whilst those staying outside of Center City could still make the trip to visit these attractions, it’s much better and easier to stay in Center City if you want to see as much as you can during your time in Philadelphia.


Just over a ten-minute walk from the museum district, you can find the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. This is one of the world’s most famous prisons, as it used to be the most expensive in the world. Nowadays, tourists can enjoy tours of the old prison, and explore the different cells, and even Death Row.


Even if you’re not too interested in the city’s tourist sights and attractions though, Center City is still an ideal area to stay in. It’s also a top spot for those who like to indulge in a little shopping. The Shops at Liberty Place is an impressive retail complex, where you’ll find some of your favorite brands and product lines. This shopping experience is definitely one you’ll remember; you’ll get to shop until you drop, enjoy a meal at one of the complex’s cafes or restaurants, and if you want to see one of the best views Philly has to offer, you can take to the One Liberty Observation Deck to enjoy 360 degree views of the city.


So by staying in Center City, you’ll be only a stone’s throw away from everything the city has to offer. Staying in such a central location can take a lot of the stress out of traveling to a new place, and save time that might otherwise have been spent on navigating your way to attractions. Instead, everything you could possibly want to see or do will be right on your doorstep.



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Other areas to stay in Philadelphia


South Philadelphia


South PhiladelphiaSouth Philadelphia, or South Philly as the locals call it, is an area that has played an important role in making Philadelphia the city it is today. It’s known for being one of the most culturally diverse locations in Philadelphia. It’s also one of the oldest areas of the city, so whilst it may not be quite as central as Center City, it’s still an interesting place to stay.


For those who appreciate a delicious meal out, South Philly is an ideal location. There are some great places to eat out in the area, especially if you’re a steak fan. Even those in Center City often make a trip to the south side of the city, to Passyunk Avenue, for a juicy cheese steak. But if steak’s not for you, South Philadelphia has a whole range of different restaurants, serving all sorts of different cuisines.


If you’re staying in South Philadelphia, you’ll also be nearby the popular Italian market on 9th Street, where you can buy fresh products like meats and cheeses. Even if you’re not interested in buying anything, it’s still worth visiting, as it also happens to be America’s oldest outdoor market. So South Philly is definitely a great place to stay for those who fancy themselves as ‘foodies’.


It’s not just excellent restaurants that line the streets of South Philadelphia though, there’s also plenty of bars and live music venues that create a lively nightlife scene. So if you want to experience the best Philadelphia has to offer both during the day and night, staying in South Philly is a good way to experience it all whilst being in a slightly less tourist-based area.



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West Philadelphia


West PhiladelphiaWest Philadelphia is mostly a residential area, with a much more local vibe than the touristy Center City. If you’re hoping to save on accommodation, West Philly can be a good place to stay during your visit, as it’s a cheaper area to stay than the popular Center.


West Philly also includes the area that’s known as University City though, which is a popular choice of location for those wanting the convenience of Center City, but for a much more affordable price. There are a few cheaper bars and restaurants in the area, and Center City is only a short way away. There are efficient and easy-to-navigate subway lines (specifically the Market-Frankford line or the Blue line) connecting West Philadelphia to the more central parts of the city. So if you’re interested in visiting all of Philadelphia’s top tourist spots, but don’t want to pay central prices for a hotel, staying in West Philadelphia means that you’ll still be within easy reach of Center City.



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