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Where the Founding Fathers would stay in Philadelphia

Thomas Jefferson would approve.

by Rashmi Chugani

Philadelphia is one of the most important cities in American history. The Founding Fathers spent a lot of time here, as the many sites will tell you. As you take a trip through American history, make sure you are staying in one of these hotels. It will make discovering the city of brotherly love even better.

The Rittenhouse Hotel 92

210 West Rittenhouse Square

While ultra modern fixtures, dim lighting and a bar full of hipsters can make for a fun hotel experience, there's a lot to be said for the hostel that anticipates its guests needs.

- BlackBook

The Independent 82

1234 Locust St

This sophisticated boutique hotel is housed in a restored Georgian Revival building in Center City’s hip, midtown village district.

- DK Eyewitness

Westin Philadelphia 82

99 South 17th St at Liberty Place

This is an elegant chain hotel with luxuriously decorated lobby, lounge areas, and restaurants. The hotel is connected to Liberty Place, which has trendy shops and boutiques.

- DK Eyewitness

Alexander Inn 82

301 South 12th and Spruce Street

Wonderful value given the central location, and the hotel provides free breakfast, free daily snacks, and free Wi-Fi, as well as a 24-hour fitness center

- oyster.com

Le Meridien Philadelphia 83

1421 Arch Street

Thoughtfully updated architectural gem with a popular French restaurant and bar in the heart of Center City.

- Jetsetter

Penn's View Hotel 78

14 N Front St

Tucked behind the Market Street ramp to I-95 in a renovated 1856 hardware store, this small, exquisite inn exudes European flair.

- Frommer's

This historic inn has been restored to resemble the carriage houses of the early 20th century.

- Gayot

Smack-dab central sleep opposite the Liberty Bell, with designer digs, a gourmet steakhouse and a rooftop bar

- Jetsetter

Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel 84

120 South 17th Street

Upon entering this former site of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, guests take note of the unusual marble and granite floors---designed to resemble a Shaker quilt.

- Gayot

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia 88

117 South 17th Street

Touches of purple enliven the bright guest rooms, which have stylish modern furnishings. But it's not all about looks—the hotel staff is über friendly and helpful.

- Fodor's

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia 91

10 Avenue of the Arts

You'll feel like you're checking into the Pantheon when you enter this neoclassical hotel set in a century-old bank building.

- Fodor's

Hilton Inn at Penn 79

3600 Sansom St

With a "men's club feel" and iPads provided for guests' use, there's a "perfect blend of old-school university hotel and modern amenities" at this "comfortable" inn at Penn.

- Zagat

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