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Hotels

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 95

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 Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia 93

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

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia 90

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

Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel 86

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

Le Meridien Philadelphia 85

1421 Arch Street

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

- Jetsetter

Strutting its stuff like a peacock on parade, this is hands-down one of the cleverest and most colorful concept hotels in the city.

- Star Service

Westin Philadelphia 84

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

The Independent 84

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

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

- Gayot

Alexander Inn 81

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

Penn's View Hotel 81

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

Hilton Inn at Penn 80

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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