Philadelphia is a vibrant city divided into interesting neighborhoods. Each of Philly’s ‘hoods is unique and has curious details and delightful attractions for visitors to discover. When planning your trip to Philadelphia, learn more about this city’s many neighborhoods.
Below we’ve highlighted Philly’s most fascinating neighborhoods and include the best Philadelphia hotels.
Right next door to Independence Mall, Old City is teeming with old world charm. Wander down cobblestone streets where our country’s Founding Fathers once strolled, or explore the trendier side of the neighborhood. In addition to plenty of history, Old City is home to a vibrant nightlife, eclectic galleries, and hip boutiques.
Things to Do in Old City
Independence Mall: This is the historic heart of Philadelphia. Visit the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center, and the Philadelphia History Museum.
Penn’s Landing: Enjoy scenic view of the Delaware River Waterfront.
2nd Street: Often called two street by locals, 2nd Street in Old City is home to boutiques and renowned restaurants.
Philadelphia Hotels in Old City
Penn’s View Hotel
This historic hotel is the perfect accommodation in the historic Old City neighborhood. Built in 1828 this boutique hotel is elegant and charming. Relax in a king-sized bed with a view of Penn’s Landing or warm up next to the fire in the chilly winter months. The hotel is also home to fine on-site dining.
Rittenhouse Square is an enviable address in Philadelphia. This swanky ‘hood is lush with green space and buzzing with activity. Explore high-end stores, unique boutiques, and edgy galleries. This is also the perfect place to sample locally owned cafes and restaurants.
What to do in Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square: This park hosts frequent festivals, farmers’ markets, and fairs.
Walnut Street: The heart of the the popular Rittenhouse Row shopping district, and home to the very first location of Anthropologie.
Fitler Square: A tiny park near the Schuylkill River and a popular gathering place.
Philadelphia Hotels in Rittenhouse Square
This boutique hotel is formerly a bed and breakfast. Located on a quiet, tree-lined street just one block from the neighborhood’s namesake park, this hotel is quaint and luxurious. Enjoy complimentary wine every evening served in drawing room and start your day with the lavish continental breakfast served each morning.
Enter Chinatown through the colorful China Gate at 10th and Arch Streets. Inside the vibrant gate is Philly’s Asian community, which first settled here in the mid-19th century. This neighborhood is constantly bustling with activity, from seasonal street festivals to sip-worthy bubble tea cafes. And, of course, this is the best place in the city to find amazing, authentic Asian cuisine. Everything from Chinese to Vietnamese to Malaysian, and everything in between.
Things to do in Chinatown
The China Gate: This colorful gate was built in 1982 and recreates a Qing Dynasty style with Tianjin tiles. This is a nod to Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin.
Asian Arts Initiative: This community-based arts center hosts performances and monthly movie nights.
Philadelphia Hotels in Chinatown
Just steps away from Center City and the historic heart of Philadelphia, the Loews Hotel offers its guests location and luxury. Chill out in the on-site pool or experience fine dining at the Bank & Bourbon restaurant which serves traditional American fare with a modern twist.
Washington Square West
Washington Square West is a lively neighborhood in Philly’s downtown area. The ‘hood is considered hip by locals, and is home to a wide variety of coffee shops, eateries, and unique shopping options. Washington Square West contains many gay-friendly establishments and is more commonly called Gayborhood.
Things to do in Washington Square West
Washington Square: Green and lively, this park is perfect for families and history buffs.
Jewelers’ Row and Antique Row: Home to almost 300 different diamond and jewelry merchants. Even if you aren’t in the market for gems, it’s fun to window shop.
Philadelphia Hotels in Washington Square West
The Independent Hotel Philadelphia
This small hotel is located in Midtown Village and is within walking distance of many popular tourist destinations, including Rittenhouse Square and Philadelphia’s Historic District. The hotel is housed within a restored Georgian-Revival building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the historic charms of The Independent Hotel, including exposed brick, French windows, and fireplaces.
Sky-high office buildings contrast historic homes on tree-lined streets in this Philly neighborhood. Logan Square offers visitors ample space for relaxation. Philly’s collection of world class museums are nearby, as well as iconic attractions like City Hall.
Things to do in Logan Square
Benjamin Franklin Parkway: There are events and festivals here year round (Philadelphia Marathon, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Made In America music festival), but this is always a great spot to admire Philly’s cultural offerings. Along the parkway you’ll spy various historical, educational, and art institutions, including the Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Logan Circle: Logan Circle is a massive traffic circle turned green space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. At the center of the circle is the majestic Swann Memorial Fountain.
Philadelphia Hotels in Logan Square
The Windsor Suites
This downtown Philadelphia hotel combines modern comfort and local authenticity. Marvel at the hotel’s stunning 40′ spiraling sculpture or nestle up with a book in one of the cozy, private nooks. Each suite features kitchens, living and dining spaces, and breathtaking skyline views. The hotel also boasts a pretty sweet rooftop pool and a concierge service that will help you plan your trip.
Market Street is an active thoroughfare that runs through the Market East neighborhood. This neighborhood is just steps away from the most historic square mile in America and is home to Philly’s beautifully elaborate City Hall. The best feature of this neighborhood? Reading Terminal Market calls this area home, and is jam-packed with amazing and diverse food vendors.
Things to do in Market East
Reading Terminal Market: Reading Terminal Market is a foodie’s dream and a dieter’s nightmare. The maze-like building is home to over 100 merchants selling any and all kinds of delicious delicacies. The market can be hectic on weekends, but carefully wind through aisle after aisle of vendors. Admire the fares, or sip and sample your way through the urban food paradise.
City Hall: Philadelphia’s city hall is the largest in the U.S. This beautiful, elaborate building is covered in sculptures to represent different seasons and continents. Various heads and masks adorn the building, and the topper on this impressive cake is a 27-ton statue of William Penn, Pennsylvania’s namesake. Head up to the observation deck to take in breath-taking views of the city.
Macy’s: In the Grand Court of Macy’s is an iconic statue of an eagle. “Meet me at the Eagle” has become a tradition among locals who gather here. There are daily concerts on the historic 28,500-pipe organ — the largest playable instrument in the world.
Philadelphia Hotels in Market East
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown offers guests a sophisticated stay in vibrant downtown Philadelphia. Easily walk to many of Philly’s top tourist sites, or kick back and relax at the hotel. The heated indoor pool and on-site fitness center offer peak relaxation on your next holiday.
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