Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. The Independent1234 Locust St, Philadelphia
2. Coca Cola House433 Spruce St, Philadelphia
3. Rittenhouse 17151715 Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia
4. Sofitel Philadelphia120 S 17th St, Philadelphia
5. Four Seasons1 Logan Square, Philadelphia
6. Hotel Monaco433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
7. Le Meridien1421 Arch St, Philadelphia
8. Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia
9. Hotel Palomar117 S 17th St, Philadelphia
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the boutique Independent book-ends Midtown Village's Restaurant Row, and housed in a fully-restored Georgian Revival boasting 24 apartment-style rooms, though they're furnished more like Jerry's place.
A one-block walk from Independence Hall in Society Hill, Coca-Cola House's a brick-turreted, three-story rental that owes its existence to your dependence on not-Pepsi. Built for the owner of Coca-Cola, these soda-bubbled front windows obscure an interior modern amenities, a private English garden, and skywalks that'll keep you up naturally.
Located on a tree-lined block off the square, Rittenhouse 1715's a luxurious 23-room rowhouse that can be completely taken over as a temporary bachelor pad.
Because sometimes you just want to crash in a place that surrounds you with French accents, check into Center City's Sofitel Philadelphia, where the restaurant's a brasserie, the cured meat's charcuterie, and the Evian's complimentary. And though we're not normally the biggest fans of brunch in hotels, the Sofitel actually offers food worth seeking out, like the Melon with poached egg, smoked duck, and Robiola Bosina, as well as other egg- and non-egg specialties.
At the opposite end of Museum Mile's Rocky Steps, downtown Philly's Four Seasons will soak you in the old school luxury of waterfall views, heated pools, and post-sauna spritzes, whether you just ran like the champ or pulled up in a complimentary town car like a real winner.
A jewel in Philadelphia's Old City district, Hotel Monaco Philadelphia boasts luxury suites and the famous Stratus Rooftop Lounge, equipped with an awesome fireplace. If only the Founding Fathers could ball this out of control.
Centrally located opposite City Hall and Love Park, Le Meridien Philadelphia's a former YMCA that now resembles a 10-story Georgian revival no one would ever mistake for a YMCA, thanks to a sky-lit atrium, a French bistro equipped with iPad menus, and a gym w/ individual flatscreens mounted on every machine.
Rising like an enormous Roman temple on Avenue of the Arts, this former bank building is now a prayer-answering Ritz-Carlton loaded with private-elevator-accessed suites, a day spa & 24hr fitness center, and a club floor where dedicated concierges can help you hail more than a late-night Caesar.