The Best Boutique Hotels in Philadelphia
Small properties with big personalities offer stylish stays...
Simply put, Philadelphia has some serious boutique cred.
From apartment-style lofts that feel like an upgraded version of home to singular rooms with “invisible service,” Philadelphia’s boutique properties offer plenty of hip spaces to base an exploration of one of the best destinations in the world for 2021 .
Stays of all kinds await. Some of these hotels are new and trendy. Others are undeniably historic. All are independent and stylish.
Of course, staying over and exploring Philadelphia is a bit different in 2021. Masks are required in all public spaces, as is social distancing. To ensure the best experience, plan ahead and review the current health and safety measures in place.
Below, find details on the best of Philadelphia’s apartment-style and boutique hotels.
A beautifully restored, meticulously decorated boutique hotel in Center City...
At the end of a tree-lined block of Spruce Street, the Alexander Inn stands out for its value and options. The property’s 48 rooms range from simple single twin to deluxe king. Each has a private bath and details such as stained-glass windows and oak moldings.
Chestnut Hill Hotel
Comfort and convenience in Philadelphia’s historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood...
This elegant 1894 property befits the city’s leafy northwestern enclave whose name it bears. Along boutique-lined Germantown Avenue, the 36-room hotel is more than an overnight; it’s also a quiet hub of neighborhood activity, thanks to the nearby Market at the Fareway (a farmers market-meets-food hall), and Chestnut Grill, a lunch-through-late night American bistro. Rooms onsite are contemporary in feel and function, with Victorian touches. Offerings in the charming adjacent Carriage House include real fireplaces, while the on-property Post Office has a mod, 1950s vibe, and kitchenettes in some rooms.
The Dwight D
Luxurious and elegant boutique hotel accommodations...
Feeling very much like an elegant private residence, this 11-room brownstone in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood showcases Pollock-esque artwork and vintage brasserie posters, which impart a contemporary air to traditional, luxurious décor. A recent expansion project means the property also has a large private garden space and a new chef’s kitchen, making it a perfect spot for micro weddings, showers and special events.
The Rooms at The Fitler Club
A luxury boutique hotel inside a members-only club...
Opened in 2019, this expansive private lifestyle club overlooking the Schuylkill River offers members and hotel guests access to cuisine complemented by stunning views, a vast fitness center and a posh games lounge, along with chic design and original modern art. Fourteen suites — nine queen and king rooms, three king lofts, an 860-square-foot master and the 1,095-square-foot Fitler — offer a modern aesthetic and midcentury flourishes such as rotary phones and classic alarm clocks.
Guild House Hotel
A boutique property in a National Historic Landmark building that honors a 19th-century working women’s advocacy and support group...
Named one of the best new hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure , this opened-in-2021 boutique property in a National Historic Landmark building belonged to — and honors — a 19th-century working women’s advocacy and support group known as the New Century Guild. The rooms and suites — 12 in total — in the Washington Square West hotel are named after women who were abolitionists, suffragettes, activists, educators, poets and artists. In its new iteration, the invisible service hotel maintains founder Eliza Turner’s name above the front door while transforming the interior to accommodate modern travelers’ desires for multi-night stays in rooms and suites.
The Independence Park Hotel is just steps away from the Museum of the American Revolution and a six-minute walk from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall . Historic in its own right, the newly renovated boutique hotel is recognized on the national registry of historic places. High ceilings and a beautiful lobby fireplace are reminders of the past, while large rooms offer plenty of modern amenities. The hotel is also conveniently close to some of Philly’s top fine dining restaurants, including Forsythia, a lauded French-fusion bistro and Amada, chef Jose Garces’ famed Spanish tapas bar. An added perk? Free hot breakfast every day.
Lokal Hotel - Fishtown
Luxury accommodations that provide a home-away-from-home experience...
Six loft apartments each named in local jargon — Baller Jawn, Big Jawn, Front Jawn, Garden Jawn, Your Jawn, My Jawn — occupy the heart of trendy Fishtown. True Hand Society directed 30 local makers to create modern, blond wood furniture and open shelving, earth-tone pottery and original art for the spare, naturally lit spaces, which are outfitted with automated coded check-in, in-room iPads with service-driven apps and Smart TVs equipped with HBO Go and Netflix.
Lokal Hotel - Old City
A distinctively local experience with boutique hotel accommodations...
Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co created six airy, serene apartments — referred to as “flats” — for Philly’s first invisible service hotel . Although the space and feel of the lodgings — hand-plastered walls, tall industrial windows, non-lacquered brass fixtures, sea blue kitchen cabinetry, midcentury vintage furnishings — are the aesthetic draw, the service itself makes both the Lokal and Old City feel like home. Nearby: great little art galleries, independent shops, amazing dining — and essential U.S. history.
The Morris House Hotel
A luxury boutique hotel in a national historic landmark...
The Morris family purchased this Georgian-style manse from the Reynolds family, who originally built it in 1787, when their property line marked the edge of developed Philadelphia. Today, the National Historic Landmark hotel — inducted into the Historic Hotels of America , the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation — honors its heritage with 18th-century-inspired décor, including the original heart pine floors, and timeless hospitality, including grab-and-go breakfast, as well as afternoon tea and cookies. Seventeen units in total — luxury rooms and suites, including a newly renovated wedding suite — adjoin an expansive garden that makes it a major destination for weddings and other events. Bonus: The Morris House is one block from Independence National Historical Park.
Penn’s View Hotel
Charming European hospitality in historic Old City...
This charming 51-room hotel is situated near but just out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Old City. Penn’s Views’ rooms are known for their romance; some have a private balcony and a fireplace. Downstairs, restaurant Panorama is known for its pasta and wine, served from the world’s largest cuvinet (wine dispensing) system, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. There are also multiple private event spaces, including an intimate wine cellar.
The Racquet Club of Philadelphia
A boutique stay with a side of squash...
An elite private club that dates to 1882 allows overnight guests to grace its hallowed, red-brick, Georgian Revival clubhouse. The club’s 13 guest rooms are traditional, featuring queen or king four-poster beds, and come with paid access to the property’s esteemed and historic indoor playing facilities: squash singles and doubles; court tennis (invented in the 12th century) and racquets, the world’s fastest racquet sport.
ROOST East Market
An extended-stay property offering lavish amenities and high-end services...
The largest of extended-stay apartment hotels from Philly-based Method Co. feels the most apartment-like, thanks to its setting in the newly built Girard apartments designed by Morris Adjmi. Each of the 60 sleek apartments (one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den and two-bedroom apartment) has walnut furnishings, a full kitchen, Turkmen rugs — and access to an amenity floor with a 24-hour fitness center, sunken living room fireplace, billiard room, demo kitchen, private screening room and a lending library. Other perks: two outdoor roof-level terraces, one with a children’s play area, dog run and grills; the other, with a 20-meter lap pool.
Extended stays get even better with sleek, apartment-style living...
Built in the roaring ’20s, the elegant Charles S.W. Packard Building houses the city’s first ROOST , stylish extended-stay accommodations with herringbone hardwood floors, midcentury-inspired furnishings and artwork, living plants, Apple TV and more home-y comforts in each studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom penthouse apartment — 27 in all.
The services of a boutique hotel meet the amenities of a luxury apartment...
Rittenhouse’s second ROOST occupies a turn-of-the-20th-century building among in-demand shops and restaurants. Softly modern design, full kitchens, 24/7 service, international vintage and antique touches grace each of the 27 rooms (studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, two-bedroom and multi-bedroom penthouse apartment).
Hotel at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Hip accommodations in a former distillery above an intoxicating Italian eatery...
The four well-appointed living spaces above Fishtown’s acclaimed Wm. Mulherin’s Sons restaurant, carved out of a 19th-century whiskey bottling factory, are perfectly individual. They feature moody custom wallpaper, wood slab headboards, glazed tiling, polished concrete floors, restored, walnut frameless kitchen cabinets (full kitchen, Mauviel cookware), poured concrete countertops, plus topnotch amenities in rainfall showers, washer/dryers, blackout shades and Aesop soaps. And those are just standard. Room Four has a clawfoot soaking tub inside an old safe.
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