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With so many historic attractions, awesome foodie hangouts, and fun local events, it’s easy to plan a staycation in Philadelphia at any time of the year. There are lots of top hotels, unique Airbnbs, and luxurious properties for rent on VRBO where you can have a fun, safe, and affordable getaway close to home. Here are our top picks for staycations in Philadelphia.
This top pet-friendly hotel in Philadelphia is a staycation destination because of its amenities, city views, and luxury accommodations. It’s an urban retreat downtown that is sleek and contemporary with personalized service and a stylish vibe. From here, it’s just a six-minute walk to Rittenhouse Square. Some of the great amenities to take advantage of here are hotel bikes to use, yoga mats in the rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary newspapers, and complimentary coffee and tea in the mornings. Square 1682 is the onsite restaurant that serves New American fare, while private dining options are available here too.
A popular and highly rated townhome is this 2,400-square-foot house listed on VRBO. It’s ideal for your large family or to have a lot of room to spread out because the house sleeps up to 16 people in four bedrooms and has three bathrooms. It’s a newly constructed townhouse in Point Breeze and is a short walk to downtown to access restaurants and bars. You’ll also love the views from the roof deck at this house. Families often stay here because the host provides a pack n’ play with mattress and high chair to accommodate little staycationers. The host also provides fresh towels and linens. There is an additional fee for more than five guests staying here.
For a luxurious staycation in Philadelphia, you can also book a room at the Ritz Carlton in the downtown area and enjoy the grandeur of this historic building. This old bank building dates back to 1908 and is home to the Aqimero restaurant that serves Latin-inspired cuisine and mezcal. There’s a spa here that offers massages, facials, makeup, and hair. You’ll love the rooms and suites with views of the downtown skyline and the many amenities, including complimentary overnight shoeshine, overnight laundry, Nespresso machines with complimentary coffee and tea, and 24-hour in-room dining. Pets up to 30 pounds are welcome here for a $150 fee. Cribs are complimentary for babies staying here on a staycation.
Another luxury hotel option for a staycation is the Rittenhouse Hotel which has well-appointed rooms and suites, a spa that offers rejuvenating treatments, fine dining experiences, and an atrium pool. Families looking for relaxation and couples looking for romance enjoy staying here. This hotel has the largest guest rooms in the city – measuring between 450 and 600 square feet. In-house dining options include Lacroix, Bar 210, the Library Bar, afternoon tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, and the Scarpetta Rittenhouse for elegant Italian fare. Guests can also use the health club to keep up with their workouts here.
The Westin Philadelphia is a Marriott hotel that works well for a staycation because it has pet-friendly rooms, a fitness studio, and a location between City Hall and Rittenhouse Square. It’s easy to get to all the local attractions when you stay here, including Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. Dogs are welcome to stay here with you. For dining, enjoy room service or check out one of the many nearby eateries.
A staycation at the Hilton Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Landing gives you views over the Delaware River and easy access to Spruce Street Harbor Park and Society Hill. There’s an indoor pool, as well as waterfront dining and a sauna. This staycation option also has an onsite restaurant, fitness center, room service, and pet-friendly guest rooms. There’s a coffee shop in the lobby, and self-parking and valet parking are available for an additional cost. Pets are allowed here up to 75 pounds for a $75 fee, so don’t leave your larger pup behind!