Last Updated November 5, 2020 11/5/2020

Top 12 Philadelphia Staycation Ideas

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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.


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The Chestnut Apartment Inside the Chestnut Apartment
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Inside the Chestnut Apartment

The Chestnut Apartment

You’ll love this staycation spot in Philadelphia that’s an apartment for up to six guests. It has two bedrooms and two baths, and it’s thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between guests. It welcomes longer stays and is a great place to work, study, and relax thanks to the high-speed Wi-Fi, workspaces, gym, and free parking. The apartment is in the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel and has skyline views. Check with the host to see if the gym, pool, and roof deck are open for guests. The brand-new Cicala Restaurant is on the lobby level of the building and offers rustic Southern Italian fare.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Kimpton Hotel Palomar 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.

Trinity Home in Center City with Free Parking Living space at Trinity Home in Center City
Living space at Trinity Home in Center City

Trinity Home in Center City with Free Parking

Here’s a VRBO property that makes an excellent staycation in Philadelphia because it’s a 1,300-square-foot house that sleeps up to eight people. The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s on a private alley in the heart of Philadelphia and steps away from shops and attractions. The location is in the city center and by Washington Square West. The vibrant Gayborhood is a block away, eclectic South Street is two blocks away, and the mass transit system access is a block away. Perks of staying here include the fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, kid-friendly amenities like a high chair and pack n’ play, two private patios, washer and dryer, and free covered garage parking. Pets are not allowed at this VRBO property.

Comfortable Two-Bedroom Apartment Inside Comfortable Two-Bedroom Apartment
Inside Comfortable Two-Bedroom Apartment

Comfortable Two-Bedroom Apartment

For up to five guests, you can plan a Philadelphia staycation at this Airbnb apartment with two bedrooms and one bath. You can stay here for a few days or a few weeks and enjoy this affordable spot that’s fully furnished and on a quiet block. There is plenty of street parking here and also restaurants and supermarkets within walking distance. You’ll have this whole place to yourself, including the washer and dryer in the mudroom. There’s a fully equipped kitchen here, as well as a dining table and chairs, TV, high-speed internet, two queen-size beds, and a vintage tiled bathroom with a tub.

Modern Lux Townhome with Roof Deck Design at MODERN LUX Townhome
Design at MODERN LUX Townhome

Modern Lux Townhome with Roof Deck

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.

The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Ritz Carlton Philadelphia
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

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.

Retro Restored: 1973 Airstream in Private Yard View of the airstream
View of the airstream

Retro Restored: 1973 Airstream in Private Yard

You’ll love staying in this Airstream camper for your staycation for up to three guests. One of the coolest Airbnbs in Philadelphia, it’s a 26-foot camper with a private patio, firepit with wood, hammock, kitchen, heater, and A/C. Couples and solo travelers enjoy staying here to spend time in Philly and check out the trails of Fairmount Park. There’s another Airstream on the same property if you need extra room. Inside you’ll find a kitchen with a fridge, gas cooktop, and microwave. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower. Guests can use the parking space in the driveway and the free street parking also.

Rittenhouse Hotel Rittenhouse Hotel
Rittenhouse Hotel

Rittenhouse Hotel

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.

Floating Cabin City Glamping Floating Cabin, City Glamping with Bridge View
Floating Cabin, City Glamping with Bridge View

Floating Cabin City Glamping

One of the most unique places to stay when traveling to Philadelphia is this floating cabin that’s a houseboat. Two guests can stay here and use the one bedroom and 1.5 baths. It’s an Airbnb property called the Love Ark that features a custom cabin on top of a 25-foot boat hull. When you stay here, you’ll be within walking distance of top city destinations and get lovely views of the bridge. There’s cable, Wi-Fi, a mini-bar option, and a private gated entrance. The interior space has a toilet, kitchen with the basics, and complimentary breakfast snacks. There’s also a back deck and outdoor table and chairs you can use. Electric heaters, an electric blanket, and A/C unit are here for your comfort. The shower is in the marina lobby’s shared bathroom. The host prefers to rent out to traveling guests, and pets are not allowed.

Historic Art Museum Studio Decor at Historic Art Museum Studio
Decor at Historic Art Museum Studio

Historic Art Museum Studio

This entire apartment can be yours for a staycation if you rent it on Airbnb in Philadelphia. It is a popular rental spot for two guests and with one bed and one bath in a studio space. You’ll be close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the “Rocky” steps when you stay here. The bathroom is right outside the unit and one door over. The rental includes Wi-Fi, TV, electric fireplace, ceiling fan, mini-fridge, microwave, and fresh sheets and towels. It’s in a 1920s renovated building that’s also close to public transit and restaurants. Guests here also have access to the coffee bar on the stairway landing and the balcony off the stairway.

Westin Philadelphia Westin Philadelphia
Westin Philadelphia

Westin Philadelphia

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.

Hilton Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Landing Hilton Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Landing
Hilton Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Landing

Hilton Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Landing

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!

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