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Arlo Hemphill
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Wilderness conservationist. Travel enthusiast.

The Philadelphia Hotel A-List

Arlo's "A-List" pick of the best hotels in Philly.
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Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Every once in awhile a very special person (me) meets a very special place (the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia). What happens next is magic. I love this hotel. It's built in an old, but oh so grandiose downtown bank building. It feels like a palace, and the staff treat you like royalty. I'd come to Philly...

The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel

A stunningly beautiful hotel in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus, right next to the Wharton School of Business. I was so taken aback by the unique design of this place. They merge that scholarly hardwood aura of an Ivy-League professor's study with the finest of luxury...

Aloft Philadelphia Airport

Maybe I secretly want to be Swedish. Or perhaps it's just that this place reminded me of great times had in northern Europe? Whatever it is, I really love this hotel. Colorful, sharp, fun and engaging in every detail. And it's an airport hotel. Who loves an airport hotel?? Really, it's almost a waste...

Le Meridien Philadelphia

Very nice integration of a historical building, modern design and chic European flare. This is the kind of place where it's not only nice to stay in a historical building, it is cool to do so. Love the location across from City Hall and near the Rocky statue. Great lobby bar is fun to hang out in. Only...

Omni Hotel at Independence Park

This is the nicest place to stay at in Philadelphia's historic district. It's sits directly across from Federal Park and is a short walk to the Liberty Bell or Society Hill. Although it is a smaller hotel that bills itself as boutique, it feels like a much bigger place and has most of the amenities you'd...

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

What a grand palace of a hotel. This Marriott recently underwent a $64M renovation and it shows. The place is massive and has everything. Rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, media plug in stations and all the usual high quality Marriott linens. Fantastic location connected to the convention...

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Beautifully designed and perfectly placed on the Avenue of the Arts, this is a nice place to hang your hat when visiting Philly's cultural district. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the lobby bar has a cool, chic vibe to it. I wasn't blown away by this place, but I have no complaints either....

AKA Rittenhouse Square

Guest suites here are enormous, amongst the biggest I've ever seen for a "hotel"! This is especially remarkable considering it's ideal location in downtown Philly. I was a bit apprehensive at first with their strictly long-term stay policy, but I quickly saw that the AKA isn't so much an extended...

Philadelphia

What a vibrant, fun city! Philadelphia is kind of a hybrid between Manhattan and colonial Williamsburg. It's really hopping downtown, with lots to do and see - and there always seems to be people out and about enjoying the town. Great place to be. Great place to eat....

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

In one sense it is really cool that this hotel in the old PSFS building used be a major bank. In another sense, it can be a little creepy walking through the stone-lined hallways and past huge vaults. But overall, they've done an excellent job at making this a luxurious oasis in the heart of downtown. The...