Regardless of its amenities or how well appointed a hotel room is, nothing lends to the ambiance like a room with a view. You can’t buy a sunrise over the City of Brotherly Love, but there are venues that are proud to provide you with breathtaking views at daybreak. Need the perfect backdrop of Philly for that photo you plan to share with friends back home? You’ll find it in the skyline of the selfie you snap from your hotel’s rooftop restaurant. From sweeping views of Philadelphia’s skyline, to street-level glimpses of the city’s quintessential landmarks, the sights you’ll take in from these Philly area hotels simply can’t be beat.
Four Seasons Hotel
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ideally situated in downtown Philly within easy strolling distance of world class museums, historic buildings and abundant dining and shopping, the iconic Four Seasons Hotel tops many a list in the City of Brotherly Love. While well-known for its French-inspired décor and luxurious accommodations, the hotel is also famous for the views of what lies just beyond the walls. Many of the rooms overlook Logan Circle and its Parisian-inspired design. With the historic sights of Independence National Historic Park just outside the doors, the view is as pleasing to the eye at ground level as it is from any hotel window, balcony or terrace. It should be noted that the hotel is slated to close for renovation in June 2015 and will reopen under new management in late fall as an independent luxury hotel, though.
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Just steps from Independence National Historic Park, rooms at the Hotel Monaco provide guests with magnificent views of Philadelphia’s historic district. This boutique hotel, housed in the iconic Lafayette Building, boasts 268 guest rooms including 17 suites and more than 24 spa rooms. While you’ll be pampered in luxury with in-room spa treatments and 24-hour in-room dining, you won’t want to miss dining on the 11th floor at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge. The lounge is Hotel Monaco’s claim to fame and is one of the few rooftop venues to be found in the City of Brotherly Love. Relax with a handcrafted cocktail while you feast your eyes on the surrounding city nightscape.
200 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 (215) 893-1234
While the view from your well-appointed room is sure to please, the Hyatt at the Bellevue holds a special surprise for guests and diners alike. XIX (Nineteen), the restaurant and bar atop the Hyatt, is known as much for its exquisite views as it is for its spectacular seafood bar. Labeled as one of Philadelphia’s “highest” restaurants, the sweeping views of the city’s skyline from nearly 20 floors up provide the perfect setting for experiencing Philadelphia at its best. Wonder what could top the stunning views from your perch the Hyatt? Heading down to explore all those beckoning sights and attractions you admired from above!
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Omni Hotel at Independence Park
401 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Omni Hotel at Independence Park in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood is an easy stroll from the Benjamin Franklin House, Liberty Bell and an array of historic sites. This venue has it all, and if you can afford to splurge, you’ll love the sweeping views of Philadelphia from the penthouse suite. You’ll be pampered in style at the Omni, and your room isn’t the only place to gaze out on the City of Brotherly Love. The Azalea Restaurant, with captivating views overlooking the iconic and historic Independence Park, is the perfect spot to nourish both body and soul.
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Rittenhouse Hotel is known by many as THE luxury hotel in Philadelphia. This five-star hotel with its prestigious name and coveted address is stunning both inside and out and is synonymous with the City of Brotherly Love. The high end hotel, famous for spoiling guests with marble bathrooms, plush robes and whirlpool tubs, is especially delightful for guests who opt for third floor suites. There, guests can gaze out over the canopy of sycamores and maples that dot gorgeous Rittenhouse Square.
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