A Weekend at The Sonesta Hotel: Philadelphia

When I was planning my trip to Philadelphia, I was looking for a hotel that was central, walkable, close to some of my favorite spots. And The Sonesta checked all those boxes, plus some.

The Location.

To me, one of the most important things about a hotel is its location. And that’s what originally drew me to The Sonesta. When I visit big cities, I love staying in the bustle of it all—IN the skyline.

The Sonesta is located in the heart of Philadelphia, Center City. Everywhere that was on our itinerary was located within a mile or so — very walkable for those who don’t mind a little walking.

Here are just a few of the stops we walked to…

• Rittenhouse Square

• Reading Terminal Market

• City Hall

• One Liberty Observation Deck

• Love Park

The Local Influences.

As soon as you walk into the lobby, it’s clear the focus is artwork. The hotel is curated by Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists, with a rotating collection of pieces from some of the city’s most talented artists. Local touches are some of my favorite things about a hotel, and The Sonesta was dripping with those touches.

The Room.

Our room was sleek and stylish. Modern neutral colors and frosted metallics with pops of red throughout, and the Philadelphia skyline displayed prominently above the headboard. While our room didn’t have the full skyline view, we could still see a twinkle of city lights, which was enough for me.

Our room was two actually two spaces, separated by a door. A bedroom one one side, a living space on the other, and double of everything else. Two bathrooms, two fridges, two safes, two TVs.

The Ameneties.

While location and local touches are great, I know people want to hear about what they can expect. The amenities include pretty much everything you expect, such as:

• Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access – I will say, it was some of the speedier Hotel WiFi I’ve ever used.

• Cable/Satellite television – Tons of channels. We ended uip watching Tim Allen’s Santa Clause Saturday night.

• Desk and chair – Catering to workaholics like myself.

• Keurig coffee maker – With actual decent coffee!

• Refrigerators – We actually had two, and they were QUITE big for hotel fridges.

• Bag-Check – We checked out Sunday morning, but our flight wasn’t until later that night, and they were more than happy to hold onto our luggage for us while we explored the city a little more!

One amenity I WISH we could have checked out is the rooftop pool. That’s the downside of traveling in November I guess. It sure does make me want to come back in the summer though.

Final Thoughts.

I would suggest The Sonesta to anyone traveling to Philadelphia. You couldn’t ask for a more accessible location, and the rooms were clean and contemporary. I can definitively say, our trip to Philadelphia was made better by our stay at The Sonesta.

My room was offered by The Sonesta at a media rate. All opinions are my own.

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