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In the spirit of the season, Philadelphia hotels are offering a number of packages chock-full of special perks, including event tickets, breakfast and free hotel parking. One hotel, the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, is even giving away free stays to 1 out of ever 10 lucky guests who book the special offer. All of the deals are perfect for those who want to enjoy the region’s holiday celebrations and festivities, including the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.
Throughout The Holiday Season:
Elves and Eggnog
Hotels: Omni Hotel at Independence Park
Includes: 20% savings for two nights, breakfast, two eggnog cocktails,
Long a pioneer in the environmental movement, Philadelphia is attracting increasing global attention for its efforts to establish itself as a leader in urban sustainability. Attractions, organizations and the Philadelphia itself hold prestigious designations—from the city receiving a major award from the Environmental Protection Agency to a world-renowned golf club utilizing used motor oil to heat its mechanic’s shop. Not to be outdone, the region’s service amenities and modes of transportation are also advancing the green revolution. In 2014, Philadelphia will unveil its new Bike Share program, giving people access to about 50 bike stations throughout Center City and parts...
A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in, and luckily, Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most basic of mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvinating facials. Here’s a sampling:
- Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services and packages like “The Energizer,” including an exfoliating spa-glow treatment, a re-energizing
The Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis exhibition opens on October 14, 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)—its only American showing—and visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to explore the metropolis of Philadelphia and its many modernist and French connections. The exhibit, which runs through January 4, 2014, includes 160 works, centered on Léger’s post-Cubist masterpiece The City (1919), as well as pieces by other renowned artists of the period such as Mondrian, Cassandre and van Doesburg. Outside the PMA, visitors can turn their attention to the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic and architectural influences of the...
Visitors to Philadelphia are sleeping easier than ever in 2013, thanks to a flurry of hotel activity that’s taking shape in the form of new properties, major upgrades and boutique-brand conversions. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s hotel happenings in 2013 and beyond:
- Located just steps away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, Home2 Suites by Hilton will open on August 6, 2013, becoming the brand’s first downtown Philadelphia property and the first newly developed hotel in Philadelphia since the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Of the 246 studios, 22 are one-bedroom suites
As the Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis exhibition opens on October 14, 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—its only American showing—Philadelphia continues its longstanding love affair with all-things French. Visitors in town for the Léger exhibit, which runs through January 4, 2014, can marvel at approximately 160 works, including his iconic Cubist masterpiece The City, as well as pieces by other renowned artists like Mondrian, Cassandre and van Doesburg. Afterwards, Francophiles can turn their attention to the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic, architectural and fashion influences, including the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, planned and designed by two Frenchmen...
When it opens in July, a.bar in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood will join Philadelphia’s lively hotel happy hour scene. Stylish and relaxing vibes and wallet-friendly deals entice residents and visitors to kick back and take in the scene at Center City hotels. Craft beers, award-winning wines and delicious bites are among the feel-good specials. Here’s a look at some hotels making people happy:
- Opening on July 9, 2013, a.bar at the swanky AKA Rittenhouse Square will shuck up an oyster happy hour seven days a week from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Every oyster on the menu will go for just $1.50 each
Historical Sites & Attractions:
- Wannabe sailors can visit the nation’s most decorated battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, and take tours of the ship, ride the 4-D flight simulator, climb into the onboard helicopter and sleep in the sailors’ bunks as part of its award-winning Overnight Encampment program. 62 Battleship Place, Camden, (856) 966-1652, battleshipnewjersey.org
- America’s most famous flag maker greets guests in her interactive 18th-century upholstery shop at the Betsy Ross House. Visitors learn about Betsy’s life and legend from the lady herself. Summer brings a weeklong, annual Flag Fest celebration with free events every day. Also,
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today announced a new hotel search engine for visitphilly.com: BookDirect. A product of JackRabbit Systems, the search engine:
- Gives consumers the opportunity to compare and shop for rates as always, but enables them to book accommodations on their preferred hotel’s website. That means they can secure the best available rate and build or use loyalty points.
- Makes it easier for visitors to find the hotel that best suits their needs thanks to a new map view and search results that are filtered by amenity, location, price and property.
“Experience tells us that...
Philly may be best known as the City of Brotherly Love, but sisters from Center City to New Hope have plenty of reasons to celebrate the LGBT-friendly nightlife scene. Women’s parties and exclusive nightclubs have put Philly on the map for lesbian life after dark. Here’s a look at where the girls eat, drink and party:
Bars & Nightclubs:
- Sisters – Philadelphia’s longtime lesbian nightclub attracts women of all ages Tuesday through Sunday with live entertainment, DJs, Thursday night karaoke and some of the best happy hour specials in the Gayborhood. The tri-level club features three bars, a restaurant
Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions and spend more than $50 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accoutrements to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and retail shops welcome visitors and their animal companions in all sections of the city and its suburbs. From canine-friendly parks to VIP (Very Important Pet) hotel programs, the Philadelphia region makes it easy for visitors to bring their furry friends along for the ride....
Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to reenergize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots. Couples can make it a weekend—or longer—by booking special hotel packages, some of which are romantically themed, on visitphilly.com/hotels. One popular deal, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package comes with two nights and free hotel parking.
Here are a few suggestions for embracing the region’s romantic side:
- After a day in the Chester County countryside, foodies favor the Birchrunville Store Café, a bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot known for its contemporary French-Italian
If you haven’t updated your Philadelphia guidebook lately, you might be missing some major new museums and attractions. Over the past few years, the region welcomed some destination-defining—and trip-defining—attractions, including the Barnes Foundation, the renewed Rodin Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History and The President’s House, as well as new fashionable hotels and fun festivals.
Between all their touring, visitors fuel up in a city that’s become a top dining destination, evidenced by recent multiple-page features in Travel + Leisure and Bon Appétit. The Italian Market, Reading Terminal Market, BYOB spots, red-gravy restaurants, chef-centric eateries, ethnic outposts, food...
Philly’s restaurants can fuel any power breakfast with high style and great flavor. In the mood for an organic smoothie? How about chipped beef? Maybe it’s a quiche Lorraine kind of morning? Here’s a look at some of the best bets around town for early meeting and eating:
- A mod restaurant at the base of the AKA Rittenhouse, a.kitchen serves a well-heeled morning workforce toasted bagels with smoked salmon, thick cut onion and tomato; homemade English muffins with country sausage and fried egg; Counter Culture Coffee; and pastries from local artisanal bake shop Au Fournil. Monday through
2012 Proves To Be A Big Year For Philly Hotels Thanks To Record Accupancy, New Properties & Major Upgrades
With hotel occupancy at record levels and revenues at an all-time high, Philadelphia is experiencing a hotel renaissance of sorts. In fact, during the first six months of 2012, Center City hotels enjoyed 75% occupancy, the highest of any year going back to 2000 (the first year data is available), and an average daily rate of $171, according to Smith Travel Research. 2012 also heralded the arrival of new properties—with the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, Sheraton Valley Forge and Home2 Suites Philadelphia still on the way—major upgrades and top-to-bottom renovations. Here’s a look at what’s in store for 2012 and beyond:...
For one month only, the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is going mega. Visitors who book the Mega Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a stay in the month of August get accommodations for two nights and free hotel parking as usual, along with a voucher for two roundtrip megabus.com tickets for a return trip to Philadelphia. The package is available at more than 45 hotels in the city and region, and it’s bookable at visitphilly.com/phillyovernight.
The free megabus.com tickets to and from Philadelphia are valid through March 15, 2013 from the following 14 cities: Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Buffalo...
Those interested in indulging in a few days of luxury and pampering should consider Philadelphia, where living the high life is easier to obtain and more affordable than ever. A host of bargains, from prix-fixe dinners at elegant restaurants to overnight stays in five-star hotels to shopping deals at designer consignment boutiques, means visitors can save and still see the city and surrounding countryside in style. Below are just a few suggestions for a first-class visit to Philly:
- At Rittenhouse Square’s Audrey Claire, guests experience an intimately set, open-air Mediterranean bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurant without breaking the bank.
Nothing compares to a getaway to Philadelphia: The United States’ first great city is chock full of historical attractions, arts and cultural treasures, four centuries of architecture, delectable dining—and hotels that know how to pamper. A lavish $8,000 hotel package? The Rittenhouse Hotel awaits. A concierge who can make dreams come true? AKA Rittenhouse Square’s staff can arrange private trapeze lessons, cooking lessons, art instructions and more. Here are just a few of the hotel indulgences that virtually sparkle with grandness:
- Dreams do come true at the modern boutique hotel that is AKA Rittenhouse Square. Just steps from the city’s
Guests of the inns and hotels of Philadelphia and The Countryside® can now expect more than superlative service and historic trimmings. Increasingly, they can also avail themselves of in-room massages, customized facials, herbal body treatments and day-long day-spa escapes—without ever leaving the property. Such on-site luxuries are now standard, providing much-needed relaxation after traveling and rejuvenation before exploration. Here are some spas to visit before or after spending a night or two:
In-Room & In Luck:
- Guests at the new, contemporary boutique hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square can order up gentle to intense in-suite massages and guided relaxation therapies. They
2012 is a year to look backward and forward in the Philadelphia region. In a nod to the past, several of the region’s cultural institutions will showcase globally revered treasures from the worlds of religion and art that date from antiquity to the 20th century. But with eyes focused on the future, the region is also embracing some of the most modern interpretive artwork ever commissioned. Plus, a number of the city’s museums are unveiling major renovations that will enable them to thrive for many years to come. Here are just 12 reasons to visit in 2012: