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Philadelphia, once the capital of the nation, was laid out in 1682 by William Penn Junior. It was here in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was written, and the US Constitution was first read here ten years later.

The Liberty Bell, PhiladelphiaThe centre of the city still boasts a downtown core of shady cobbled streets and red brick houses in the Independence National Historic Park, which is reputed to be America's most historic square mile. Independence Hall, Congress Hall and Carpenter's Hall are all here, along with the Liberty Bell.

The city boasts some outstanding art museums, including the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Rodin Museum and the Franklin Institute Science Museum which honours the life and work of Benjamin Franklin, the city's most famous ambassador. Modern Philadelphia is, of course, much more than its historic quarter and boasts some excellent museums, nightlife and entertainment.

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    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Philadelphia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia

      The Rittenhouse

      Deluxe

      The award-winning Rittenhouse lays claim to being Philadelphia's most prestigious hotel, offering sumptuous rooms and suites, fine dining and a sophisticated ambience.

    • Palomar Hotel, Philadelphia

      Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

      First Class

      Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia offers a sophisticated base for a visit to Philadelphia. It's ideally located near Rittenhouse Square and Walnut Street with its upscale shopping.

    • Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

      Radisson Blu, Philadelphia

      Medium

      A local landmark situated in the Rittenhouse Square District, the Radisson Blu dates back to 1926 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.