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$300-$399
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Four Seasons Philadelphia
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19103
Tel: 866 516 1100 (toll-free)
Tel: 215 963 1500
res.philadelphia@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia

Philadelphia's only hotel with an inner courtyard, the Four Seasons has a country-club-in-the-city ambience. Indulgent staff members treat guests like members—even children get milk and cookies at bedtime, and pets are pampered with fresh-baked biscuits and silver bowls of Evian water. The 364 rooms were renovated in 2005 to reflect a clean-lined, contemporary version of Philadelphia's signature Federal style, with Schumacher toile draperies and a color scheme of chocolate and butter yellow. Technological advances were also introduced: High-speed Internet and wireless connections are standard throughout the building. Naturopathic holistic skin and body care is the guiding philosophy at the spa; treatments include a massage that incorporates steaming towels steeped in aromatic herbs and essences. Executive chef Rafael Gonzalez oversees the French-influenced, contemporary American Fountain Restaurant (where dark wood paneling and modern furniture complement stunning views of Logan Square), as well as the less formal Swann Lounge.

$199 or less
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Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City Convention Center
1301 Race Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19107
Tel: 215 665 9100
Fax: 215 665 9200
hamptoninn.hilton.com

Hampton Inn is the budget member of the Hilton chain, so don't expect to see Paris anywhere near this 250-room budget lodge. You won't score much glitz for your money, but you will get a clean room, large bath, friendly service, and a prime sightseeing base—the Convention Center is across the street; the Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown are a block away. The complimentary Continental breakfast is another money saver, although it's worth hiking over to the Reading Terminal for serious morning fare.

$300-$399
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Hotel Fauchère
401 Broad Street
Milford , Pennsylvania
Tel: 570 409 1212
hotelfauchere.com

Hotel Fauchère is a tasteful addition to a growing category of hostelry: the destination inn. Its impeccable decor (chic and eclectic), food (a New American menu that includes frog's legs in garlic and caramel-glazed rockfish fillet), art collection (Hudson River School oils), and history (past guests include Franz Liszt and Henry Ford) underscore its appeal. This 1852 inn, lovingly restored to period architectural quality, hosted presidents and movie stars at the turn of the nineteenth century; today it's a weekend magnet for sophisticated New Yorkers and Philadelphians who are discovering this small, revitalized Poconos town and making it a base for antiquing, skiing, hiking, and spa-ing at the nearby Lodge at Woodloch. Anigre wood and contemporary photographs make the basement Bar Louis a slick contrast to the more traditionally decorated dining room and guest rooms upstairs. The service is warm, but bad weather can leave the place regrettably shorthanded.

$199 or less
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Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
117 South 17th Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19103
Tel: 888 725 1778 (toll free)
Tel: 215 563 5006
Fax: 215 563 5007
www.hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com/

Terrifically located off Rittenhouse Square, The Palomar injects a dose of liveliness into Philadelphia's stodgy hotel scene. In place of prim settees and stern wood paneling, you'll find chrome-and-velvet couches, a roaring fire, and quirky design touches such as pop art busts of Benjamin Franklin, ceramic roller skates, and bowls formed from gold bananas. The mix of whimsical and modern design elements make the lobby and neighboring Square 1682 restaurant places you want to hang out in. The staff further encourage the impulse, chatting up guests over complimentary wine or hot toddies in the evening—depending on the season—and shade-grown coffee in the morning (eco- and energy-saving measures grant it the honor of being Philadelphia's first LEED-certified hotel). Pieces by local artists pay homage the building's past life as the Art Deco Architects Building, with installations of pinwheels made from blueprints and metal figurines scaling a wall like an army of construction workers. The 230 guest rooms lack some of the snappy personality of the common areas, but feel serene and welcoming with lavender chevron headboards and pillowy beds topped in white Frette linens.

$400 or more
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Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19102
Tel: 800 872 3600 (toll-free)
Tel: 215 893 1234
conciergephlph@hyatt.com
www.parkphiladelphia.hyatt.com

Originally opened in 1904 as the Bellevue-Stratford, this Center City hotel was nicknamed the "Grand Dame of Broad Street" and welcomed such eminences as Katharine Hepburn and J.P. Morgan. When American Legion conventioneers gathered here in 1976 fell ill with what later became known as Legionnaires' disease, the hotel gained infamy and closed three years later. The aging beauty languished for nearly two decades, passing from one hotel chain to the next until it landed in the Hyatt stable in 1996. It's no longer the grandest quarters in town (that honor goes to the Rittenhouse), but empty nesters and business types still relish the traditional grandeur. All guest rooms were renovated in 2002, but still have early 20th-century molding, as well as marble bathrooms. Room service comes from the new-American XIX Restaurant, but city-center views through the lush dining room's giant arched windows make booking a table a much grander option. For entertainment, the Kimmel Center is less than a block away. Shops on the first floor, such as Williams-Sonoma and Tiffany & Co., and the three-floor Sporting Club (with exercise machines as well as basketball, squash, and racquetball courts—all free to hotel guests) provide ample opportunity to give your wallet or your body a workout.

$300-$399
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Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19103
Tel: 800 635 1042 (toll-free)
Tel: 215 546 9000
Fax: 215 732 3364
www.rittenhousehotel.com

The 98-room Rittenhouse leads the deluxe pack with extra-large rooms (450 square feet, minimum), dreamy 310-thread-count linen sheets and pillowtop mattresses, vigilant service, and tasteful, if slightly tired, furnishings. Centrally located, it edges the city's toniest square and is around the corner from Walnut Street boutiques and the fail-safe restaurants Le Bec-Fin and Striped Bass. Not that there's any need to leave the premises: Go elliptical at the expansive fitness center, then melt into a rosemary-mint wrap at the 10,000-square-foot spa. Follow with dinner at the Lacroix, which serves an upscale global-fusion fare in a serene dining room with clever box-kite chandeliers and olive velvet.

$400 or more
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Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19102
Tel: 215 523 8000
Fax: 215 568 6445
www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/philadelphia/

Modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, the lobby of this former bank building is magnificent, with its illuminated skylight set into a 101-foot-high dome. Soaring white marble columns edge the central rotunda, which houses a bar, restaurant, and the best afternoon tea in town. The central location (you're practically sitting on city hall's lap) makes this a business traveler's dream, so don't be surprised to witness some expense-account posturing in the Vault cigar lounge. Rooms are draped in rich palettes, but with Biedermeier-esque furnishings they aren't too fussy; those that overlook the city give spectacular nighttime views.

$200-$299
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Sofitel Philadelphia
120 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19103
Tel: 800 763 4835 (toll-free)
Tel: 215 569 8300
H2741@accor.com
www.sofitel.com/sofitel/lien_externe.svlt?goto=fiche_hotel&code_hotel=2741&code_langue=en&sourceid=tig-sl-phi-con-hotelist&merchantid=Int-usa&xtor=ADC-43

On the former site of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, in the city-designated French Quarter (between Walnut and Sansom from 16th to 19th streets), the Sofitel is the best place to let loose your inner Francophile. It's also the hippest downtown hotel: La Bourse, a sophisticated bar in the granite and marble lobby, is one of the few late-night spots in Center City (open until 2 a.m). In-house restaurant Chez Colette serves up brasserie cuisine from morning till night. The 306 streamlined Art Moderne rooms have honey-colored wood paneling with ebony accents, subtle geometric-patterned carpet, oversized desks, and marble baths. Despite its size, the hotel maintains a boutique feel—mostly thanks to the staff, who can't do enough to introduce guests to the hotel's services (such as the complimentary fitness center) and clue them into the city's best shopping.

$199 or less
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Thomas Bond House
129 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19106
Tel: 800 845 2663 (toll-free)
Tel: 215 923 8523
reservationsPA@winston-salem-inn.com
www.winston-salem-inn.com/philadelphia

Situated in Independence National Historic Park, this pedigreed four-story 1769 Georgian town house has been converted into a lovely B&B. All 12 rooms have private baths and are done in the Federal style, while two have working fireplaces and whirlpool baths. In winter, the parlor makes for a restorative stop, with a roaring fire and a complimentary glass of sherry. Restored in 2002, the house is efficiently run, and service is solicitous but not intrusive—you won't find the kind of superschmoozy scene that demands you share your life story with the innkeeper over coffee. (Continental breakfast is served on weekdays; full breakfast, on weekends; wine and cheese, nightly.) Beware of street noise in summer, and in winter some rooms are a little too authentically drafty, but colonial charm is everywhere.

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