Where to Stay

Old City & Society Hill

For

Close to Independence National Historical Park and many restaurants and bars. Good transport links to other parts of the city.

Against

Parking is expensive.

Chinatown & Center City East

For

Vibrant heart of the city with great eats in Chinatown and nightlife in Midtown Village.

Against

Parking is expensive. Built-up area with little greenery.

Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

For

One of the swankiest neighborhoods with upmarket shopping, plenty of hotels and the greenery of Rittenhouse Sq.

Against

Parking is expensive.

Logan Square & Fairmount

For

Leafy park environment and close proximity to some of the city's best sights.

Against

Few hotels. Much of the area is devoid of nightlife and it can be a schlep to a restaurants, too.

Fishtown & Northern Liberties

For

Hip vibe and plenty of restaurants, nightlife and creativity.

Against

Sights are spread out. There are security issues on the neighborhood fringes that border some of Philly's most disadvantaged areas.

University City & West Philadelphia

For

Youthful vibe, plus the history and public art on the university campuses.

Against

Set apart from the main city sights.

South Philadelphia

For

Foodies will want to be within walking distance of the Italian Market and the hip restaurant strip on E Passyunk Ave.

Against

There's a good national chain hotel in the Navy Yard, but otherwise hotels are thin on the ground. Distance from major sights may be an issue.