The Renaissance Downtown Hotel: Smack Dab In The Middle Of Philly

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Most travelers visiting Philadelphia want to be close to all the action. The Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel is located close to most of the attractions, restaurants, and sites visitors wish to experience.

With a location on the corner of Chestnut Street and Fourth Street, you are so close to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell you could sleepwalk to both! Whether you are arriving by car, bus, train, or plane, getting to the hotel is easy. If you are arriving by plane, there are buses for 5.25 USD, taxis for about 29 USD, or subway for 8 USD to whisk you off to the Renaissance.

Close to the Liberty Bell

Room 901 at the Renaissance Downtown Philadelphia Hotel
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If you are arriving by car, the hotel is conveniently located close to I-95. Valet parking is available for 49 USD per night. If you arrive in Philadelphia by Megabus or train, just hop a taxi or rideshare like Uber/LYFT and be at the hotel in minutes.

All spotlessly clean 149 rooms and 3 suites were renovated 1.5 years ago and still look new. For a room with a view, ask for number 901 or similar end-unit. From these rooms, you can see the Delaware River, Penn’s Landing, and part of the historic district. Dogs are allowed for a fee of 50 USD. With a park across the street, it’s easy to take Fido for a walk.

In your room, enjoy amenities like high-speed WiFi, rollaway beds if needed, high-quality toiletries, in-room dining, and more. The Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel has a program that rewards guests with a 5 USD credit per night if you skip daily housekeeping. This is part of their commitment to helping the environment. They also have stopped giving out slippers that usually end up in the trash and they don’t use plastic bags in the room’s garbage cans.

Great amenities

the renaissance downtown hotel: smack dab in the middle of philly | great amenities
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Other onsite amenities include an indoor pool, exercise room, guest computer station, a restaurant, a lounge, and meeting space. The Franklin Social American Bar & Lounge serves a breakfast buffet each morning, or you can order off the regular menu. At night, the Franklin Social Lounge is an intimate space to indulge in before or after dinner drinks. Guests can also grab lunch or have dinner at the onsite restaurant. The dinner menu has an excellent selection of salads; small plates, meat and cheese plates, or large plates like pan-seared salmon, roasted chicken breast, and linguine pesto.

Banks, beer, and ping-pong

Second Bank of the United States
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I thought the best feature of the hotel was its location. The historic district is literally right out the front door. Philadelphia was a prominent banking center in the nineteenth century and remnants of this proud era stand tall on Chestnut Street. Be sure to visit the Second Bank just across the street and see the portrait gallery in this 1820s built bank. Philadelphia is a great city to walk and has wide sidewalks and lots of shops and cafes to peruse.

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia visitor’s center are an easy walk from the hotel. Beer lovers will enjoy the Independence Beer Garden, a lively establishment with beer, ping-pong tables, corn-hole, and tasty appetizers.

A fabulous garden

Talula's Garden patio
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For one of the best brunch or dinner restaurants in Philadelphia be sure and stop by Talula’s Garden at nearby Washington Square. Talula’s serves dinner seven days per week and brunch on Sundays. At dinner try the strawberry goat cheese salad for a starter; then dig into entrees like steak and eggs, Mediterranean sea bass, seared New England scallops, and more. On warm summer nights enjoy dining in the outdoor garden with a crisp glass of rosé or local craft beer. For dessert don’t miss their baked goods by pastry chef Vita, some of the best in Philly.

Just around the corner from the Renaissance Hotel is the Philadelphia Bourse with several small restaurants in a food hall-type setting. Enjoy over 30 food and drink options plus a few shops at the Bourse.

If you’re not sure what’s nearby, the staff at the Renaissance is highly rated for their knowledge of the area and excellent service. They can guide you to local favorites like Franklin Fountain ice cream, High Street on Market bakery and café, and other hot spots.

It's got it all

With all the great amenities, excellent service, and perfect location, I believe you’ll like the Renaissance Downtown Hotel as much as I did.

Disclaimer: Although Visit Philadelphia hosted this trip my opinions are my own.

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