The Loews Philadelphia Hotel Is Ideal for a Weekend Getaway from NYC (And Not Just Because of the Lively Lobby Bar)

A must-visit in the City of Brotherly Love

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New Yorkers, listen up. It’s time to branch out from your “upstate weekends” and experiment with a new two-night getaway: Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love is full of history, culture and delicious food. Oh, and it’s only an Amtrak away.

On a recent trip to Philly, I had the good fortune to stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City (aka the heart of all the Philadelphia action). Trust me when I say I left raving about the spacious rooms, impeccable service and surprisingly fun lobby bar. And don’t worry, non-New Yorkers—the city (and the hotel) are just as enjoyable if you’re visiting from somewhere else.

The Basics

Name of Accommodation: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Location: Center City, Philadelphia

Price: from $179 for a standard room, per night

Accommodation Options: rooms and suites

The Room

TLDR: The beds are really comfortable, the views are spectacular and the robes are a must.

Though the hotel offers a range of standard rooms and suites, my premium double room was nice enough that I almost didn’t want to venture out (it could have been the cold December weather too, but credit to the Loews rooms where credit is due). There is plenty of space so you and your partner (or family) won’t feel cramped. The beds are luxurious enough that I had a great night of sleep. And lounging in my robe while watching Law and Order: SVU was the ultimate ticket to relaxation (and I didn't even venture downstairs to the hotel spa—more on that below).

The Food and Drink

The lobby bar scene happens to be particularly fun and lively, especially if you’re visiting during football season (the Philadelphia Eagles game was playing on a very large screen with Eagles fans able to watch with a craft cocktail—or beer—in hand).

The lounge seating in the lobby is comfy and good for small groups (or entertaining the in-laws, in my case). There are cocktail servers happy to bring you a well-made drink or a bite from the menu (may I recommend the Parmesan rosemary fries if you’re looking for something to snack on while you sip?).

The hotel also features a stellar restaurant, Bank and Bourbon, that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner—and even a brunch buffet. And as the name implies, don’t sleep on the bourbon packages, which include personal bourbon tastings.

If you’re looking for something more on-the-go, the lobby also has a mini café/coffee shop where you can snag a cappuccino, a baked good or even a bit of wine.

The Amenities

If you’re so inclined (I wasn’t, no judgement please), swing by the very large fitness center and use one of the Peloton bikes or brand-new rowing machines. And hit up the Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon for a treatment when you’re done (cause you deserve it).

Of course, the extremely friendly concierge is available in the lobby to answer any and all questions, or just to point you in the right direction.

Know Before You Go

Don’t want to leave your dog at home? Bring them along! I brought my pup to the Loews and he made himself quite comfy in our room.

The Loews is in a fabulous neighborhood—Center City—which makes it easy to walk to landmarks like City Hall, theaters like the Wilma Theater or great restaurants and bars.

Oh, and valet parking is available right off the lobby.

Bottom Line

As a New Yorker who is frequently looking for a weekend getaway, Philadelphia is always top of mind. There’s so much to do and see—and a stay at the Loews is the perfect icing on the cake.

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