Places to Stay in South Philadelphia

August 17, 2021

South Philadelphia is easily accessed via SEPTA’s Broad Street Line, or by simply walking, biking or taking a cab or ride share from hotels in downtown neighborhoods such as Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square West and Old City. For those looking to stay in the heart of this sprawling section of the city, consider one of these hotel options, including those located near Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

TIP: Many of the hotels listed here also double as event venues with a range of meeting and conference spaces and capabilities.

The Deacon. Photo by J. Guyette.

One of the area’s more unique offerings is The Deacon in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. This boutique hotel and event space is located inside the former home of the First African Baptist Church and features eight beautifully designed rooms as well as a common area that can be rented for private functions such as weddings and receptions. In Bella Vista, Philadelphia Hotel Bella Vista is another boutique hotel option with three different types of apartment-style rooms and suites that put you just steps from the Italian Market.

Architectural interior of the Penthouse Master Bedroom at Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia, view of south Philadelphia and downtown skyline from window.
Penthouse Master Bedroom at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.

In the sports complex, the new Live! Casino & Hotel brings 510,000 square-feet of gaming, hotel, dining and entertainment space, including more than 200 upscale rooms, to within steps of Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field and the Wells Fargo Center. The new property also features some of Philadelphia’s most iconic eateries on-site, including Lorenzo & Sons Pizza, Termini Brothers, and Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen.

The public spaces of the Courtyard Philadelphia South at Navy Yard, including the Bistro and lobby, recently underwent sweeping renovations. Photo by J. Goldman.

At the southern tip of Broad Street in the Navy Yard complex, the Courtyard Philadelphia South at Navy Yard features over 170 guest rooms and a Bistro dining area. The hotel recently completed renovations to several of their public spaces, including sweeping updates to the lobby and 1,400-square-feet of meeting space.

The Philadelphia Airport Marriott is directly connected to PHL International Airport's Terminal B via a skybridge. Photo by D. Rosenblum, PHL Airport.

There are also a number of hotel options located around Philadelphia International Airport, just one short highway trip from South Philadelphia. One such option is Philadelphia Airport Marriott Hotel, which is located adjacent to the airport’s terminals and is connected to Terminal B via a skywalk. The 419-room hotel also features over 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and dining at the on-site Aviation Grill restaurant. Other options just a short ride away from PHL include The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport, Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport, Hampton Inn Philadelphia Airport, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport. A new airport-area option is the Delta Hotels by Marriott Philadelphia Airport, which features 348 brand-new guestrooms and suites and is located only one mile from the airport and just a short car ride to and from South Philadelphia.

Cover photo: courtesy of the Live! Casino & Hotel.

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