10 Kid-Friendly Hotels for a Philly Family Vacation

A rooftop pool makes for a refreshing break from Philly sightseeing. Photo courtesy of Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
A rooftop pool makes for a refreshing break from Philly sightseeing. Photo courtesy of Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Family vacations create memories to last a lifetime. Whether you are traveling to Philly from the surrounding suburbs or beyond, making the City of Brotherly Love home for your getaway should be comfortable for moms, dads, and kids alike. That's why finding the perfect spot to rest your head after a busy day of sightseeing is a vital part of making travel plans. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some of our favorite locations that can offer special perks for children and provide great locations for some of the best places to visit in the city.

1. Warwick- Rittenhouse Square
When families check into the Warwick, kids receive a special gift bag especially with children in mind. The gift bag includes a coloring book, crayons, and a "Kids in Philly Adventure Passport" with different activities to complete such as taking a photo with the concierge and discovering the name of the goat statue in Rittenhouse Square. Kids receive a stamp for accomplishing each task. Once finished, children receive a coupon for a scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry's which is conveniently located on Sansom Street. Cribs and a kid-friendly room service menu are also available.

2. The Inn at Penn- University City
Owned by University of Pennsylvania and managed by Hilton, this property has high standards. Parents, there is no need to lug baby gear as cribs and high chairs for families with small tots are provided upon request. The front desk typically has activity kits which contain a coloring book and crayons to keep curious minds engaged. Nearby Penn Museum, Philadelphia Zoo, and Philadelphia Museum of Art provide wonderful sightseeing opportunities. For grown ups looking for some alone time, contacts for babysitting care is available. Families can also expect complimentary Wifi and the use of iPads in guest rooms.

3. Loews- Center City
Located in the heart of Center City, Loews makes family travel easy. Guests can expect complimentary cribs, baby bath amenity kits, and night lights for restless sleepers. With the help fo family activity guides, parents and kids can research sights to see. Once retreating to the hotel, parents can expect a kid-friendly menus and service options. 

4. The Rittenhouse- Rittenhouse Square
This hotel is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly. The Rittenhouse offers a special add on “camping package” which comes complete with a tent and s'mores setup in room. Kid-sized robes, a kids' menu, and toy chest at the concierge round out the children enhancements. For Fido, The Rittenhouse has a doggie menu perfect to curb your pup's late night munchies.

The Rittenhouse welcomes families with children and their dog too! Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse

5. Sonesta Philadelphia- Rittenhouse Square
After a long day of sightseeing, families are sure to appreciate cooling off at this property. Its "Stay, Swim, & Splash" package offers benefits for the entire family. In addition to access to the largest outdoor heated pool in the city, the hotel staff greets children 12 and under with a pool-themed present upon check-in. Parents receive complimentary cocktails as well as complimentary parking. 

6. Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District- Old City
This hotel's location is perfect for families who want to savor all Historic Philadelphia has to offer. Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell, and Franklin Square are all within walking distance. After taking in the sights, relax in the outdoor pool or grab a snack from the lobby's snack shop which is open 24/7. Board games are also available for use in the lobby.

7. Chestnut Hill Hotel- Chestnut Hill
Nine miles outside Center City, this historical property provides families access to not only Center City but Valley Forge, Manayunk, and Plymouth Meeting. Locally, families can visit Morris Arboretum, Woodmere Art Museum, and Fairmount Park. At the hotel, guests can expect environmentally friendly bath products, low flush toilets, complimentary parking, and free breakfast. In addition, Chestnut Hill Hotel offers ping pong, board games, and complimentary marshmallows for roasting at the fire pit located on the property. Three of the rooms have kitchettes, perfect for families needing additional space. Families can even bring along the dog.

8. Sofitel Philadelphia- Rittenhouse Square
Nestled in the midst of Center City and Rittenhouse Square, this spot is strategically located for sightseeing. Upon check-in, families with children noted on the reservation are greeted with special amenities including homemade chocolate chip cookies and apple juice. The hotel's onsite restaurant called Liberte serves kid-friendly options such as grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and cheeseburgers as well as gluten free options. When it is time for bed, children can relax in kid-size robes and slippers while coloring in a "Le Petite Prince" coloring book. Parents who want to hit the town without the kids can connect with the concierge office for childcare services through local companies. Suites at Sofitel boast full sized sofa beds allowing more space for families to spread out.

Cozy up in kid-friendly comfort at Sofitel Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Sofitel Philadelphia

9. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia- Center City
When arriving, children can select one of two special treats: a room service voucher for free cookies and milk voucher (a.k.a. Cookie Currency) or a free movie and popcorn voucher which gives access to watch a movie in their guest room. Board games are available in the lobby or to take up to the guest rooms as well. New in July, the hotel provides a booklet especially made for this property and the City of Brotherly Love. Kids and their parents seek out hidden gems listed in the booklet such as the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Once completed, children can select from several prizes. It is worthwhile mentioning the hotel's "Forgot It We Got It" program which offers parents necessities such as extra wipes, q-tips, and baggies.

10. The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia- Center City
At The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to explore the world around them, including this luxurious hotel, through its Ritz Kids program. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt while learning about the four important pillars of discovery which include water, land, environmental responsibility, and culture. This property's location is central to so many Philly attractions including Dilworth Park, Love Park, the Academy of Music, and Reading Terminal Market. 

*Bonus: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center- Center City
Spectacular views await Philly families staying at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. This 60 story property towers above the city skyline. Unfortunately, the hotel does not open until August 12, 2019 and information about children's amenities is still being solidified. Please check back for details.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit
Fashion District Mall - various times Pick
Dilworth Park - 9:00 AM
Magic Mornings
Briar Bush Nature Center - 10:30 AM
Chilly Philly Mini Golf
Franklin Square - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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