Hostels have so many advantages. Many people tend to assume that the only benefit of staying in a hostel is the fact that they offer the lowest room rates, but there’s much more to hostel accommodation than low prices. Many modern hostels also provide lots of free, convenient services like high quality breakfasts and high-speed internet access, as well as secure lockers to store any valuables. These locations also often feature friendly staff who can teach you more about the local area, as well as comfortable communal spaces like lounges, movie rooms, bars, cafes, kitchens, and more, giving guests cozy areas to relax and get to know each other, potentially making new pals. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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3 Best Philadelphia Hostels
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Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Rodin Museum commemorates the work of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin and is part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art museum network. Born November 12, 1840, François Auguste René Rodin is widely considered to be the forefather of modern sculpture.
As a classically trained sculptor, Rodin’s early work struggled to find a critical audience, and his 1875 work Age of Bronze, inspired by the works of Italian Renaissance artists Donatello and Michelangelo, was brought under scrutiny for accusations that he had forged the work by using a cast of a live model. Commissions and collaborations throughout the late 19th century brought him to prominence within the European arts community, however, and his most notable works, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell are now considered among the greatest sculpture pieces of the modern era. Today, Rodin is one of the most well-known sculptors in the broader popular culture sphere, celebrated for his realism in depicting the human body through sculpture, a departure from the traditional themes of mythological figures depicted by many Renaissance-era artists.
Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum was a gift to the city by Jules Mastbaum, a local movie theater magnate and philanthropist and avid collector of Rodin’s works throughout the latter part of his life. Mastbaum commissioned architects Jacques Gréber and Paul Cret to create a museum for the city of Philadelphia to display his collection, which broke ground on construction in 1926. The museum was intended as part of the newly-constructed Benjamin Franklin Parkway civic corridor, which was conceived to mimic Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées and also housed the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Though Mastbaum died later that year, his museum was finished and opened to the public three years later, in 1929. During the 20th century, the museum’s collections were expanded to encompass works by other artists, but in 2012, the museum underwent a three-year major renovation that refocused its collection back to its original mission of displaying Rodin’s works.
Permanent Exhibits and Collections
Today, the Beaux-Arts-style Rodin Museum is considered to be one of Philadelphia’s greatest cultural landmarks, housing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work outside of France. The museum is owned and operated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is located next door as part of the Logan Circle open-space park and civic district. The museum is listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and attracts more than 400,000 annual visitors.
More than 140 works by Rodin are showcased at the museum, including a cast of his most famous piece, The Thinker, which is located outside the museum on a pedestal within the entry courtyard area. Originally conceived as part of Rodin’s larger Gates of Hell work, The Thinker was initially designed for an 1880 commission, inspired by the characters and scenes of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Though debates in the artistic community continue to be waged as to whether the sculpture is intended to convey the likeness of Dante himself, Rodin stated that the piece was intended to evoke a classic Renaissance heroic figure and represent the concepts of intellect and poetry. The piece was first cast as a large-scale bronze sculpture in 1904 and has since been recreated over 28 times.
The museum’s interior rooms house a number of replicas and casts of Rodin’s most famous works, including a 1929 copy of his 1886 piece The Kiss, specially commissioned for the museum by Mastbaum prior to its opening. One of three original copies of the 5.5-meter bronze doors of The Gates of Hell, which serves as the main section of Rodin’s most defining work of his career, are also showcased. Other notable works on display include Eternal Springtime, The Burghers of Calais, Youth Triumphant, and Monument to Balzac. Outside the museum, eight works are showcased within the museum’s landscaped gardens, including The Age of Bronze, The Three Shades, and Eve.
Ongoing Programs and Education
Admission to the Rodin Museum is on a pay-what-you-can basis, with donation amounts suggested for adult, student, and senior visitors. Two-day and combination tickets with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its other properties are also available. Daily guided tours are offered, showcasing the artist’s works and elaborating on their histories and creative processes. Guided and self-guided field trip opportunities are also available for elementary and secondary school groups, incorporating Pennsylvania curriculum elements in the areas of language arts, art, social studies, and French. A monthly Second Saturday Sketch program also allows visitors to bring their own sketchpads to the museum to complete works inspired by Rodin’s sculptures.
2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Phone: 215-763-8100
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With the power of technology and exciting innovations of all kinds, hotels are starting to change and evolve, offering new and better experiences for travelers of all kinds. The best modern hotels are thinking outside the box, offering more comforts and features, automated check-in processes, and other fun facilities to make every stay magical, and the Lokal Hotel in Philadelphia is a great example of this.
Lokal Hotel - Fishtown, Philadelphia
Lokal Hotel is a leading hotel chain with several locations all over Philadelphia, including one right in the heart of the Fishtown neighborhood, a prime destination for dining, entertainment, and shopping. It's home to some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the city and has won awards as the best and most popular neighborhood in all of Philly many times.
The Lokal Hotel in Fishtown features a small but high quality range of accommodations ranging from simple studio spaces to two-bedroom lofts for larger groups. Each space has been designed and furnished to an impeccable standard, complete with handcrafted furniture from local makers and high-tech gadgets and appliances to make your stay as enjoyable as it can possibly be.
While so many hotels are outdated and behind-the-times, Lokal Hotel aims to be different. These hotels don’t feature typical lobbies with staff members holding your hand and wasting time with tedious check-in procedures. Instead, the Lokal Fishtown Hotel makes use of 'invisible service', meaning that the check-in is totally automatic and you'll get access to iPad apps to demand additional services as you please like music, takeout food, grocery deliveries, and more.
Lokal Hotel Fishtown Accommodations
The Lokal Hotel in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly boasts six different accommodation options to suit all needs and budgets:
- The Garden Jawn - Situated on the first floor of the building, the Garden Jawn is named due to its easy and direct access to a semi-private portion of the courtyard garden area. It's a fully accessible ADA room, fitted with a Queen-size bed, a spacious living area, and a cozy kitchen space too. With its garden views and courtyard access, it's one of the best options for a stay at the Lokal Hotel in Fishtown.
- Your Jawn - A studio loft space situated on the second floor of the building, looking out towards the front of the Lokal Hotel, Your Jawn features huge windows offering amazing views of the local area and it's one of the bigger spaces in the Lokal Hotel too, so it's a good option for those who are staying a little longer than just one or two nights and want some more space and amenities to enjoy.
- The Big Jawn - The Big Jawn has a name that's fairly self-explanatory; it's the biggest space in the entire Lokal Hotel, featuring more than 1,000 square feet of floor space in total and two separate bedrooms. This space is spread out across two floors, featuring its own living room, dining space, a kitchen, and two bedrooms with Queen beds and soaking tubs.
- The Front Jawn - The Front Jawn, as its name implies, it located at the front of the building and on the first floor. It's a studio loft space, similar in style and space to the Garden Jawn. It features a desk, a Queen bed, an open plan living and dining space, an eat-in kitchen, and additional amenities like a work desk and plenty of storage areas.
- My Jawn - My Jawn is another studio loft space in the Lokal Hotel, situated on the second floor and looking out to the rear of the building. It's a bit bigger than some of the other studios around the Lokal Hotel in Fishtown and is nicely suited for long and short term stays. It comes with a spacious living area, a Queen bed, a full kitchen, and plenty of other amenities for your comfort and enjoyment.
- Baller Jawn - Last but not least, we come to the Baller Jawn, the secondary two-bed loft space in the Lokal Hotel. It's a massive space, offering around 1,000 square feet in total, all divided up into two private bedrooms, a large living room with cozy couch and flat screen TV, a dining space with plenty of room for families or groups of friends, and a fully equipped kitchen too.
The Lokal Hotel in Fishtown is one of the best accommodation locations in Philly. Its convenient access, wide range of rooms and spaces, high-tech amenities, and modern comforts help to make this hotel a very special place to stay and the perfect ‘home away from home’ for your next trip. Learn more and book today on the official site or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 267 702 4345.
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Standing in the center of Philadelphia is the beautiful Rittenhouse Hotel. Right on the corner of Rittenhouse Square, this historic hotel provides stunning views of the city as well as a convenient location for many of Philadelphia’s top tourist attractions.
With an on-site spa and a wide choice of eating and drinking options, there’s bound to never be a dull moment. The hotel, featured on our Best Weekend Getaways in Pennsylvania list, is perfectly suited to families on a city break, businesses holding corporate meetings and couples who love exploring urban destinations.
The Rittenhouse Hotel boasts the largest guest rooms in the city, with even the standard rooms clocking in at between 450 and 600 square feet. Suites extend up to a possible 2,000 square feet, while Park Suites and the palatial Presidential Suite expand to even larger sizes. Rooms are airy, bright and modern, utilizing cool colors and interesting combinations to create sleek looks.
There are 116 rooms spread over five floors, focused on delivering the latest contemporary chic to visitors from around the world. All guest bedrooms come with large beds topped with pillow-top mattresses, fluffy comforters and goose down pillows, with foam pillows available upon request.
Rooms also include flat-screen televisions with entertainment on demand for guests’ pleasure, along with complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet and an iPod docking station. There is a small in-room safe for important possessions and a minibar stocked with drinks and supplies.
The bathrooms at The Rittenhouse are also splendid, with marble tiling, premium Acqua Di Parma bath products, a separate vanity and a specially lit make-up mirror. Guests have their choice of soaking in an oversized bathtub or showering under an invigorating massage showerhead.
The Ritterhouse Hotel’s specialty suites are even larger, ranging between 650 to 2,000 square feet of living space, so be sure to check prices to see how large a room you will get. The suites vary by size and while all include a separate seating area with queen-sized sofa bed, some may also include a second bedroom or a kitchen.
Park Suites on Rittenhouse Square are the next step up, offering total luxury for weary travelers. The rooms were named one of the Top 101 Suites of the World, according to Elite Traveler, and offer fantastic views of the city.
Park Suites come with plush four-poster beds in the bedrooms and a living space that includes a separate living area and powder room. There’s both a kitchen (equipped with fridge, microwave and wet bar) and a dining room table, so you can enjoy restaurant-quality room service meals in style without having to take off your bathrobe. There’s also a coffee machine and a range of products, to help provide that caffeine boost in the morning.
Finally, the Presidential Suite dwarfs all other rooms at the Rittenhouse. It is named as such because it is the accommodation of choice for all VIPs visiting Philadelphia. The living area it offers is huge, including a separate foyer and a guest powder room. The sitting room boasts a Baby Grand Piano among its sumptuous furniture and the dining room table seats ten guests for entertaining visiting dignitaries.
There’s a well-equipped study with a library and executive desk, a gourmet kitchen, a bathroom tiled with jade marble and just about everything else the head of government could desire. Decorated with gold-tinged walls, warm drapes and only the most expensive soft furnishings, it’s the sort of room that even 5-star hotel guests can only dream of.
The Rittenhouse offers a fabulous range of dining options for its guests: The elegant Lacroix restaurant, the cultured Mary Cassatt Tearoom and 24-hour in-room dining available via room service. Lacroix at The Rittenhouse is an acclaimed culinary high point on Rittenhouse Square, offering specially tailored menus throughout the day that include everything from a light Sunday brunch to extravagant nine-course dinner menus. Flavors are clean, clear and refined, using fresh local ingredients and high-quality foreign delicacies.
In contrast, the Library Bar provides a quiet, intimate atmosphere. The expert mixologists create unique cocktails using popular and hard to find spirits and offer top-notch bar food to entertain your palate.
The Rittenhouse Hotel has its own Spa and Club which offers a vast menu of treatments. Standard services include facials and skincare packages, massages, body treatments such as wraps and scrubs, and an airbrush tanning salon. Treatments are designed to soothe, rejuvenate and refresh.
Special packages on offer include a relaxing 60 minute massage and a reconnection package offering the same treatment for two people to experience together in order to enhance their intimacy.
The Ritterhouse Hotel offers special services and deals for families traveling with children. Kids under ten receive a gift of choice from the Rittenhouse Chest and kids under nine get a copy of Goodnight Philadelphia for educational bedtime stories. Baby amenities are available upon request from the concierge, and the hotel can also provide discount codes for top family friendly attractions in the city. Speak to staff to pick up discounts on tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo, Adventure Aquarium and the Please Touch Museum.
There are accommodations in place to look after any animals you might bring with you. So long as guests pay the $150 per night pet fee, dogs receive a complimentary bowl of food upon arrival and cats are also allowed to stay. Sitters and walkers are available (for a fee) if the animal can’t be taken out, as they must never be left in the room by themselves. One pet per person allowed.
The Rittenhouse Hotel is a premium space that can be hired out by private groups to host weddings, corporate meetings and private business events. The hotel caters to any size of gathering, as the capacity of private hire spaces ranges from exclusive 12-person conferences in the Marie Fedock Boardroom through 500-person receptions in the Grand Ballroom.
Function rooms for hire, in descending order of size, are: The Grand Ballroom (North and South), the Grand Salon, the Parkview Suite, Boardroom I, Boardroom II, the Marie Fedock Boardroom, the Boathouse and the Mary Cassatt Tea Room and Cassatt Garden. Corporate rates are also available for renting many guests rooms.
The hotel also has a long history in catering for weddings, meaning that any of the rooms can be hired out for big days that are intimate or expansive. The Grand Ballroom can cater for a wedding banquet of up to 400 people and the skilled caterers have produced extensive menus to help couples plan their meals.
Rates start at $370 per night.
210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-546-9000
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