As the largest city in the state and the 6th largest city in the country, Philadelphia is brimming with wealth, technology, history, higher education, innovation, art and horticulture. With its centralized East Coast location, more than half of the country’s population is within a two-hour flight of the city. Even if you’ve never set foot on its city streets, you’ve heard a tale of mouthwatering Philly cheesesteaks, the iconic Liberty Bell, the Rocky Steps and a city filled with brotherly love.
With the summer months just around the corner, you may fantasize about a road trip to Philadelphia. It would be impossible to explore this robust city in just a few days, but if you have to keep your trip short, we recommend planning a stay during the week. By shifting your travel dates from a weekend getaway to a weekday escape, you can score major discounts on area hotel rates and avoid overcrowding.
Check out the best hotel in Center City for a weekday escape and the best attractions in Philadelphia to visit during the week!
Looking for a hotel in Philadelphia’s Center City?
Just across the street from Bloomingdale’s Outlet on the corner of Chestnut Street and S 17th Street, you’ll discover the Club Quarters Hotel. This Rittenhouse Square hotel boasts state-of-the-art technology, modern style and home-like amenities.
Guests love the contactless check-in and keyless entry available with the free CQ app. The app also serves as a remote and TV channel guide for the smart TVs found in every suite. Other high-tech amenities include free lightning-fast wi-fi and a fully equipped business center, called the Club Living Room. The private lounge features comfortable seating, collaborative workspaces, Mac and PC workstations, wireless printers and complimentary refreshments.
Within each of Club Quarters’ rooms and suites in Philadelphia, guests will discover a luxurious bed with premium bedding and a multipurpose workstation with an ergonomic chair and task lighting. Sip on a freshly brewed coffee from your Keurig while listening to your favorite podcast using the iPod docking station on your clock.
CQ knows that your fitness routine is important, even during a vacation, so there’s a fully equipped fitness center that’s open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you’d rather get out and explore the neighborhood for your daily workout, our friendly and knowledgeable Guest Experience Managers can point out the best sites to see in Philadelphia. Plus, our Center City hotel is only a 6-minute walk from the historic Rittenhouse Square Park.
All this and more is included in your stay at Club Quarters’ Rittenhouse Square hotel. Plus, your four-legged friend is always welcome to join you in Philadelphia. Pets stay for free at CQ and several amenities are available for Fido, including loaner pet beds and bowls and complimentary doggy bags, leashes and treats. Check with the front desk for a list of pet-friendly restaurants and dog parks nearby.
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Philadelphia is filled with historic, modern and adventurous attractions. Housing the nation’s oldest outdoor market, hosting the world’s longest-running horticultural event and boasting the prestige of being the nation’s first capital city— Philly is the ultimate destination for summer exploration. Check out the best attractions in Philadelphia to visit during the week:
City Hall is the largest municipal building in the country with more than 14 acres of floor space. It’s also the world’s tallest structure using load-bearing masonry construction. Beyond the building’s elaborate exterior, the interior is bursting with history, art and architecture. Book a weekday tour on Tuesday or Wednesday for just $18 per adult and snag an opportunity to experience the building’s grandest and most historical rooms. You won’t regret a visit to this historical site in Philadelphia.
Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, LOVE Park is one of the most iconic green spaces in Center City, Philadelphia. The park serves as the entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the permanent home of the memorable LOVE sculpture created by Robert Indiana. There’s also a geyser-like fountain, walking paths, green spaces and gardens. A visit during the week guarantees a delicious lunch from one of the local food trucks congregating at the park from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On the opposite end of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you’ll find one of the country’s oldest public art museums — the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While most remember this landmark for its legendary scene in the 1976 film Rocky, the museum inside houses 200 galleries that display thousands of sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and more. Enjoy a free guided tour with your $25 general admission ticket from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. It’s one of the most fun museums in Philadelphia.
Meats and cheeses and produce — oh my! The Reading Terminal Market is a must-visit attraction in Philadelphia. While the core of the market is locally grown produce and locally sourced meats and poultry, the market also houses an expansive variety of restaurants. Easily pick all the ingredients you’ll need to create a classic Philly dish any day of the week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Another infamous attraction in Philadelphia is the Liberty Bell. Housed in Independence National Historical Park next to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell is part of the National Park Service offering free admission to all visitors. The bell has consistently been known as a symbol of freedom and equality in the nation. Visit this historical site in Philadelphia during the week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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