Center City East

The Independent Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Intimate boutique property near city center
  • Continental breakfast is served in bed every morning
  • A half block from Philadelphia’s restaurant row
  • Complimentary evening wine & cheese reception

"Like you're staying with friends" -- Fodor's

Map & Directions

A train runs from the Philadelphia International Airport to the Market East station, five blocks from hotel (it takes about 30 minutes). Alternatively, a taxi from the airport will take 20 minutes.

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With 24 boutique rooms in the heart of Philadelphia, The Independent has won praise from The Washington Post for its ambiance and service that is polished, "without treading on its guests’ personal space."

The hotel is set in the lively Midtown Village neighborhood, with historic attractions such as the Liberty Bell Center and National Constitution Center within a 20-minute walk away. The Philadelphia Zoo and Academy of Music are also nearby.

The rooms in the Georgian building have original features, including exposed brick walls, original tin ceilings, hardwood floors and the occasional fireplace. Wi-Fi is included, as is the personalized breakfast basket delivered to your room each morning – at your preferred time. The overall impression "makes you feel like you’re staying with friends," says Fodor's.

A complimentary evening wine and cheese reception is held Monday-Thursday in the four-story lobby atrium, where free coffee and tea is served all day. There is no fitness center on site, but guests have free access to the 12th Street Gym (two blocks away) – complete with fitness classes and an indoor pool. A word of caution to those looking for a quiet break – there is a nightclub downstairs, so higher rooms are recommended.

From the press:
  • "Tasteful, warm decor makes you feel like you're staying with friends" -- Fodor's
  • "A new breed of lodging in downtown Philadelphia that is, frankly, liberating" -- The Washington Post
  • "Another good Center City option … [the] wine and cheese every evening sweeten the deal" -- Lonely Planet



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Off-street parking
  • Public car park


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • ADA compliant rooms


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age to check-in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Pack 'n Play available on request: $10 per night up to age 4.
Extra beds are not available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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