Lobby area fireplace at the Independent Hotel in Philadelphia

The Independent Hotel

Philadelphia - USA


The Independent Hotel is a fantastic boutique option in downtown Philadelphia, with a laid back yet sophisticated ambience.

With just 24 stylish rooms, the hotel is as intimate as they come, and you’ll enjoy treats such as breakfast delivered to your room and an evening wine reception. Facilities include two excellent restaurants, though the major selling point is the hotel’s enviable location.

This proudly LGBT-friendly hotel is situated in the heart of Philly’s Gayborhood, within easy walking distance of the city’s top cultural attractions and historic sights, and provides the perfect base from which to explore the City of Brotherly Love.

Inclusive Retreats Rating

4 stars

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£689 from

Per Person

Includes return economy flights. Two people sharing a room for 3 nights, departing in November 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.


  • Situated in the heart of the Gayborhood
  • Intimate hotel with fantastic service
  • Knowledgeable and friendly staff
  • 24 intimate rooms & suites
  • Complimentary breakfast and evening wine reception

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Lobby area of the intimate Independent Hotel in Philadelphia
Bathroom of the King Deluxe Room at the Independent Hotel in Philadelphia
Entrance to the Independent Hotel in Philadelphia
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Nearby Attractions

The Independent Hotel is in the centre of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, a vibrant and creative district where you’ll find a host of independently-owned and LGBT-friendly galleries, bars, restaurants and boutiques.

One of the city’s best loved parks, Rittenhouse Square, is just a 15-minute walk away, and you’re also close to Independence Hall, the iconic Liberty Bell and Christ Church, the last resting place of Benjamin Franklin.

Nearby cultural venues include the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Academy of Music and the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest in the USA, while Reading Terminal Market and the restaurants of 13th Street are a magnet for local foodies.


The Independent Hotel is petite at just 24 rooms, decorated in a tasteful and modern style. There’s a residential feel to the accommodation, and all rooms include a flatscreen TV, free WiFi, microwave and fridge. Some rooms also have a working fireplace, and most have a small sitting area.

Although there are no fitness facilities on site, all hotel guests enjoy complimentary access to a local gym. An excellent continental breakfast is delivered to your room daily at a time to suit you, and there is a complimentary wine reception every evening from Monday to Thursday.

There are two restaurants on the ground floor of the hotel: Little Nonna’s is a casual Italian-inspired affair, with a large courtyard for al fresco dining when the weather is good, while Bud & Marilyn’s serves up classic American comfort food, craft beers and spirits in a stylish mid-century modern dining room.

Amenities & Activities

  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge

Art at The Independent

The Independent is situated in one of Philadelphia’s most creative neighbourhoods, and the hotel hosts a rotating exhibition of artworks by students from the Tyler School of Art. The hotel also has a partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and offers a special package which includes a two-day pass for the museum, giving you ample time to explore the impressive collections. Highlights include works by Picasso, Dalí, Van Gogh and Rodin, and the museum is also known for its steps, made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the ‘Rocky’ movies.

How to get here...


British Airways and American Airlines both have direct services from London to Philadelphia. Flying time is approximately 8½ hours.

airport transfer

Located in the centre of Philadelphia's Gayborhood, journey time from the airport is approximately 20-25 minutes by car.

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Travel Information

Flight time

8.5 hours

Transfer time

20 minutes

Time difference

-5 hours (GMT)

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