Hipmunk City Love: Budget Accommodation in Philadelphia’s Center

Philadelphia has a major presence in early American history that can be found throughout the city. But it is also a thriving center of culture and commerce, with an eclectic array of both skyscrapers and artsy, alternative districts. There is a wealth of avenues to explore in Philadelphia, most of which are focused in the Center City and Old City areas downtown. With fantastic walkability, you can easily explore this part of Philadelphia on foot. And while there are a lot of great hotels downtown, the Airbnb rooms are a more affordable option. Here are the best budget options in Philadelphia’s Center.


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An Entire Floor in the Heart of the City

This Entire Floor Airbnb is by far the best deal on the list. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home with your own private bedroom, bathroom, and living room on the second floor. The house itself is extremely charming, nestled on a tree-lined road in the Washington Square West neighborhood in the Center. You’ll be just a few minutes walk from fantastic pubs and cafes, theaters for seeing broadway shows and concerts, and the historic sites of downtown. This Airbnb is ideal for someone willing to spend a bit more for comfort and a prime location.

A Quiet Room in the Heart of Philly

Just down the street sits this Quiet Room Airbnb, in a charming “trinity” townhouse built in the 1830s. You’ll get all of the benefits of a fantastic location at a much more affordable price. Though you won’t have a private bathroom and living room, you will enjoy a spacious and comfortable bedroom and the use of the free WiFi, washer and dryer, and indoor fireplace. Located just off of a pedestrian walkway, you’ll have no problem walking to all of the great nearby local sites, restaurants, and bars. 

A Bright Room with Private Bath in the City Center

Just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell and Town Hall, this Bright Room Airbnb is an ethereal and tranquil space that will feel like a luxury hotel. With your own private bathroom complete with tub and shower, you’ll enjoy privacy while benefitting from your own French doors to the backyard. The location of this Airbnb is unbeatable with restaurants, cafes, and markets just around the corner, but you will pay a bit more for the luxury. Averaging around $95 USD a night, this room still beats out the hotels in the area in price.

Hyatt at the Bellevue

If you’re looking for a more lavish hotel stay in Philadelphia, you can enjoy the luxury of the Hyatt at the Bellevue without emptying your wallet. Hotels in Downtown Philadelphia are impressively affordable and at just $135 USD per night, the Hyatt is a steal. The rooms each offer marble baths, classic furniture, and stunning city views. When you’re tired of exploring the surrounding theatre district, you can dine in at the 19th-floor restaurant. This is truly an affordable luxury option.

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

The more chic and more expensive luxury hotel on this list, the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing sits perched at the edge of the Delaware River. Here you’ll enjoy stunning river views, a flat-panel TV, and a coffee and tea maker in your room. The grounds themselves are quite impressive, with an indoor pool, fitness center, and two in-house restaurants. You’ll also be just a few minutes walk from the major sites downtown.


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