Historical Attractions near Penn's View Hotel

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Romantic Places and Things To Do Near Our Philadelphia Boutique Hotel


Quaint tree-lined alleyways, charming Colonial architecture, and the clip-clop of horse hooves on cobblestone streets make hotels in Old City Philadelphia a magical destination for a romantic getaway. Our location in the center of this amorous area combined with gracious amenities and inviting accommodations makes Penn's View Hotel the premier choice among romantic hotels in Philadelphia. To help plan your getaway to the most romantic hotel in Philadelphia, we've included some of our favorite attractions for couples in the area. 

Restaurants :

Lacroix – The culinary delights served at Lacroix are rivaled only by the picturesque view of Rittenhouse Square outside the glass windows of this fine dining spot. The Rittenhouse Hotel’s signature restaurant serves French-influenced fusion cuisine with a generous portion of sunset gazing as visual accompaniment.

Details: 210 W. Rittenhouse Square | (215) 546-9000

R2L – Breathtaking city views that span more than 40 miles add a grand atmosphere to Daniel Stern’s R2L, where couples travel 500 feet above Center City to the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus feature creative American cuisine, served in an ultra modern dining room.
Details: 50 S. 16th Street, 37th floor | (215) 564-5337

La Famiglia – For more than 30 years La Famiglia has been one of Philadelphia’s top culinary institutions. Located in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, the renowned restaurant opened in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse and has maintained its tradition of excellence ever since.
The atmosphere is both romantic and memorable. The cuisine is fine Italian.
8 S. Front St Phila., PA 19106 215-922-2803

Panorama –  The Penn’s View’s own restaurant -  Panorama

Moshulu –  Dining on the Moshulu, one of the world’s grandest tall ships, will surely be a most memorable experience. The Moshulu’s private dining rooms and outdoor decks take full advantage of the unparalleled views of the city and waterfront.
During the warmer weather months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the historic ship’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline, the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the attractions on the Jersey side of the river and the fleet of boats passing by. It truly feels more like a vacation than a restaurant in the city.
(215) 923-2500

Talula’s Garden – One of the most recognized personalities in the worldly front-of-house veteran, blessed with the ability to send the "fine-dining elite into effusions of breathless adjectives," according to Philadelphia magazine.Philadelphia dining, Aimee Olexy truly understands what hospitality means. Talula's Garden, her inspired Washington Square collaboration with Stephen Starr, counts as more than just a restaurant opening - it also marks a return to the city for it also marks a return to the city for the worldly front-of-house veteran, blessed with the ability to send the "fine-dining elite into effusions of breathless adjectives," according to Philadelphia magazine.
210 W. Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215 592 7787

Spas & Salons:

Terme di Aroma - Terme Di Aroma is a holistic day spa and sanctuary that blends the enchantment of the old world with an alluring selection of aromatherapy skincare, massage and body treatments to calm the mind, soothe the soul and renew the spirit.

We welcome you to come relax and unwind as you relieve the stress and tension of everyday. Come visit us for a relaxing massage, experience a spa package, browse our exquisite spa boutique or even to just enjoy a quiet moment in one of our comfortable lounges. The pleasure is all ours.

32 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 tel: 215-829-9769

East End Salon - For almost 30 years, East End Salon has been the city's premier spot for a hip, stylish cut and color. The full-service salon's "old Philadelphia" decor setting makes for a comfortable, yet chic atmosphere for a pleasant and professional experience. Hardwood floors and antiques grace the salon in a four building historic area that is just steps away from Philadelphia’s own, Betsy Ross House. . East End Men's Salon have recently been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Where Magazine, Daily Candy, The Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia Business Journal, aroundphilly.com, Fox Good Day Philadelphia

219 Arch St. Phila., PA 19106 215-592-6486

Art Musuems:

Barnes Foundation –  The four-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds reference the Barnes Arboretum in Merion, which will reopen in the late summer of 2012. In addition, the building boasts a number of sustainable features, including a green roof and permeable surfaces that allow for rain and grey water re-use.
But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso

PAFA – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Since 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has counted Impressionist Mary Cassatt, luminous painter/illustrator Maxfield Parrish and romantic realist Daniel Garber, among others, as students. PAFA’s historic Victorian Gothic building, designed by Frank Furness, is ornamental and elegant, yet perfectly sized for a casual, hand-held stroll. Outside, art lovers can grab a seat at Lenfest Plaza, complete with Claes Oldenburg’s 51-foot Paint Torch.
Details: 118 N. Broad Street | (215) 972-7600

Franklin Institute – It’s not exactly outside, but stargazing is a traditional lovers’ pastime. On the second Thursday of each month, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts guides visitors through Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute, using one of the world’s only examples of a cutting-edge Zeiss refractor.
The Franklin Institute - Also could be listed under “fun stuff” – it will definitely bring out the inner kid in you
Details: 222 N. 20th Street | (215) 448-1200

Philadelphia Musuem of Art - Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Visitors can start the weekend with style and sophistication at Art After 5 every Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This weekly evening series showcases an eclectic mix of world and jazz music, plus extra hours to explore the galleries.
Details: 26th Street & Ben Franklin Parkway | (215) 763-8100

Fun Stuff:

Ghost Tours –  In the mood for something truly spooky? Try one of Philadelphia’s candlelit walking tours of America’s most historic and haunted cities, where enchanting tour guides will lead you through Independence Hall and Washington Square to show you the haunted spots of Philadelphia.
Hear chilling tales of Benedict Arnold and other Founding Fathers that may have you looking over your shoulder as you cruise through Society Hill. Discover what may be lurking behind the shadows of America’s most haunted city!
The 90 minute tour is offered evenings at 7:30 pm March through November. October tours are also offered at 9:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween. Reservations are required.
RESERVATIONS: (215) 413-1997

Segway Tours – Just stand up, lean forward, and glide – and you’ll be trying something new as you take in the sights of Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park on this exciting, two and a half hour guided tour. You’ll get an historic narrative as you glide at your own pace, courtesy of your wireless headset.
And it sure beats walking. The Segway® Human Transporter, a self-propelled, two-wheeled vehicle offers a fun and easy way for just about anyone to take in a wide range of sights, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row and the newly restored Waterworks.
(877) GLIDE-81

Carriage Rides – 76 Carriage Company
For romance that steps back in time, couples can relax to the sounds of the clip-clop echoing through the cobblestone streets of Society Hill during a 76 Carriage Company horse-drawn carriage ride.
Details: 5th & Chestnut Streets | (215) 923-8516

Clay Studio – Date Night at The Clay Studio
For some hands-on action, the monthly Date Night at The Clay Studio is just the place to bring or meet a special someone. To make the clay creations, the staff fires up the kilns and couples share a wheel.
Details: 139 N. 2nd Street | (215) 925-3453

River Rink –  Blue Cross Riverrink 

In the winter, starry-eyed skaters glide hand-in-hand outside at the Blue Cross RiverRink on the Delaware River waterfront at Penn’s Landing. When couples need a break from the cold, they can huddle around a cup of cocoa together in the warming pavilion.

Details: Columbus Boulevard at Market Street | (215) 925-RINK

Summer Concerts – Susquehanna Bank Center is just a ferry ride across the river. Jammed pack during the summer

Rooms & Suites


Standard Queen

Standard Queen rooms in Old City feature a plush queen bed and may include private balconies with views of Market Street.

Standard Queen 2

The Standard Queen 2 features two queen beds with a private bath and free Wi-Fi. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Queen Patio

Boasting views of the Delaware River from its outdoor patio, this room features a queen bed and gas fireplace. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Premium Queen View

Enjoy views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River from select Premium Queen rooms at our romantic Philadelphia hotel.

Premium King

Sleep like a king in the Premium King room in Old City, boasting a gas fireplace, spa bathtub and views of the mighty Delaware River.

Jacuzzi King

The focal point of our Jacuzzi King rooms are the marble spa bathtubs, providing a private oasis in the middle of Old City.

King Patio

Enjoy views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from a private patio in addition to a gas fireplace and spa bathtub. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Jacuzzi King View

Relax in your private jacuzzi or take in views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from your deluxe Jacuzzi King View room in Old City. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to...

Small Meeting Suite

Host intimate events furnished with a large dining table for eight guests and a king-bedded sleeping room. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Family Suite

Plan family getaways with ease with Penn's View Hotel, offering a spacious Family Suite with two queen beds. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.