The Independent Hotel
What We Love
- Intimate: just 24 spacious rooms
- Near Philly’s best bars and restaurants
- Light breakfast, hosted wine hour and WiFi are included in the Jetsetter rate
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What To Know
- Located on a bustling corner that can be loud; earplugs are provided in each room
- Parking is $20 per day
- No fitness center, though guests have access to a neighborhood gym around the corner
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
As you approach it, the Independent’s red brick Georgian Revival façade fits in perfectly with the historic row houses lining Locust Street. Inside, the structure has been stripped to the studs and completely re-engineered into a lovely 24-room inn. A second-story lobby atrium extends up to the fifth floor skylight and is dominated by a colorful three-story painting of Independence Hall by local artist Kim Senior. Off to the side there’s a small parlor space with a gas fireplace that hosts an evening wine and cheese hour.
Bed and Bath
The spacious guestrooms are charming, with wood floors, exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light. King Rooms take it to the next level, adding gas fireplaces and comfy sitting areas. Dark wood desks and chairs will satisfy the business traveler, while leopard-print wool rugs add a dose of whimsy. The bathrooms are big, with a galley shower equipped with a double showerhead.
On the ground level, Little Nonna’s is the latest restaurant by Philly power couple Valerie Safran and chef Marcie Turney. This cozy Italian eatery specializes in traditional family-style faves like Sunday Gravy: a San Marzano tomato marinara served over the macaroni of the day and a platter of braised beef short rib; beef, veal and pork meatballs stuffed with fontina, fennel sausage, and pork braciole.
In the Area
Real estate agents and the official literature refer to this area as Midtown Village, but everybody else knows it as the Gayborhood, a dynamic district of renovated row houses and sceney restaurants and bars built over the last 15 years by Philly’s LGBT community. The aforementioned duo of Safran and Turney transformed South 13th Street into one of the city’s hottest dining destinations with buzzy Barbuzzo, serving such Mediterranean tapas as lima bean and preserved lemon risotto balls, caciocavallo-stuffed meatballs, and grilled branzino. Just down the street the duo have just completed a renovation of their first restaurant, a hip Mexican joint called Lolita. Stop in early, for one of the best margaritas in Philly, or late, for a satisfying selection of tacos. Chef Turney’s signature candies, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, are sold at the duo’s lifestyle boutique, Verde, which is also a great spot to pick up gifts for friends and family.
How to Get There
Just stayed in The Independent for 1 night.. went to Philly for the Elton John concert. The Hotel is steps from the Septa stop that takes you right to the arenas. The staff was so nice, easy check-in. My room was clean and very cool. had all the amenities I could want for one night. I was worried that it might be noisy because the room was on the 2nd floor and Locust is a happening neighborhood but my room was quiet with windows closed and drapes drawn. The breakfast is just a basket with basics but didn't matter at all. I would go back for sure.
Enjoyed my stay here and would gladly return. The room was fatefully appointed (nice large bathroom for a city hotel), and everything was clean, but most impressive was the gregarious friendliness of the front desk staff, who made me feel like a guest, not a faceless passer-through.
We came to Phila. to ‘experience’ Hamilton. Found it enjoyable, but way overpriced fir experience. On the other hand, The Independent was a gem - all staff very ‘service oriented’: professional while maintaining a pleasant aire. Highly recommend it and Little Nonna’s restaurant (two doors away) for cozy or intimate Italien fare.