Philadelphia Location & Attractions

Centrally located downtown at 18th and Market Streets in Center City, Sonesta Philadelphia is steps away from popular Rittenhouse Square and the Financial District. Experience all the exciting things to do in the City of Brotherly Love. Enjoy our convenient location close to Rittenhouse Square's world class shopping, restaurants, University City and Rittenhouse Square park itself. It's all here in Philadelphia. Join us at the Sonesta today.

Philadelphia is a very family-friendly and walkable city, with historic neighborhoods, national treasures, and spectacular architecture intermingled throughout the downtown area.

Attractions you won't want to miss near our Center City Philadelphia hotel include:


Located only steps away from Rittenhouse Square and popular Walnut Street, you'll find shopping for every style. Browse unique boutiques, trend setting shops or stroll through the park. Experience proximity to the Shops at Liberty Place with favorites: Bloomingdales Outlet, Victoria's Secret, Aldo, Express and the One Liberty Observation Deck. With 50 stores and a food court, it's a guaranteed good time.

Franklin Square

This amazing seasonal family-fun attraction is a public square originally laid out by William Penn, has undergone a dramatic renovation. This attraction is a must-see for families visiting downtown Philadelphia as it now boasts a classic carousel, miniature golf course, a delicious burger joint and spacious picnic area.

Philadelphia Zoo

America's first zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo is a 42-acre Victorian garden and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare or endangered. With hundreds of animals at this interactive attraction, you are sure to see your favorite one at Philadelphia's most popular family-fun locations.

Most recently our beloved city was thrown in the spotlight for the Philadelphia Zoo, located just a short drive away from Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square. The Philadelphia Zoo is well known for being able to breed animals in captivity that have difficulty breeding in the wild. It covers 42 acres and has over 1,300 animals. Trip-planning website Expedia recently featured our fabulous zoo in their article, 'Amazing Sustainable Zoos Around the World'.

The article reads, ‘Orangutans, polar bears, African lions, amphibians and migratory birds depend on the zoo’s conservation efforts to keep their species alive and well. Philadelphia Zoo also boasts one of the most expansive, state-of-the-art primate exhibits for monkeying around in and mesh trails across the zoo allow animals more room to roam.’

We were thrilled to also be included in the article as a top choice for vacation makers wishing to visit the zoo. Expedia says, ‘Turn your trip to the zoo into a full weekend of Philly fun by staying downtown just off Rittenhouse Square.’ Not only do we promise you a good night’s rest in our luxurious rooms, but fine restaurants, convenient transport connections and the historic heart of the city are right on your doorstep at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square.

With hundreds of animals at this interactive attraction, you are sure to see your favorite at one of Philadelphia's most popular family-fun locations, just a short drive from Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square.

Rittenhouse Square

Steps away from Sonesta Philadelphia, see one of five original open-space parks planned by William Penn during the late 17th century in Center City Philadelphia. Stroll through tree-lined parks with well-manicured floral, green grasses, ornate fountains and relaxing benches. A true oasis near our downtown Philadelphia hotel. Enjoy elegant Victorian homes, great shopping and dining in one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

The Franklin Institute

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology, as well as a dynamic center of learning. This is Pennsylvania's most-visited museum and offers access to hands-on science education.

Reading Terminal Market

It’s all here in Philadelphia’s historic farmers market, Reading Terminal Market. An exhilarating selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, cookware and eclectic restaurants are peppered throughout the Market. Did you know this area has been used as a public market since 1892?

National Constitution Center

Visit the place where the United States Constitution is celebrated, debated and illuminated. Step inside and be inspired by what it means to be an American.