Direct flights from across the US and from major European hubs, including London, Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid, land at Philadelphia International Airport, which is just under half-an-hour away by car. Have our Smith24 team arrange your flights and transfers.
Philadelphia’s regional Septa trains pull into Girard Station, a two minute’s drive from the hotel.
Although you won’t need a car for getting around Fishtown, there’s paid public parking across the street from the hotel for $25-$35 a day if you’ve breezed in on your own set of wheels.
Worth getting out of bed for
On Saturdays and Sundays, the siren call of brunch, served downstairs, should be enough to lure you out of bed, and the restaurant’s whiskey cocktails will likely keep you from turning in too early most nights. Stroll around Fishtown, dropping into cafés, live music performances, and quirky boutiques; of the latter, Jinxed is a good bet for vintage shopping.
Set in a refurbished warehouse, on-trend eatery Kensington Quarters features mod-American dishes, including brioche bun pulled pork sandwiches at lunchtime and duck breast with delicata squash and pecans in the evenings. Don’t ditch on dessert; sourdough apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream and moreish brandy caramel sauce await. The restaurant’s also open for brunches of pork benedict on fluffy American biscuits and egg sandwiches with kimchi and spicy shaved beef; best paired with a coffee-infused breakfast cocktail, of course. Grab a picnic table at biergarten Frankford Hall, which serves German-style fare including sausages, mushroom strudel and potato pancakes. Go for the selection of Hefeweizens and the cheese Spätzle, and stay for the s’mores dessert pretzels and competitive ping-pong matches.
Coffee purveyors La Colombe have an 11,000sq ft flagship spot with a café, roasting facility, bakery, and tasting room, just down the street from the hotel. Our favourite bits might be the on-site distillery, where the coffee-infused rum is concocted, and the live music space, where bands take to the stage around 5pm each day. Artisan ice-cream makers Weckerley’s whip up fresh batches of the frosty stuff five days a week. From April through October, flavours are crafted using ingredients from local farmers; from November through March, classic comfort foods influence the menu. Favourites include the Timmy Treat (vanilla and raspberry sorbet sandwiched between two crunchy cocoa cookies) and the Banana Fluffernutter (caramelized banana, home-made marshmallow fluff, malted ice cream and peanut butter icing sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies).
Cross under the tracks and over the street to legendary dive El Bar; the ‘El’ refers to the elevated Market-Frankford trains that pass overhead. This cash-only bar is famous for its live music and cost-effective drinks – PBR, anyone?; in warmer months, make a beeline to the pleasant courtyard once you’ve a cold drink in hand. Johnny Brenda’s serves all-draft beer from local brewers and and is the best spot in the neighbourhood for live music – you’ll need a ticket for gigs. The menu features fresh ingredients from area farmers and classic Philly fare; we recommend a side of cheddar and sausage croquettes to go with your fried catfish sandwich for an authentic experience.