Best Western

Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

235 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2813
Phone: +1 215-922-4443   |   Fax: 215/922-4487   |   36 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

History meets modern luxury at this boutique Philadelphia hotel, located within walking distance from major attractions, restaurants and international corporate headquarters.

Located in Old City, this historic hotel is footsteps from Independence National Historical Park, the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, Penn's Landing, Museum of the American Revolution, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the PA Convention Center.

Dozens of great restaurants, sidewalk cafes, boutique shops, galleries as well as live theater and performing arts centers surround this Philadelphia hotel.

Sports enthusiasts are only a short subway ride away from Citizens Bank Park®, home of the Phillies®, Lincoln Financial Field®, home to the Eagles, and the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers and 76ers.

Business travelers appreciate how convenient the hotel is to Dow® Chemical, CHUBB®, Wells Fargo Bank, USDA, the DoJ and NPS. Plus, more than 10 colleges & universities are nearby.

Included on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Best Western Plus is Philadelphia’s most historic hotel, featuring sweeping 17-foot-high ceilings, rich décor and a beautiful glass-enclosed atrium.

Hotel guests will delight in well-appointed guest rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and cookie service and a Wednesday night wine and cheese reception. Additional amenities include business services and meeting facilities.

For guests arriving by car, preferred discounted parking with unlimited in/out privileges is available at the Ritz Public Parking Garage just around the corner from the hotel at a special rate of $18 USD per night when purchased through the hotel before overnight parking. (Price/Space subject to change). When you arrive, there is a convenient loading zone directly in front of the hotel. Please temporarily park in the hotel loading zone for check in and additional parking information.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Complimentary full breakfast, Our famous Liberty Bell waffles, hot breakfast meat, scrambled eggs, choice of breads, bagels, muffins, Danish, kettle cooked oatmeal and toppings, cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Elevator
  • Late check out with notice - fee may apply
  • Express check out zero balance emailed to email on file.
  • Physically challenged services - Wheelchair accessible
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge
  • Baggage hold
  • Meeting facilities
  • Banquet facilities
  • Conference services
  • Business center, 24-hours
  • Fax services
  • Mail services
  • Interior corridor
  • Porterage/bell services
  • Cable satellite television
  • Computer rental
  • Fax machine
  • Computer modem hookups
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Photocopy machine
  • Dataports
  • Courier
  • Wedding services contact sales manager
  • Conference facilities
  • Catering
  • Equipment rental
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Computer available
  • Anything you would want, we can get
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cookies
  • Complimentary Wednesday night wine and cheese reception
  • Glass enclosed atrium
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Tickets for the Philadelphia Trolley Tour, front desk
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Complimentary access to SWEAT FITNESS

Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

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Fun & Entertainment Packages

Park-Stay-Save Package 1 Night

Enjoy a night in Old City Philadelphia with our Park-Stay-Save Package, This package includes overnight accommodations, Free parking (1 car/1 night), afternoon tea and cookies and a hot breakfast buffet in the morning.

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Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

Conveniently located, the best western plus independence park hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 39.94861  /  Latitude: -75.145406


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: The south. Take Interstate 95 North, get off at Exit 22 toward Callowhill Street. Make a left onto 4th Street and follow to Chestnut Street. Make a left onto Chestnut Street. The Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel will be 1.50 blocks on your left.

From: The east. Follow Pennsylvania Turnpike Route 76 East to Turnpike Exit 326. After toll, stay on Route 76 towards Philadelphia. Follow to Route 676 East. Take 8th Street exit. Go right onto 8th Street. Follow to Chestnut Street and turn left on Chestnut Street. The Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel will be 5.50 blocks on your left.

From: The west. Follow New Jersey Turnpike south to Interchange 4, sign will read Camden-Philadelphia. Follow the signs for Philadelphia and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Once on the bridge stay in the far right lane. Get off at the exit for 6th Street. This will automatically place you on 6th Street. Follow 6th Street approximately four traffic lights to Chestnut Street. Make a left onto Chestnut Street. The Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel is 3.50 blocks on your left.

Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Arcadia University

Another on the long list of exceptional colleges and universities near Philadelphia, Arcadia University is premier destination for any visit to the City of Brotherly Love. Only minutes north of downtown Philadelphia, Arcadia University is adjacent to the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and across the street from Glenside Elementary School. 

A private school, Arcadia University was established in 1853. As you explore Arcadia University, keep your eyes peeled for a chance to see the Grey Towers Castle on campus. The campus itself measures in at about 76 acres in size – explore as much or as little as you see fit. In sports, the Arcadia Knights compete within the MASCAC – an NCAA Division III league.

Cabrini College

As you travel through the Philadelphia metro area, set your sights for Radnor and be sure to explore the campus of Cabrini College. A private liberal arts school, Cabrini College was established by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1957. You can find easy access from nearby King of Prussia

As you explore the campus at Cabrini College, do not miss a tour of The Mansion, the main highlight of the Woodcrest Estate. There's also Founder's Hall, one of the main buildings where classes are held, and the Widener Center, home of the Jazzman's Cafe. 

Citizens Bank Park

Head on over to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia during your next summer visit to the metro area and enjoy a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. Seating 43,651, Citizens Bank Park was opened for the 2004 MLB season and has also hosted major musical performances.

As you explore Citizens Bank Park, check out some highlights like the Phanatic Phun Zone, a fun playground area near the first base gate plaza for kids 8 and under. Don't miss the Phanatic Giant Shoe Slide, another fun activity for kids. Check out Ahsburn Alley, a walkway behind center field with games, shops, restaurants and plenty of Phillies history on display.

When you finally arrive at your seat, keep your eyes on the on-field action – every Phillies home run triggers the Liberty Bell Home Run Celebration

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Pennsylvania Attractions

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

As you plan your next visit to Pennsylvania, be sure to include some time in Philadelphia. Known for it's historic attractions, famous food, and popular sports teams, Philadelphia is also home to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.

A home, and now museum, once rented and lived in by Edgar Allan Poe, this historic site is a premier attraction in the Philadelphia metro area

Built in 1842, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is found within the Spring Garden neighborhood. Of the homes where Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia, this is the only one still standing.

When you visit the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, you can enjoy a ranger-led tour, or embark on your own self-guided tour. 

Franklin Institute Science Museum

Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute Science Museum inspires its visitors to learn about science and technology. This Philadelphia museum honors Benjamin Franklin and his many useful inventions.

The museum, along with the Fels Planetarium, opened 10 years later becoming one of the first interactive science museums in America. The on-site Tuttleman IMAX Theater and Musser Theater have expanded the museum's diversity and enriches the museum's overall visitor experience.

The variety of lectures, educational programs and internationally recognized exhibits appeal to scientists, children, teachers and citizens. Special events include programs in the observatory and outdoor movies in Philadelphia.

Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

Enjoy your next trip to Philadelphia with a visit to one of the areas oldest churches and most historic landmarks – the Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site. Found just inland of the Delaware River in downtown Philadelphia, the Gloria Dei Church was constructed in 1698, making it the second oldest Swedish church in the U.S. 

The entirety of the Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site measures in at 3.7 acres, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Incidentally, the Gloria Dei Church was named a National Historic Site in 1942, a whole six years earlier than Independence Hall

Independence National Historical Park

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Independence National Historical Park

Spanning over 55 acres, Independence National Historical Park is located in historic downtown Philadelphia. Visit this wonderful park to learn about the establishment of the United States throughout the many historic sites in Philadelphia.

Must-see sites include the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Declaration House, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, and President's House Site.

President George Washington and President John Adams lived and worked from the house in the 1790s. The Second Bank of the United States was one of the world's most influential financial centers, until 1832.

Enjoy a ranger-guided tour of Edgar Allan Poe's historic home at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. View exhibits of his literary works and stroll through the reading room.

The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in the Franklin Institute Science Museum, houses the 24-foot statue of Ben Franklin – the focal point in Memorial Hall.

La Salle University

Philadelphia is hardly lacking in things to see and do. Historical sites, professional sports teams, and popular parks make Philly a premier destination in Pennsylvania. On your next visit, be sure to explore the campus of La Salle University. Not for north of downtown Philly, La Salle University is one of the most exceptional private schools in the state. 

Established in 1863, La Salle features an urban campus of 130 acres. Travel in with your soon-to-be-graduated high school senior and enjoy a campus tour of La Salle. Check out the quad, which takes you right to McShain Hall, or enjoy some exciting college sports. The La Salle Explorers compete in the Atlantic-10 conferences across 14 different sports.

Liberty Bell Center

Pennsylvania Attractions

Liberty Bell Center

An American icon, Liberty Bell Center in downtown Philadelphia is home to the famed cracked Liberty Bell. Visit the Liberty Bell Center any time of the year for a video presentation about the bell.

Stroll through the center to view the exhibits and learn about the bell's rich history. The 2,000-pound bell began to crack in 1846, after arriving in the Philadelphia area from London.

The bell was repaired once in 1846 and rang during a birthday party for George Washington, but was not rung again.

The bell remains one of the most important symbols of liberty in the world. While in the area, schedule plenty of time to also tour the Independence Visitors Center and Independence National Historical Park.

Lincoln Financial Field

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Lincoln Financial Field

Home of the Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field opened for the 2003 season, and is found in the southern section of downtown Philadelphia – just inland of the Delaware River. Seating 68,532 fans, Lincoln Financial Field also plays host to Temple University football games during the college football season.

Lincoln Financial Field has also hosted other major events like the exhibition soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United in 2003. As you plan your trip for Philadelphia and the surrounding metro area, be sure to schedule some time for an exciting NFL game.

The Eagles, and the rest of the NFL, kick off their regular season in early September and play through the end of December. If your travel plans are within the NFL season, try to attend a game and experience the highs, lows, and everything in between of NFL action.

National Constitution Center

The only museum in America dedicated to the United States Constitution, the National Constitution Center is located two blocks from Independence National Historic Park and the Liberty Bell Center in historic downtown Philadelphia.

Enjoy "Freedom Rising" – an award-winning multimedia performance – before strolling through over 100 exhibits about the Constitution. The Story of We the People exhibit, remains the main attraction in the center. View the photographs, artifacts and sculptures to learn about the details of the Constitution.

While in Philadelphia, enjoy your time in the "most interactive history museum." There's so much to see and learn about in "The Birthplace of America."

Penn State University Abington

Across Pennsylvania, you'll find a slew of satellite campuses affiliated with Penn State University. When you're in the Philadelphia metro area, be sure you visit Abington and check out Penn State Abington. A public school, Penn State Abington is just north of downtown Philadelphia

The Abington campus was established in 1950 on 45 acres. Many students choose to complete the first two years of their undergraduate degree at the Abington campus, then transfer to the main Penn State campus to complete the rest. Don't miss the Lares Building, or the annual Spring Fling

In sports, the Penn State Abginton Nittany Lions compete in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, a Division III league. 

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pennsylvania Attractions

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Whether you're in town for the Philadelphia Auto Show or the Fancy Brigade Finale, head for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.

Opened in 1993, the Philadelphia Convention Center is an enormous, L-shaped complex which occupies four city blocks.

Renovations and expansions to the Pennsylvania Convention Center were completed in 2011. It serves as a major draw for the Philadelphia metro area.

With the expansions to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the total amount of sale-able space is one million square feet. It had previously been at 624,000 square feet.

Explore the convention center and check out the Grand Hall – it occupies most of the Reading Railroad Terminal. Held in early February, the Philadelphia Auto Show is a staple of the Pennsylvania Convention Center line up. 

Philadelphia International Airport

Pennsylvania Attractions

Philadelphia International Airport

The City of Brotherly Love not only has delicious cheesesteak sandwiches, but also the largest airport in state of Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia International Airport was established as the Philadelphia Municipal Airport in 1927, during its dedication by Charles Lindbergh.

US Airways' primary hub for international flights is located at the airport, in addition to its third largest hub for domestic flights. 

The airport's seven passenger terminals containing 130 gates, provide service to a variety of commercial flights to major cities in the United States, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

While waiting for a flight, take a moment to view local art in the Exhibitions Program

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Attractions

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Set on the Schuylkill River, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the top destinations in the metro area with more than 800,000 annual visitors. The origins of the Philadelphia Museum of Art can be traced back to 1876, when the Centennial Exhibition was held at Fairmount Park.

What was then known as Memorial Hall was built as the art gallery for the Centennial Exhibition – it would remain open as the Museum of Art and Industry, eventually landing its current name. 

On your next visit to Philadelphia, plan a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and check out a variety of prints, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts – over 227,000 pieces.

Check out the Sculpture Garden, where you'll find a variety of unique and interesting pieces. During the holiday season, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and experience Holidays at the Museum

Philadelphia Zoo

Pennsylvania Attractions

Philadelphia Zoo

Covering 42 acres, the Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874, making it the second oldest zoo behind New York's Central Park Zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo is large enough to offer a wide variety of animal exhibits and family-themed entertainment. 

On your next visit to Philadelphia and the surrounding metro area, be sure to make time for a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo – you'll find it along the Schuylkill River, just across from Glendinning Rock Garden

Be sure to check out the Camel Safari for camel rides, the PZ Express train ride, Amazon Rainforest Carousel, and the Lorikeet Encounters hands-on bird exhibit.

Any exploration of the Philadelphia Zoo should also yield visits to the Rare Animal Conservation Center, First Niagara Big Cat Falls, where you can see leopards, jaguars, tigers, and lions.

Saint Joseph's University

Plan your next visit to Pennsylvania and head for Philadelphia. Rich in culture and history, Philadelphia is an ideal destination for any traveler – if you're shopping for colleges, be sure to explore the campus at Saint Joseph's University. Only minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia, SJU is a top school in the state. 

Founded in 1851, SJU is one of the oldest colleges in all of Pennsylvania. Until 1978, it was known as Saint Joseph's College. It's a private school, featuring a Roman Catholic Jesuit affiliation. SJU is home to the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. Catch thrilling SJU Hawks game when you visit – head to the John Smithson Field for baseball, and the Hagan Arena for Hawks basketball.

Sesame Place

Opened in July of 1980, Sesame Place is a theme park aimed at children with the Sesame Street television show used as it's central theme. You'll find Sesame Place in Langhorne, a borough northeast of Philadelphia. On your next trip to the Philadelphia metro area, be sure to plan a visit to Sesame Place, an ideal destination for a fun-filled afternoon with the kiddos. 

You'll find a wealth of activities for you and the kids to enjoy when you visit Sesame Place. Take a spin on Grover's Vapor Trail, a kid-friendly roller coaster, be sure to explore Twiddlebug Land, and don't miss out on Sesame Island where you'll find Big Bird's Rambling River and Ernie's Waterworks – two excellent choices on your summer or spring visit to Sesame Place. 

Temple University

Of all the things you might miss on a visit to Philadelphia, be sure a campus tour of Temple University is not on the list. A premier university in the country, Temple is only minutes from downtown and the Delaware River. Whether you're a high school senior shopping around for schools, or a sports fan hoping to catch some games, plan a visit to Temple. 

Established in 1884, Temple University is a public school featuring an urban campus of 115 acres. There are also satellite campuses in Rome, London, Harrisburg, and Tokyo – Temple's reach is global. The Temple University School of Medicine is international known to be a top institution, and sports are also big at Temple. 

The Temple Owls compete across 19 sports within the American Athletic Conference. Visit the Liacouras Center for Owls basketball games during the fall, or check out an Owls baseball game at Skip Wilson Field this spring and summer. 

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

Beautifully restored, and full of charm, the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial celebrates the life and lore of American Revolution hero, Thaddeus Kosciuszko. As you plan your next trip to Philadelphia and the surrounding metro area, be sure to include time for a visit to one of the most historic landmarks in the area. 

Kosciuszko is noted as being a Polish military engineer and a American Revolution volunteer. He lead an unsuccessful uprising against against Russian forces who had take his home town, and in doing such was injured. He was sent to the US, where he lived in this house, now known as the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Monument – visit and enjoy a tour. 

University of Pennsylvania

Only minutes from the shores of the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia you'll the University of Pennsylvania. Just another on the long list of exceptional schools in the state, Penn, as it's more commonly known, is a private, ivy league university. 

Established in 1740, Penn is a founding member of the Association of American Universities. It is one of the original nine Colonial Colleges. The primary founded and president of Penn was Benjamin Franklin. Enjoy a campus tour of Penn on your next visit to the Philly metro area – be sure to see the Fisher Fine Arts Library. 

Sports fans enjoy watching the Penn Quakers in action. Head for Franklin Field for Quakers baseball, Rhodes Field for Quakers soccer, or The Palestra for Quakers basketball.

Villanova University

Pennsylvania Attractions

Villanova University

Dating back to 1842, Villanova University is one of the oldest private schools in Pennsylvania. Plan a visit to the Philadelphia metro area, head for the township of Radnor.

Due to a Roman Catholic affiliation, you'll be able to visit the St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel – one of the highlights of the Villanova campus. 

Make the drive in from nearby King of Prussia, found just to the northwest, and explore – don't miss out on the St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, and be sure to visit The Pavilion, home court of the Villanova Wildcats basketball – men's and women's.

You can catch a VU Wildcats football game at Villanova Stadium, and during the spring, make your way to Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth for Wildcats baseball games. 

Wells Fargo Center

The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is a multi-purpose venue built in 1996. It's the home ice of the Philadelphia Flyers, home court of the Philadelphia 76ers, and home field of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.

Originally known as the CoreStates Center, then the First Union Center, then the Wachovia Center, it became Wells Fargo Center in 2011. As you embark on your exploration of Philadelphia and the surrounding metro area, be sure to plan a visit to Wells Fargo Center and enjoy any of the exciting sports games. 

Found directly south of Lincoln Financial Field – home of the Philadelphia Eagles – Wells Fargo Center accommodates up to 21,315 fans for basketball games, 20,327 fans for hockey games, and 17,597 during the arena football season. Aside from hosting local pro sports teams, Wells Fargo Center has also hosted major events like the WWE Royal Rumble in 2004, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in 2008, and the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 0.20 mile(s) from Liberty Bell
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Independence Hall
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Carpenters Hall
  • 0.30 mile(s) from Seaport Museum
  • 0.30 mile(s) from Betsy Ross House
  • 0.30 mile(s) from Independence National Historical Park
  • 0.30 mile(s) from Independence Visitor Center
  • 0.30 mile(s) from Penn's Landing and the ferry to the Camden Aquarium
  • 0.40 mile(s) from Jewish History Museum
  • 0.50 mile(s) from National Constitution Center, Only museum in US dedicated to our constitution
  • 0.50 mile(s) from South Street and the South
  • 0.60 mile(s) from Theater District
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Pennsylvania Convention
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Adventure Aquarium, located in NJ - from Memorial Day - October - Ferry ride available to aquarium for nominal fee
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Barnes Foundation
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Franklin Institute
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Fairmount Park
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Philadelphia Art Museum
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Philadelphia Zoo
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Wells Fargo Center, watch the Flyers ice hockey or 76's basketball
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Xfinity Bar
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Lincoln Financial Field, Eagles football
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Longwood Gardens
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • 0.15 mile(s) from downtown shopping
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell
  • 0.30 mile(s) from shopping

Nearby Restaurants

  • 0.10 mile(s) from Philadelphia Fish Company
  • 0.10 mile(s) from City Tavern

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