This most ominous looking image has a mostly innocuous back story. Each cell block at Eastern State Penitentiary had a barber shop to keep the inmates looking fresh. However, this pic definitely feels like it was from a scene from Saw, Hostel or some other torture porn flick. If you ever find yourself in Philly, head to prison. In this case you pay to get in, and there are no cops involved. It's a lot more civil than you might expect. You see, this is an old prison that has now become a US National Landmark and a damn fine photo destination. Where else can you find cell after cell of completely decayed rooms like this one? Pretty cool if you ask me. But don't ask me to get in that barber chair for a shave - that's pushing it! :-)
From http://nomadicpursuits.com/ Walking around this busy city you can find plenty of amazing architecture and history. The Philadelphia Historical Commission is a beautiful example Fantastic place to get lost! Strolling around in Fairmount came across this old, and new set of train tracks. Taken from the eye of the iron fence. Such an interesting place to explore and spend an afternoon. Philly lights at night. This giant rubber duck was supposed to be the star of the Tall Ships Festivall but, alas, didn't cooperate. One of the beautiful little cobble stone streets of Philadelphia Looking down the pendulum stairs inside the Franklin Institute. Trust me, you'll know you're there. Life size game pieces! Old world meets new world A red medical cross is embedded into the iron gate of Cell block 3 at Eastern State Penitentiary. The cell block was transformed into a medical wing including a state-of-the-art operating room, laboratories, quarantine housing and recovery wards. Happy Chinese New Year!!! Poisonous frog. #colorful #nature #roadtrip #amphibian #iphone6 Best blueberry fritter, made on site!
Located in Reading Terminal Market.
#lifeatexpedia One of the best run routes in Philly! Killer views at sunset on clear days, but even when it’s overcast the view does not disappoint. #viewfromarun #urban #runphilly #philadelphia #visitphilly As part of obscura day 2011 we toured eastern state, affording us views of some seldom seen things. Isaiah Zagar is the Fabulous creator of this crazy, unique garden. #architecture#Roadtrip#Colorful Eastern state penitentiary in Philadelphia offers a haunting look into the past of this now closed prison. Crisp fall day.#colorful What a spider wed looks like after a little morning dew. Infrared photo taken at Eastern State Penitentiary. This was taken when tours where very limited and the place was being remodeled. It was very haunting at that time. I used infrared film for a photo project because It would create an eerie and haunted feel to the photos and it did. There are a lot of impressive buildings in Philly, but City Hall is by far the most impressive! In it's glory days this was one of the man made wonders of the world. This was the first water works in the United States. Now a beautiful restaurant you can still feel the history. Tours are optional as well. #architecture #WaterLust#Colorful In a bursting corner . Boat house row in philly all light up at night. Eastern State Penitentiary is huge! It has been left in a state of deterioration and opened up as a museum. I highly recommend this. That's where they signed the declaration of independence! Philadelphia had so much history! A view of city hall in Philadelphia This reminds me of my childhood. Many late summer nights spent here! #architecture #GoldenHour#Colorful#blue Happy Chinese New Year!!! Just riding the bus in downtown Philadelphia. #gopro I had a better, less typical shot, but I can't figure out how to use trover properly. Always crops poorly. It's the Pumpple Cake! What's a Pumpple Cake you ask? Well, a Pumpple Cake is comprised of a chocolate cake with pumpkin pie baked inside and vanilla cake with apple pie baked inside, stacked then filled and frosted with vanilla butter-cream.
To quote Dr. Iam Malcom from Jurassic Park This image was taken at a place in Philadelphia called the “Graffiti Underground”. The area appears to be an abandoned loading pier jutting out into the Delaware River. The concrete structures look like the support beams for a rail spur.#coloful Walking through the halls of the penitentiary was scary! Reading that it is haunted didn't help. The city of brotherly love Eastern State Penitentiary was operational from 1829 until 1971. The spoke and wheel design of the cell blocks, the solitary confinement and the punishment of the inmates for talking were all revolutionary ideas in the prison realm and became known as the Amazing building. The picture doesn't do it justice. Grades 1st-12th are educated here. #architecture #Roadtrip#Colorful Awesome! I could stare at the jellyfish tanks all day. An absolutely amazing experience if you are a cheese lover. And they give you huge samples of everything!!! #delicious #Colorful Can't get enough of this view!#architecture Oh Philly so distinguished at certain corners Al Capone's cell... He had money to carry his lifestyle even there As implied by the name, Boathouse Row consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. As a Where's Waldo sort of bonus, lurking in the background is the Channel 6 ZooBalloon. The balloon rises 4000ft to give zoo visitors an aerial view of zoo exhibits, Fairmount Park and Center City. #abandoned The best part of this is the warning in the bottom right corner - do not climb the big noodle! Taken January 23, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. USA.
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The overhead surgical lamp and the remnants of the clerestory windows of the operating room inside Eastern State Penitentiary. There were over 100 surgeries a year in the hospital by 1920. A variety of surgeries were performed: amputations, appendectomies, circumcisions, hernia repairs, dental and eye-related procedures, and more. In the 1940s, Eastern State launched a “skin bank” so inmates could donate skin to burn victims, particularly children and servicemen affected by World War II. Philadelphia has photo opportunities around every corner but I could resist this long exposure up towards City Hall. It was closed when I got there, across the street from the liberty bell which you can't view in person it's behind glass that's several feet away Welcome to Elfreth's Alley. America's oldest residential street that is still inhabited today-- dating back to the 18th century. Located in Olde City, PHILADELPHIA. Nearby is the Betsy Ross house--creator of the first American flag. Olde City is rich in American history, including the Constitutional center with the Bill of Rights, Independence Hall featuring the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell-- the Nation's symbol of Liberty. #philadelphia #history This is Philadelphia's colorful and bohemian-style neighborhood. If you're craving for Philly cheesesteaks, this neighborhood is the place to do. Shops and restaurants lined the street. Leave your Louis Vuitton or Gucci purse at home when you come and visit. I suggest visiting during the daytime and avoid evenings. It's definitely a different experience and worth the time when in Philly. Camden Cozy alleyway Pretty city hall Al Capone's one time jail cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary This image was taken at a place in Philadelphia called the “Graffiti Underground”. The area appears to be an abandoned loading pier jutting out into the Delaware River. The concrete structures look like the support beams for a rail spur. #colorful The beginning of winter.#architecture Beautiful cathedral that was near our hotel. We took a walk and enjoyed an afternoon visit to this church. Another guard tower A church that is part of the U Penn landscape City Hall at night in Philly. Lovely building Eastern State Penitentiary A recreation of Al Capone's rather opulent cell inside Eastern State Penitentiary. In 1929, Capone was arrested for carrying
a concealed deadly weapon. This would be the first time Capone would be sentenced to prison. Fun fact: Capone would leave Eastern State Penitentiary with fewer body parts than he'd arrived with. He had a tonsillectomy and was rumored to have undergone a circumcision, which was being evaluated by the medical
community as a possible treatment and/or prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Capone suffered from syphilis and gonorrhea during his life. This image was taken at a place in Philadelphia called the “Graffiti Underground”. The area appears to be an abandoned loading pier jutting out into the Delaware River. The concrete structures look like the support beams for a rail spur. The historic Masonic Temple of Philadelphia, built 1868-1873. It is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons. The inside of the temple and the museum is open to the public for visitation. I wasn't able to see the inside, but saw amazing pictures of the interior and its sophisticated design and architecture. Truffles galore!! Huge food market in old train terminal. Yum!!! Iron Chef Morimoto's namesake restaurant. Cool ambience. It's the first prison system in America, boy were there flaws and sadly we haven't quite evolved out of how poorly we rehabilitate prisoners. Philly is rough around the edges, but she's got a surprisingly big ❤️. From the top. Infrared photo taken at Eastern State Penitentiary before being remodeled. Circa 1997 Painful place: talking was forbidden Summer in Philly One of the first prisons America came to know. Abandaoned jail (Al Capone was once here!) in Philadelphia. Some say the Eastern State Penitentiary is haunted. I am sticking to my guns. Pats is a better cheesesteak. However, across the street is Geno's, so you decide. #GoldenHour#delicious#Colorful This image was taken at a place in Philadelphia called the “Graffiti Underground”. The area appears to be an abandoned loading pier jutting out into the Delaware River. The concrete structures look like the support beams for a rail spur.#colorful A view of Penn's Landing and the Center City skyline as seen from Camden across the Delaware River during the Tall Ships Festival Central Philadelphia is great for anyone who loves to learn more about US history firsthand. Observe the stark contrast between modern and old buildings #architecture I always thought this was one of the best looking bridges spanning the Delaware, but seeing it from below confirms it. I love bridges. Delicious refreshing and excellent beer selection... Out of the way ale house with great atmosphere! Stumbled across this during a walk! MASSIVE sorry and monopoly pieces among more Green eggs cafe at midtown philly. A must! This pancake is wickedly delicious and the price is amazing too! They have other good food for you to try out. Cash only though! Yes, it's always sunny in Philadelphia. Love park At love Park Who is better? Geno's cheese steaks? Or Pats? You should decided for yourself. #Roadtrip#GoldrnHour#delicious#Colorful Sensory overload. This place is amazing!! Had my first true philly, and a picnic lunch!! (And this is where the monopoly square came from!)
#market Voted #21 of 150 favorite american architect structures in 2007 The Homemade Hot Fudge Sundae: Two The shopping done. Beautiful architecture on this piece of history! Construction started in 1871 and took 30 years to complete, the time and effort that was put in really shows.
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http://www.travelingken.com/food/a-side-of-philly/ A Spanish galleon sails the Delaware river between Philadelphia and Camden during the Tall Ships Festival #delicious charbroiled oysters with garlic chili butter A very hauntingly beautiful place with some very creepy undertones. Really nice to walk through with the audio tour but very drafty... Colors at the Philadelphia flower show 2017
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Get an overview of this hotelVictorian Philadelphia hotel in Old City, walk to Independence Hall

Popular property highlights

Breakfast included
Free WiFi
24-hour business center
Laundry facilities
Smoke-free property

Location

Located in Old City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of the American Revolution and Independence Hall. Liberty Bell Center and Reading Terminal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features a health club, a 24-hour business center, and self parking. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and a free manager's reception are also provided. Additionally, coffee/tea in a common area, a meeting room, and concierge services are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 36 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. MP3 docks, premium bedding, and free local calls are among the other amenities available to guests.

Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

A computer station is located on site and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Business-related amenities consist of a 24-hour business center and a meeting room. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning as well as a complimentary manager's reception. This Victorian hotel also offers a health club, tour/ticket assistance, and coffee/tea in a common area. Limited onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis (surcharge).

Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel is a smoke-free property.

  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Express check-out 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Year Built 1856 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Health club 
  • Computer station 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free reception 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Offsite parking discounted rates available 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Concierge services 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Parking (limited spaces) 
  • Total number of rooms - 36 
  • One meeting room 
  • Number of floors - 5 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Parking (limited spaces), Offsite parking discounted rates available

Room Amenities

  • MP3 docking station 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • LCD TV 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning between 7 AM and 10 AM. A complimentary manager's reception is offered each day.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a health club.

  • Golfing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
No rollaway/extra beds available
Only service animals are allowed
Parking height restrictions apply

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Self parking fee: USD 18 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Nearby parking fee: USD 17 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Best Western Independence
  • Best Western Independence Park
  • Best Western Independence Park Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Independence
  • Best Western Plus Independence Park
  • Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel Philadelphia
  • Best Western Plus Independence Park Philadelphia
  • Independence Park Hotel
  • Philadelphia Best Western
  • Best Western Philadelphia

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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