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. Spring has finally arrived in Philly!!!#Colorful 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. 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. A shot of the Wissahickon Creek as it winds along Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park.
It's hard to imagine that this expanse of natural serenity is just miles from Center City. 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. Feed the coy! #colorful #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
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Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
24-hour business center
Smoke-free property
Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
24-hour front desk

Business central

Located on the site of the former Philadelphia Stock Exchange, this 14-story hotel is in the central business district, 0.2 mile from Rittenhouse Square, and close to Pennsylvania Convention Center.

French cuisine

Liberte is Sofitel Philadelphia's new lounge offering French fusion cuisine; Chez Colette is an informal French-style brasserie, offering room service and breakfast daily.

Free Internet access

Guestrooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access (512 kbps), large closets, and Shaker-style furniture. Baths have separate showers and tubs, and marble counters.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The 14-story Sofitel Philadelphia offers a brand new urban chic lounge Liberte, a French breakfast restaurant, a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, and 16,870 square feet (1,567 square meters) of meeting facilities. Additional amenities include a concierge desk and express check-in. Complimentary low-speed (512 kbps) wireless Internet access is available in public areas and guestrooms, and high-speed wireless Internet is available for a surcharge. Computer station available.

  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Meeting rooms 17 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Year Built 2000 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Computer station 
  • Wired Internet access - surcharge 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 1567 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 16870 
  • Conference center 
  • Total number of rooms - 306 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Number of floors - 14 
  • Wedding services 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Wired high-speed internet ( USD 13.99 per day )

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Wired high-speed internet ( USD 13.99 per day )

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Wired Internet access (surcharge) 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

The hotel offers a complimentary morning coffee station to all guests, featuring espresso machine with espresso pods (decaf, regular, double), coffee accessories (vanilla, cinnamon, syrup), a fresh whole fruit of the day, and complimentary pastries (until 8 AM).

Chez Colette - Breakfast is served in an informal 1920s ambiance at this charming French brasserie.

Liberte Lounge - Urban chic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows. Check out the happy hour specials. Open for lunch and dinner.

Room Service - Available from early morning until late evening.

Accessibility

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

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 11 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets stay free
  • Up to 30 lb

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.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
Pets allowed (no fees)
This property will place an authorization for any bookings where payment for the stay will be made on site instead of at the time of booking. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 13.99 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: USD 13.99 per day (rates may vary)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 50 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 300 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Philadelphia Sofitel
  • Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel
  • Accor Philadelphia Hotel
  • Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia
  • Sofitel Philadelphia

We should mention

Up to 3 children 11 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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