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Attractions
Franklin Institute
Please Touch Museum
National Constitution Center
US Mint
Adventure Aquarium (just across the river in Camden, NJ)
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA (about 45 minutes south-west of the city)
Eastern State Penitentiary
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Smith Playground
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
One Liberty Observation Deck
Liberty Bell (plus a bunch of other historical sites nearby)
Independence Hall
Trolley tour bus

For discounts on admission, consider the Philadelphia Pass or the Philadelphia City Pass (if your visiting enough attractions), or buy the Entertainment book for the coupons. If you order it online, you should be able to print out all of the coupons you need immediately.

Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton located near City Center was originally a Bank and worth a visit.
Sheraton Society Hill is near the Liberty Bell area and the River. (probably the best place to stay for shabbos)
the Westin is by Rittenhouse Sq and City Center is North of City Hall area closer to Museum Row.
The Westin on 17th & Liberty. has some Old World charm to it
Sheraton City Center - was fine. clean, neat, pool and fitness but nothing special
Le Meridian across from city hall
Hyatt at the Bellevue on Walnut and Broad st.
Hyatt Penn's Landing
Homewood Suites City Avenue

Westin a plain hotel over the River in Mt Laurel , NJ
Aloft - Mt Laurel. (Aloft is  not your typical hotel. Very young crowd. Relaxed staff. Place is nice and new).

Restaurants

Center City:
Burger.org - 1901 Chesnut Street CLOSED
Mama's Vegetarian
Center City Soft Pretzel Co. - unusual hours

University City:
Kosher Dining at the University of Pennsylvania - check hours/dates, only open during academic year

Lower Merion (20-25 min from center city, but up to 45 in traffic):
Shalom Pizzeria
Citron and Rose - more upscale. Make reservations in advance. Closed but recently reopened (as of May 17, 2017)
The Dairy - very nice dairy restaurant.

Star of David Kosher grill- 942 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072. Cheaper option for meat, Chinese, sushi
Nana's kitchen in the JCC-Address: 45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096 Phone:(703) 586-3103- Call before, but usually open in the daytime with seating. Don't have to be a member to attend. Excellent dairy food options and very reasonably priced.

Northeast (35 min from downtown):
Holy Land Grill-permanently closed
Espresso Cafe

Cherry Grill in Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the Delaware River (via Ben Franklin Bridge.). Fairly classy ambience, better than decent food. 3/5 stars. Hechsher by the O-K and the Cherry K Vaad Hakashruth.

This is a pretty good list of the generally accepted kosher restaurants in Philly.
This is the website for the generally accepted community hechsher: http://www.keystone-k.info/

Shuls
Orthodox Jewish Philadelphia Directory
www.phillyshul.com (actually 2 shuls which they alternate between). Run by a very nice chabad rabbi.
Sephardi shul (www.mikvehisrael.org)
Mekor Habracha

Lower Merion (15 min drive from downtown):
Lower Merion Synagogue
Young Israel of the Main Line
Philadelphia Community Kollel - next door to Citron and Rose

Northeast (35 min drive from downtown):
Congregation Ahavas Torah

Bensalem (10 min drive from Sesame Place)
http://www.bensalemoutreach.org/

Eruv Maps
http://www.philly-direct.com/frum/eruv.html


Author Topic: Philadelphia Master Thread  (Read 49335 times)

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: August 05, 2013, 09:55:50 PM »

I am going to Philadelphia next week and will be using my Hyatt anniversary night. We are debating between the Bellevue and Penn's landing. Anybody who stayed there have any input? Any info on ease of upgrading to larger room. We are going with two little children.
Bellevue was a older hotel, penns seemed a lil newer , Bellevue is downtown

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: August 05, 2013, 10:28:37 PM »
Why not reserve one, call/email and ask for an upgrade and if they say no cancel and try the other
IME I've never gotten an upgrade prior to arrival, but I'll try that.

Bellevue was a older hotel, penns seemed a lil newer , Bellevue is downtown
Bellevue is cat 4 while penn landing is cat 3. Is the cat 4 because if the location, or is it also a nicer hotel?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: August 05, 2013, 10:58:09 PM »
IME I've never gotten an upgrade prior to arrival, but I'll try that.
Bellevue is cat 4 while penn landing is cat 3. Is the cat 4 because if the location, or is it also a nicer hotel?

They upgraded me to a Bellevue Suite. It was very large.
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: August 06, 2013, 07:13:37 AM »
They upgraded me to a Bellevue Suite. It was very large.

Did you get the upgrade by calling before or by checkin?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: August 06, 2013, 09:19:23 AM »

Did you get the upgrade by calling before or by checkin?

They wouldn't confirm it before checkin, but they sounded amenable to it.
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: August 21, 2013, 09:03:39 AM »
They upgraded me to a Bellevue Suite. It was very large.

Just stayed there. I got upgraded to a Bellevue suite and I'm only a platinum member. Was very nice stay.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: August 21, 2013, 11:04:46 PM »
Just stayed there. I got upgraded to a Bellevue suite and I'm only a platinum member. Was very nice stay.

Upgraded to a Bellevue suite on an anniversary night?
Did you contact the hotel prior or was it offered at check in?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: August 22, 2013, 03:23:36 PM »
Anyone been to the eateries in Center City/Downtown Philly lately? Any recommendations? Staying at the Hyatt at the Bellvue for a night over Labor day weekend.

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« Reply #83 on: August 22, 2013, 03:38:31 PM »
Anyone stay at the HYatt Penn Landing? were people overall impressed with the Hyatt Bellevue?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: August 22, 2013, 03:40:45 PM »
Anyone been to the eateries in Center City/Downtown Philly lately? Any recommendations? Staying at the Hyatt at the Bellvue for a night over Labor day weekend.
Center City there's really only two options - Mama's and Burger.org
I'm a fan of Burger.org though they've gotten mixed reviews upthread.

If you can, head over to Citron and Rose for a nicer place.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: August 22, 2013, 03:54:35 PM »
Center City there's really only two options - Mama's and Burger.org
I'm a fan of Burger.org though they've gotten mixed reviews upthread.

If you can, head over to Citron and Rose for a nicer place.
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: August 22, 2013, 04:14:05 PM »
They wouldn't confirm it before checkin, but they sounded amenable to it.

I booked a night using an anniversary night this morning.  Sent an email to the concierge email on the Hyatt at the Bellevue's website and within 2 hours received an email noting per the GM's request I have been confirmed in a Bellevue Suite.
They seem to be very complimentary with the suite upgrades.
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: August 22, 2013, 04:15:13 PM »
Center City there's really only two options - Mama's and Burger.org
I'm a fan of Burger.org though they've gotten mixed reviews upthread.


they are both 2 little old places but liked the food

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: August 22, 2013, 11:07:06 PM »
Anyone been to the eateries in Center City/Downtown Philly lately? Any recommendations? Staying at the Hyatt at the Bellvue for a night over Labor day weekend.

I drove out to citron and rose. Make reservation in advance. I called a few hours before and they were booked. They let me sit outside tables without reservation. Food was good but not many options on the menu. If you're getting burger.org I would order in from seamless. The Bellevue suite is pretty large and very comfortable to have a nice dinner.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: November 24, 2013, 01:54:53 AM »
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