Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

The Best Hotels for Philadelphia Sports Fans

Philadelphia has something to offer travelers of all tastes: History fans can take their pick of museums and important points of interest; foodies can sample award-winning, modern cuisine in one of Philly’s many famous restaurants; and wannabe movie stars can recreate the montage from “Rocky” at the top of the 72 steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — and enjoy a great view of the city for their trouble.

But the City of Brotherly Love is also known for its rabid sports fans, and its professional sports franchises and college teams enjoy a significant home-field advantage in their packed arenas. Thankfully, the three main sports venues —  the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park — are clustered together in South Philly near the airport, perfect for those looking to fly in, catch a game, and fly out. If you’re planning to see the Phillie Phanatic dance on the dugouts, consider staying at one of these four favorite hotels for sports fans.

Sports suites

If your trip to the ballgame marks a special occasion, consider splurging on a suite at Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport. Treat your bachelor or bachelorette to a night at the game — making sure to get his or her name and picture up on the big screen — and bring the party back to your spacious suite with a wet bar and big-screen TV.

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies | Image via Flickr by Jim Epler

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies | Image via Flickr by Jim Epler

No-frills comfort and convenience

Serious tailgaters get to the game early, and they stay in the parking lot as late as security will allow. With the latest in outdoor grilling and chilling technology carefully packed in their trucks, why wouldn’t they? These fans don’t need anything fancy, just a clean, comfortable room close to the stadium for a good price. For these fans, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airportdelivers.

For work and for play

Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Airport is perfect for those traveling to Philadelphia for business and for pleasure. Here, you can enjoy step-up amenities in your room, catch that getaway day Phillies matinée, and be back in time for your dinner meeting in the on-site event center. If you feel inspired to get back into regular-season shape, get up a bit earlier to swim a few laps in the outdoor pool and hit the machines in the fitness center.

Statue of Rocky Balboa | Image via Flickr by tvanhoosear

Statue of Rocky Balboa | Image via Flickr by tvanhoosear

Liberty Bell–adjacent

If you’ll be in the city for more than just sports, take a look at a comfortable, centrally located hotel like the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City. From Center City, you’ll be a short drive from the sports campus, but you’ll be in easy walking distance of many of Philly’s most famous attractions, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. In the evenings, catch a show at one of the downtown theaters and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Philadelphia natives are almost as proud of their sports teams as they are of the city’s role in the founding of America, and for good reason. From Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962, to the 1974 Stanley Cup, to the 2008 World Series, Philly sports teams have always given their fans reason to cheer. With some careful planning and early booking, you can visit this beautiful city and join the fans at the game without breaking the bank.

Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by the awesome travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here.

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