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1234 Locust St Midtown Village, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5612
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 12/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

About

#31 of 96 hotels in Philadelphia
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.4
Value
4.3
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A place that balances historic charm with contemporary conveniences, The Arco hits the spot. Colonial architecture with a brick exterior. And a toasty fireplace surrounded by modern lobby artwork. Each space includes rustic hardwood floors, paned windows, and bathrooms with French countryside wallpaper. The Chromecast-enabled television can stream anything from historical dramas to your favorite rom-com. You'll be in the heart of Philly, and Midtown Village provides ample activities. Walk around South 13th Street for an array of bars and international cuisine — the bao buns from DanDan will leave your tastebuds happy. There's also the tranquil park of Rittenhouse Square. By the time it's checkout, you'll be ready to book your next stay at The Arco.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Boutique
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Grade: 100 out of 100
248Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
61Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Kendra K wrote a review Aug 2022
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Hotel's Favorite
My husband and I enjoyed our stay here. We appreciated the self check in process which we’d never encountered in a hotel. The bed was large, bathroom luxurious, ceilings high, and ac cold. Great location close to transit and nightlife, we recommend this place and would stay again!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Radene M wrote a review Jul 2022
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I’ve stayed at Sonder spaces before and they never disappoint. They are always clean and everything can be found pretty readily. I appreciate the extra bed sheets and pillows in the closet. I also enjoyed the decor of the space and the location was right in the center of the good places to eat and have a good late night time. I’ll definitely be coming back to Philly, and I have no doubt I’ll be staying in a Sonder.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Chris C wrote a review Jul 2022
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We stayed at the Sonder during our first visit to Philly not knowing what a perfect location it was! (parking right across the street) We were located in a great neighborhood ~ bars and food outside our door~ and so easy to explore the city by foot or subway. The hotel room was very spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet - even this close to the city streets. We will now look for Sonder hotels to stay in when visiting other cities.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Richele wrote a review Jun 2022
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The check in/out was seamless and incredibly convenient. The central location was perfect for each day of our activities. The storage lockers and access to them up until our flight was fabulous. The room size and decor was authentic and cute.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mark G wrote a review Jun 2022
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For folks looking for something right in the heart of Center City, Sonder is great. The room was big, clean and easy to use if you fill out the pre stay info before you arrive. The hotel doesn't have parking so I used Iparkit that was half a block down the street.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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shezing wrote a review Jun 2022
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Our street front room was large enough for bed and small seating area. It had big north facing windows in bedroom and a generously sized bathroom also with large, shaded, windows. The 2nd floor lounge has a credenza with resupply of coffee, sheets, towels if required. We had a glitch with a nonfunctional access code which was an annoying delay after a long day of travel but Sonder online assistance stayed with us and even called back after an inadvertent disconnect. The code had to be reprogrammed; it took about 15mins. There is a blinking device plugged into an outlet that bothered me the first of our 3 nights but Sonder explained it controls the access code on the room door….so I put a towel over it.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Freddie R wrote a review Jun 2022
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Everything about the room was great. All the lower wall electrical outlets needs replacing . Device plugs fall out the outlets. The best thing about the Sonder is its location. Walking distance to bars,lounges, clubs, and the train station is literally at its base on the corner. I will visit again
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tracy K wrote a review Jun 2022
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The room was nice but we were on the end by the street and it was very loud and had very little insulation. I also had to remake the bed because both top corners came off just by sitting on the bed. Over all the room was nice and comfortable.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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daniel_esprit wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We booked a Hotel and were only notified that the lift for the building was broken, days before our booking. Our room was on the fourth floor and one of the guests had mobility issues and was sometimes too exhausted to even get to the room. We had other people arriving for the wedding in other Hotels and my wife was able to stay there at times. Another issue that we had was that the code to open the side door for the hotel kept failing. We were stuck outside the hotel at 11 PM with three other guests and none of our codes would work to get us into the building. We had to wait for someone to come out to go for a smoke so that we could get into the building. The room was nice, we have no complaints there, but the facilities for the Philly Hotel building ruined the whole experience and made it more stress than it was worth.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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holiday910 wrote a review May 2022
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Despite booking via a reputable booking company we had chasers every 48 hours for months to set up a Sonder account which was not designed for non-US people so took several attempts and a lot of wasted time. Also it was late check-in (4pm) and anything earlier than 3.30pm incurred almost $30 of charges! Very poor for people travelling by public transport. Some mould in shower and table stained which let down the quality of the accommodation.
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PRICE RANGE
$116 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the independent hotel philadelphia, independent hotel philadelphia, independent boutique hotel philadelphia
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Independent Hotel
LOCATION
United StatesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sonder The Arco
Which popular attractions are close to Sonder The Arco?
Nearby attractions include Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (0.1 miles), Wanamaker Organ (0.3 miles), and Macy's Philadelphia (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sonder The Arco?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, express check-in and check-out, and free instant coffee.
Which room amenities are available at Sonder The Arco?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Sonder The Arco?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Sonder The Arco?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sonder The Arco?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vedge, Vetri Cucina, and Butcher and Singer.
Is Sonder The Arco located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Philadelphia.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sonder The Arco?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Sonder The Arco?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (0.7 miles), Battleship New Jersey (1.7 miles), and Independence National Historical Park (0.8 miles).