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Cheap areas to stay in Philadelphia

While Philadelphia's mansions have housed the likes of George Washington and John Adams, there's no shortage of accommodation for budget travelers. Center City is filled with soaring skyscrapers and iconic museums, and you'll find plenty in the way of discount hotels in Philadelphia. A bastion for local students, University City is home to some of Philadelphia's best budget hotels. You'll be just steps from the city's top ethnic eateries, not to mention free attractions, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art. Cross the Delaware River and you'll find big savings in neighborhoods like Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, and Maple Shade.

Cheap hotels in Philadelphia

Located in the heart of Center City, Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel offers modern rooms and easy access to big-ticket sites and attractions. Housed in a historic redbrick building, the Alexander Inn is a fantastic choice for travelers in search of a boutique experience. Oak panels, stained-glass windows, and fresh flowers promise an upscale atmosphere. Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet in the mornings, as well as a 24-hour fitness center. For impressive Philadelphia hotel deals, look outside the city center, where properties like La Quinta Inn & Suites Mount Laurel offer unbeatable value for money.

Where to find cheap food in Philadelphia

Eating out is a highlight in Philadelphia and you don't have to fork out big bucks to enjoy mouthwatering food. In Center City, the famous Reading Terminal Market serves everything from Thai curries to Amish classics. You'll never be too far from a Philly cheesesteak, with some of the best sandwich bars located on South Street. In University City, bargain restaurants and food trucks attract thrifty students. For breakfast, pick up a doughy pretzel, a local delicacy that was pioneered by Philadelphia's early German settlers.

Cheap things to do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia cradles a flourishing arts scene, and the good news is that much of it can be enjoyed for next to nothing. Home to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Kimmel Center is one of America's most prestigious performing arts venues. It hosts a fantastic lineup of free concerts throughout the year, as well as guided art and architecture tours. Philadelphia is hailed as one of America's best museum cities, with many museums offering free or discounted entry. On Wednesdays, the Philadelphia Museum of Art swaps its usual admission fee for "Pay What You Wish" donations. Basically, you'll get to see Picasso for peanuts. Watch out for Rocky fans recreating Sylvester Stallone's victorious run on the steps. In University City, the Institute of Contemporary Art offers free admission throughout the year. Outside the downtown core, Fairmount Park offers scenic walking trails and forested picnic spots.

Cheap ways to get around Philadelphia

If you've scored a cheap hotel in Center City or on South Street, you'll find Philadelphia easy to get around on foot. Set on the banks of the Delaware River and home to Philly's most beautiful 18th-century row houses, the Old City is also pedestrian-friendly. Why not take cues from the locals and purchase a membership with Indego, the city's bike-share network? Local buses run along Water Street, while subways and trolleys are also a cheap and efficient way to get from A to B.

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