Penn’s View Hotel
Location: 14-18 N. Front St., Philadelphia.
Drive time: 30 minutes.
Cost: $149 (double occupancy) for a standard queen room; $169-$249 for a room with a gas fireplace (parking an additional $21 per day).
The scoop: Treat yourself to a night (or two) of luxury without the long drive at this family-owned and -operated Old City boutique hotel. The transformation of this once-neglected, circa-1828 structure earned it an architectural award from the city, and it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Amenities: All rooms feature a Jacuzzi tub and come with European continental breakfast.
Don’t miss: The hotel’s “Splurge for the Weekend Escape” package, which includes champagne upon arrival and dinner for two at Ristorante Panorama in the lobby. Even when the weather outside is frightful, it’s a great romantic getaway.
Contact: (215) 922-7600, pennsviewhotel.com.