by Courtney Elko
Situated in the center of Philadelphia’s art district, The Logan, which opened in 2015 after a complete transformation from its former Four Seasons resident, captures the heart of Philadelphia’s roots. This modern luxury hotel extends the “white glove” service but features relevant amenities to guests and families. Named after James Logan, who was a colonial secretary to William Penn, mayor of Philadelphia and governor to Pennsylvania, The Logan highlights a fun and unique, 1,800 piece art collection throughout the pet-friendly hotel.
Kids will love to stop and examine each art piece and pose for a selfie next to The Logan’s own “Iron Man” found by the front entrance. The hidden art gems can be found around every corner and create a conversation, as parents (or hotel staff) can explain to children the stories of Grace Kelly, Ben Franklin, William Penn and even Rocky Balboa. Even the hallways are ever changing as the carpet design, wall textures and light fixtures are different every few steps. Walk a block or two outside of The Logan and families will find even more Philadelphia history and culture by visiting the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Please Touch Museum, Franklin Institute, Betsy Ross’ House or the Philadelphia Zoo.
The guestrooms offer excellent views of the Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s roadway centerpiece for large outdoor events and concerts. The onsite restaurant is family-friendly and the rooftop lounge (opening in the spring) will be parent friendly. Outdoor space can also be found at The Logan, which is a rarity at a city hotel. Kids can run or have a game of catch on the courtyard lawn, while parent’s watch from the patio’s fire pit area.
Our Editor Loves
- Unique art collections around every corner
- Blocks to Philadelphia's best museums
- Rocky Balboa robes
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The 391 guestrooms, including 64 suites, feature large windows overlooking the Ben Franklin Parkway and are decorated with unique artwork on the walls. A mini-fridge, Keurig coffee machine, laptop size safe and The Cube, the ultimate clock plus charging station can also be found in each guestroom. Kids can charge everything in the Cube and it offers Bluetooth connect ability. Cribs are available to guests upon request and rollaway beds are available for a fee.
Most of the king or double bed rooms also offer a tub in the bathroom. But some rooms do not offer a tub so make sure to ask when booking if that's something your family will need.
The suites feature French doors to a separate living room area that has a sleeper sofa. Premium television channels and an espresso machine can also be found in a suite. The Presidential Suite features a balcony overlooking the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Impossible to find a place to have a drink with friends in the hotel. And it’s barely midnight. Only a few tables at the rooftop bar (none available) and bar/restaurant and room service closed. Poor planning, as well as a surprising inability to address this issue (there are several ways to have accommodated (and avoided this review).) On a positive note, nice rooms and staff (except for those who could have addressed my main issue) and a great location.
by Scott S
Very caring staff and huge potential just need to take care of the little details to be fantastic. Had a wonderful dinner with our grandson and ordered our dessert to go when we got to our room there were no utensils (details) restaurant corrected this right away and the flavor was really good. Big plus for biodegradable flatware. The hotel was very clean I will stay here again
Self-Guided Art Tour
Families will love spotting the subtle and not so subtle art pieces throughout the hotel. Grace Kelly, Philadelphia's own princess, can be found on every floor in a unique piece. But look closely, because what could appear to be "just a painting" actually has tiny beaded details to it, making Grace Kelly sparkle off the wall. A row of wire-like statues shaped as men called the "crew team," highlights Philadelphia's Boathouse Row and the "iron man" in the front lobby is hard to miss. But don't forget to look up when you enter The Logan, where you will find a figure eight chandelier with photography portraits hanging from it. Each photo is of an important Philadelphia figure from Joe Frazier to William Penn. An app is being developed to make the tour even more interactive so be sure to ask at the front desk for information on the self-guided art tour. A brochure for the tour is available in the meantime. The kids will be busy hunting for artwork for hours as there is something new to notice around every corner.
The indoor heated pool is small but perfect for splashing around and having fun. Located off the Spa and Fitness Center, the pool features an on-duty lifeguard while it is open each day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The pool ranges in depths from 3 to 6 feet and 0 to 5 feet and lounge chairs surround the pool deck. Towels can also be found in the pool area. Locker rooms and bathrooms can be found off the pool and spa area, as well.
The outdoor courtyard features a patio and lawn area for any game or activity kids can imagine. Open year-round, a fire pit and tables and chairs can be found on the patio, which overlooks the grassy center of the courtyard. This spot is perfect for burning off some energy.
Families will love to dine at the onsite restaurant, Urban Farmer. It's a 100 percent "scratch" restaurant, meaning all of the food is local, there's a butcher onsite and even the fat from cooking the food is used to make the restaurant's candles. The bright colors, lights and open kitchen concept will keep kids looking around to see what's going on. Large, oversized tables are great for families and large groups to dine and rocking chairs, leather couches and cozy high back chairs surrounding the bar area are great places to gather before meals or for a snack. Urban Farmer is open to the public and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open from 6:30 a.m. until midnight. A children's menu with things like pancakes, flatbread pizza, mac and cheese and mini burgers is also available. Private dining areas can also be found at Urban Farmer.
Urban Farmer supplies all of the dining options to the hotel include the in-room dining which is available to guests from 6 a.m. to midnight. Urban Farmer To-Go is also convenient for families on the move.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
The rooftop lounge is still under construction but is expected to open in the spring. Assembly will offer spectacular views of the city and a menu of snacks and light fare.
Located in the lobby, the Commons offers cocktails and light snacks in a cozy yet cool gathering spot.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The kids are by no means forgotten when it comes to amenities at The Logan. Cookies and milk are served to children during turndown service and children are welcomed to choose a gift from the Treasure Chest. A coloring book filled with Philadelphia's historic sights is a fun activity to do. And frog bath mats, step stools and kid-friendly soaps and shampoos can also be found in the guestrooms. DVD players are also available upon request.
With a view of the Art Museum steps made famous in the movie "Rocky," of course The Logan would offer Rocky robes to its guests. Guests can slip on this comfortable, gray sweatshirt-like robe with a hood and jog around the room with your hands in the air to make the outfit complete.
Free Wi-Fi is available to Hilton Honors Members as The Logan is part of the Hilton's Curio Collection of hotels. It is free to sign up as a member. There is a Wi-Fi fee for non-members.
The remodeled and enlarged fitness center overlooks the pool and offers guests treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and weight machines.
The concierge can provide guests with information on a local nanny or babysitting service.
The new onsite spa offers guests a multitude of spa treatments from massages and facials to waxing and manicures. Kids are welcome in the spa's mani/pedi room filled with lots of colorful nail polish options if guests want to enjoy a spa day with a little one. Locker rooms are also available in the spa area.
The Art of Smart Timing
Summer is a busy time for The Logan especially around the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays. Philadelphia welcomes both holidays with large outdoor concerts on the Ben Franklin Parkway, which The Logan overlooks. For families with teens or music lovers this is a great time to visit and be in the center of the scene.
Winter may be The Logan's slower time of year as children are back in school, but the Christmas season does not disappoint in Philadelphia with ice skating and Christmas light or digital shows not far away from hotel. Fall and spring are also great times to visit as the history and museums of Philadelphia don't disappoint no matter the season.
Philadelphia International Airport is less than 12 miles away from The Logan. Interstate 95 along with several other highways leading to Center City Philadelphia make it easy to locate. The front desk can provide guests with information about an offsite airport shuttle service.
Philadelphia is a walkable city and The Logan is within walking distance to numerous restaurants, museums and shopping opportunities. The hotel staff is happy to hail a taxi for guests and overnight parking is available onsite for a nightly fee. In and out parking privileges are also offered.
For Mom and Dad
Couples Spa Day
A couple's massage treatment room is featured at the spa. If parents can sneak away from the kids and take some time to relax together, this couple's massage won't disappoint. Cap off date night by heading to the roof for a cocktail at Assembly.