Preparing to visit a doctor can be stressful but having to book airline tickets and find the right hotel, we that’s another story. We are not experts but we have made the trip on several occasions now. So here is what we’ve learned.
US Airways fly direct from Dublin to Philadelphia. The flight from Dublin to Philadelphia takes about 7 hours 40 minutes and the return trip takes an hour less, taking 6 hours 40 minutes.
We have always taken a taxi from the airport to our hotel. It costs about $30 including a tip. The taxi service that serves Philadelphia is reliable and there are plenty of them.
There is a wide variety of hotels to serve all needs and pockets in Philadelphia. We have stayed in the Downtown Marriott and the DoubleTree. Both hotels are family friendly and have accessible rooms. Both hotels are very central and located near City Hall. When you are looking your hotel remember that generally prices are charged per room and that there are taxes due on top of that tarrif. If you are visiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) then it would be best to take a taxi from outside your hotel to the hospital.
Philadelphia is a relatively small city. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants. Rittenhouse Square boasts a superb atmosphere with cafes overlooking the little park. The Eastern State Penitentiary with Al Capone’s cell and Death Row, is well worth a visit. For a little ‘retail therapy’ there are several shops in central Philadephia. The Apple Store, Macys, Banana Republic to name but a few. If you require serious shopping then a trip to the King of Prussia Mall will not disappoint. The only drawback is that it’s about 45 minutes outside Phladelphia. For those interested in a little history then a trip to the Liberty Bell Centre will entertain. Finally, it would be a pity to visit Philadelphia and not to run up the steps of the Musuem of Art, just a Rocky did in the movie. There’s also a statue of Rocky – the perfect photo opportunity!
Let us know how you get on. We can add you experiences to what we have learned!