Unfortunately we have not had as good luck as in previous years. The 2 hotels we had blocks reserved in closed without notice (one changing names and doubling prices). This, paired with the American Education Research Assoc. annual meeting at the convention center that weekend booked up all the hotels long ago. Below are some suggestions both based on price and/or proximity, plus a few other ’boutique’ ideas.
Cherry Hill hotels are 10 miles from downtown Philadelphia, just over either bridge into New Jersey. There are a plethora of 3 or 4 star hotels, like the Days Inn for under $100. That is a link to the hotels.com website where many deals can be found that are cheaper than a bulk rate. But just in case, we have contracted a 10 room bulk ‘deal’ with Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill. Reserved for the nights of 4/4 and 4/5 for $120 a night including free parking, indoor pool, free wifi, onsite restaurant, and proximity to amenities. Mention PIFS when reserving for the rate.
Another option is are airport hotels which are 13 miles from downtown Philadelphia, and right off highway 95.
And here is a link the only available downtown hotels best rates available on priceline.
An option for the more adventurous is airbnb.com a website where you can rent guest rooms or whole houses/apartments – there is a lot to choose from and a lot of availability. Check it out, it is very safe (I’ve done it all over the world).
We have contracted with Park USA to be open for our weekend. They are right next door. They can accommodate regular sized vans and passenger trucks/suvs, but no larger. The rates are $10 for 24hrs/overnight. During day hours Thur or Friday it is $6. They will close at 10pm (meaning gates locked) on Thurs and Fri; 8pm on Sat and 7pm on Sun. We have the big outdoor lot for parking of big trucks on Arch St and North 23rd and it is a flat rate of $20 for 24hr and must be prepaid at the machine if no one is on duty.
Parking maps, passes and more info will be in your MOVE IN PACKETS