When an American city describes itself as historic, you never know what to expect. Relics of the past can appear as good as new to visitors from Europe, a continent dotted with antiquities.
Yet it's impossible not to be impressed with Philadelphia's well-preserved historic district, home to key landmarks in the birth of the USA.
The Sheraton Society Hill is a perfect base for exploring Philly's past. Situated in the heart of the historic district, it is just a short walk through cobbled streets to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center.
Also nearby are world-class museums, including the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Recently renovated, the hotel is perfect for tourist and business travellers alike.
The reception is large and spacious, encompassing several lounges and the Link@Sheraton, a so-called "connection destination portal" complete with IT equipment and high-speed internet access.
As in many American hotels, breakfast is not included as standard, though it can be added on.
Alternatively, there's an in-house Starbucks and a catered club lounge, for members of the Sheraton's loyalty programme.
The 354 rooms and 10 suites are spread over four floors, with many opening up onto a central atrium above the lobby. It can be noisy, but the constant hum of the air conditioning generally disguises that. If, like me, you arrive jetlagged, the inviting swimming pool is conveniently open from 6am. Alternatively, burn off unsynchronised excess energy in the gym.
The Taste Restaurant serves pretty good contemporary American cuisine. Or be wowed - it's just a few footsteps from the front door at Zahav, a modern Israeli restaurant which has created a real buzz in the area.
Philly is a compact and walkable city, from the historical district to well beyond and the concierge is always on hand with advice of where to go and what to see