Coming to Philly for a convention next week, bringing my wife and 6yo with me. We're staying at the Sonesta on a pretty good conference rate. My wife and I lived in Philly from 96-98, and this is the first time I've been back. We lived out in the NE (Fox Chase) but I worked in Old City, and so I think I'm still pretty familiar with SEPTA, the blue and green lines, etc. we are not renting a car.
Wondering what the area around the hotel is like at night. From what I remember, the area above Suburban Station, immediately west of City Hall, is full of office workers during the day, but what's it like in the evenings? Will we be able to find decent restaurant choices in walking distance, even if they're just pizza or cheesesteak places? Is the walk to the Rittenhouse Square area safe and reasonable in the 8-9PM ballpark? With a young child, we're obviously not looking for 5-star restaurants, and we won't be out drinking until 2AM. And I don't mind taking cabs as needed, but it would be nice to explore the area on foot a bit, if that's reasonable.
Welcome everyone's thoughts. Excited to be visiting Philly after 14 years away. Thanks.