4 star hotel
Area: Center City West
1.93 mi from Philadelphia Zoo
Best Rooms: The hotel is located in the middle of the city, so views are mainly obstructed by surrounding buildings; however, rooms ending in *01 and *02 (e.g. 401, 502) are located on the Chestnut Street side of building and offer partial city views.
3 star hotel
2.13 mi from Philadelphia Zoo
Best Rooms: For a view of City Hall, request to be placed in a room facing north, on floor 9.
Best Rooms: The hotel isn't known for its views, but getting a corner room facing Market St. on floors 18 and and above will get you the best street view.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Avenue of the Arts South
2.24 mi from Philadelphia Zoo
Best Rooms: One side of the hotel faces the city, while the other faces the alley. Be sure to request a room on the city side, on floors 12 or above, is a view is important to you.
3 star hotel
Area: Wynnefield Heights
2.57 mi from Philadelphia Zoo
Best Rooms: Suites facing southwest, which are available in all categories, offer a view of Belmont Reservoir.
Best Rooms: The best option for a view is to request a room overlooking the courtyard, which is available in any category. Specifically, the six rooms with courtyard views are: 101, 102, 201, 203, 301 and 303.