I too was confused why prices are so high. I haven't stayed in Philly before but I am from D.C., live in Baltimore, and hubby's from NY. We are always able to find pretty reasonable deals for 4* properties. I have considered Cherry Hill, but Mt. Laurel may be too far as I have to travel to North Philly for an art show. I am willing to go to 3.5* levels.
My bidding zones were:
Trevose - Bensalem,
Cherry Hill, NJ,
Historic District - Penns Landing,
Bellmawr - Deptford - Runnemede, NJ, Philadelphia Airport,
Philadelphia Airport South - Chester, Cinnaminson - Riverton, NJ,
Center City West,
Center City East
As always thanks for your help!!