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Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 N Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center East)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
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Newton, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This hotel has everything I want for a stay in a big city. Comfortable, clean rooms; fantastic location immediately next to public transportation; friendly staff; a Starbucks open late in the lobby; a variety of nice restaurants an easy walk away; an indoor urban mall with a bookstore just a block away; one block from Reading Terminal Market with its myriad shops and my favorite Amish food; and all at a quite reasonable price for downtown Philly. I have stayed at several other nearby hotels, some costing over $200 per night (I paid $127 plus tax), and this is my clear favorite.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed at this Marriott location on a busy, blustry weekend in January. It was the perfect location for attending the Auto Show, held at the convention center. The location of this hotel is ideal for lots of activities in center city Philadelphia. Restuarants, shops, art and more are all within walking distance. And, you can feel the history of Philadelphia all around you. The property is well run, in typical Marriott fashion. The rooms are a decent size, very comfortable, with the expected level of ameneties for the Courtyard brand. The lobby is bustling, as is to be expected for the heart of downtown. This hotel is a great value also. Rates are very reasonable, given the location and access to so much Philly has to offer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a couple of nights for a mini-vacation and everything about this hotel was great. The fitness center was perfect for my needs and the staff was excellent. At one point during my workout, the security guard brought in bottles of water and handed them out to everyone in the fitness center. The staff was well informed on the must see sites and gave perfect directions and catered to all of our needs.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leuven, Belgium
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This Courtyard hotel is a very traditional hotel. Being here for business, I found it a typical characterless hotel, that however is right in what it provides. Service and personnel are very good, location is great and accomodation as well.
Quite expensive however, but seeing the location and services it provides, the price seems fair.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Evanston, Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I was in Philly on a 1-day business trip and decided to stay at the Courtyard. It is located just across the street from City Hall. The hotel is in great shape and my room was spacious (for me) and clean. Front desk was friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were modern, clean with good showers (important!)I had several hours between appointments and I sat in one of the library rooms and did my work. I felt very comfortable there. I also visited the Phil. museum of fine art, which is a 5 minute walk. The Reading Terminal is 2 minutes away. My only critcism is that I like to keep the room cool and I could have used an extra blanket. II would stay at the Courtyard again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Maryland
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

To be honest, with 3 young kids under 6 we don't often splash out on the more expensive hotels & there were plenty $50-$100 cheaper per night to choose from. But we are so glad we went for this hotel for our overnight stay. Great base to explore the delights of Philly & the impressive architecture of city hall = view was pretty spectacular. Our 2 eldest kids couldn't get enough of the view- we've never had such an enthusiastic & positive reaction from them about a hotel room before! You need to request city hall view in advance.

As we required two beds for our family room, (& travel cot) we sacrificed room size for view (two queen beds instead of Kings). With travel cot up, room did feel a little cramped but that was our choice & view was so worth it.

We could see all the way down to Museum of Art, which was a v pleasant 25 min walk north (quicker without kids!). Also great to see Philly skyline all lit up at night- had to drag kids away from window for dinner.

Bathroom on small side too. So overall room average but view outstanding and more than made up for it.

Other things which impressed us overall was friendliness & helpfulness of staff.
Little touches like baby shampoo & lotion & little bath toy in room with travel cot, front of house staff entertaining our children, restaurant staff very pleasant.

We don't often eat in hotel but kids tired so easiest option after sight seeing. A little pricey for dinner but tasty & nice options & relaxing environment. We had comfortable family booth with individual TV (kids loved!). But it also a very nice bar area & mix of families, couples & groups of younger guests. V pleasant atmosphere & worth paying the extra for convenience of not having to leave Hotel on a cold winter's night with tired children in tow (& our youngest could eat dinner in his pjs then fall asleep in stroller!).

V pleasantly surprised with breakfast- ample & tasty choice. Though if you really want value for money- you can't beat buzzing vibe of Reading Terminal food market just over the road. Soooo many cheap & tasty eats- tho naturally not as plush an atmosphere to dine in as hotel,

As alway swimming pool smaller than looked on website, & water pretty cold...but kids loved, just too cold for our youngest. Hot tub a big hit.

Overall fantastic location, worth it for city hall view, nice hotel & pleasant staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

While I appreciate the wonderful look and architectural details in the main lobby and first floor of the hotel, the rooms are less than stellar. The lobby, like with a lot of other Courtyards, has been remodeled, it's clear the rooms are in great need to updating. Our bathroom was pretty dingy and you could tell the shower had seen better days. We have stayed in a lot of Courtyards and I would have to say this is in definite need of a makeover! Also, our shower and the floor of the bathroom had hairs that seem to have been missed by the cleaning staff. We also had to track down a staff member for toiletries that were never placed in our room. We usually stay at the other Marriott and chose the Courtyard because it was a better price, next time we will spend the extra money and stay in the nicer of the two.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 21 N Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Green Hotel in Philadelphia
#14 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#16 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#24 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown 3.5*
Number of rooms: 498
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A nice property located near the city's Convention Center. ... more   less 
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