This is a great hotel. Went for a one night stay with my husband on 4/28-4/29 and could not have been happier. Skipped the valet parking at $35/day and parked one block away across Market Street in a garage off of 12th street for $13. Lobby is really nice, check-in was completely efficient. Given a GREAT room - #1739 and we were completely shocked (in a good way) when we opened the (double!) doors to the room - it was a huge suite complete with a living room with couch, coffee table, entertainment center, end tables and 2 chairs, 6 person dining (!!!) room with buffet, wet bar with mini fridge, complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea, 2 huge closets with terrycloth robes, 2 huge double windows overlooking the city, nice (although somewhat smallish, given the size of the hotel room) bathroom with great amentities (mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel, shower cap, mending kit, shoe polish cloth, q-tips and cotton balls) and one queen sized (VERY VERY comfortable) bed. Shower was very powerful and there was a great heat lamp in the bathroom, almost felt like you had your own sauna in there! This room was huge; I've lived in apartments that were smaller than this. And, the clincher...I had won this room on Priceline for $75 when the going rate for a standard room for the night was $269! Wow. I could not beat this deal if I had tried and could not believe they had upgraded me to such a great room. Als, room was very clean and quiet.
Lobby has a Starbucks, a bunch of restaurants (Champions Sports Bar, a hotel restaurants, a JW Steakhouse) and some shops. It does seem very business-oriented. Really nice bar in the lobby as well. We checked out the indoor pool and fitness facility - the fitness center was very good, the pool was just OK. Pool was very small for such a large hotel (I think they have about 1400 rooms here.) 2 lanes for lap swimming and a smallish area for entering the pool. Not great for kids/families. They have a whirlpool next to the pool and dry saunas in each of the respective mens/womens locker rooms. It does seem to be very well maintained.
Hotel location is fantastic. It is attached to the Convention Center and right in the heart of Center City Philly. Loads of restaurant choices within the space of a few blocks. We ate dinner at El Vez just a few blocks away at 13th and Walnut. Excellent Mexican food (love the homemade guacamole and the taco sampler platter) and the very potent pomegranate margaritas. In the morning, we skipped breakfast at the hotel restaurant and walked a block away to the Reading Terminal Market. Just great.
Every single staff member who I came into contact with smiled and said hello. Elevators were very fast, didn't wait for more than a few seconds. Room service menu was reasonably priced for that particular service (didn't seem to cost any more than the restaurant prices, which is nice.) I think this hotel is closer to a 3.5-4 star hotel than just a 3 star in all honesty. I do like the Hilton Garden Inn (also next to the Convention Center) and have stayed there as well, but this place has them beat hands down and I think the Hilton is worthy of its 3 star rating. The Marriott is a notch higher. I'd definitely stay again and hopefully will win it again on Priceline, where it apparently comes up quite frequently. An absolute steal for $75.
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- Adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and 8 blocks from Independence Hall, this Center City Philadelphia hotel is ideally located near dining, shopping, business, & cultural attractions. ... more less
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- Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel Philadelphia
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