Whenever we return to Philadelphia to see family and friends, we take time to explore this beautiful, but often overlooked city. We sometimes stay at the airport Hilton for convenience, but this year, we spent a few days at the Doubletree by Hilton Center City.
It is kept in good condition and has the feel of a boutique hotel with a comfortable lobby and balcony restaurant. The front of the hotel is all glass, so at either level, you can experience the pulse of the city and admire the surrounding architecture. The building has a unique design and reminds me of a serrated knife standing on end. Each “jag” is a pair of windows in a spacious and bright triangular room. From the front desk to the restaurant staff to the bellmen, everyone is friendly and efficient. The cookies at check-in are wonderful too!
But, the highlight of the Doubletree is its excellent location on Broad St. It is just south of City Hall and Macy’s, and across the street from the Academy of Music. Also, there is a subway station right at the corner that will take you to the sports stadiums at the south end of Broad. Right before you get to City Hall, hang a left on Walnut St. and you’ll find a very good shopping district with popular stores. If you walk east from City Hall on Market St., you will see another fine selection of architecture including the Reading Terminal, which is a must for foodies. The Reading Terminal Market is one block north of Market and it is a plethora of food stalls – cheese, meat, pastries, candy, produce, and food from around the world. Go there for lunch. Walk further down Market, and you will be near the historic district – Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House. If you get tired, take the carriage ride and listen to the guide share stories of the past or jump on one of the double decker busses for an extensive guided tour around the city.
No matter what you choose to see or do, I think you will find the Doubletree a good place to start and end the day.
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