As a HIlton Honors member, I looked hard at the choices available in Philly and initially I did not find a fit that I had wanted, but I ended up not being disappointed in this hotel. I spotted another review of this hotel just before writing mine and I had to feel that this reviewer had in mind the same things that I wanted to write about, even down to the sameTitle!
I had a great rate for a downtown hotel in ANY city; I booked this one on the Hilton website about 2 weeks before my visit and got a rate of $129/night. (AAA rate: it would have been even less expensive if I had been willing to pay in full in advance)
The hotel is reasonably accessible from the airport by train.
I actually stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn at the PHL Airport(also a Hilton property) and caught the train with my partner for $8 for both of us to travel to the central city (vs. $28 + tip for a cab)
The train has two stops near City Hall and results in a 10 minute walk to the hotel.
This hotel is located along the Avenue of the Arts (Broad Street) and near major theatres and the Curtis Institute of Music. Because of its central location, it was a good place to walk to various sites that my partner and I wanted to visit.
The main purpose of our Philly trip was to visit the Barnes Foundation where there is a fantastic art collection focusing on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists that may be unrivalled anywhere in the world. This is close to the world famous Museum of Art just northwest of the hotel and a nice 20 minute walk (for a pair of mid-50's adults that we are ) from our hotel.
We were also about a 20 minute walk from the Independence Mall area where the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and other historical sites are located.
We were less than 10 minutes walk from Rittenhouse Square where there are fabulous stores and restaurants.
Some Hiltons have great restaurants; this hotel did not have a great restaurant, but had a good serviceable restaurant. Service was a bit slow and seemed a bit disjointed for breakfast.
As a HIlton Honors member, we were entitled to two Continental Breakfast meals each day of stay; however, on Sundays, we were entitled to the entire Brunch buffet including hot foods, omelets, etc. Food quality was good, but we felt compelled to venture out and try the wide variety of ethnic eateries that abound in downtown Philadelphia.
The room was nicely appointed. I would have liked a room safe, otherwise it had the amenities I would expect from a hotel room. The only glitch encountered with the room was an environmental control unit on the wall that did not seem to sync with the heating unit controls, so I used the heating unit controls neat the window.
Also, although I was on the 22nd floor, I could still hear the loud emergency vehicle sirens in the middle of the night. Thankfully, only happened two or three times that I can recall.
Service was excellent from staff members.
It did get a bit backed up at noontime for checkout and they appeared to be short-staffed at least temporarily but everyone remained pleasant nonetheless.
I intend to return to Philadelphia to visit the Museum of Art and spend a bit more time exploring this city and I would be perfectly happy to stay at this hotel again.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Hotels.com, Hilton Hotels, HotelTravel.com, Despegar.com, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, BookIt.com, Agoda, getaroom.com, Booking.com and Tingo so you can book your Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Philadelphia Center City Hotel Philadelphia
- Doubletree Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Doubletree
- Double Tree Hotel In Philadelphia