It has been nearly 20 years since I visited the Bellevue, so I was surprised that it had been taken over by Hyatt. And I was a little saddened to see that years had not been so kind to this local landmark.
I had a long layover in Philly and decided to treat myself to a room in town to rest up for an overnight flight to Europe after arriving on a red eye from the west coast. Exhausted, I took advantage of the Hyatt's day rate, which was surprisingly low at under $200 - a far better option, I thought, than the new Minute Suites at PHL.
And it was. To their credit, the staff were professional, caring and responsive. From the front desk to the bell staff to the room service server, everyone put forth a good effort.
But the age of the property really shows. The furniture in my room was damaged. To work at the desk, one had to put the phone on the floor. Plumbing was old and rusted. However, the thing that I really needed - a comfy bed - did not disappoint. The bedding was impeccable and I was grateful for the respite and the much needed shut-eye.
So, it is what it is. And if you are stuck at PHL and trying to decide between hanging at the airport or coming into town for a real rest, I would recommend the Hyatt at the Bellevue. 'What it is' is what the doctor ordered for a weary traveller. Even with its wrinkles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magnificently restored historic National Landmark, the hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Philadelphia's business, restaurant, shopping and theatre districts. Featuring 172 spacious guest rooms, this historic luxury property appeal to all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt At The Bellevue Hotel Philadelphia
- Hyatt Philadelphia
- Park Hyatt Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Hyatt