Once again, we stayed here for a weekend of R&R&R in Center City, not thirty minutes from where we live. Once again, we got a great deal through blind bidding. Once again, our room and service were exemplary -- even though we paid less than half the rack rate, we got nothing less than full service.
The Westin is located in Liberty Place, an office / retail skyscraper just a block south of Market Street, two blocks west of City Hall, and two blocks from Rittenhouse Square. As such, it is surrounded by shopping of all kinds, art venues, fine dining, and nightlife -- WAY too many to list. It is also three blocks from a subway stop, and thus Old City and the University Area are easily accessible. One can visit the Shops at Liberty Place without going outside, thus giving you a mall (and food court) just minutes from the lobby. In other words, its location is hard to beat.
Our room had full bath, phone, AC,hair dryer, iron & board, radio/CD-player/alarm, bathrobe, and digital TV with 41 channels. It also had a refrigerator with a VERY clear warning that any usage, even without taking anything within it, would result in a charge. The snacks and water bottles in the room are clearly labelled as NOT complimentary. There is a coffee maker in the room but I could not determine the charge for using it. The room was clean, quiet (including the AC), and well-maintained.
Parking and breakfast buffet are available on-site, but neither is a bargain. Wi-fi is available for free in the lobby and with a daily charge in one's room. The lobby also features comfortable seating areas, a TV, and a concierge desk. In the morning, newspapers and coffee are provided free.
We took advantage of a deal I've never heard of anywhere else: if you agree to not have any maid service of any kind -- no cleaning, no fresh towels, no bed service -- you get a $5 coupon at their eating establishments during your stay.
The bed and its pillows are still some of the best we've ever experienced. Staff was always helpful and friendly; offering help without being asked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of a city rich with history, The Westin Philadelphia is convenient to Liberty Place, upscale shopping, award-winning restaurants, museums and historical attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Constitution Center. Our hotel features 294 guest rooms with 19 suites, business center, fitness facility, and on-site dining at citygrange. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Philadelphia Hotel Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Westin