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“Bring a jacket and tie....” 4 of 5 stars
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The Inn At The Union League
1450 Sansom Street, (between Broad and 15th Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)   |  
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Ranked #27 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Bring a jacket and tie....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

The Union League is an exceptional club with a terrific history and outstanding location. For overnight guests I would recommend you stay in a traditional hotel as you will probably be a bit more comfortable. I stayed because of a luncheon and speech at the League and was very well received, taken care of, and fed. Oh yeah...make sure you have a jacket and tie or you will not be allowed into the dining room or any of the other public spaces....even the business center.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

The majority of the staff were rude. They made guests feel as if they were not welcome because they are not actually members of the League. The dress-code is ridiculous. The people that I encountered that were members seemed to think very highly of themselves. The walls in the room must have been as thin as paper because I could hear everything. In short, I strongly advise that you stay elsewhere.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Though I'm not a member, I've been a guest on many occasions for functions and meals. As mentioned in my title, this place exudes old English charm and the hospitality is next to none. The food and the service is exquisite. You will certainly not be disappointed by your visit here.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stamford, CT
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

This place screams class. Old school, classic motif with paintings and sculptures of US Presidents and historical events. Jackets necessary at all times. No jeans. All the reviews are pretty accurate so read closely, but here's some other stuff to know-

Great breakfast, included in price of room. Omelet station, Belgian waffle station (Best Belgian waffle I ever had), normal bacon, sausage, bagels, oatmeal, pastries, cereal, etc.

$25 parking across the street. Solid price for Philadelphia.

Close to a lot of bars, within walking distance.

Cigar bar and hotel bar are very nice.

Room is OK. Normal hotel room, nothing special really. Only critiques would be if you are a light sleeper, ask for a room on the inside of the building (not sure if it's a courtyard or if the rooms just don't have windows) because the rooms on the outside are very loud due to street traffic. Walls are also very thin, could hear other people's wake up calls very clearly.

Overall great place to stay in Philly if you want to stay in style.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

The elegance of Philadelphia starts at the Union League. I remember late night snacks at the Library Louge and Holiday Brunches with family. Everyone looked their best and the service was impeccable. I'll stop in the next time I'm in town.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Black Isle, Scotland
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

We stay at The Inn at The Union League whever we're in Philadelphia. It is an elegant place to stay, to drink and to dine, with a calm, old-fashioned dignity to it. Those who are put off by the dress code etc., should consider staying at the Holiday Inn Express. For my family and me, asking people to dress smartly is a reminder that one should be on one's best behavior when in public, and my only lament is that today's traveller needs to be reminded of that fact.

As for the nuts and bolts, the rooms are spacious, tasteful and have some of the most compfortable beds we've slept in. The Center City location can't be beat, and the bars & restaurant provide world-class drinking and dining experiences. Bravo!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

We had three parties of two staying here for a wedding taking place a block away at the Hyatt. Great location (especially close to the wedding we were attending) and all the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. The hotel and the club is gorgeous. Each of our three rooms was different, which is part of what I like about staying in older properties. Though the building is older, the rooms had all the amenities you expect in a hotel room today. The rooms aren't huge, but there is plenty of closet space, enough room to move around with a King-size bed and a desk, and the bathrooms were roomy. Loved the complimentary robes and the complimentary breakfast was great! There was also a small lounge on our floor that had complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea, juice and snacks. As for the dress code, we were aware of it before arriving so it didn't take us by surprise. I thought it was nice to stay somewhere where people are dressed nicely. It didn't bother me at all to not wear jeans and tennis shoes while we were there. In fact, I found it added to the charm. Will be staying here again when we visit Philly for fun.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Inn At The Union League

Address: 1450 Sansom Street, (between Broad and 15th Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Philadelphia
#28 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#32 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 67
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