Our whole family loved the new Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Unfortunately, we could only stay one night before having to move to a thoroughly pedestrian hotel in Philly for a work holiday party; what a difference! Our "park queen queen" room had a totally fab decor and a great view of Independence Hall (and park) and the Liberty Bell. The staff could not be friendlier or more helpful. After 24 hours of being greeted and welcomed every time we entered the hotel, it was a stark contrast to check into a more typical hotel and get a more typically indifferent treatment. The Red Owl Restaurant looked very cool, but our family has never been in Philly together before, so we felt compelled to walk a few blocks to go out to dinner and found a great comfort food restaurant very nearby called Jones. Our kids loved our room,, with cool lamps that respond to touch, bold carpet and wallpaper patterns, and a copy of Alice in Wonderland, of which our daughter read the first few chapters. Special kudos to Rashid, the bellman, who dealt with our unusually copious luggage and tried to track down a package that Fedex failed to deliver. It was only when we (very, very reluctantly) checked out that I learned that the hotel had only been open for two months; it was such a well-oiled machine that i would have never guessed. I know exactly where i will be staying the next time i'm in Philadelphia -- definitely the Hotel Monaco.
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