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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   235 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
Cockeysville, MD
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Just right for us”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Hubby & I just needed a break, took a 3 night weekend in Philly & stayed here in part to support that it is a repurposed buidling on the list of preserved historic properties--so yes, that translates into rooms that are limited by older architectural techniques/size et al. For us, just fine. We stayed in Room 402, oddly shaped, but great view of the "lantern steeple" of the commerce buidling and of the neo-romanesque U.S. Customs House ( I think that would also be true for 403, 502 & 503; seemed like there wouldn;t be much of a view eleshwere). The trade off was some road noise and bar noise (we are country people). Everything clean, nice linens, odd upholstery/curtain choices but so what. We loved the location, we walked everywhere--great walking city. Staff all friendly, and desk staff Donna was especially helpful with advice and recommendations (when you are going out to dinner, mention to the desk clerk where you are headed--they have coupons that are not on public display for some places --Donna gave us a coupon for a BOGO free at the expensive City Tavern (by the way, we were not too impressed with the place--we'll write a review in the restaurant column). It was really nice to walk to resaurants at night (kudos to Barra and also to Panini's, which was great if you have a person who wants a Philly cheese steak for dinner but you like to have a glass of wine at dinner--they pour complimenary wine, which was surprisingly good pinot noir for us) and walk home safely. We spent a lot of time at the various history spots and also just sitting in the many little garden areas in theOld city. I thought breakfast was fine--i am a healthy eater, so raisin bran, yogurt, good coffee (I'm picky) & OJ were all good, over a free Philadelphia Inqirer. Hubby--big eater--said eggs were dry but loved the waffle maker. Also, the late afternoon tea and cookies is a nice touch, a great pick me up between a day of sightseeing and getting ready for the evening. For us, especially for the price, this hotel was just right. The only idea would be a mini bar in the room--there only is a "snackpack" in the room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Beersheba, Israel
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The hotelis near the the historic area of Philadelphia and within walking distance of Independence Hall, and Liberty Bell .Hotel stay was pleasant despite the small room...The staff at the hotel was friendly and helpful .Breakfast was ok ....

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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InnsOfDistinction, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear ofray,

We certainly appreciate your gracious TripAdvisor comments and also your selecting the Independence Park Hotel for your stay in Philadelphia. It's always great to know when our guests enjoyed their visit with us, so thanks!

It's also nice to know that you found our staff "friendly and helpful” and that you enjoyed our great location; "within walking distance of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell".

In regard to your comment about our smaller room size, this is true and due to our 1856 roots, we are the most historic hotel in Philadelphia! We do have many larger rooms as well as other room types, so perhaps you may wish to select one of these on your next visit.

Anyway, we love helping to make our guests visit to Philadelphia enjoyable and we're happy to be of service to you.

Thanks again for telling the world about your wonderful experience at the Independence Park Hotel.

JM
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

The hotel is in the middle of the historic area of Philadelphia, and close walking distance to many sites. The hotel staff was friendly and very helpful. My room, although small, was very clean and comfortable. Serving on federal jury duty, the Independence Park Hotel was about 5 easy walking blocks from the courthouse. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs in the neighborhood. The hot breakfast was a good way to start the day, staff always gave me a friendly "good morning". Will be staying again

Room Tip: My room was in the center of the rear of the building, there was no view but it was very quiet with...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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InnsOfDistinction, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Dear dsbru,

Thanks for selecting the Independence Park Hotel for your business related trip to Philadelphia and for your gracious review on TripAdvisor. I'm glad we helped make your stay enjoyable.

You're right, our location is ideal for both leisure guests and those on business. We host many government travelers, since we are so close to the Federal Courts, IRS Training Center, NPS, USDA Graduate School and many other offices. Plus, the walk past the Liberty Bell is always fun!

I am also pleased that you wrote about my staff and how we "always gave me a friendly "good morning"; that's always great to read. I also pleased that your room was "very clean and comfortable". Thanks!

Anyway, your kind words are appreciated and we look forward to your return to Philadelphia soon!

JM
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Akron, OH
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Everyone at the hotel was friendly and helpful - particularly the people at the front desk. Greg did a great job recommending restaurants. We parked the car at the recommended garage and didn't see it for four days and were able to walk to all the sites in Old City. Breakfast was ok but the menu didn't change and it got a little boring by our last day. The room was very clean but small. The closet wasn't big enough to hold all of our clothes and we had to make do. The beds were comfortable. Our room was at the front of the hotel and we heard trucks early one morning but it really wasn't that bad. It might be a problem for light sleepers. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and were surprised with a bottle of champagne in the room when we checked in. The upsides for this hotel are the great staff, clean facilities and convenient location. The room size ended up not being a big issue because we spent most of our time elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Venice
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for four nights. It is a short walk to Independence Square and the on and off tour buses. There are many good restaurants nearby, as a well as a couple of expensive, but convenient, parking garages. Wine and cheese is offered on Wednesday afternoons. Good breakfast is included.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kingman, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The stay at Independence Park Hotel was great. The front desk staff was extemelt helpful, providing directions, calling a cab, and everything else in general. Excellent location for visiting all the historical district sights. Also, the breakfast was great every morning of my stay, with polite, helpful wait staff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Oceanside, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Perfect location for tourist vacation. Good location if you want to park your car and leave it for the duration of stay. (Good idea if you don't want to deal with all the narrow and one way streets). We were able to walk to all the locations and restaurants that we were interested in doing. The desk staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about where to eat and how to get to places. Breakfast is more than adequate and located downstairs in a very pleasant and clean dining area. Complimentary newspapers, snacks, and fruit. We more than enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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InnsOfDistinction, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
"We more than enjoyed our stay" are the comments we love to hear from our guests. And we especially love to read these gracious words on TripAdvisor. So, thanks for posting your review and thanks for staying with us at the Independence Park Hotel.

I am also pleased that you found my staff "knowledgeable" and "very helpful" and that you enjoyed our complimentary breakfast, newspapers, snacks and fresh fruit, as well.

It sounds as if you had an enjoyable stay with us and had a nice time in Philadelphia!

We greatly appreciate your selecting the Independence Park Hotel and your telling the world how much you enjoyed your stay with us.

Thanks so much.

JM
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Address: 235 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#7 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#15 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you're planning to "Visit Philly" this Autumn or Winter, be sure to stay the night at the Independence Park Hotel. We're located in Philadelphia's Historic District and the perfect spot to explore the city, catch a ball game, enjoy a show or just have fun! Stay with us and walk to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin's Post Office, Betsy Ross's House, the National Constitution Center and Penn's Landing. Plus, there are dozens of great restaurants, art galleries and museums to wander through in our historic neighborhood. And if you're in Philadelphia on business, you will love our convenient location, free high speed Internet, complimentary 24/7 business pulse center and our award winning and pretty delicious complimentary continental breakfast. We are close to many corporate and government headquarters, as well as universities and renowned hospitals. Stay a night or longer and when you do, we promise to take good care of you. So, relax and enjoy our stunning architecture and host of complimentary modern comforts, designed to exceed today's demanding traveler needs. Make the most of your visit to Philadelphia, stay at Independence Park Hotel. Come be our guest! ... more   less 
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