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BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   235 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 84 hotels in Philadelphia
Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Excellent! Don't Hesitate!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights. I booked it based on all the good reviews. Well, it's true. this place is great! The rooms are quiet and beds very comfortable. The air con is quiet. No street noise. Staff were wonderful. Free hot breakfast was surprisingly good! We loved the special waffles! Location is fantastic...can't be beat. If you like historic homes and trendy parts of town with boutique pubs/ restaurants, this is the hotel. Not to mention the yummy choc chip cookies and abundant fruit bowl in the lobby. Not one bad thing to say and it was well above what you normally expect from a Best Western. I only wish we had more time in Philly.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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InnsOfDistinction, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
.Dear Travelbbug

It's clear to see that you LOVED the Best Western Independence Park Hotel. So thanks for selecting us and for telling the world how EXCELLENT your stay was, especially from a well-traveled individual as yourself!

It seemed you enjoyed our "quiet" rooms and "very comfortable" beds; plus our "wonderful" staff and our "Free hot breakfast was surprisingly good"; all great comments. Thanks.

But of all the gracious comments you wrote about the Independence Park Hotel; this one was my favorite; "Not one bad thing to say...I only wish we had more time in Philly"

Hey Sydney, Australia is not that far away....come back often and soon!

JM
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

The staff was excellent. The location is just one block off of market street and three blocks from independence hall. We walked all the way from the hotel to museum and caught the trolley back. Lots of great sights along the way.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

This hotel has only 35 rooms in a historic building. Many attractions are with walking distance. Rooms are clean, great beds, nice bathroom, full breakfast including eggs, waffles, cereals, breads. Afternoon tea with cookies and, at least on Wednesdays a wine and snack party for hotel guests. Lots of good restaurants nearby. And, it is very quiet.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 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, July 5, 2013
Dear SFGAL8,

Thanks for your wonderful review and for telling the world about your fabulous time at the Independence Park Hotel. We appreciate both!

You are 100% correct when you wrote "Many attractions are with walking distance" and there are "Lots of good restaurants nearby." Personally, I think we have the best location in Philadelphia!

And I am pleased that you found our "Rooms are clean, great beds, nice bathroom"; this is always great to hear.

Anyway, thanks again for your kind words and wonderful review...please come back and visit us soon!

JM
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Long Beach, California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a sweet, old hotel in the heart of Old Town Philly. First, the staff is wonderful. The restaurant recommendations are excellent and they make your reservations. As is stated in other reviews, Lynn is terrific. She warned us about the dress code which some restaurants enforce namely, collared shirts for men and no athletic shoes. Kids are exempt. Remember this is a historic hotel so the rooms are not large but big enough and the bathrooms have been modernized. As other reviews warn, if you want a quieter night then stay in a back room. We stayed in 507 which was excellent with one caveat; avoid the sofa bed and get a roll-away if you have three like us. The room has a big flat screen t.v. and fresh white linens. The hotel is walking distance from all of the historic sites. No need for a car. The breakfast has everything you need to get the day started. And it was a nice touch to come back after walking and walking to find fresh lemon/lime ice water waiting along with cookies in the lobby. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Great location to Independence Park and historical areas. Hotel was clean and the pull out bed was good for the kids. Must have the waffle with the liberty bell imprint. It was a hit with the kids. Price was good for the area. Parking is a couple blocks away but we had good weather and was not a problem. We dropped all luggage at the desk before parking and they brought it up to the room for us when it became available. Even hung up our coats. The buildings next door do not look great but there is alot of renovations being done in the area. It is old town. Eat at the Old City Tavern and Campos for great food and just around the block from the hotel.

Room Tip: We chose the top floor. It faced the old bank and park. Quiet for the most park on the weekend. Once...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed in this hotel during our visit to Philadelphia for the U.S. Open and sightseeing. Upon our arrival we asked the lady in charge of the front desk, Lynn, for advice on restaurants within walking distance and other sightseeing tips. She was off the charts helpful – she listened to what types of food and restaurants we enjoyed and made 3 great recommendations, followed up with personal calls to each restaurant getting us great reservations even when the bookings were full. Lynn made our visit to Philadelphia really special. Although the location is great and our room was very nice, Lynn is why we will make this hotel our first choice upon return visits to Philadelphia.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was Very clean, very friendly staff, great breakfast, good location. The lobby was newly redone with beautiful wood floors. Only concern is access to floors was supposed to be by card key but doors were not locked.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Best Western Philadelphia
Philadelphia Best Western
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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#12 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#12 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Independence Park Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you’re planning to “Visit Philly” this summer, 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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