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“Four people for the price of 2, centrally located!” 5 of 5 stars
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Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1776 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103   |  
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Ranked #42 of 84 hotels in Philadelphia
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Stony Brook, NY
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“Four people for the price of 2, centrally located!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We love visiting Philly, but to be honest it can be pretty pricey. We saw that rooms were going for ~$100 per night and jumped at the chance to be in center city. On top of that, our friends wanted to come along for the trip and we were all able to comfortably share 1 room, with my fiance and I sharing the private bedroom.

The breakfast was nothing extraordinary but the night reception was great for stocking up on free soda and drinks. The area is close to many cheap parking garages and walking distance to many attractions, including reading terminal.

Bed was comfortable but the walls a bit thin so you can hear people moving around in the surrounding rooms. The building being round makes the hallways a little disorienting since they are essentially pie-shaped but it was well worth the view and balcony space.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I would have given it a "5" if not for the price of parking and the very slow elevators at times. The room was huge and there were enough sleeping spaces for the five of us. The couch-bed was surprisingly, extremely comfortable! It a great place for the one who snores the loudest so that the rest can sleep peacefully! Ha! The hotel staff could not have been more genuinely pleasant and helpful (not the obviously fake type.) Everything was clean and fresh in the rooms. The kitchenette area is a big plus too.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Very enjoyable, perfect location for us. Well definitely use this location again. Breakfast was crowded and a little disorganized. ......parking is pricey at $38 a night, but you are parking in a city. Hotel is very clean. Cocktail hour is a plus.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I recommend this hotel highly for families planning on visiting the Museum district. It is in walking distance of all attractions in the museum district and very close to the Suburban train station. The hotel is all suites and easily accommodated our party of three adults and three kids. There is a queen sized pullout couch in the main room and the bedroom we had had two double beds. Great views from the balcony, we were on the 23rd floor and could see the Art museum, and that high up could even see the Delaware river!
We didn't take advantage of the Manager's reception because we were headed for dinner, bit it looked nice - free snacks and drinks from 5:30-7:30 I believe. The kids loved TGIF for dinner, and our waitress couldn't have been more friendly!

Also took advantage of the free breakfast buffet - some hotels will limit the number of guests per room that can have free breakfast, but we got vouchers for all six of us. It was crowded as you would expect, but besides the usual bagels, cereal and hot plate scrambled eggs and bacon they had a man making omelets to order which were AWESOME!

This gave us plenty of fuel to take on the museum - the kids had a blast at the Franklin Institute. Lines can be long there on Sundays, best to get there by 10 or 10:30 om weekends.

Room Tip: Upper floors are best all rooms have great views and balconies
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

All the staff we encountered at the front desk, housekeeping, breakfast and managers reception were excellent. We felt truly valued to be their guests as demonstrated by their welcoming and helpful interactions. Other bonuses were the clean, updated, and spacious suites with awesome views as well as being the perfect location for exploring all the great center city offerings of shopping, restaurants, museums, and more. Great value. We will be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I have to disagree with the notion that there's nothing within walking distance of this hotel. In addition to the museums, there's plenty of SELF parking places that are a fraction of what the hotel valet charges. We parked a few blocks away on a Friday morning and left on a Sunday afternoon, and our parking charge was $28. :-) (Parking garage on Spring St.) Also, there's literally dozens of restaurants within walking distance (Heels walking distance no less!). We walked over to the Bistro San Tropez one night and the Rose Tattoo Cafe the other.

I found the staff here quite friendly. Our room didn't get serviced on Sat. between 9 - 3, so we simply waved off the cleaning lady who was just about getting to our room when we returned. She tried to at least exchange towels, but since we were only staying two nights total, we were fine using our towels a second time.

Rooms are ridiculously large -- all I could think of is this must be the BEST hotel for the Philadelphia Marathon -- 4 runners would have more than enough room to stretch out! We had a room on the 10th floor overlooking the Basilica. Can't complain about that view!

Also, Whole Foods is just past the Barnes Museum, which makes the whole kitchenette area actually quite usable.

It felt more like renting an apartment for the weekend than staying in a hotel. If you are looking for a sumptuous hotel experience, I would suggest trying across the street. If you are looking fore a comfortable, friendly, more homey location, this place should suit you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

The rooms with views of Ben Franklin Parkway are worth the price, especially for a short trip. Great location. You can walk to lots of museums and restaurants. Reasonable parking is available at the Hahnemann Hospital parking garage(about four blocks away). I'll definitely be back.

Room Tip: Higher floors have the best view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Embassy Suites Philadelphia
Philadelphia Embassy Suites
Address: 1776 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in Philadelphia
#36 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#43 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All suite, full service hotel, TGI Friday's attached to hotel, guest laundry, fitness room, valet parking available. All suites have kitchenette area, balconies with sweeping views of the city, two televisions, two phones, living, dining, work areas, separate bedroom with choice of one king or two double bed. Queen size sleep sofa in living room. ... more   less 
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