Great little hotel - staff are fantastic, especially those in the breakfast room.
Fantastic city location on Walnut Street which is a vibrant area with tons of restaurants, bars, shops - too much choice! (I think the person who said it was dangerous must come from a very small town). Also check out Chestnut Street close-by, equally good - both are better on the other side of Broad, just 2 minutes away, which is also the main thoroughfare with many theatres round the corner. 2 large deli's opposite til midnight, wine shop around the corner for any BYOB restaurants. Rittenhouse Sq area only 10 mins walk away. Historic district 10 mins walk - all safe, on main streets.
Location - you couldn't ask for better - and I know Philly quite well, having spent about 8 months there.
Breakfast buffet is a bit iffy for Europeans - very American, not at all international - eggs with cheez-whiz squirted all over them (mmmm very - not - healthy), and that bizarre concoction called sausauge gravy, or else extremely fatty streaky bacon. Occasionally suspect 'sausage patties', which taste of washing-up liquid and are of indeterminable meat content, but are standard in many American hotels. Definitely do not expect a "continental style' breakfast. Fresh fruit coinsists of whole apples and bananas - not a real pastry in sight, but lots of unhealthy muffins, bagels and cake things - and cream cheese and jam to slap on it. Fridge had yoghurts, but low grade. And don't even try the cardboard bread - again, standard in American hotels - not a wholegrain or bit of roughage in sight. It is definitely tailored to the American expectations market (sorry, American readers) - I heard many people congratulating the staff on the high quality of breakfast, when I couldn't find anything I was willing to pollute my body with.
As said, staff generally fantastic - a couple fo the Reception staff a little miserable, but most are very friendly, as were all maintenance staff I chatted to in the elevators. Room was a little tired, but nothing that deserved complaining about.
However.......if you expect to use the internet regularly- forget it. It's totally dreadful. I was trying to reconfirm a flight. The site screen said "10 seconds to refresh", which is what it takes at home on that airline's website. At this hotel, I was still waiting after 10-12 minutes and just gave up. Likewise accessing Yahoo mail - a good 10 minutes to get in on a good day (most of the time you just don't get in at all). Connecting to my work network to do work was just impossible with these response times.
Great holiday for a casual weekend vacation - but any business visitor needs to seriously by-pass this hotel. And I mean SERIOUSLY by-pass it. The Residence Inn round the corner has a fantastic internet service (also free) - and you'll be much better off there.
Shame really - they really let themselves down on something that would probably be fairly cheap to fix - and yet I'll be telling everyone at my company to never stay there, as I'm sure others will - so it's a false economy for them. And the staff are just SO nice....so they're doing something right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover all that Downtown Philadelphia has to offer at the convenient, clean and comfortable Holiday Inn Express Midtown Philadelphia. In the heart of Center City, you will have access to shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts. Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Midtown is within walking distance to various historic sites including: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House. Our hotel is convenient to many other attractions including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia's Restaurant Row, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia Zoo and Museum area. A short subway ride away are professional sports venues: Lincoln Financial Field, Wachovia Center, and Citizens Ball park. Getting there is fast and convenient. Easy access to all major highways and only 8 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport, you ll spend less time in traffic and more time doing what you came to Philadelphia to do. Whether you re coming to Philadelphia for business or pleasure, rest assured your room at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown Philadelphia is your personal retreat. Relax and make the most of your day. Amenities such as free High-Speed Wireless Internet throughout the hotel, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Outdoor Pool, 32 LCD/HD TV s and comfortable bedding means every night is a great night and every day starts right. ... more less
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