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#4 of 37 limited service properties in Philadelphia
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.4
Value
4.3
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A place that balances historic charm with contemporary conveniences, The Arco hits the spot. Colonial architecture with a brick exterior. And a toasty fireplace surrounded by modern lobby artwork. Each space includes rustic hardwood floors, paned windows, and bathrooms with French countryside wallpaper. The Chromecast-enabled television can stream anything from historical dramas to your favorite rom-com. You'll be in the heart of Philly, and Midtown Village provides ample activities. Walk around South 13th Street for an array of bars and international cuisine — the bao buns from DanDan will leave your tastebuds happy. There's also the tranquil park of Rittenhouse Square. By the time it's checkout, you'll be ready to book your next stay at The Arco. This property belongs to a collection of boutique hotels powered by Sonder. No two properties are alike, but all offer our mobile-first guest experience.
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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Wifi
Restaurant
Express check-in / check-out
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Self-serve laundry
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1234 Locust Street Midtown Village, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5612
The Arco powered by Sonder
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Garry M wrote a review Dec 2023
Birmingham, United Kingdom212 contributions153 helpful votes
Stayed here before in duplex apartment Very good location esp LGBT bars Has what you need towels hairdryer toiletries Why a 3 well it feels like it needs a bit of maintenance like shower head descaling , walls look but tired That said it's clean and everything works just getting tired
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Duplex is great room as two bathrooms and bed upstairs
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Responded Jan 7, 2024
Hi Garry, thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and our wonderful location. We apologize for the trouble with your room. We'll investigate this space and ensure any present issues are addressed. We hope to host you again soon at one of our many locations across the globe.
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Jim M wrote a review Mar 2023
Virginia Beach, Virginia45 contributions20 helpful votes
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This was our first time using a Sonder facility. We were intrigued by the concept. A cross between a hotel and an Air BnB. We had a clean, spacious room. Bigger than average hotel room. Even without a front desk person on-site, access was so simple — especially if you download the Sonder app. Centrally located. And 1/3 the cost of a hotel at the same quality. We’re now fans of Sonder. We’re recommending them to our friends/family. We’ll definitely use them in other cities!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Download the Sonder app. In the app, “launch mobile key” to enable access just by tapping your...
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Guide58033963082 wrote a review Dec 2023
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The Arco was a lovely space in the heart of Philly. Surrounded by great food, easily walkable, and joyously gay! The bathroom was immaculately clean with great water pressure and temperature. The walk to the convention center is only about 7 minutes. I will absolutely be staying here again the next time I am in town.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: The staffing is minimal, but supplies are easily accessible and plenty.
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Meghan S wrote a review Dec 2023
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This is my second time staying here this year and it was just as great as the first time. Very clean and neat rooms. Hotel is in a nice safe area.. close to lots of places in walking distance. Will definitely come here for future trips.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Kaylie Gallagher wrote a review Oct 2023
Jacksonville, Florida5 contributions
The hotel was clean, check in was super easy, and the bed was comfortable. There was a great hand cream and shower brand supplied. The lighting by the bed was nice. Normally I am afraid with walk without socks on the floor of hotel rooms and this one I felt comfortable. We saw someone cleaning the lounge area as we checked out.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Laura-Louise T wrote a review Oct 2023
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Great stay, very easy check-in comfortable room, surprisingly quiet! Also very much appreciated the free and easy luggage storage. Bed was comfortable, nice view and extremely well located. Will definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Caroline H wrote a review Oct 2023
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We stayed at The Arco by Sonder in Philadelphia. On the second day of our stay, I found a woman’s dirty thong in the closet. Sonders do not have staff on the premises and so we had to text the help number. It was either AI or someone who didn’t speak English well. They said a report had been made and we should hear from someone shortly. After six hours and no word, I started texting the number again. I sent pictures this time. I also emailed pictures to a customer service email. They apologized and issued a $25 cleaning refund on a $600 stay. They stopped replying to my emails when I continued to ask when someone would be coming by to remove the underwear. No one ever came and they stopped answering. Never stay with Sonder. Horrible customer service that is impossible to even get in touch with.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: There is no staff on the premises and no amenities (hairdryer, iron, etc).
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Deylight W wrote a review Sep 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia4 contributions
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Ghost check-in was my first impression; but I'm from Brooklyn so we "role with it"🌻there's NO PERSON OR RECEPTION to chk you in. It's ALL online so you better complete that request for ID..which I didn't...was pissed off..BUT. the Sonder customer service rocked! She worked me through it...with great patience and got me in in about 15 minutes. Sonder has excellent customer service..all the way through. Then I got to wait in a lobby area until chk. Clean, accommidating, still NO PERSON, bathroom and lockers so I could leave and come back at chk in. The studio room was spotless and SPECTACULAR, fire place and even hardwood floors, a sofa, gig ceilings, small frig, big screen TV, just lovely. I slept easy and well. Sonder..is SPECTACULAR experience.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: Complete ID process BEFORE arrival; this is ALL online process ...but customer service is excellent!
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Rosiew2626 wrote a review Jul 2023
Bonnybridge, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
Our experience at The Acro was excellent. Our room was spotless, well prepared and provided many little thoughtful extras such as a white noise machine. The room was large and spacious. Excellent check in and the lobby was clean and inviting. Location was central and in easy walking distance to all the historic sights.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ronald K wrote a review Jun 2023
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Couldn't even register. They have an automated "Verify" function that refuses clear pictures of your ID. Tried to get a human to help, but they don't know how to override the automated system. Can't register if the automated system can't verify your ID. Find somewhere else that wants to do business.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jul 7, 2023
Hi Ronald, we're sorry to hear about your experience. We aim to make our verification process easy and seamless and it's clear we dropped the ball here. We'll work to improve this process to ensure a better future experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Arco powered by Sonder
Which popular attractions are close to The Arco powered by Sonder?
Nearby attractions include Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (0.1 miles), Wanamaker Organ (0.3 miles), and Macy's Philadelphia (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Arco powered by Sonder?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Arco powered by Sonder?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at The Arco powered by Sonder?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Arco powered by Sonder?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Arco powered by Sonder?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Wayward, Vedge, and Butcher and Singer.
Is The Arco powered by Sonder located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Philadelphia.
Are there any historical sites close to The Arco powered by Sonder?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (0.7 miles), Battleship New Jersey (1.7 miles), and Independence National Historical Park (0.8 miles).