I stayed at the Grand Hotel Philadelphia for four nights in early September and enjoyed my stay. The hotel was booked for me (at my request, after viewing the list of potential lodgings) by the organizers of a meeting, so I don't know the exact rate. The hotel is located near the waterfront, in a neighborhood that was historically apparently a bit iffy, but has now been quite thoroughly gentrified, with upmarket restaurants, etc. (many right across the street in a renovated warehouse called Westerlijk Handelsterrein). The hotel is lovely, with the downstairs reception area and breakfast room/bar being old-fashioned, but the rooms being modern, with every convenience.
My room was on the first floor, facing the street (almost certainly the same room as described in another review here, as one of the wardrobe doors has still not been replaced). A tram that goes to Centraal runs right in front of the hotel---as it heads in the opposite direction before making an approximately 10 minute loop and then returning, this was very convenient, as it gave me time to put on my shoes and coat before going downstairs to step right on (you can buy your ticket from the conducter, but note that you can also buy passes valid for 24 hrs from the same conducter, very convenient if you're touring). I did not find the noise bothersome during the day, and if you shut the windows (and operate the air conditioning, necessary on my perhaps unseasonably warm visit) the noise is no longer an issue. The windows are huge, but have very good black out curtains that you can draw at night (and will want to, as the front of the hotel is illuminated, so too much light for me to sleep unless I did).
The room was large, and featured a king-size bed, desk, satellite TV, and table (and free-standing wardrobe---I didn't use the safe, so can't comment). The bathroom was enormous, with a separate stall shower and bathtub.
The staff was friendly, and security is very good: after hours you have to be buzzed in by the night clerk. Breakfast was typical Dutch: meats, cheeses, bread, spreads (including chocolate sprinkles), yogurt, fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, hot beverages (coffee not great, though you can ask for an espresso).
I would stay here again without hesitation, and have recommended it to friends.
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