If this hotel were in another area, I would rate it higher. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and the location made it an inexpensive alternative to staying in Philly. The hotel is slightly outdated but I believe as long as it's clean it is fine unless you're going for atmosphere or romance. If you're just looking for a place to sleep because you're going to be sightseeing all day, this type of hotel is just fine.
Now, I wouldn't feel right if I didn't point out a couple of concerns. First, it's quite clear that people are living here, which seemed to mean that people were treating it like they were at home. Very loud people were staying upstairs, who clearly went to work at around 6:30 a.m. every day as we would hear the tv, then what sounded like heavy work boots clunking around for about a half hour. Breakfast started at 6 but if you went out 7:30 or 8:00 much of the food was gone as workers were taking a bunch and leaving with it.
As someone who lives in a nice suburb but has traveled extensively, I was initially alarmed at the surrounding area, which looks a little rough (lots of people hanging around, abandoned hotel next door, abandoned lots etc). But I now think it was just fine. If you're jumpy when you see stuff like that, stay a few miles down the road in a smaller town that looked a little nicer.
There is not much in the way of sit-down dining. There's a shopping center with some fast food and an Applebees and down the road are a few diners. We also found a small Italian place. That's about it.
If I had to, I'd stay here again but I'd be more inclined to check other hotels first.
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