My BF and I wanted a quick getaway (we live in DE) for the Valentines weekend. Judging by the size of the hotel and the fact that it is attached to the PA Convention Center, we kind of figured it would be crowded and a little congested. After we checked in, we were told that our room was in the Deluxe Towers and were given specific directions on how to get there (around the construction and up the escalator). when we got around the construction, the up escalator was broken. you would think the people at the desk would know that and give you an alternate route. We were tired, I had on stilettos and it was quite a walk back to the desk so we called from our cell phone. Only to get a rude individual who was impatient and nasty. we decided to figure out how to get to our room on our own.
When we finally found the room, I was in shock when I opened the door and saw the windows. .....oh, there were barely any. Let me try to describe. There was a small circle with glass and it was kind of up high. The rest was just .....wall...... There were 3 of those circular windows, thats it. no way for light to come into the room. It was so depressing. The room was spacious and the beds were comfortable but everthing else was basic. Even the television was a small 19 inch inside of a big case. I was SHOCKED AND APALLED!!!!! These rooms go for $200 plus tax and this one was worth $89 - $99 per night. It was so depressing. We couldnt wait to get out.
The hotel itself is situated right in the heart of downtown. The Reading Terminal Market is right across the street and it is an awesome place to browse around and try different foods. Maggianos Italian Restaurant is across the street and many other stores to eat and shop.
If you want convenience, you could stay here but if you want convenience and a lovely hotel experience that makes you feel like you are on vacation. I would go some place else.
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- Adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and 8 blocks from Independence Hall, this Center City Philadelphia hotel is ideally located near dining, shopping, business, & cultural attractions. ... more less
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