We have been staying in Phila. since I can remember with family to celebrate the New Years. We had stayed at the Courtyard (right across the street) which is like no other since it is in a historical land mark building however, since they have redone this Downtown Marriott a few years ago, we now stay here. If you want to be in the city for the New Years Day Mummers parade this hotel is sooo convenient. You are steps away from the parade. I believe there are other hotels that have views overlooking the street of the parade but they are booked out a year to years in advance so good luck with that! We book a week to two in advance and we have never had a problem except for 2 years ago when they had an alumni hockey game in town but we still got a room. There are many restaurants right out the door if you don't want to eat at the Marriott New Years Eve ...we usually go to Maggianos across the street. You're steps away from the parade New Years Day and when it is freezing it is so convenient. (Btw there is a Starbucks in the hotel).The Courtyard has a great breakfast buffet that morning but it is a little pricey but they also have a cozy lounge area where you can also sit in and have a drink or some lunch to warm up and then head back out to brave the weather. This past year we just grabbed some breakfast -like items things from the 7-11 which is right across the street. If you forgot any bubbly there is a liquor store too...right across the street...are you getting the picture here??? This hotel is very convenient. Certainly you do have to drive or take public transportation to the fireworks but that is by the water so if you want to be close to that you have to stay there but we like to be close to the parade. Reading Terminal Market is diagonal from the hotel too and that has lots of great food and places to eat. Macy's, which is in the Wanamakers building, still has the light show so if you have little kids this is amazing to see and again - - - it is right around the corner! We have never had a problem with anything in the room so I don't understand the one review and this hotel does fill up. Two negatives though; one, the pillows are horrible...so hard and two, we had concierge access and the man and woman working New years eve were rather miserable.Not typically what you find at other Marriott I've stayed at so not quite sure if that is how it always is there.We also had stayed in this hotel for our anniversary and invited friends and got other rooms and the hotel could not have been more accommodating. The pool is mobbed with kids but I see this with most hotel pools that are 4 feet deep so if you think you are going to take a couple of laps in quiet you might want to rethink this idea. The rooms were clean and nice and a lot of them have great city views!
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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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