Convention center? check
Reading Terminal Market? check
Big Bus Tour? check
It is all about the location and the Marriott is conveniently located whether you are here as a tourist or on a business. All the sites are easily accessible from here, whether walking, via mass transit or tourist buses. The hotel itself is a typical Marriott. The lobby is modern with a large lounge bar. Our room on the top 23rd floor appeared nicely updated and tastefully decorated. The view is not bad either. The elevators worked well and the room key had to be scanned in order to go up to the room. The main entrance is on Filbert St. Other entrances needed the room key to enter for security purposes. We had 2 minor issues which were addressed promptly. That is outstanding for a large hotel. Only gripe is slightly worn and below average quality towels.
The pool appears to be an afterthought. You have to enter through the gym on the 7th floor. It is pretty small and dark, the lining is cheap vinyl type that is little worn, and certain parts are rusted. It isn't really a pool to hang out for a longer period.
The lounge is closed on weekends and no breakfast coupons are provided for elite members. Marriott should be consistent amongst all the properties with this benefit.
Reading Terminal Market is food lover's paradise. It is great for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, etc. Chinatown is great for lunch, dinner, late night meals. The gayborhood is fun to people watch and hang out at night time. There are some homeless people in the area but they are harmless.
This is a solid hotel and a good choice for any occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel Philadelphia
- Marriott Philadelphia