I agree with a lot of the reviews here. The hotel is old, and it shows. You can tell that at one point, it represented the height of luxury, but the high-quality furnishings are now visibly worn and faded. Like many Philadelphia hotel rooms that I've seen (except for the Rittenhouse Hotel, which has my favorite rooms), the standard rooms are rather small, with extremely small bathrooms. The worst issue is the elevators -- incredibly creaky and slow. When I stayed during the weekend, there were a couple of weddings going on at the hotel, and during those events, the wait for the elevator could sometimes take up to 10 minutes. That is just ridiculously long. It made me late for a dinner.
Nevertheless, the thing that made the stay worthwhile was the free access to the outstanding gym, the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. This is a huge athletic club with a pool, basketball court, running track, and large fitness area, all connected by a 4th-floor breezeway to the hotel. This is by far the best gym access for a hotel I've ever had (even including the Grand Hotel in Minneapolis, which also has an amazing gym). Because of this, I was willing to forgive a lot of the other issues with the hotel.
The breakfast in the "XIX" cafe in the morning was decent, if unspectacular. The staff seemed generally friendly and helpful. The one odd thing about the hotel setup is that because the reception and concierge are on the 19th floor, and in a side room off the main atrium, I pretty much never saw them after I checked in. It made for a rather impersonal experience, which I thought the Park Hyatt brand (smaller, more intimate hotels) was designed to avoid.
Oh, one last point for Hyatt Diamond members: as a Diamond member, I automatically received a bottle of red wine in the room as a welcome amenity. This wine, however, was some of the worst free wine I've ever had (and that's saying something); it was pretty much undrinkable. So don't go expecting you'll get a nice bottle of wine once you get there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover true grandeur, historic style and unrivaled service at one of the most iconic hotels in the all of downtown Philadelphia. Situated on the famous Avenue of the Arts, Hyatt at The Bellevue seamlessly blends old-world architecture with modern interiors to provide a stay that epitomizes Philadelphia luxury. ... more less
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- Hyatt At The Bellevue Hotel Philadelphia
- Hyatt Philadelphia
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