My husband and I stayed one night; we had taken the train in from NYC to see an Opera Philly performance and were returning home the next day. The hotel is very convenient to the Avenue of the Arts, Independence Hall area, and lots of restaurants.
Great customer service from booking to check-out (including a confirmation/reminder call the day before -- something you'd never dream of getting from a big-chain hotel!), and very friendly staff at all points. Loved the cozy, small lobby with 24-hour coffee and bottled water, and that multi-story mural was fabulous (lots of great murals in Philly, we noticed).They were able to get us into a room when we arrived late in the morning, even though it was hours before check-in. We didn't even have to ask them to call a taxi when we were leaving, which -- when the gentleman at the front desk couldn't get the taxi company to pick up the phone -- turned into him coming outside with us and flagging down a taxi for us. So helpful!
Loved the wood floors in the room, and the bed was very comfortable; good water pressure in the shower, though the bathroom could have used more light in the shower area. It was a handicap-accessible room and I'm guessing that had something to do with the shape of the bathroom (very long -- with the only lights on the end with the toilet and sink). We also loved the free wi-fi and bottled water in the room -- nice touches, both. The continental breakfast included with the room was also nice; simple, but delivered to your door at your requested time.
Not sure if it was because the forecasted snowstorm kept people at home more than usual for a Friday night, but it seemed like a relatively quiet area. (Maybe that's just because it's so noisy in our Midtown NYC neighborhood?) We really loved the tiny cobblestone and even wooden streets in the neighborhood, it felt very European (no surprise -- it's an old city, at least for the States!).
We enjoyed a great brunch at Green Egg Cafe around the corner. There were people waiting outside all Saturday morning and it was worth the wait (thankfully the weather was much nicer than the night before!).
Definitely would return if we find ourselves in Philly again (which we hope we do!). Thanks for a great intro to the city!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Independent is a 24-room boutique hotel located in a fully restored Georgian-Revival building located at 1234 Locust Street in the vibrant Midtown Village area of Center City, Philadelphia. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Independent is ideal for tourists and business travelers looking for a grand feel in a boutique, personalized hotel experience. Our guests experience luxury accommodations in the heart of Philadelphia, and are able to walk to theaters, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Rittenhouse and other Philadelphia attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Independent Hotel Philadelphia
- Independent Hotel Philadelphia
- Independent Boutique Hotel Philadelphia