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“Little gem in Center City” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Independent
Ranked #28 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“Little gem in Center City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stayed at The Independent for Valentine's Day on a weekend trip to Philadelphia. We were both impressed with the understated elegance of the hotel, which is nestled on a busy street near Center City. It is very near all the action, close to theaters, restaurants, shopping, historical sites, and the Metro. The staff were incredibly friendly and hospitable, which made it hard to stay just one night!

The queen room was well-appointed with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and large windows. The bathroom did not have a bathtub, which was disappointing, but everything was clean and modern. The bed was a bit soft for my taste, and the street is quite noisy on a Friday night, but overall it's a wonderful little place to stay if you're going to be "out and about" in the city anyway.

Overnight parking was expensive and, if you choose to self-park in the garage, limited and exposed to the elements. This would be fine in the spring, but there was significant snow covering parking lines and piled in spots, which really made parking a headache. The garage IS very close to the hotel, though, so that is a plus.

If I visit Philadelphia in the future, I will definitely consider staying here again. It is worlds better than any hotel chain you can think of.

Room Tip: Rooms off Locust and on a higher floor would be quieter. Corner suites have a few windows, which was...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank quackel
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear quackel,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am so glad that you had a wonderful stay during Valentine's Day. We love being located so close to Philadelphia's great shops and restaurants, and I am pleased to hear you were able to explore our exciting neighborhood. However, I am sorry to hear you had some trouble with parking. On your next visit to The Independent, we would be happy to assist you with parking in a different parking lot which we are also associated with. Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

I needed to stay at a hotel in downtown that was reasonable and I am glad I picked this one. They have complimentary wine and cheese in the evening which is excellent. Walking distance to stores and various restaurants. The bed was as if I was sleeping on a cloud. And the staff was very professional and accommodating. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank xty20783
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Dear xty20783,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our wine & cheese reception, our convenient location, and our extremely comfortable mattresses. I am also delighted that you found our staff to be helpful and friendly. We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

I've stayed here a few times...it's not your average hotel, high ceilings, wood floors. I stayed in the two bedroom suite this last time, very cute and the Murphy bed was very comfortable ...great for 2 couples to share

Room Tip: The 2 room suite was great
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 2Jaded4U
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Dear 2Jaded4U,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am so pleased to hear that you have visited us several times and enjoyed it each time. Our Queen Loft Suite is popular with guests due to it's coziness and luxurious comfort. We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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Denver, Colorado
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269 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

If you want a great location with a short easy walk to the Reading Market, the Liberty Bell, the City Hall and the old historic Eastside neighborhoods this is the place. The staff is so friendly and accommodating, if you need something they will help you get it. Our two rooms were very large with big bathrooms. We stayed here for two nights on a train trip from NYC to Washington DC and I wish we could have stayed a few more. The first morning I was so surprised to find my breakfast outside my door in a cute little basket. I will stay here again when visiting Philly. I will try to post some photos.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DenverDenny
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, February 1, 2014
Dear DenverDanny,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am delighted to hear that you had a great stay with us, and that our staff showed you the exceptional hospitality service that helps distinguish us from other hotels in the city. I am also glad that you are already looking forward to visiting us again, and we will of course welcome you with open arms on your next trip to Philadelphia. The photos you have posted are fantastic! We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

Excellent friendly staff with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel paying 2x. BUT what trumps all is the beds! Quality and comfort all the way. We have stayed in many different Philly hotels over the years and this is the only one that has King size pillows on a king bed! Breakfast at your door each morning and staff that remembers your name makes this hotel a stand out. We will be back!

Room Tip: We started our 6 nights stay in the beautiful front corner room, noise from the street had us asking...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DeboB_12
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Dear Deb0B_12,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed our guest amenities, helpful staff, and comfortable beds. Many guests come back to stay with us again and again because of our supremely comfortable Serta mattresses and soft pillows. I am glad this will be the case for you as well! We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We love The Independent. Great location. Nice rooms. Helpful folks. Easy parking (we prefer LAZ .. seems more secure). The hotel bills parking directly. Great restaurants abound. Vedge is across the street (need a reservation months in advance). Green Eggs Cafe is across the street (get there by 8:00 for amazing breakfast.....cash only).

Room Tip: We've stayed at The Independent twice. Once in October 2013. Again in January 2014. We learne...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Christopher S
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Dear Christopher S,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am so glad that you love our hotel, and that you found convenience in our parking arrangements and our proximity to great restaurants. Green Eggs is definitely a staff favorite, and Vedge is also an amazing place to have dinner. We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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new york
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118 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

Stayed here for one night to go to a Basketball Game. Was not sure what to expect as you don't actually walk in to a lobby. You need to take an elevator up to the 2nd floor to check in. Check in was fantastic. Our room was two queens and it was huge. Hardwood floor, high ceilings, large bathroom and very clean. The only thing that would have made the room better was if there was better lighting in the room. The breakfast brought to your room is fantastic. I think what makes this hotel even better is the service. I have stayed in a lot of hotels but Eric & Dan really have incredible customer service. No question was too much, they were there to help!! Would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a small boutique hotel that takes care of its customers.

Room Tip: You may want to ask for a room not facing the street.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank giolo
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Emily K, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Dear giolo,

Thank you for choosing The Independent on your recent visit and for commenting on your recent stay.

I am very pleased to hear that you found the service of our staff to be outstanding, and also that you were thoroughly happy with the layout and cleanliness of your guest room. Perfection is exactly what we are going for! We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope that if you are in need of a guest room, we will remain your hotel of choice.

Sincerely,
Emily Kuch
General Manager
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Property: The Independent
Address: 1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5612 (Formerly The Inn on Locust)
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#13 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Independent 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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