I stayed at the Independent last year for a couple of nights for business. Fortunately, it was not the high season, so I could get the government rate for my room when I was on government business. The hotel is definitely not like most hotels where I stay (i.e., it's not a big chain hotel). The room is decorated in a unique, very attractive way, and the service was great. I was steered to restaurants that were close and convenient, as well as some that were a little further and nice. There was also a little wine and cheese in the early evening.
The room was very clean and the bed was huge for just one person, but I wasn't complaining.
The only problem was the computerized phone-and-all-else system contained in the phone. Maybe there was a wiring issue in my room, but I got an occasional beep throughout the night indicating I had asked for room service. It went off and on for a while until I got another phone. Unfortunately, the second did this too, so I unplugged it. The next night it worked fine without the beep.
For me, the location was excellent because I could walk to work in 10 minutes. When it was rainy, they called a cab.
I would definitely return to the Independent if I'm in Philadelphia.
- 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