I know enough not to keep valuables in my car, and I noted I had a few dollars in quarters in the change container (and a lot more smaller coins). But I figured, nah, this is a classy hotel, right? They wouldn't employ petty thieves.
Sure enough, when I got the car back, all the quarters but one were gone. I had even tipped them well ($10 to park and $10 to retrieve). Oh well.
The hotel though was okay. It's certainly not 4 star just because of the hotel (maybe it gets that for the location) -- the furniture was pretty worn, and the TV a big tube thing from the '90's. Internet was slow and $11 a day. But the beds were comfortable, everything was really clean, and no bedbugs especially is worthy of high praise. The conference areas were also really nice (the main conference room is full of windows, which makes it a lot better than the typical hotel ballroom).
Room service though was a little uneven. Usually it was delivered quickly and was really good. Another time it was delivered a half hour late, cold, and the same dish was prepared differently than before. And the price was different than what was on the in-room menu (although they did correct it in the final bill). But also for food, you can go just two blocks north to a giant indoor food market -- sort of like a huge mall food court, but all independent mini-restaurants that are a couple steps up in quality. There's also a CVS pharmacy two blocks east, if you need basics.
Hotel staff were really friendly, and once when we were riding the elevator down with a bellhop, he kind of went out of his way to engage us and wish us a great stay. So staff here do care. Just not the valet staff, apparently.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first skyscraper ever built in the City of Brotherly Love is home to Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Contemporary decor and gracious hospitality make Loews Philadelphia one of Center City's most inviting luxury hotels, recognized as one of the "World's Best" by Travel + Leisure readers. The supremely comfortable 581 guest rooms include 12 suites and 54 concierge club rooms, all of which are luxuriously appointed and are furnished to suit the needs of both families and business travelers Located in the heart of the city with the famous PSFS sign still illuminating the Philadelphia skyline, Loews Philadelphia Hotel is perfectly situated so you can take advantage of everything this city has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Philadelphia Loews
- Lowes Philadelphia
- Loews Hotel Philadelphia