I chose the Loews as an alternative to staying at the Marriott across the street, where my conference was taking place. For the same rate, the setting was more modern and upscale, the rooms are bigger, and the views (from my room at least) were fantastic. I booked a promotional rate that included a corner room (luxury king) plus a food & beverage credit. At 320 square feet, the room felt just the right size for one person. Large paneled windows on two walls provided great views of the city from the 29th floor.
Service throughout my five day stay was efficient and friendly, and I encountered no problems. Ordered room service twice; the food quality was good and delivery was as promised. I ate one meal in the restaurant which was also quite good. Bartenders were very friendly and helpful.
The room was clean and furnished in modern style. There was a small refrigerator for guest use (not stocked, presumably was formerly a minibar). Bathroom was nothing out of the ordinary, well lit but on the small side. Internet access is wireless only but there was an access point right in the room so signal strength was not a problem. I did have repeated trouble connecting but unsure if this was a problem with my equipment or theirs. Internet is $11/day or free for blue-level YouFirst members.
The health club/fitness center is on the 5th floor with free access to guests. It's very large and well equipped; there are also large locker rooms with both sauna and steam rooms inside for you to use. There is also a narrow lap pool, but no hot tub.
Valet parking is available on site, presumably at a the high rates standard for downtown hotels. The Septa 11th street subway station entrance is across the street and the R1 train to the airport has a station one block away at the Gallery Market Place. Other parking is available in multiple garages within a 3-4 block radius for half the price.
Minor quibbles: the tv is old-style tube and fixed in the cabinet, viewing angles are limited to the bed and chair. The clothes closet is small. The toilet paper dispenser in the bathroom is awkwardly placed and hard to reach. A special-menu pizza marketed on a card in the room was no longer available when I tried to order one (really, how hard is it to pull these cards out of the rooms when the items go off-menu?)
fyi, this hotel accepts pets so if that is a problem for you request a non- pet room in advance. You may also encounter pets on the elevator.
In short, this hotel provides a great urban location with an upscale and hip atmosphere. Not quite as pretentious as a W hotel, but with the same sort of vibe.
- 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