It's a revived structure (Historic Preservation Designated) and so I'm skeptical of such buildings.
Upon arrival I look for dirt or lack of maintenance, this place was beautiful and clean and well maintained. In an old building like this I look for entrance ways for vermin like plumbing fixtures, etc., this place was sealed tight and it looked to me like every effort was made to make this a safe, hygienic environment free from vermin of any type.
The room was authentically decorated. The breakfast facilities and food itself were excellent. The decor and music (traditional holiday) was wonderful.
I would make a few suggestions for improvement. First in our room (413) I would move the toilet paper roll-bar somewhere else. It's right next to the toilet (perhaps 4") in a tight squeeze and even a very skinny person will have a difficult time getting to it.
Second, there should be either comp bottled water (just purified; nothing fancy) or a vending machine where you can buy bottled water. When I inquired at the front desk I was referred to the restaurant/lounge. The restaurant/lounge only sold 2 litre sized bubbly water. All I wanted was a $2. bottle of purified water.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend it to anyone wanting a Philadelphia experience. I'd just bring my own water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in the “Birthplace of America” at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, Philadelphia. Enjoy a stay in one of 49 comfortable rooms and 2 spacious suites with the convenience of Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast every morning. Additional amenities include: Daily newspaper, cable television, private balconies*, jetted spa bathtubs*, patios*, fireplaces*, pull-out sofas*, separate dining areas* fitness center, ATM access, and computer access. Penn’s View Hotel places you within access to all of Philadelphia’s greatest attractions. Also, enjoy an atmosphere of casual elegance at Ristorante Panorama, the authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. At its unique wine bar, Il Bar, you can enjoy the custom-built, 120-bottle wine dispensing unit, which is the current Guinness Book of World Records holder. Penn’s View Hotel is a true Old City gem, and we look forward to welcoming you. (*Available in some rooms) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Penns View Philadelphia
- Hotel Penns View
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