Ever have that feeling that you got lucky when choosing a place to stay? I felt that way about the Alexander Inn. It's located in a nice neighborhood within a few blocks of Broad Street, public transit and many great attractions. On one day, I walked to city hall (a spectacular piece of architecture) and realized that I was next to Reading Terminal Market. After visiting there, I realized that I could walk through Chinatown on my way to Constitution Hall, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other historic sites. From there, I strolled down to funky South Street and had a steak and cheese at Jim's Steaks (Hey! I was in Philly!). My single room at the inn was plenty big enough for one person. The bathroom was small, but not too small. I had a plumbing issue with the toilet that was resolved by the staff. My bed was comfortable and the free wifi worked fine. There was a closet with ample hangers and lots of draw space. My room was on a corner and I had lots of natural light coming through my windows which made for a nice ambience. The free breakfast won't win any raves, but it is certainly adequate and I took advantage of it on a couple of mornings. The building itself has a lot of nice architectural features. I often found myself admiring the woodwork, stained glass and artistic touches around the inn. Last and far from least, one of the biggest reasons why I will stay at this inn again is the staff. Pleasant and eager to help, I was very impressed with my interactions with the staff from the moment I checked in right through to my departure. On one occasion, I asked an evening desk clerk if he might have a cell phone adapter that he could lend me to charge my dying phone (I had left my adapter at home). He produced a box with an assortment of items, but none that would solve my issue. He asked me to wait while he went into another room and came back with the adapter. I was grateful impressed with the effort that he made to solve my problem. If I had one minor quibble, I found myself disappointed at the effort (or lack of) by the housekeeping staff in maintaining my room. It was not up to par with the high quality that I witnessed from the rest of the staff. To be clear, it wasn't a big issue. My room was clean, but I was disappointed in a couple of things that were overlooked. That being said, I still intend to make Alexander Inn my first choice of stay in Philadelphia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming boutique hotel with 48 designer rooms, private baths, Hi speed wireless internet, in-room safes, DirecTV with 8 complimentary movie channels, great artwork, breakfast buffet, fitness center, historic tours from our door, discounted indoor parking nearby, a friendly staff and reasonable and consistent rates from $125.00 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander Hotel Philadelphia
- Alexander Inn Philadelphia