I'm sorry if you are from Philadelphia, but my goodness my what a nightmare of a city. There were two murders on the first night we were there only one street away from where we had dinner!
The Sofitel is lovely, from the moment the bell hop opened the taxi door I felt I was having a five star experience. The bed was large and comfortable - initially too warm with a duvet but we had it remade with blankets and it was fine. The bathroom was large and clean. The shower was a little weak but overall a good bathing experience.
The "Full Cable TV" was a bit hit and miss, there was no news channel which I sorely missed being from the UK. There was no kettle to make tea, just one of those now ubiquitous coffee machines. I must buy a travel kettle!
The housekeeping was efficient and discreet, we stayed in our room until 1pm one day and no one knocked on the door - as has happened in other places.
I ordered room service one evening when I was just too exhausted to go out. It was pricey but delicious and served very quickly. Beware of the 20% "service charge" in addition to the menu price.
As I said previously I found Philadelphia to be a pretty awful place and this hotel felt like a necessary sanctuary. I asked the desk girl for suggestions re shopping malls, she suggested something called the Gallery. On my way I asked a policeman for directions, he told me to "be careful". I should have listened. What a place! I did not feel safe and I did not see one shop I recognised. Don't go. And if you have to go to Philadelphia, stay at the Sofitel and do day trips to NYC!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sofitel Philadelphia hotel blends French elegance with American style, providing a refined environment for upscale business and leisure travel. Experience this sophisticated downtown Philadelphia hotel, which serves as the cornerstone of the new French Quarter, steps from Rittenhouse Square. Offering the height of contemporary comfort and convenience, this downtown Philadelphia Pennsylvania hotel provides the ideal setting, just minutes from the convention center and historical attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Accor Philadelphia Hotel
- Philadelphia Sofitel
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