OK, so its not a 5 star hotel. But for the price (we paid under $100/night) its a great deal. I booked it because the rate was right and because they offered free parking with an overnight stay plus breakfast and a shuttle to the airport. Since we were taking a 3+ week trip I asked them whether I could stay one night at each end of my trip and get free parking for the entire three weeks, and they said "yes". They were the only hotel I called that would agree to this so I booked it, although I had second thoughts due to the terrible reviews.
The place is obviously old and a bit run down. However its being fixed up. The lobby is actually quite nice and our first room was very nice as well. On our return trip the room was a little shabby, but all we wanted was a good nights' sleep and we got that. The elevators are old and have been redone with plywood walls. Pretty yucky, but they work. The halls and stairwells are dim and grubby, but not dirty.....although they do smell of cigarette smoke. The large roomy non smoking rooms we had were clean and did not smell. No hot dogs or condoms on the floors (!) and no bedbugs or roaches as mentioned in some of the reviews!!! The extra large rooms were great because we had a lot of luggage for our trip and needed to spread out and reorganize it. The mattresses are very firm......just as we like them. If you want a pillow top mattress stay somewhere else!
The staff was not particularly elegant and refined. just ordinary local folks. But they were all polite, helpful, and seemed eager to please and happy that we were there.
The continental breakfast was simple but it was fine for us and saved us the cost of breakfast.
An added bonus is that there is a 24 hour restaurant, The Penrose Diner, right across the street. It is big, bright and friendly, and has an extensive menu and good food. Its always busy (even at 4 AM when we went in after our trip because we had jet lag). The local police eat there all the time, so you knowits safe.
Our car was parked in the hotels' brightly lit parking lot for a little over 3 weeks and it was fine when we returned.
All in all I think this place is worth every penney we paid and I would recommend it if all you want is a place to spend the night in comfort and security.
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- Also Known As:
- Skyview Plaza Hotel And Suites
- Skyview Plaza Hotel Philadelphia