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“Good quality, can be noisy & sometimes uptight” 4 of 5 stars
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The Inn At The Union League
Ranked #53 of 86 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford
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66 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good quality, can be noisy & sometimes uptight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights when I was in town on business. Very good building, plenty of history and richly decorated. The food served is great (whichever meal of the day), and the staff are welcoming and friendly. The rooms are a little dated, but acceptable. Good toiletry selection and excellent wifi signal to continue with business. The gym is very well appointed and I always found it a great place to work out. Even tho it officially opens at 6am...I have been in there around 5am (I was on UK time), and it was ok. There is fruit / nuts available to guests which I always appreciate as snacks. Excellent. All 5 star thus far.

The not so great: I was in a room next to the alleyway. The 5.30am trash collection is not cool. Sometimes they seem to be using the bins like steel drums. Now I get why there are ear plugs in the bathroom! Don't like to use these...so had to suck it up. Half star down.

Not so great part 2: this is a private members club with a hotel attached. One member asked me who I knew as I was staying there! Slightly pretentious in this place. In fact you are informed of the dress code when you arrive. Jackets and shirts must be worn virtually everywhere. If no jacket they will lend you one. I was told off 4 times for taking my jacket off in the bar and also for putting my jacket on the back of the chair at breakfast! You are also reminded not to use phones etc in the corridors or rooms, bars etc. only in your room. Feels a bit up tight at times...

Overall very nice...but the private member aspect can be stifling...but very nice place.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sewickley, PA
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241 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

I stay at the Union League when I'm in Philadelphia and not with family in the area. They've made very good efforts to upgrade the facilities over the past several years and I was really impressed with how far they've come, although they were still working on the dining rooms when I last visited. The location in Center City is unbeatable. Staff are pleasant enough, but occasionally disengaged - arguably a Philadelphia trait. The guest rooms are what I'd call 'club quality' but the price is good; the real stars of the show are the public spaces. All in all, a good place.

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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244 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful place, old world charm. Rooms are decent size, bathroom a bit cramped, wifi decent, noise from alley trash pickup at 5:30 am was loud!!! I wondered why earplugs were available. Toiletries were nice, as were towels. Breakfast included was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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prescott, ontario
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I stayed here while in Philly on business. The room was not a bad size for the city and the bed was very comfortable. I ate both lunch and breakfast here and the food was fabulous. There was a little kitchen area on my floor with snacks and beverages which was a nice touch.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank herb1968
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New York City, New York
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111 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Union League of Philadelphia is among the best city clubs in the country. It has the history and charm that many clubs have, but what sets the UL apart is its modern dining and hotel facilities, all of which have been brought up to modern luxury standards in the last few years. The formal restaurant, 1862, is one of the best in town. It's athletic facilities far eclipse those of a standard four star hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I've been a member for over 20 years and I love the place but the service needs to be taken up a bit. The phone manners of the staff I've dealt with are less than expected and the staff in the restaurant at breakfast has been sub-par the last three times I've been there. From staff gathering at the hostess stand to chit chat while my coffee cup sits empty to 3 staff working on silverware and glassware ignoring the guests to the point I got up and retrieved the coffee pot myself. It's a shame. Seems like a bunch on 20 years olds working and nobody training them or looking after them.

Room Tip: The rooms are a bit smallish but for under $150 around the corner from the Ritz Carlton at $495 a ni...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed at The Inn At The Union League for a wedding in December and mostly loved it. While the rooms were not what you'd call modern, they were comfortable. The service at the fitness center was outstanding and the hotel staff was friendly and helpful. They saved me a bunch of money by setting me up with a private cab for a trip out to the suburbs. There were 2 or 3 different bars, including a cigar bar, and there were 2 lunch and dinner restaurants which were, unfortunately, booked solid. However the concierge took good care of us and arranged an excellent meal for us at Davios. The location was excellent with many great restaurants within walking distance. It was also very reasonably priced. The coat and tie requirement for the 2nd floor was different but made for a nice atmosphere.

Room Tip: Ask to be told the exact kind of room you are getting. Some are larger and nicer than others.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: The Inn At The Union League
Address: 1450 Sansom St, (between Broad and 15th Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102-3007
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
Hotel Style:
#35 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#38 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Number of rooms: 67
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