This was our first time at a Hilton Home2Suites (H2S). We are familiar with the Hilton chain and are Hilton Honors members. We stayed at the hotel during a weekend of the flower show.
The Philly H2S location is perfect if you are attending an event at the convention center. The convention center is literally 1/2 block away. And, the hotel is directly across the street from the Reading Terminal Market! If you are not familiar with the Market, check it out on Trip Advisor. It's food in every style in small restaurants and markets. Fascinating and delicious!
The H2S just opened last summer and was built from the ground up (not a rehabbed building). They call themselves an extended stay hotel. Each room has a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, dishes, utensils, etc. Ours was a king bed room and included a pullout couch to sleep two more. The room and bathroom were clean and comfortable. The big TV is across from the couch which makes watching it easy vs watching from the bed, which of course you can also do. The room aslo has a "pullout" dining table that you could sit four around. H2S is a green-themed chain so the rooms were a little different. Just a couple of pillows on the bed (vs the typical 3 or 4), less room service unless asked for, and no little shampoos or stuff in the bathroom which did have a bar of soap and shampoo and soap dispensers in the shower (no tub).
Staff were very friendly and and accommodating. I had the need to call the front desk twice for service and the responses were very fast. There was a beeping going on in our room every few minutes and I couldn't figure out from where. Called the front desk (9:30 Fri night) and they sent someone up within 5 minutes. Turned out to be the "alarm" for the dishwasher door being opened. The second time was to get wash clothes which were missing after the room was made up on Sat. Again, called down (Sat 9PM) and in few minutes had what we needed with an apology. Check in and out was efficient and friendly. The staff at the front desk seemed to honestly care about our stay. Also used a bellhop to help us get our bags out of the hotel. He was also cheerful, timely, and helpful. Oh, as a Hilton Honors member you can request a late checkout, and generally get one, which I did. The woman at the front desk asked how late would I like it (vs telling you what you will get) and 2PM was no problem.
Breakfast was typical of Homestead/Hampton Inn. It worked fine for my wife and I. Watch your timing as the eating area seemed to fill to capacity quickly. If we had been down there after 8:30 it might have been hard to find seats.
The decor is, as someone else noted, Ikea-ish. It was different but fine. The staff is happy to tell you that the furniture is half made from recycled materials, that they don't use styrofoam plates or plastic utensils, and all the other "sustainable" hotel features. It felt "cool" to stay there.
There was an nice exercise room and a small pool. The volume of the music in both is too high, but then again, I did not ask for it to be turned down.
With taxes we paid $150 a night and had made the reservations directly with the hotel. I thought that was pretty good considering the location and being downtown.
Parking is expensive if you use the convienient garage next door. It is not part of the hotel but you couldn't get any closer. Paid $35/night, with no drive out. If we had used our car during the day the rate would have been $40/night.
The hotel does a pretty good job of keeping some of the curbline open in front of the hotel for drop-off and pickup.
So, this is not a fancy, high end hotel. But if you are used to staying at the mid-range hotels, you will like this H2S. We will definitely stay here again if we are going to the convention center, or even if we were going to do the history trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eat, sleep, relax and work at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Convention Center, PA hotel and enjoy the next best thing to being at home. The studio suite comprises one large room while the one bedroom suite offers the flexibility of extra space, a separate living area and private bedroom. ... more less
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