Once again, I made the mistake of trying to salvage a few bucks and trusting in the many positive reviews from other Trip Advisor folks. In a similar vein to someone's review that noted that this hotel smell's like grandma's house, my first impression came as I walked in and inhaled the sickening, old house scent. Ever been in a small home/trailer that might use well water and can't flush their toilet regularly, and/or extremely old apartments/houses that carry a not-so-welcoming scent? Well this place has it. I have to say off the back, to be fair, that most of the staff is nice. I encountered three different staff people, the second, a young woman, being the most cheerful and helpful (she gave us tips on where to eat). The staff and the location are the only aspects of this hotel that I appreciated (its close to the major sites like the liberty bell and Independence Hall, as well as a Septa subway station and restaurants). Other than that, my room was extremely small, the furniture's old fabric had a sheen of dustiness, and the continental breakfast was sub-par, compared to my other experience at a Best Western in Georgia. Yes, it is cool that they have waffle mix available for you to pour in the maker and heat yourself, but as someone who regularly uses the Golden Malted mix at home, these waffles completely miss the spot and almost everything in that kitchen is way below generic. I'd never heard of the brand of instant oatmeal packets offered, the wheat toast tasted terrible, the orange juice was the most bitter kind I've ever tasted, and the syrup for the waffles was as watery and tasteless as can be. I don't expect a 5-star dining experience, but I've had much better breakfast at other hotels. I'd rather have paid at a McDonald's if there was one nearby. My boyfriend had the eggs which he said tasted terrible. One of the main reasons I preferred this hotel over some of the others in the same vicinity is that they had continental breakfast, but if I could have seen (or tasted) through a genie bottle, I would have stayed perhaps at the Omni and just grabbed breakfast from somewhere nearby. Our view through the window was no view at all, and for an older building I'd expect that the walls be a bit thicker than usual, but we heard the thump thump thump of the people above us all night. We called the front desk and asked them to talk to the people - I don't know if they did or not since I put my earplugs in. The elevator is pretty dark too. Also, not all of the rooms have mini-refrigerators and microwaves; I was told at the front desk that only rooms with two queen beds and one king bed have the mini-fridges, but they were nice enough to put my leftovers from a nearby restaurant in their fridge and let me warm it in the microwave used during continental breakfast. I have stayed in much worse, and there were not any huge nightmares like bugs or mildew, but its definitely seen its better days. For people who really don't care where they stay as long as it's a relatively clean place to lay their head, this hotel will work for you. For those like me who's standards are steadily creeping up with each trip, pay the extra hundred dollars or more and stay somewhere else. Consider some of the hotels near the convention center area instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're planning to "Visit Philly" this Autumn or Winter, be sure to stay the night at the Independence Park Hotel. We're located in Philadelphia's Historic District and the perfect spot to explore the city, catch a ball game, enjoy a show or just have fun! Stay with us and walk to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin's Post Office, Betsy Ross's House, the National Constitution Center and Penn's Landing. Plus, there are dozens of great restaurants, art galleries and museums to wander through in our historic neighborhood. And if you're in Philadelphia on business, you will love our convenient location, free high speed Internet, complimentary 24/7 business pulse center and our award winning and pretty delicious complimentary continental breakfast. We are close to many corporate and government headquarters, as well as universities and renowned hospitals. Stay a night or longer and when you do, we promise to take good care of you. So, relax and enjoy our stunning architecture and host of complimentary modern comforts, designed to exceed today's demanding traveler needs. Make the most of your visit to Philadelphia, stay at Independence Park Hotel. Come be our guest! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Best Western