This is our second trip to Philly, first overnight (only 1 night). Just returned home yesterday. The Marriott is conveniently located near everything we needed. Everyone at the hotel was very helpful and polite. We were in the tower building. The sixth floor room was larger than what I usually receive. There was a king bed with a separate sitting area sofa, two chairs, and desk with tables and lamps. The tower was attached to the Convention Center, having to use your room key to access the floors on the elevator assured that we were safe. There was a bridge way that connected the main building to the tower...this would be great when the weather is not so great.
On our day trip to Philly we were introduced to the Reading Terminal Market. We were in heaven! This has just about anything your might desire to eat! This time we ate at the Amish Diner--fresh ground hamburger and cut fries. Naturally before we left we went to Beiler's Bakery for a doughnut ...go to the back left..YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY! Everything is in walking distance (we thought) from hotel. We did discover a shopping district The Gallery that goes underground, street level, and some third floor stores....this was from the back escalator of the Marriott Tower (Hard Rock Cafe and Dunkin Donuts there) to almost the Historical District.
The Historical District includes a Visitors Center (everyone was so helpful there)--FREE, The Liberty Bell--FREE, Independence Hall--pick up FREE Tickets at Visitors Center (go early), Christ Church Cemetery--*fee (Ben Franklin's grave can be seen without going in), Constitution Center--*fee....Betsy Ross's house is around but we did not go there. The US Mint, where coins are made, is right there....Tour is FREE.
Needless to say it was a very busy place and we enjoyed our selves. We felt safe and the uniformed officers were very helpful. There are options of the Big Bus Tours that start there at the hotel. The SEPTA (Public Transportation) train can be taken from airport to the Market Station~~hotel is just up the escalator. The cost is $8 which you will pay the conductor on the train when you leave the airport. The Market Station has a ticket agent, there are day passes.
Since our pick up back to the airport was 6:15 am we did find that the Dunkin Donuts at the base of that tower escalator opened at 5:30 am -- coffee was good!
Even with a conference, a couple of family reunions, and meetings...EVERYONE at the hotel was more than helpful...it did not matter how busy they were. We did not use the restaurant on site because we were going to see the city on this mother/daughter trip.
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- Adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and 8 blocks from Independence Hall, this Center City Philadelphia hotel is ideally located near dining, shopping, business, & cultural attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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