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“Dont bother looking elsewhere - this hotel is very good”
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The Independent
Ranked #33 of 86 Hotels in Philadelphia
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jaguar7777777
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“Dont bother looking elsewhere - this hotel is very good”
Reviewed 11 November 2010

My wife and I spent 4 nights here in a 'King' room. In british pounds it cost us 110 per night which we feel was very good value. Continental breakfast is served to your room, internet access is free (they have a business centre, so no laptop needed), the location is very good and you get free cheese and wine served each evening between 6.30 and 8. Parking is $15 per day (not bad for a city centre). The staff are excellent too, so we highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

The Independent is a cool, hip boutique hotel just off Broad Street in the heart of Philly. The staff is young and eager to help. The rooms are outfitted with top amenities, including flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. I only had 2 issues, one was the street-level bar, which is not affiliated with the hotel. It empties out around 3am and each night the drunks make a lot of noise screaming when they leave. A room higher up or at rear of hotel might be better. The other issue was the smell in the halls, really musty. It's a clean hotel and only 2 yrs old. Maybe they washed the rugs and didn't air them out. I think they'd be better served by ripping out the hall carpet and going with wood floors as in the rooms. Overall, it would be my go-to pick for a next trip to Philly.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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IndependentHotel, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, 3 February 2011
Thank you for choosing the The Independent on your recent visit. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Philadelphia.

I had a chance to review your recent post and I was proud to read the notes you left about our hotel, location and amenities. Your feedback is very important to our efforts for continuously improving guest satisfaction. We strive to do the best job we can and comments like yours are greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for your feedback. We truly appreciate knowing that our guest’s have been well served so we can celebrate our success and work towards even better service in the future. We look forward to your return when you are in the area again.
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Chester County, PA
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

Such a great hotel. The staff were all very knowledgable and super friendly. The rooms are absolutely beautiful. Everything about our stay was perfect. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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IndependentHotel, General Manager at The Independent, responded to this review, 3 February 2011
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such positive feedback. We truly appreciate knowing that our guest’s had a great experience while here at The Independent and we always work towards even better service in the future. We look forward to your return when you are in the area again.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2010

A very small but nice hotel, with very friendly staff. The bed was comfortable and the room big. A few nice things like wine and cheese for aperatif during the early evening, and breakfast is served in the bedroom (choice of cereals, yoghurt, juice etc, nothing hot). Very close to the centre so easy to get around the city which is relatively small.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 14 October 2010

Stayed here for 3 nights on business. The decor of the hotel and the rooms is gorgeous - totally unique, especially when you've been staying in bland hotel chain rooms for weeks on end! The staff were great - I came in late one night and hadn't eaten, so was recommended an awesome japanese place that delivered to my hotel room door. I couldn't fault the facilities at all, and location-wise for Philly I think it was pretty good, and well-priced.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Berlin
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

This hotel is fantastic. The interior is in great style, the staff is really friendly and helpful and provides you with any information you need. You have free internet access in the business center. The room was clean and well-furnished. The location is great, you can easily walk to most of Philly's sights! There's a special hotel rate for the public parking area near "The Independent". We highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

Couldn't fault the staff; friendly and very helpful on all counts. Rooms have a 'Loft' feel to them with probably THE most comfortable bed i've ever had in Hotel. Free USA calls (which came in handy as my mum was staying in Las Vegas - nice to keep in touch), and Tea/Coffee on tap. Ideally situated for some very good bars and bisto's. I would certainly go back, and intend too.

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Property: The Independent
Address: 1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5612 (Formerly The Inn on Locust)
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#13 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Independent 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Independent is a 24-room boutique hotel located in a fully restored Georgian-Revival building located at 1234 Locust Street in the vibrant Midtown Village area of Center City, Philadelphia. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Independent is ideal for tourists and business travelers looking for a grand feel in a boutique, personalized hotel experience. Our guests experience luxury accommodations in the heart of Philadelphia, and are able to walk to theaters, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Rittenhouse and other Philadelphia attractions. ... more   less 
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Independent Boutique Hotel Philadelphia

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