Loews is a very good choice in downtown Philadelphia. It is well located with friendly staff and nice rooms. The recent renovation is well-done. The rooms are somewhat larger than typical hotel rooms and there is plenty of workspace. The rooms are also exceptionally light and bright which is very helpful if one needs to get work done in the room. (It would be helpful to have more outlets, though). The rooms are quiet, there are in-room safes, and a good selection of television channels.
The toiletries in the bathroom are nice with bottles that are slightly larger than is typical, however, they were not replace on my second day so I had no shampoo or conditioner. There are plenty of towels and nice bathrobes.
The fitness center is exceptional--one of the best I have seen in hotels. It is newly renovated with lots of new equipment and quite spacious. There are 8 treadmills, 6 elliptical machines and 4 bikes. There are also medicine balls, balance balls, yoga mats, free weights and universal machines. There are plenty of towel and nice locker rooms. They even have ice cold water with fruit slices. The cardio machines have their own tvs—but bring your own headphones. The hotel also sells athletic gear in case you forgot something.
I was there for a two day conference and the catering was very good—far better food than most conference venues. I didn’t try the restaurant but it looked expensive. The renovated lobby bar seems very popular.
The location is terrific. There are lots of places to walk to and it is convenient to mass transit. Even a cab ride from the airport is relatively cheap.
The drawback of the hotel is the elevators. They don’t seem sufficient for the hotel. The waits could be outrageous. They also have two banks of elevators, one up to the 19th floor and one from the 19th to the 33rd. If you are traveling with others, be sure to have rooms on floors in the same bank or the commute, with the need to change cars, can be quiet long. Our meeting was on the 33rd floor, I was on the 15th, so I have to change banks of elevators every time I went up or down. With the long waits it got to be annoying.
Other than that--it is a great choice. If I weren't a gold member in Marriott Rewards (with access to the club lounge) I would stay here more often
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first skyscraper ever built in the City of Brotherly Love is home to Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Contemporary decor and gracious hospitality make Loews Philadelphia one of Center City's most inviting luxury hotels, recognized as one of the "World's Best" by Travel + Leisure readers. The supremely comfortable 581 guest rooms include 12 suites and 54 concierge club rooms, all of which are luxuriously appointed and are furnished to suit the needs of both families and business travelers Located in the heart of the city with the famous PSFS sign still illuminating the Philadelphia skyline, Loews Philadelphia Hotel is perfectly situated so you can take advantage of everything this city has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Philadelphia Loews
- Lowes Philadelphia
- Loews Hotel Philadelphia