My boyfriend and I recently spent a weekend in Philadelphia and chose to stay at Penn's View. Neither of us had been there before, so we were happy to locate the hotel and pulled in front to unload our bags, as the hotel's website advised to do.
Well. The hotel itself doesn't have a parking lot, but recommends parking in the paid lot next door ($42 for the weekend). We didn't even get a chance to get our bags out of the car when the attendant for the parking lot rudely yelled at us and told us that only people eating at the restaurant and wishing to have valet parking could pull in front of the hotel. God forbid we had known the city better and wanted to go park elsewhere! There were 3 or 4 gentlemen working in the parking lot and it was so utterly disorganized; each one told us something different ("Park here! Give us your key" "Why did you park there? I don't need your key") and I was afraid it was a bad omen for the hotel stay when I literally wanted to cry before we even got into the place!
So: expect trouble if you arrive during restaurant hours and/or want to park somewhere else.
Once we got the parking situation settled and got into the hotel, however, it was fantastic. The staff was very nice (the gentleman in the morning was particularly nice; I think his name was Antonio?), check-in was no problem, and our room was very nice (and different!). The continental breakfast was very good - fruit, muffins, scones, cereal, hard boiled eggs, waffles, bagels and the location of the hotel was perfect for visiting the historical sties; we were able to walk to the visitor's center and other sites. They have free wi-fi, but we were unable to get it to work with the iPad.
Aside from the parking, the only other bad thing to happen is this: the bathrooms have very thin walls. If your neighbors decide to do very loud, indecent things in there at 8 am while you're trying to get ready for your day...you'll hear everything. The fan for the room is pretty loud, so we were able to mostly drown out their moaning with that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in the “Birthplace of America” at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, Philadelphia. Enjoy a stay in one of 49 comfortable rooms and 2 spacious suites with the convenience of Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast every morning. Additional amenities include: Daily newspaper, cable television, private balconies*, jetted spa bathtubs*, patios*, fireplaces*, pull-out sofas*, separate dining areas* fitness center, ATM access, and computer access. Penn’s View Hotel places you within access to all of Philadelphia’s greatest attractions. Also, enjoy an atmosphere of casual elegance at Ristorante Panorama, the authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. At its unique wine bar, Il Bar, you can enjoy the custom-built, 120-bottle wine dispensing unit, which is the current Guinness Book of World Records holder. Penn’s View Hotel is a true Old City gem, and we look forward to welcoming you. (*Available in some rooms) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Penns View Philadelphia
- Hotel Penns View
- Penns View Hotel