Great clean, affordable place in a perfect location.
Great clean, affordable place in a perfect location.
What can I say that that other reviewers haven’t said? As there were 400 others I assume it is a popular hotel. But here is my 2 cents.
When we travel to a city we prefer not to stay in a large downtown hotel. We typically try and locate a hotel on the edge of the city and walk or take public transportation everywhere if possible. That’s how we found the “Alexander”. The location for us was perfect. It is located a short walk to the Visitors Center, South Street and many attractions and you can jump on the Tour Bus or SEPTA public transportation a few blocks away. It’s on a quiet, mostly residential street. We had a double-double room on the second floor overlooking Cedar Street with a nice sidewalk wine and cheese café across the street. The room was very large with two platform double beds with very comfortable mattresses and pillows. The room had a bay window with three large windows with wood blinds. The room is tastefully decorated in period colors had a large dresser, flat screen TV, refrigerator and safe. The bath was modern but small. My only complaint was that the air conditioner was a little noisy. Other than that, it was perfect and would also recommend getting the large room.
The free buffet breakfast was very nice with fruit, cereal, breads, Danish and great coffee.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Parking was not at the hotel but at a parking garage a few blocks away. The hotel provided a discounted rate.
We were very happy with our choice of the hotel and its location and would stay here again.
I stayed at the Alexander Inn for only 2 nights at the beginning of June 2011. Although there is nothing I could complain about, I am quite astonished about the high rating from fellow travellers as I would describe this place to be basic (but reasonable).
Location is quite satisfying: the area is charming with lots of historical architecture and nice restaurants and bars nearby. It’s a slow 15 min. walk to some main attractions as well as shopping facilities and about 20 min. to Independence Hall. There was some noise from the neighbouring bars at night but this did not bother me, maybe because of the long journey and time difference. However, light sleepers should better request a room which does not face the street.
I had a single room on the 5th floor which was a bit small for US standard but probably European average. Windows could be opened what is quite important to me as I cannot sleep well without fresh air. Bed was comfortable if a bit small, main toiletries were provided and I found the room to be clean and hygienic.
Breakfast was very spartan and consisted only of pastries, cereals and fruits. However, it was included in the price what is a nice touch.
In addition to the free internet access provided by the hotel, there were two computers available for hotel guests. These were located in the gym what I consider to be strange if not annoying.
Hotel employes were friendly and helpul just as one would expect them to be.
Philadelphia is one of America’s most interesting cities and I hope to return one day. I would probably look for other accommodation as there are many great hotels around but I do not regret my stay at the Alexander Inn. Everything was alright, I only expected a bit more.
If you are looking for a botique style Inn or hotel then is a must. We made reservations last minute and had now worries about a booking screw up. The hotels atmosphere is very inviting and the staff ensured that we hade everything we needed to include reccomendations for things to see and do. I'm usually the type of traveller who enjoys the larger hotel chains, butnwhen in Philly in going to coninue staying here....
Even if I could agree with some of the negative crticis regarding the quality of rooms and servcies, specially comparing with European Hotels and prices...I can just say that there is something special in this hotel that, together with Philly, makes me everytime I go there the place to stay.
Don´t ask why...maybe it is just love ;-)
We stayed at the Alexander Inn for six days for a part work/part fun junket. I had a conference downtown so I needed something proximate, but I didn’t want to deal with staying in some chain hotel in the downtown proper. The Alexander Inn was the perfect location – minutes from downtown but just off the beaten path enough to avoid congestion. The hotel itself was exactly what I always want in a hotel – historic charm and character with modern upgrades in urban surroundings. The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable, and the breakfast attendant guy in particular was hilarious and very helpful. The hotel was in easy walking distance of tons of restaurants, bars and shops. An added perk was Tria, a hip little wine and cheese bar directly across the street, where we had drinks and snacks a couple of nights. Do bear in mind that Tria tends to blow up on the weekends, so if you’re planning to go there I’d suggest a weekday or early evening hours if it’s a Friday or Saturday. Also be sure to try Mixto, a Cuban restaurant around the corner – excelente! One last thing – I don’t normally use the toiletries provided by hotels, but the complimentary soaps and shower supplies were much higher quality than you usually find, even at four and five star hotels. I have super sensitive skin so I’m kind of princess-and-the-pea about soaps and lotion and such, and normally hotel toiletries are too harsh for me to use. Conversely, Alexander’s toiletries were very gentle and smelled great. A superficial detail, to be sure, but worth note.