The hotel is situated in the heart of a quiet, gay residential community but has a mixed clientele. It is a pleasant 12 minute walk from bustling Market Street (Metro: Market East), and within walking distance of the Greyhound/Peter Pan bus terminal. (This terminal is half a block from the lively Reading Terminal Market with its plethora of crowded food stands – well worth a visit -- and is a great place to get lunch to take on the bus).
The front desk staff (including the two proprietors) are welcoming, efficient, thoughtful, and helpful. At registration, guests are presented with a clever packet of business cards professionally printed with the guest’s name along with the address of the hotel in the event one forgets its exact location – a unique amenity. This boutique hotel is a gem in a city where the mammoth chain hotels rule!
My room, #508, was located at the end of the hall. It was spacious and bright, sporting two sizable windows that provided cross ventilation. The view of nearby rooftops provided a sense of openness along with a sliver of the Kimmel Center on Broad Street and a partial view of the Liberty Place tower. (I suggest requesting a room on the fifth floor or higher for a picturesque view).
The hotel web site describes the décor of their rooms as “reflecting a Deco style of the great cruise ships” – an aesthetic they successfully achieved. The windows had classic wooden-slat blinds with attractive curtains. The furniture had characteristic Art Deco elements. And one desk lamp had an outlet embedded into its base for easy access. A round mirror enhanced the already spacious room. The mattress was firm and very comfortable and a clock-radio sat on the bedside table. A sizable, flat-screen television was mounted to one corner – thankfully, it was not the centerpiece of such an attractive room. The room also had its own separate, guest controlled, air conditioner. A safe that was embedded in a wall at eye level was yet another amenity.
The bathroom was perfectly fine: it was not glitzy, but provided ample shelf space, was spotless, and had a window. I think it would benefit from improved lighting for shaving.
The hotel provides a generous assortment of breakfast items for their buffet which is included in the room charge. I observed one of the proprietors testing the hard-boiled eggs to assure they were properly cooked. Fruit is available 24/7! There are two computers available in the basement next to the fitness center as well as WiFi that is available in all rooms.
This was my fourth visit to this venue, and I look forward to my next stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming boutique hotel with 48 designer rooms, private baths, Hi speed wireless internet, in-room safes, DirecTV with 8 complimentary movie channels, great artwork, breakfast buffet, fitness center, historic tours from our door, discounted indoor parking nearby, a friendly staff and reasonable and consistent rates from $125.00 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander Hotel Philadelphia
- Alexander Inn Philadelphia