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Le Meridien Philadelphia
Ranked #25 of 87 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Dates of stay: December 27, 2011 through January 2, 2012 (6 nights)
Guests: Family of 3 (two adults, one child)
Room Type: Double Superior
(Superior offers a view of Philadelphia's gorgeous City Hall; and is a little larger than the Classic, which I believe does not have a view of City Hall)

Overview
This hotel opened in April of 2010, so at the time of our visit, it was only about a year and half since opening. Everything is in working order, furnishings are gorgeous, vibe is modern luxe.

Service
High quality - not quite excellent, but very high quality.

Check-in
For the 3 of us, arriving at about 6pm, the check-in process was quick and pleasant. Our reservation made on Booking dot com was honored.

Lobby
When you first walk in, you immediately see the bar, the front desk is to your left. The lobby area is very inviting, there was a fire in the fireplace, comfortable sofas and reading materials; which included a selection of 3 complimentary newspapers daily for guests.

Interior of this stately, historic building was done in lush palette of modern design. The high ceilings, crown moldings and tall windows were gorgeous and the modern furniture and design complimented the architectural details.

Elevator
There were 3 elevators all of which were in working order during our one week stay. There was usually no wait for an elevator and if there was a wait, it was brief.

Guest Room
Our room was a double, furnishings were modern and comfortable. The room had 2 double beds, with crisp white sheets, white duvets and padded headboards. Drum lamp worked well as the nightstand/reading light.

View from very tall windows was lovely, we could see City Hall and discovered that it was the capitol of the United states for a period of time in the 1800's which may explain it's grandeur.

There was a double door armoir which contained a closet in one half; and the mini-bar/coffee maker and safe in the other half.

note: Upon arrival, I requested that the mini bar (small fridge and snacks) be emptied from our room completely, better to not tempt late night, expensive cookies and such. Emptying the mini bar fridge allowed us use of the small fridge for other uses.

There was also a high desk/dresser with two drawers, upon which a large flat screen tv sat. Next to which was desk space and a phone.

Then, there was one comfortable chair in the room with a small table that you could move around the room and use where you needed an extra surface.

The tall windows had both a full shade and heavy drapes, so by closing both, we were easily able to sleep in without the bright sun waking us up.

Bathroom
Very nice and spacious, not one of those cramped, tiny hotel bathrooms you often get in center city. There was a full tub with the curved shower cutain rod for more elbow room;

Nice large, marble counter with a generous sink. Hair dryer and shampoo/conditioner/bar of soap provided. Nice white fluffy towels.

Amenities
We stayed on the fifth floor which is where the gym, the business center are located.

Our room was right across the hall from the gym, so in the mornings we could hear light thumping of people running on the treadmills. Not a complaint, though it would have been if it had gone on all day and night.

Business center was an open space on a long desktop that had 3 computers, a printer and lots of space to plug in your own computer.

Lounge area
there were a few chairs and lamps in the open area on the fifth floor as well. For us this space worked wonderfully as an additional reading area. Once the family was asleep, if one of us was awake and wanted to read or go online, it was very easy to do so in the business center.lounge area. We even went out there in our pj's.

Ala carte costs
Wireless internet in your room cost $10 a day per laptop
Movies were about $14.99, a bit steep in my estimation
They also charged for some tv shows, but you could watch about 35 channels of tv for free
Valet parking: $37 per day

Room Service
Prompt, we never waited more than 20 minutes
Quality foods
Quality service
Trays were laden with drinks and condiments; linen and silver
Available 24 hours

Pool/Fitness
There is a fitness club next door called Sweat which allows Le Meridian guests to have day memberships for only $10/day
We were quite excited about this since we usually look for properties with swimming pools as a way of getting some exercise while on holiday, especially nice on long travel days.
We brought our swim gear and walked next door only to be told that they would not allow us to use the pool since they did not allow children.
This was very disappointing for us. Not a negative for the hotel, only we really wished that the club would have allowed us to use it's pool facilities. That would have made our one week stay with Le Meridian perfect!

Special Circumstances
1. New Year's Eve
There was an early New Year's Eve celebration in the room next door to us which was in full swing when we arrived back at our room at 8:15pm. I called down to speak to the manager Kiri, she was very accommodating and said she would take care of it. I asked if it was possible for more quiet by 9pm
A bit after 9pm, I called down again to the manager, she called for security, and shortly thereafter, the party left the room and we had peace and quiet for the rest of the evening.

2. Mummer's Day Parade, January 1
No problems here, except that this is an all day parade, which restricts traffic on Broad St. which runs one block from the hotel. It is only a bit inconvenient, but it was also great to be so close to the parade and the excitement.

Room Tip: We were on the fifth floor and street sounds were minimal for a bustling city. Fifth floor also w...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Excellent experience. Swanky and stylish - a welcomed departure from the typical blah hotel room. Felt like we were in an Ikea catalog - but better. Stayed 1 night (New Years Eve) yet had service as though we were the only guests in the place. Valet was convenient. Perfect location for the Mummers Parade on New Years Day. Friends who live locally said they go there for a "date night" when they want to treat themselves to a night without the kiddies. I'd highly recommend Le Meridian.

Room Tip: Standard King room was nice and spacious. Our room was on the 5th floor, very close to the elevator...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

I stayed here for one night on a business trip and it was pleasant. The rooms are clean and modern. The decor is very hip and modern. The illy cafe in the lobby of the hotel was very good. This hotel is walking distance from the convention center which was very convenient for work. However, across the street at City Hall, I did not feel I was in a very safe neighborhood after dark.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

Our son lives in Philly so we visit often. Le Meridien is a stellar hotel and we enjoy staying there when we visit Philadelphia. It is in a perfect location, right in front of City Hall (great view of William Penn) and near the Convention Center, close to Reading Terminal Market and Broad Street. The service is wonderful. Extremely clean, quiet and top notch. We had a deal right after Christmas where our breakfast was included. Incredible. The food at Amuse is fantastic. Not too pricey and worth every penny ( if you were paying) the food was well prepared and very sizable. The service was great. Sweet, attentive waitress and great breakfast. She remembered we loved our coffee and kept it coming!! Left our room attendant a tip and when I popped in the room, it was still there. She was in the hall and as I brought it to her, she mentioned that we hadn't left a note and didn't feel comfortable taking it!! How's that? Just love this place!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank winelvr83
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Hotel was very nice. Definitely a 4-star hotel. Very nice decor. Great location in central city Philadelphia.
Nice bar - - good energy. Great bartenders.
Rooms was small, but clean and quiet. Bathroom was roomy.
Charge for wi-fi and $38/day for parking is a bit steep, but got a great nightly rate, so averaged out.
The front desk person when we checked in was very nice, helpful.
The front desk person when we checked out was cold, impersonal, and not helpful.
Valet parkers were not very helpful with bags. We carried our own to our car.
Still - - we would stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

My family and I spent Christmas weekend at Le Meridien Philadelphia and we couldn't have had a better trip! Located adjacent to the Philadelphia Convention Center, seconds away from the gluttonous glory of Reading Terminal Market, and close to the numerous museums and galleries of the area everything we needed was at our fingertips. Beyond that the service was exceptional from the bell staff to the front desk we felt completely taken care of from the moment we arrived and our room was GORGEOUS. We dined at Amuse for breakfast and sampled some cocktails to the bar, all phenomenal. Can't say enough good things about this hotel. Definitely a Christmas to remember.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Marissa B
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

The good: decor, location, price, and a great restaurant recommendation from Scott the Concierge.

The bad:
- Perhaps the most uncomfortable hotel bed I've ever experienced
- $38 valet parking is ridiculous for Philly
- No free wifi?!
- 'minimalist' furnishing feels a little cheap. Only one chair. Ditto the tech - what's with the $5 alarm clock?
- City View room looked out onto the wall of an adjacent building. We could have asked to move, but were only there one night
- only 3 towels

Others have commented on the area. It's great for the convention center, less so for tourism, but this isn't the hotel's fault - do your homework! Equally the family next door to us were shouting and crashing around at 1am, but that's not the hotel's fault either.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Thank Russ167
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Philadelphia

Address: 1421 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1507
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Philadelphia
#15 Luxury Hotel in Philadelphia
#22 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#24 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#39 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range: £142 - £434 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Meridien Philadelphia 4*
Number of rooms: 202
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