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)
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.
High quality - not quite excellent, but very high quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Prompt, we never waited more than 20 minutes
Trays were laden with drinks and condiments; linen and silver
Available 24 hours
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!
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.
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