Stayed at Home2 Suites Philadelphia Convention Center for a 5 night stay back in August of
2013. Sorry I am writing this review at this late date but better late than never, I checked into this hotel only two weeks after it had opened and was a bit apprehensive about what my ex- perience would be. I needn't have worried. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by the very
friendly staff who checked me in quickly and efficiently. I was equally impressed with the very
large, airy lobby with its high ceiling, open design, lots of comfortable seating and muted colors (predominantly blue and green) which made me relax from my trip right away. Across from the front desk is a large business center with more that enough computers for us guests as well as a small market center where you could purchase snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. The breakfast room is in back of the lobby with plenty of seating(more on the breakfast later). Note that this hotel is very modern and cutting-edge in its design (think Ikea-ish);this design extends to the rooms quite a bit too So this hotel may not be for all tastes, but you should give it a try as this is one of the best hotels for the money that I have experienced anywhere
Now for the room. I reserved a studio suite which was a perfect size for a solo traveler like my-
self. The room layout is very spare but logical - on the left as you enter is the fully equipped
kitchen with sink, fridge, microwave and dishwasher and get this - real utensils, silverware, di-
shes and glasses (real glass not motel plastic). On the same side are a long, desk with shelving
right above for personal items and at the end a clothing-luggage storage area with curtain (but please note no closet) In the center of the desk is a very large flatscreen TV with loads of channels (thank you!) and a radio on the nightstand (poor reception). A plus with the TV is that'
you can easily swivel it to wherever in the room you may be.
To the right of the suite as you enter is the sitting area with sofa, coffee table and chalr and then the very comfy bed separated from the sitting area by a privacy curtain (good idea!) Fur-
nishings are very modern as noted above with lots of lighting but - and this may be an issue-
the window does not have a curtain, just a pull-down shade which frankly does not keep the
outside light out as much as I would like. I hope that the staff addresses this in the future.
Another nice touch is the in-room safe which should be standard in every hotel room but isn't. So while the room may not be as spacious at first sight, this will be expelled once you settle in.
That said, if you are traveling with one or more companions, you should consider reserving a
one or two-room suite for more space. However, the studio is just fine for a solo traveler and
I cannot see this room as uncomfortable by any means. Also please know that this hotel does
not have scenic views as it is surrounded by taller buildings - for the best views and light get
a room at the front of the hotel overlooking the Reading Terminal Market across the street.
The inside rooms only overlook an interior courtyard with the plumbing and heating/AC ducts.
The bathroom is similarly well-furnished, large and well-lit, BUT it only has a shower with glass
doors and no tub. I know other reviewers have mentioned this so beware. If you are looking
forward to using a tub you will be disappointed. Also, don't expect bottles of soap and shampoo.
As this is an eco-friendly hotel there are soap dispensers attached to the shower wall. Not a
big deal for me but it may be to others.
Actually, the only real issue I personally found with this hotel was the included breakfast which is entirely self-service and consists mostly of pre-made breakfast sandwiches which you heat up yourself in a microwave. There is a staff on hand to assist you should you need help but you are pretty much on your own. Besides the sandwiches there is a good selection of fruit, pas- tries, coffee, tea and a variety of juices. but as I say this is a self-service affair and may not be to everyone's tastes.That said, the coffee and tea are on all day. To sum up this part of my
stay. it was the quality of the sandwiches more than anything else which I found lacking.
As for the staff, they could not be more friendly and accommodating. They tended to my every
need and inquiry with a smile and a genuine need to help which is something which I remember
long after I have left. To sum up, the Home2 is a great property and would certainly be consi-
dered for a return to the City of Brotherly Love. My experience certainly lives up to the city's
nickname. Just make the breakfast more enticing and you will have a pefect home away from
P.S. The Reading Terminal Market across the street is a must for sightseeing and eating. It
has every kind of food imaginable for whatever your dining needs may be, and the hotel is also
a short walk from the subway )nearest stop Market and 11th, I believe) if you are arriving on
Amtrak from the 30th Street Station as I did. As they say, location, location and location. Hope
to be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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