Our family stayed here two nights. We were easily able to walk to various locations in Center City and the Historic District. Also extremely convenient to subway, trolley and bus lines. We also stopped by the Reading Terminal Market in the morning to get some very large, fresh pieces of fruit--a treat!
The hotel itself isn't set up so much for families--more for hip, technologically savvy singles or couples. The only available room for the 5 of us was a studio suite, which was adequate (2 queens and a comfy sofabed) but there wasn't a ton of extra room. On the plus side, the vending machines on every floor sold soda pop for a very reasonable price!!
The breakfast selection was adequate but the seating areas themselves were often very crowded--there is a lot of unused open space...more thought should be put into setting up more seating. Even some of the current seating options do not work for children, as they are too high up.
The exercise area is beautiful and overlooks the (very small) swim area. Dipped my feet into the pool, which was enjoyable, but the very small size of the pool discouraged my kids from wanting to even go in at all.
The Wifi worked well but the connections on the desktop computers were spotty. This has been my experience with all of the computers on the Hilton networks in other locations, all of which use the same system.
The staff made a point of warning me about when we would need our keys to enter the building (after 8 pm). During the day, the area outside the hotel is fine but I would not want to linger outside with younger kids or if traveling alone (and female)...a bit on the creepy side.
But overall, an excellent value--not easy to find a sleek hotel in Center City that can fit 5 into one room, free internet, breakfast, along with a great location...that won't break the bank.
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- Eat, sleep, relax and work at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Convention Center, PA hotel and enjoy the next best thing to being at home. The studio suite comprises one large room while the one bedroom suite offers the flexibility of extra space, a separate living area and private bedroom. ... more less
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