The Courtyard opened at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. I was on a business trip and have been working at the Navy Yard. I went over to the hotel and had to beg my way in because they were nearly booked. I have stayed there twice now and have not been disappointed. First the Navy yard is undergoing a redevelopment from its 200 year history as a Navy base. The Navy still occupies a sizable footprint but the rest is a mixture of new flashy construction and the reuse of traditional buildings. There are not a lot of restaurants(3) or shops(none) but the whole place is located nearly walking distance from all of the stadiums (baseball, hockey, basketball and football), and a short drive up broad street to the Italian neighborhood of south Philadelphia. (see my review for Stogie Bobs). Lots of good eating there and continue up to passyunk st and get the real deal Philly cheese steak or a few more miles to downtown.
The hotel is beautiful, sleek, clean, beautiful bathrooms and lot's of hangout/meeting space in the lobby. With any new properties this one is still pretty shiny. The staff was very nice, friendly and accommodating. The food choices are pretty minimal since this is a courtyard so only a "bistro" but they did have some good dinner food if you are on business and don't feel like venturing out into the neighborhood. The breakfast was good and delivered to you wherever you station yourself in the lobby. The bar was lively for happy hour. Parking is free which really reduces the total cost of an overnight since experienced travelers have discovered that parking in Philadelphia is steep ($30-$45) even when you enter a garage after 5pm.
Finally the price. I paid $199 plus 29 in tax which is steeper than I usually pay. I generally do hotwire and try some 3.5 to 4 star place at $100. But when 35 parking bill comes in play the Courtyard becomes more of a value. What I found though that I had trouble finding the hotel on Expedia map (maybe because its relatively new)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience modern style and historic charm in this dynamic city hub when you stay at our new, LEED-certified and eco-friendly hotel in Philadelphia's South neighborhood, the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. Located just four miles from Center City, our hotel is the first in The Navy Yard's dynamic urban development offering a unique campus environment with a dedication to sustainability. Experience our state-of-the-art lobby and The Bistro – offering all-day dining, an evening bar and The Navy Yard's only Starbucks®. You'll also enjoy our South Philadelphia hotel's inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax. Tap into the free Wi-Fi throughout our Philadelphia South hotel, or get the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your visit to our hotel's South Philadelphia accommodations is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before. ... more less
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