Was heading out to Philly almost on a whim. My first day of visit would be a Saturday ( in late July) and leaving on Monday. I didn't even start looking for hotels until late Friday night, so there were a lot of hotels that were already fully booked.
My particular needs were a sub $200 a night price ( including parking ) a pool, free breakfast and something within walking distance to the historic district.
I could not have been happier with this hotel. As this trip was my wife, our daughter and myself a very small room would have been a little trying. ( and yes, some of the other hotels have some tiny rooms ).
The reviews I read were all pretty positive and it lived up to everything that I expected based on these reviews.
The parking is run by a separate company, but you will find no more convenient of a location in relation to a hotel than this.. The entrance to the lot is right next door and the hotel desk is accessible by either of the streets or directly from the parking garage. They have a few spaces inside the parking garage reserved for you to park while you check in. The daily rate through the hotel desk is $25 with in and out privileges.
For me, this was well worth it, not all parking in the city is adjacent to the hotel.
I would guess that the parking lot was at some point owned by the same company as the hotel as the lot itself takes up the space where floors 2-5 would be in the hotel.
This hotel is 19 floors ( it calls the top floor 20, but as with many older buildings there is no floor 13. ).
We were fortunate enough to get floor 20 and the view is terrific, if not a little scary at first to someone not fond of heights.
The pool is outdoors on what I think is the 7th floor, we could see it directly below our window and it was clean and had a lifeguard, though officially the signs say there isn't one. I don't know what their ongoing rule is regarding this, but it was nice to have one there.
The check in was very quick, there was only one person checking in ahead of us when we arrived but even with them finishing up, we had our room keys and were on our way up to the room inside of 4 minutes...
The room appeared to have been recently renovated. The furniture was all in very good shape and comfortable. There is a USB charging port built into desk as well as standard outlets in all the expected places.
The pictures on the walls were all photos of local landmarks. Which is a nice touch,
The wifi worked but seemed to cut out for a little while here and there but that may very well be our only complaint about the place.
I don't know if there were guests in the neighboring rooms but if there were, we couldn't tell.
We generally don't want staff in our rooms while we are visiting but housekeeping did ask us which room we were in and upon noting it was one of the rooms that had the do not disturb tag on the door, she asked us if there was anything we wanted for the room. We took an extra towel and that was it. I've never had housekeeping say no to any request for extra towels, shampoo or anything like that... but this was actually the first time it was housekeeping that initiated it by asking me as I passed in the hall.
Our room had a coffee maker, microwave and mini fridge. It did not have a safe which would have been nice... ( or at least I didn't notice it ).
The breakfast was good... a very nice selection, cereals, oatmeal, bagels, pancakes ( though the machine kept clogging and while the staff did their best to fix it, it really seems like a poor design and ties them up fixing it constantly ), coffee, juice, thomas' english muffins, eggs, fruit ( not all that ripe but again seemingly a trivial issue considering the amount of available food ) bacon.... all in all, a really nice breakfast. I've certainly paid for a lot less.
The two people staffing the breakfast were exceptional... They are the kind of people I would hire if I were in a position to do so.
The neighborhood has plenty of local food choices within walking distance. Actually just about everything is within walking distance. We walked as far west as the Mutter museum which was just under 20 minutes, as far south as South street where we ate at Rex 1615 which is a terrific little restaurant on South Street between 15th and 16th and we walked east as far as the river..
All of the historic areas are well within walking distance, as are banks, stores and many museums.
Quite simply, if I hear anyone going to Philly I will recommend this hotel to them.
In fact, I was so impressed with the hotel I had to find a hotel for Tuesday night between Philly and our next destination and I chose another Holiday Inn Express because of how happy we were with our stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover all that Downtown Philadelphia has to offer at the convenient, clean and comfortable Holiday Inn Express Midtown Philadelphia. In the heart of Center City, you will have access to shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts. Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Midtown is within walking distance to various historic sites including: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House. Our hotel is convenient to many other attractions including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia's Restaurant Row, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia Zoo and Museum area. A short subway ride away are professional sports venues: Lincoln Financial Field, Wachovia Center, and Citizens Ball park. Getting there is fast and convenient. Easy access to all major highways and only 8 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport, you ll spend less time in traffic and more time doing what you came to Philadelphia to do. Whether you re coming to Philadelphia for business or pleasure, rest assured your room at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown Philadelphia is your personal retreat. Relax and make the most of your day. Amenities such as free High-Speed Wireless Internet throughout the hotel, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Outdoor Pool, 32 LCD/HD TV s and comfortable bedding means every night is a great night and every day starts right. ... more less
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