Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
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Today I had the chance to do some sightseeing in Philadelphia. It's a historical place being the birthplace of American independence. Liberty Bell and Independence Hall form the centre of the historical district. The venue for our first performance was the Kimmel Centre in downtown Philly. This is a modern concert hall that seated just under 2500. …
Got sleeping bags from Outdoor World ready for the camping portion of the tour and then caught the flight from Orlando to Philadelphia. We stayed in a Double Tree hotel (a branch of Hilton) thanks to good old Hotwire again! It was right in the centre of Philly which worked well for us. Went to a restaurant called Jonny Rockets and had a Philly …
"You can't get there from here" is a Maine phrase. I think it's a reference to the remoteness of the state. (They only recently started getting a train service to Boston) but also those words highlight the Maine accent. 'There' is pronounce "They-aaaa" etc. I first heard this saying when I was busily preparing for my trip by making essential rap playlists for all ...
... them as traitors to Britain, inspiring Ben Franklin to say "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately".
In the afternoon we travelled to the Barnes Foundation Art Gallery. This is an incredible collection of impressionist, post impressions and is displayed in a very different manner. The collection was the personnel collection of Dr. Barnes and is arranged in this ...
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So now we're both sunny state-side and enjoying the food, ease and language of traveling round the US. There was an emotional goodbye at Miami airport (Best airport in the world) as I waved Joe off on his plane to Orlando and I waited for mine to Philly. We made some plans to keep in touch and some contingency plans in case things went bottoms ...
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Great, convenient location of walking distance to the independence mall, shops, city hall, reading terminal market for great food. Great view 8f the historic n new philly. Great bargain around this time. Unfortunately no breakfast or wifi included. Indoor pool, 24hr gym
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I am a director in the professional theater. For a number of years, I have stayed with my husband and children off and on at the Doubletree when my work has precluded a trip home to suburban Philadelphia in the wee hours of the morning. In each case, it had been our stated intention to treat the overnight as if it were a "mini-vacation." Certainly none of the companies for whom I have worked have seen this policy as anything more than an asset for them; however, nearly a year ago, I whole-heartedly agreed with one of the theater companies to abandon the Doubletree.
My husband and I enjoyed our stay here and would definitely recommend it to anyone. The staff was nothing but friendly and accomodating, and we received sight-seeing tips from everyone from the concierge to the cleaning staff. This hotel is a large reason our weekend getaway to a city new to both of us was such a wonderful experience!
I've been staying at the Doubletree, Philadelphia one night a week for over 8 years or roughly 400 nights. I guess that qualifys me a relatively knowledgeable guest. First and foremost, I have always found the rooms to be 100% clean, neat and in excellent condition. Once or twice the TV had a problem but engineering was called and the problem was dealt with within 10 or 15 minutes. The check in folks are always gracious and friendly. I read a complaint that someone was not happy with the information given them by the check in staff concerning local restaurants or tourist information. Naturally that's the job of the concierge although I have found that the few times I've asked a receptionist a question RE local spots they always seem to know the answer or refer me to a manager if they don't know and the concierge is unavailable. As far as food goes....I always think of a hotel as being in the hotel business and not really in the food service business, that's what restaurants are for.....but ...that being said...I often eat at the Doubletree when it's raining out or, this winter, snowing or I'm just not in the mood to go out. I've probably had about 100 dinners there. I have never had a 'bad' meal there. I'd say on a 1 to 10 scale the dinners rate between a 7 and an 8, which is about at the top of my expectations for a hotel.The staff is extremely professional. I've never heard a rude or 'short' remark from anyone who works there, either to myself or to any other guest within my hearing.I would recommend the doubletree to anyone visiting Philadelphia. There's probably 50 restaurants within 10 blocks, it's across the street from the Music Acadamy, the Merriam theater and a block away from the New Kimmel center. It's my home away from home and I (obviously) can't say enough good things about it.
Wow, I have to say that I was quite impressed with this hotel. I was a little leary about staying at a Doubletree as I'm not familiar with brand. The location was excellent and my room had a great view of the city. The staff was very nice and helpful. With the exception of the worn enamel on the bath tub, my room was great -- clean and very comfortable. I didn't eat in their restaurant so I can't comment on the food. I give it a thumbs up!
Gotta Love the Doubletree
I recently came into on a mid-week business trip. My flight was delayed and I had a horrible experience on my trip in from the Airport. All that changed when I got to the Doubletree. The bellmen met me at my cab with a smile and immediatelty took my luggage from me. The desk clerk was ultra-friendly and gave me a delicious warmed chocolate chip cookie. The service was exemplary and the accommodations were great! I'll stay at this Doubeletree every time I'm in Philly.
My company has provided its travelling employees with lodging at this hotel for the past six years. The location cannot be beat (right across from the Academy of Music, and a short walk to the historic sights) and the staff members are generally quite friendly, but the Doubletree Philadelphia's standard of cleanliness is extremely poor.
The Doubletree is located in the heart of the theatre district and the rooms are clean. These are the positives. The front desk staff were not knowledgable about local tourist attractions, locations or dining. The gave us misinformation a nubmer of times. We were placed in a room right next to the elevator and it was like sleeping on an off ramp of the NY State Thruway. They changed our room (after 2 phone calls and a visit to the front desk). My dinner at the Academy Cafe was inedible. My children's dinners took forever to arrive and were basic even by kids menu standards. They did wind up giving us free breakfast to compensate for bad room and service. The pool is okay. I would not stay here again. It was disappointing beause I have stayed at quite a few Doubletrees which are not luxury but good value and service.
Had a completely satisfying two-night stay. The food (Academy Cafe) and service (room service) were outstanding. Everybody we met was friendly and helpful. All requests were met -- a quiet room with a view; great view of broad street and city hall.
Great location -- in the middle of everything: theaters, shops, and restaurants. Special touches from huge xmas tree in lobby to cookies at check-in
Check in service was pleasant Friday night
Weekend reservations personnel distant and short and unprofessional
Room service was less than mediocre and portions meager
Room was fine with a nice view of Broad St
Just do not order room service.
Racquetball court was dirty, needed to be vacuumed and it was quite a task to find racquets and balls.