Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City

1776 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Downtown/Center City/Historic Area area of Philadelphia, is near Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Academy of Natural Sciences, Free Library of Philadelphia, and Logan Circle.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsEmbassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City

    Reviewed by dubnation

    Spend more for the view!

    Reviewed Jul 16, 2011
    by (15 reviews) Arlington, TX , United States Flag of United States

    Just got here so this review won't be complete. The Logan Square view is well worth the upgrade if views are important to you. Staff has been cordial whenever I've seen or spoken to them. When we've required assistance they immediately followed-up with a phone call to confirm we were satisfied. Decor is somewhat dated/plain but I can live with that. Bathrooms were clean and they did seem to be recently refurbished. Rooms are large - ideal for a traveling family.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City

    Nice, but not near much

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    I stayed there one night in November, 2003. I'm from Phila, so I know Center City fairly well. This hotel, while very nice, does not have much around it--other than hotels. This hotel is located in Center City West, where many corporations/businesses are located. This place is great for the business traveller, or parents that may be visiting their child at the many universities in Philadelphia, but it doesn't offer much in the way of nightlife. It is near the Phila. Art Museum and the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

    The price was reasonable--somewhere around $100 through Travelocity.

    $21 for 24 hour parking/valet is close to standard in Phila, but you can find a couple of garages in walking distance.

    Thought it was great!

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    I recently reserved two rooms at this hotel, one for me and one for my son. It felt like we each had our own apartment. Actually, I believe I read that this hotel was once an apartment building. The rooms were spacious and clean, with balconies. I noticed some tears in the furniture, but it wasn't my furniture, so I didn't mind. We arrived late so couldn't take advantage of the manager's reception, but the inclusion of breakfast was a great extra. We would definitely stay here again.

    Huge Rooms - Good Price

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    I booked a room for just over $100. I couldn't believe how big it was.

    We had 5 adult men stay in the suite and there was plenty of room for all of us. The location just a few blocks from the action in Center City and very close to several museums. They had a free happy hour too.

    The only negative was the unbelievably slow elevators.

    Different Look, Same Great Product

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    We stayed here for three nights just before Thanksgiving 2003. We originally were going to stay at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, but changed plans upon discovering that my new AARP membership would save us $20 a day over what we would have paid at the Garden Inn (almost enough to offset the $22 daily valet parking charge assessed by the Embassy Suites). Throw in the Embassy's complimentary breakfast and happy hour, and I was satisfied the switch was a good thing. In retrospect, I still feel the same way. As has been noted, this Embassy is not the typical product; it's a circular ex-apartment building. The suites (12 per floor) have large living areas and fairly small bedrooms and somewhat smaller-yet bathrooms. But not excessively small. It felt, well.....cozy. Our room was clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. Example: our room did not have a speakerphone and I needed access to one for a work-related telecon. The front desk let me into another room which did have a speakerphone so I could take care of business. The hotel is located within walking distance of museums, restaurants, Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown, and Jewelry Row (a must-see for my wife). There is high-speed internet access in the room but it is not free - or at least was not free during the time of our visit. It cost $9.95 a day, plus tax. Up to you to make the call if it's worth it or not. To me, it was. You purchase the access a day at a time, and it worked fine. Speed test results averaged approx. 500 kbps down. I was able to use it to successfully videoteleconference with family members on the west coast. Happy hour is in the perhaps-uninspired, but definitely smoke-free, hotel lobby, and they served a premium local beer, Yuengling Lager. During the time of our stay, they also were serving Coors Light. A variety of mixed drinks was also available. Self-service laundry is on the 2nd floor, $1.75 to wash, $1.50 to dry. In summary, we had a very pleasant stay and would choose this hotel again.

    Better Places to Stay

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    Out of the way location, overpriced rooms, just OK service. Many better places to stay.

    Summer 2003

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    We stayed there in the hottest dog days of August 2003. The room was a good size and comfortable and the A/C worked perfect. It was very convienent to all of the D'Town attractions and the free breakfast was very good. The staff was friendly and helpful. We used Go Philla and got a great deal. Did I mention the mangers cocktail party every eve.

    To darn hot!

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    We stopped over for a few days in Philly en-route to Atlantic City.

    Unfortunately, the weather was outrageously hot, 100 degrees plus making our stay very uncomfortable. The hotel is conveniently situated, fairly close to the train station ($5 Taxi) The suite we occupied was big enough for the five of us and although it was busy, the TGI Fridays attached to the hotel, was perfect for our three teenagers who were hot, tired and fed up with sight seeing. The free breakfasts are adequate and served buffet style. We found the staff in both TGI Fridays and the hotel to be polite and friendly, consequently, we would stay there again.

    Embassy Suites in Philly a mixed bag.

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    The best thing about the Philadelphia Embassy Suites was the room, which was truly beautiful and very comfortable. I would give the rest of the hotel a passing grade only -- the elevators are very slow and the restaurant a noisy, smoky TGI Friday's. This means the drink before dinner venue is the uninspired hotel lobby. Other Embassy Suites have much nicer restaurants.

    Roomy, very pleasant

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    We stayed here for 3 nights. the bedroom and bathroom were comfortable but small. The living room was HUGE if i knew more people in Philly i would have given a party in my room. the kitchen had much more counterspace than other Embassy Suites. the micorwave was tiny and the fridge decent. Service was very good. i accidentally clogged up the kitchen sink -- the repair guy was there immediately and did a creative and credible job of unclogging-- i won't go into details of how stupidly i creatd the clog. Breakfast downstairs was very good, made-to-order omelettes, bagels, etc. they did not have my favorites non-instant oatmeal and plain non-fat yoghurt.... but then this is not San Francisco. Valet parking with in-and-out was $21 per day... a normal price in San Fran... but in Philly? have fun, thelma

    Wonderful Weekend!

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    I have stayed at this hotel twice while visiting with family in Philadelphia (my home town!). Each time I found this hotel to be wonderful in every way. The suites are HUGE! In fact this hotel was once an apartment complex so the rooms are FAR bigger than the rooms found in most all-suite hotels. As a bonus there is a manager's "reception" each night (free drinks!) at 5pm and a free buffet breakfast each morning at the TGI Friday's restaurant downstairs. You may also want to know that this hotel is very convenient to the Franklin Institute (a nationally known science museum) and the Natural History Museum. The historic area of Center City is a short cab ride away as well.Beware that weekday rates can be high because of business travelers. However most weekend rates are great (about $89 per night). I got a great deal by checking at www.gophila.com which specializes in providing info on Philadelphia tourism. Enjoy!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good
     

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