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The boys have made their plans for the day, minimal sightseeing followed by shopping. Clothes and sporting goods are appreciably cheaper in the states so they are both buying up big.
Fiona and I have the "joys" of the Amish Community to look forward to.
First thing was to hire a car. We went to one rental company and the smallest car they …
An early wake up this morning so we can be at Penn Station in time for our train to Philadelphia. We left the Travel Inn at 7am. All in all it wasn't bad except for one of the Desk Staff who we dubbed "Mr Happy". I guess he was a stereo typical New Yorker. Anyway we made it to Penn Station with plenty of time for the train. The train had WiFi on …
... Philadelphia for a Philly cheese steak (picture attached) basically a huge sandwich filled with half a cow and 6 blocks of cheese the place was actually on man vs food we got speaking to an american guy who warned us don't go wandering to far from the road kids its not a good place around here! (In my best american accent) ...
The day got off to an unexpected early start when I (thankfully) heard the tell tale 'ding' on my phone which signals text messages. Even more thankfully I decided to take a peek as to who if might be to notice that it was a Very Important work call...... How long does it take YOU to sound like a wide awake professional person in the middle of the night (especially when the person who you are calling needs to think that I am at my normal 9-5 workaday desk). I gave my eyes a ...
So, my flight from BWI to Philly got delayed by about 55 minutes. I was unable to catch my connecting flight so here I am sitting in some skanky motel 6 outside of Philadelphia. I was able to get a 7:30 flight to SF with an arrival time of 10:30. Ok first can I just say holy **** I hate flying on airplanes. This was my first time on a plane in 18 years and I was scared shitless. I actually had a mini-panic attack as we were taking off. It was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Latham Hotel Philadelphia
The Latham is really as horrible as the previous reviews are. I found a good deal on the supposedly 3 1/2 star hotel on hotels.com, but never again.
I loved this place! From check in to check out, we were treated like royalty. The room was perfect, the bed was cozy and soft. The bathroom was all marble. I had my best night sleep here at the latham. We were directed to a great seafood restaurant near Rittenhouse Square called Devon and had the best meal I have ever had. I know I am gushing about this place, but I don't care. The staff was excellent and friendly. Don't forget to get your morning pastry at Isgro Pastries on 9th and Church street and a cup of really great coffee at Anthony's Cafe in the Italian Market. The Latham is a great place to stay.
I stayed here almost two years ago. I stayed on the 13th floor. One night, I was awakened by a man yelling and screaming outside in the hallway. I looked through the peephole and saw a homeless man sitting across from my door. He was screaming about how the world was going to end and kept blabbering like a crazy man. I saw a security guard come and try to escort him out, saying that he would call the cops. But the homeless man refused and stayed put. The security guard gave up and left! I called downstairs and all they told me was to ignore the homeless man! I am a woman, and was only 19 years old at the time, staying by myself! You can imagine how unsafe this felt. I will never return to this hotel, the staff is totally careless and irresponsible. This could have turned out to be a very dangerous situation for their guests.
If you love Europe, Stay here!
My daughter and I had a very pleasant stay at the Latham in March, 2004. If your idea of "nice" is slick and new, then this is not the right hotel for you. We enjoy more intimate European style travel, and this was perfect. The staff was very courteous, the room was comfortable & had a nice view of the church next door, with the stained glass lit up at night. The location was very convenient to good restaurants and the train station. If you are coming to Philadelphia to sample the flavors and get a feel for the history of this beautiful city, I would recomend this charming hotel.
Lathan Hotel not recommended
Good location but hotel is really third rate. Noisy room (adjoining with no insulation), mattresses very soft, lobby is cramped and smoky, service mixed but generally not very pleasant. Would never recommend this. The breakfast (included in our package) was good, though the restaurant was smokey, unattractive, and service very slow. Overall, not a good value.
Not worth it
Great location, but could have stayed at any number of places in the neighborhood for better quality. Bathroom needed renovation, incredibly noisy heating system, was directed to 3 (three!) different places for breakfast, only to find that each of them was closed. Staff unknowledgeable at best. Doorman stood inside lobby chatting with staff rather than actually opening the door for guests. Will not stay here again.
On the plus side--the room was very attractively furnished and quiet.
The hotel is in a nice part of the city within walking distance of many things. On the poor side, the staff were not very friendly, especially the valet. The breakfast is served in the bar, which smells like stale beer and cigarettes. For the price, not worth it.
Only if you get a cheap room
Most rooms way overpriced, parking deal exorbitant and slow retrieval of cars, lots of better options.
Good value, at weekend rates
I have stayed here twice, utilizing the attractive weekend rates available at the Latham. The two rooms I had were radically different.
The first one was decorated in contemporary style, and was starting to look a little shopworn. The second was a terrific, highly traditional room on the front corner on the building, with 2 bay windows, which made the room feel huge. The staff was adequate, I didn't ask much of them. There is an economical (and unexciting) breakfast available in the restaurant. The Latham is a former apartment building, and is small--so it does not seem a hotel with a lot of services.
Don't use Central Parking Systems at the Latham
While the hotel itself is first rate and the general floor staff very accommodating, the Latham Hotel uses Central Parking System, a most inferior service. If you visit this hotel, I suggest finding other parking or take a taxi. If you leave your car in the care of Central Parking System be sure to remove everything including the steering wheel. Their employees have an eye for items that don't belong to them. In following up the thief of persoanl items from my car, the Latham never responed to my letter. I will not be returning to the Latham and am urging others to find other accomodations in the otherwise friendly city of Philadelphia.