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Rough start. I booked a late flight out of Nashville anyway. And then we were delayed. Can't blame Southwest, though. The weather was terrible. But we eventually got off the ground and actually had a very pleasant trip. There was a thick cloud cover that night and a full moon. It was sooooo beautiful. It looked like a full moon over a vast snow …
... I couldn't get to Ohio from Portland instead I had to go to Philadelphia to get there. So I stopped off in Philadelphia long enough for a Philly cheese steak roll - surprisingly good considering the ingredients are cheapest cuts of a cow you can get away with calling steak and a liquid version of the plastic cheese you put in burgers. Then I headed off to Akron, ...
... up those stairs. Maybe someone else could do it for us if they visit Phili.
We were lucky enough to go and visit Mac's Tavern. For those of you that are fans of the TV show 'It's always sunny in Philadelphia', this is the bar that characters Mac and Dee (husband and wife in real life own). Inside there are photos and a mural of the characters from the show, worth stopping for a pint or two.
... was going to the doctors, and Mary had a high fever. Later news revealed that the doctors said John could have Lymes and was prescribed antibiotics. Mary's fever climbed to 105 by that evening. What a horrible night sleep as I feared missing my 5:10 am train from Middletown. I was surprised to see 20 other people board the train with me, most dressed as professionals, clearly heading to work in Philly. I was able to get some work done on the train and really ...
... showered, got changed and went into the woods to collect firewood. We had a pretty good pile and when it got a bit darker, we attempted our campfire. It felt like a proper American camping trip, and Amanda showed me how to make S'mores so that was a lot of fun. In America they also sell little packs of green powder that you can throw onto a fire to make it change colour so we bought some and took some awesome photos. We spent the evening having a few drinks and chatting to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City
This was an old bank building, completely and thoroughly renovated in 2002, so it was like a brand new hotel. Although furnishings were plain, they were comfortable, clean, and functional. The hotel lobby, and eating area, had some beautiful touches...rich woods and shiny brass in the 40's theme. We had a huge suite of rooms for a reasonable price. The continental breakfast was better than most we've had -- I am always happy upon finding REAL oatmeal, and not just instant, which I don't like. Their light suppers were very nice too. The location was great for us...very close to the "on/off" tour bus, which we took for two days, and to the wonderful Reading Terminal Market. It was close to "Love" park, and right next to the magnificent old City Hall. It was a difficult place for parking and registering, but that's what happens in the middle of a major city. Overall we were extremely pleased.
Great for families
Stayed here during spring break 2005 with 3 children. Great location; good food; staff very helpful and friendly; pool small, but fine for our kids; room was comfortable, but the heater did make some extra noise. We would stay here again.
Very comfortable stay
We stayed at the hotel on a Saturday night before a football game, and the night of the bad snow storm. The check-in process went quickly, the rooms were very clean, and the valet parking was convenient. The room setup is very comfortable, just like any other residence inn, but here you have nice views of the city.
The "gym" has cardio equipment. The only weights available are adjustable dumbells. The gym is quite small, but has a tv. The pool is a little bigger than a lap pool nothing great, extra towels available.
Breakfast is set up well, but on Sundays opens at 7am or later, and the employee setting up was a bit rude when I went in at 6:20 to get coffee and yogurt.
We have stayed at this hotel twice, and both times it has been great! The first time we stayed here there was a power outage due to a storm that occured before we arrived. When we got there to check in the staff was so friendly and apologized for the inconveniece. They set us up at the hotel next door, the Courtyard Marriott, for the night. The Courtyard was nice, but when we were able to check in to the Residence Inn the next day we definitely preferred it over the Courtyard. The rooms are larger plus you have your own kitchen. Then to our surprise we were only charged for a one night stay of our two night trip. If you can, try to get a corner room as they are a little bit larger. The location is pretty good. Everything is within walking distance. The subway is also right around the corner. The breakfast buffet is pretty good too, and it's free!
Perfect location for tourist
We visited Philadelphia in Sept'04 for a sightseeing and football weekend. We wanted to be centrally located and needed a couple of moderately-priced suites for at least 3-4 adults each. We found The Residence Inn on tripadvisor, and it met our needs nicely. Located right next to City Hall, we were able to walk to almost all the city's attractions. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and quiet. The included breakfast was nicely presented and had some hot selections. There was a nice sitting area on the second floor where we could chat and watch TV. The only negative to speak of is that one of the suites had no room divider, so the bedroom had no privacy from the rest of the unit.
Dec 9th was my second visit (first was May 2003) and this will be the first hotel I check for my next homecoming to Phila. The place still looks new, is spotless (both my room and the public areas, such as the pool and gym), and the king sized bed was very comfortable. I can be a high maintenance guest but this hotel's staff was so friendly and accomodating that it earned an Excellent rating from me. It was the first day for a front desk staffmember, but she handled my check-in using a Marriott point-stretcher voucher correctly and she smiled (and my final bill was correct). The valet cheerfully fetched the cell phone that I forgot in my car only a half hour earlier. We showed up late for the free breakfast, but another staff member went back to the kitchen and brought us some batter for the waffle maker. Everytime we stepped out the staff asked if we needed directions (and the one time I needed directions, for a gas station on the way to the airport, they were clear and convenient). I asked the maid for two extra bath towels and she beamed a big smile, happy to accomodate. The location is perfect if you want to walk around center city (not the riverfront); within four blocks are lunch at Reading Terminal Market, pipe organ concerts at the Lord & Taylor department store, "Cats" at the Forrest theater, the Philadelphia Orchestra, or dinner at The Palm. Oh, maybe the Marriott could charge less than $28/night for the valet parking (if this is an issue, consider using the garage at 12th & Walnut). Rooms in the front of the hotel have a fabulous view of city hall and Penn Square, although rooms in the back of the hotel are quieter. In summary, the Residence Inn staff made me feel like a VIP.
Really nice hotel
I found the hotel to be quite charming. The location is great and we walked to all the historic sites, which are about 15 minutes away. The room was spotless and we didn't hear any neighbors. The breakfasts are great, despite having so many TVs on in the dining room (one of my pet peeves, but others might enjoy that). The pool is indeed small, but functional. The lobby is very nice. The staff was friendly and helpful. I'd stay here again in a flash--in fact, it's the first place I'd call for a reservation.
Enjoyed our stay at Residence Inn Phili Center City
We stayed here the first 2 days of April, 2004 and thought it was great. They have complimentary dinner on Monday thru Wednesday evenings, which we missed out on since we arrived on Thursday, but we did get the dessert that night and everything tasted great. The breakfast included sausage and eggs along with all the continental breakfast choices. The pool wasn't large, but pretty typical of a hotel pool, but was the warmest pool that we had used on this vacation. The beds were comfortable and the service responsive to our needs. We would stay here again.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with kitchen the latter part of March.
It was nicely located
The rooms were very very small by Residence Inn standards....but the hotel was nicely located right by City Hall...the price was good but you have to pay $26 for parking....all and all, it was not bad