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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City
A great stay at this hotel
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.
Great Service & Smiles @ Residence Inn
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.
Location great; hotel not so great
We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with kitchen the latter part of March.
The location was great--across from City Hall, 2 blocks from the Reading Terminal Market. "Free" breakfasts were good. Laundry facilities were good. Problems with the hotel included: the heating elements on the electric stove were all tilted, making cooking difficult; the heater in the room either had very hot or very cold air coming out; when hot air came out the heater whistled; flashing smoke alarms in the bedroom ceilings made it difficult to sleep; very strong chemical (bleach?) smell on the bedding; after housekeeper cleaned, very strong chemical smell in suite (since windows did not open it was impossible to quickly air out suite); one night I could clearly hear TV noise from the room next door; free dessert was advertised from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Hearth Room; when we got there at 8 pm, everything except some cookies was already eaten; the indoor pool was in a very small and depressing room in the basement.
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