Travel Blogs from Philadelphia
It is Labour Day today hence a public holiday. It is also raining so we have decided on a leisurely start and spent some time reading and catching up with the blog. We headed outside late morning and only got half way around the block before the thunder and rain led to our decision to return to the hotel. After a coffee in our room we sat in the …
Today we made the short car journey from Fall River back into Providence and Jan was able to get another Shopping fix at Nordstrom. We handed our Chevrolet Impala back to Avis after covering 413 miles (660km). Then it was off to the train station for our 4 1/2 hour journey to Philadelphia. The trip went very quickly as we have internet access on …
"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 ...
... touch with a host in Manchester who put me in contact with a 4th year at Harvard and 4 degrees of separation later it is at his desk that I am writing this. My quest to spend 53 days in America rent-free continues: 1 - 0 overdraft. Whilst I may not be learning valuable life lessons about competence, I am getting to go to Boston, and after having my appetite for the east coast whet by NYC and moistened by Philadelphia and its rain, I'm really excited. Details to follow.
... to the hotel make it worth the effort. The slight hiccup is that Owen has a massive nosebleed on the way back. I only have one tissue which soon gets soaked. One of the things I have noticed about Americans which has surprised me is how pleasant they all are. Today is no exception. A woman stops and offers me a pack of tissues. Then a man stops and hands over a bottle of water. Owen is soon sorted out and I marvel at ...
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The Westin Hotel was very nice but the staff weren't friendly and were rude. They were the only hotel to charge for wifi $13 pd and when I complained and said how ridiculous that was they said, "well in NY every hotel charges". She then said she would waive the fee which was nice but she had an attitude the whole time. When we left or came back from the hotel no one would greet us. When I asked them for a tourist map of Philly they just handed it over to me without even asking if we want any advice. It's the worst service of any hotel on our trip.
We got the hotel at a good rate so I would still go back there but if a similar hotel was available I'd go for that.
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A Solid Hotel.
My husband and I stayed there just for an overnight. Although it was just for one night, we wanted a hotel that was a little more than "a place to crash" that did not cost a fortune as we were already going to spend a lot dining out (our main reason for going to Philadelphia was to eat at Morimoto). The Westin Philadelphia was the perfect place for our needs. It's a city hotel so don't expect all the frills that you may expect at a resort. The decor was simple yet elegant. I guess the hotel used to be the Ritz Carlton. The guestroom was clean and basic in a traditional way. The exercise room, although small, was nicer than I had expected. Overall, we had a very nice stay.
Elegant, classic Westin Hotel was great
The Westin Hotel was great during my husband's and my stay in early November. It is a very elegant, classic hotel, and the staff are very attentive and pleasant. We enjoyed the Westin's famous "heavenly bed"--very comfy! The Sunday breakfast buffet was very good--and not as expensive as some of the other city hotels. The location is great for walking to a number of destinations, although due to the cold weather, we caught cabs to go most places after parking our car at the hotel ($30 per day).
We spent three nights in this elegant hotel. Beginning from our arrival, we we're greeted with welcoming and helpful staff resulting to a quick check-in. The room was beautiful and clean with numerous available amenities to make you feel right at home. From their truly "heavenly" bed to high speed internet access, to their delicious creme brulee delivered in style to our room, our stay was surely an unforgettable one. Although the view from our room was average (the dome of the adjacent mall), it hardly mattered considering it's fine location to many of Philadelphia's best attractions. This trip was puctuated with ease and quality service (extended and express checkout, baggage storage for that one last shopping trip). As students visiting Philadelphia for mainly academic purpose, we got more than what we hoped for. Excellent service deserves to be rewarded. This hotel gets our high recommendation.
Little Service Without a Smile
Again, the big fancy chain disappoints. Overpriced rooms, stuffy management, and poor service. Location is only good if you are there on business, terrible for seeing the true Philadelphia sights. Lots of better choices including a number of smaller hotels with good service.
I stayed at the Westin at Liberty on Oct. 10 and 11,2003 while attending a medical convention there. After checking out I realized I had left my passport, plane tickets and cash in the elsafe of my room.
My husband, 2 young nephews (3 and 7) and I stayed one night at the Westin in Philadelphia and we thought it was nice. The decor is very estately and sophisticated. We asked for a room with two double beds and they were much smaller than double beds, they were more like twins and this was very difficult with two adults and two children. We always stay at hotels with two double beds and found that there was plenty of room. Not here. When we got to our room, there was a pungent and unpleasant odor. We discovered that someone had vomited in the room on the carpet and instead of steaming the carpet they just spot cleaned it. We went to the front desk and they immediately changed our room and gave us complimentary breakfast the next day. The next room was much better, but very dusty. It appeared the room had not been service for a while. We called housekeeping for a shower cap and additional bath amenities 4 times and they never showed up. Breakfast the next day was very good, but not very child friendly (too stuffy). We would stay again at a discounted rate and we will leave the children at home.
Westin is Significantly Overrated
We stayed here for one night recently and were seriously disappointed.
After all we had read about the Westin, maybe our expectations were unrealistic -- but I don't think so. Call me crazy, but I don't think it's unrealistic to expect friendly and helpful people staffing the front desk; a well-cleaned room; amenities in the bath; or bathrobes.
Thank heavens for the bellman -- he was the only person there who knew what he was doing. And head's up -- early check-in is IMPOSSIBLE (according to the woman at the front desk, who announced this policy with some pride), altho you can get a very decent late check-out.
As expected, Westin's signature Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath with its dual showerheads and upscale toiletries were superb additions to an elegant hotel. The rooms were of good size and the bathroom was roomy compared to many downtown hotels.
I spent two nights at the Westin, Philadelphia. The room was extremely comfortable and well-appointed, and the hotel's location is terrific for walking Philadelphia - very central. The proximity to Rittenhouse Square enabled us to easily enjoy the shopping, restaurants and the park in that area. It was also an easy walk to most of the historical areas, to Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown. While the rooms, location, food and layout were all praiseworthy and contributed mightily to our great visit, the staff at the Westin gets my biggest rave. I was in Philly to visit the Children's Hopsital with my son, which was nerve-wracking, but the staff (and I mean everyone, from front desk and bellmen to housekeeping and concierge) were so helpful, so attentive to my son and I and so friendly that we managed to have a really great time. It was my first trip to Philly, and for my next trip, I'll be booking at the Westin.
Special rate at lovely hotel
Spent a very pleasant night there recently, enticed by a $99 special rate for a Saturday night. Hotel and staff were generally pleasant though the hotel seemed quite empty. Room and bathroom were very comfortable though there were a few minor scrapes and leaks revealing that the hotel isn't receiving the attention it needs. Location is excellent, view unexceptional and the Mall downstairs attractive.