by Lissa Poirot
There may be fancier city hotels, but quite honestly, I find the best hotel to recommend to friends visiting Philadelphia is the Embassy Suites. It’s budget-friendly price and all-suites configuration make it my family’s choice hotel whenever we spend a night in the city. Conveniently located within blocks of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Liberty Bell and the hip Rittenhouse Square, the hotel is a comfortable place for families, providing a home-away-from-home environment. Each room in the hotel features a bedroom with either king bed or two double beds, and a large living and dining area with small refrigerator, microwave, dining table, and balcony with city views. The hotel also provides free breakfast every morning, as well as evening receptions with snacks and drinks. It’s truly a great hotel for families in the heart of Philadelphia.
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Our Editor Loves
- All-suite hotel with plenty of room for larger families
- Within walking distance from museums and historic sites
- Kitchenettes available in every room
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
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As an all-suite hotel, each of the hotel's 288 rooms is a two-room suite with a bedroom featuring a king bed or two double beds and a living room with a queen sleeper sofa, upholstered chairs, desk area, dining table and chairs, and a small kitchen with microwave and small refrigerator.
Rooms are also equipped with two flat-screen TVs and iPod docking station, as well as balconies with views of the city. WiFi is provided in-suite or in common areas for a nominal daily fee.
The elevators in this place are somewhat confusing to begin with. The building is round with all the rooms on the outside. There are 3 elevators which you get to from the center of the building space and are located at 3 points of the circle. You select your floor on the panel and it tells you which elevator to take A, B or C. Rooms are located on each side of the elevators so every room is next to an elevator so don't even think about requesting a room away from an elevator.
The manager's invite snacks & drinks was completely disappointing. Snacks consisted of Hummus and cold (out of the fridge, not even attempted to be warmed) pita bread, check-mex and I think something else but certainly not anything hot. You had to slop the hummus into the cardboard hotdog container.
The drinks seemed to be a reasonable selection at least.
My room was pretty large and would have been very good if the air conditioner didn't rattle so much that I had to turn it off to get to sleep.
I had to leave early int he morning 4:30am - and Valet was clearly asleep somewhere. I called the front desk and no-one answered. I was standing at the front desk and could hear the phone ringing. I called again and selected the Valet option it rang a couple of times and then disconnected. That happened twice. I ended up waiting about 20 minutes for my car and was not happy at all.
Sadly, this reflects on the Hilton name and should not be tolerated.
We forgot and item in the room. It's not that the item is now lost
but the lack of follow-up and concern on their end. Called the hotel several times but either got no return call or a promise the check into the issue.
Although the hotel does not provide activities for families and kids, it is within walking distance and short cab rides to Philadelphia's most popular attractions, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Please Touch children's museum, the Franklin Institute, the free Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The hotel provides complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast every day, as well as a daily Manager's Reception with snacks and drinks and plenty of sitting room inside and out of the atrium to get to know other guests.
A T.G.I. Friday's is located on the property, providing all-day dining and room service to guests, often at a discount with coupons presented at hotel check-in.
Planning & Tips
Self-parking is not available at the hotel. Instead, cars will be valeted at $45 per night.
The Art of Smart Timing
As a city hotel, anytime of year is a good year to visit Philadelphia and find deals at the hotel.
From Philadelphia International Airport, about a $25 cab ride, it will take about 40 minutes to get to the hotel. It is also accessible via a bus from the airport ($8.50) and subway ($4).